Catching Up With Tasha From TurftoSurf.com Part 2

Me: So going back to the Peace Corps time, was there something about the people that were around at that time that inspired you or was it just leaving and going somewhere else that inspired you to travel more extensively?

Tasha: At the time, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was looking at what the people were doing around me, and it wasn’t anything I was inspired by. I was a creative writing major at college and my mentor knew me very well. She asked me if I’d thought about joining the Peace Corps.

Back then, I knew I wanted to see how other people lived around the world, but I didn’t know what the Peace Corps was.

I was like, “What’s that?” And my mentor explained how it’s a government program for volunteering abroad. A professor at my school had joined. I went and asked her all sorts of questions and realized that that was definitely what I wanted to do.

I wasn’t sure where it was going to take me…

I just knew that it sounded cool. I come from a town where nobody travels and everyone that grows up there, stays here and has kids.

But my mum is from Korea and my father’s sister married an Argentinian, so unlike them, I’d traveled. I’d been to Korea and Argentina.

And I think I just wanted to see more… I wanted to really experience different cultures from the point of view of living in them and learning the language—getting to know the people there through working. It was more what could do there than just visiting or being a tourist.

In the Peace Corps, I was teaching English. So while I was out there, I looked for more opportunities to work doing the same thing in the countries I landed in. As I did more, I fell deeper in love with teaching.

Because I was supported by the government during the Peace Corps days, it wasn’t like I was on my own having to figure it out. I was with a group of people and we were trained and went out on our own to different towns or villages and it gave me the confidence to just go out and do that on my own.

So it was a huge turning point for me in learning to enjoy that kind of adventure.

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Tasha enjoying a drink on Hideaway

Me: Do you think there’s a connection between how you were raised and the adventurous life you live today?

Tasha: I do. I think there is always a connection between your upbringing and the life you choose to live — we are very affected by our parents and the people who surround us growing up.

There were a few tragic deaths in my family when I was very young, which I think gave me a sense of urgency, to never delay going after what you want in life because you never know when your life will end. I think that was a contributing factor.

Also, my parents provided me with a very solid home and unconditional love — though they didn’t always approve of my life choices, they’ve always supported me and always given me a place to come back to if I ever needed it.

That solid foundation made me feel safe to go out and take risks, I think.

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