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Spring 2016 Interns
Angela was born in Bogotá, Colombia, but has lived in Massachusetts since she was eight years old. She graduates in May 2016 and will receive a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and international studies from Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. In 2014, Angela studied for one semester at the University of Economics in Prague, where the classes helped her to develop skills and ideas for future eco-businesses, amongst other things. During her free time in Prague, she was able to travel to a few cities in other countries and experience the excitement of culture-shock (something she had never experienced before). As she got to meet locals, students, and tourists from all around the world, Angela developed a desire to travel the globe and learn first-hand from locals about their histories and customs and to observe the beautiful scenery that surrounds them.
Despite being more knowledgeable about the U.S criminal justice system than about many other topics, Angela loves to self-educate herself on things such as sustainable energy, economics, medicine, technology, languages, etc. Learning about various global issues opened her eyes to the domino effect of damage produced by income inequality, a lack of education, shortages of clean water, and environmental degradation, among other things caused by large-scale industrialization and other factors. She believes that contributing to an agency dedicated to promoting responsible tourism will allow her to actively participate in making one of her dreams come true; to see that governments around the world genuinely care for and enforce policies that prioritize the protection of the environment and the growth of their communities as they grant licenses to businesses; especially foreign ones. With the expansion of technology and social media, Angela believes in the power of marketing to encourage constructive interactions between tourists and communities around the world in an eco-friendly manner.
Emily Simmons is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. She first became interested in sustainable tourism during a study abroad program in Costa Rica; the program was called Surfing and Sustainability and it covered an array of topics from the effects of rapid coastal development, the problems surf tourism creates, environmental concerns of tourism, and so on. This trip taught Emily about responsible tourism and the importance of protecting our environment. She wishes to further her education about ecotourism and spread the word to others about responsible tourism.
As a surfer, she is particularly interested in making water sports and recreation sustainable, as the ocean is a major player in the tourism industry. Emily has had firsthand experience in the surf business as a wholesale buyer for a surf shop and has traveled for the sole purpose of surfing. The study abroad trip she took to Costa Rica showed her how surf related tourism can be culturally invasive and environmentally destructive – she has joined CREST, as she wishes to learn more about ways to create responsible recreational tourism.