Henry feeds bananas to Champagne, one of the many rescued elephants, at the Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand.
BGSU ALUMNA SPENDS 2017 WORKING AROUND THE GLOBE
The 1969 movie "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium," about a group of Americans on a whirlwind tour of Europe, showed the pitfalls and shallowness of that kind of travel. For BGSU 2009 alumna Michelle Henry, that is not the way to do it.
Instead, Henry satisfied her desire to get to know different places by staying a month in each of 12 cities around the world — all while maintaining her job as art director with the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. She was able to do all this as part of the 2017 Remote Year program, which facilitates a yearlong adventure in which participants live and work abroad, telecommuting to their jobs back home. The organization arranges travel, transportation, an apartment and a co-working space in each city. Participants are part of a cohort of 50-75 people.
"You're traveling with a community of like-minded individuals, living and working with these people in different careers and from different walks of life," Henry said. "It's nice to have diversity and being among people you might not have crossed paths with in college or in your career. I made lifelong friends."
Henry's itinerary took her to Mexico City; Bogota and Medellin, Colombia; Lima, Peru; Córdoba and Buenos Aires, Argentina; Prague, Czech Republic; Belgrade, Serbia; Valencia, Spain; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; and Kyoto, Japan. She was able to make numerous side trips to other locations as well.