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While on break from teaching English in India, Trek to Teach’s founder Brad Hurvitz decided to embark on a trek through the Himalayas of Nepal. He quickly noticed something he was not expecting to see on such a challenging hike – students. There were students on every leg of the trek, quickly hiking up and down the hundreds of stairs that took them from village to village. When he asked his guide Madan about this, he learned that Nepali children who live in such remote villages tend to walk up to four hours a day to get to school and back. Shocked at the amount of physical effort and dedication the students showed, Brad met the school principal of Ghandruk, the village he was currently in, and asked how he could positively impact the students’ education and future. The principal was quick to point out how English skills are vital to the empowerment and betterment of his students. However, English classes are taught in Nepali due to the Nepali teachers’ limited English abilities themselves. Inspired by this knowledge, the incredible Nepali people, and the breathtaking setting, Brad and Madan sat down together and starting breathing life into Trek to Teach. In 2011 Trek to Teach was founded, with the school in Ghandruk being our first partner school.

Meet The Team

Suman Prasain
Secretary of Trek To Teach Nepal

Suman is the brother of Co-Founder Madan and has been raised trekking through the Himalayas. He has international experience having lived in Spain and Qatar, he brings his worldly knowledge and joyful humor to our teachers during the trek. Suman is a fun, smart and energetic and will bring laughter and fond memories to any trek.

Emily Meyers, M.Ed.
Executive Director

Having spent a few weeks visiting Nepal in 2016, Emily was determined to get back (and give back) to the beautiful, vibrant, and unforgettable country. She stumbled upon Trek to Teach during her research and knew immediately that the organization’s missions and beliefs aligned directly with her own. As an educator, Emily understands the necessity and power of education and having seen the rural schools in the Himalayas herself, knew there was a definite need. She accepted her role as the Director of Education with a happy heart, determined to continue TTT’s positive impact on the communities it is involved in.
In the U.S., Emily is an English and ESOL professor at the University of San Diego (USD) and two local community colleges. She has seven years of experience teaching both internationally and domestically. Additionally, she acts as a mentor teacher and university liaison to M.Ed. graduate students at USD, facilitates teacher training, and constantly presents at and attends TESOL conferences. With this experience, Emily’s overarching goal is to continue to improve and grow TTT, thus bettering the Nepali village students’ education and future.

Manish Chaudhary
President of Trek to Teach Nepal

Mr Chaudhary is a youth activist and has been involved in many youth network organization. He is a GCE A Level Graduate of Univercity of Cambridge. He has been pursimg Bachelors Degree in Business Studies. He has been tutoring GCE A Levels and O Levels students from different countries in Kathmandu, since 2011.He is experienced as an ECA coordinator at Kathmandu Valley School. Simultaneously, he has been engaged in Amnesty International Nepal, since 2009, and also worked as a coordinator of National Youth Advisory Pannel. He believes in exchange of knowledge, and thinks getting experience in life is the most achievable thing. So he is passionate about travelling and photography. He want to contribute in the education field of Nepal.Currently he is an executive board member of Trek to Teach, Nepal.

Bailey Marsheck
Strategic Marketing Coordinator

Bailey manages Trek to Teach’s social media advertising operations. A graduate of UC San Diego, he started working with Trek to Teach in June 2016 after learning about Trek to Teach’s mission. Currently living in Beijing as he completes a Master’s program at Beijing University’s Yenching Academy, Bailey is looking forward to visiting Nepal in the near future. He is an avid dog lover and is currently missing his own two pups back in his hometown of Palo Alto, California.

Sarala Shrestha
Treasurer & Operations Director of Trek to Teach Nepal

Sarala is the Treasurer of the Executive Board of Trek To Teach. She believes that awareness through Education and Economic Development is a must for the overall development of a nation. She hopes to take these skills to Trek to Teach to improve the community and nation as a whole. Sarala has completed her masters in anthropology and post graduate in psychology. She has also participated in many workshops and seminars at national and international levels. She has extensive experience in teaching and she loves to work with people in our Himalayan communities to ensure Trek to Teach is providing the most positive impact that we can.

Michael Jurewicz

After spending a summer in rural Nepal teaching with Trek to Teach, Michael decided to continue his affiliation and outreach to the people of Nepal by joining Trek to Teach as an interviewer. Michael spent 4 months during the summer of 2016 traveling to various parts of the world and has since moved back to New Jersey where he enjoys running and spending time outdoors. He is currently working on a blog all about outdoor lifestyle called eastcoastoutside.com, where he hopes to write about places to visit on the East Coast. He is also constantly training for marathons and hopes to complete one in each state while continuing his travels around the USA and beyond.

Ashley Mathews
Director of Operations

Ashley manages Trek to Teach’s finances, improves procedures of the organization, and maintains relations with our Nepali team. She joined Trek to Teach in 2013 as a volunteer teacher in college. After the earthquake in 2015, Ashley traveled to Nepal to do relief work and visit each of our partnered schools. She loves traveling and learning about the influence culture has on a country’s education system. She currently lives in Lafayette, Colorado.

Adrian Engstrom
Advancement Director

Adrian works for Trek to Teach as a grant writer and manages its relationships with other nonprofits and foundations. Before graduating from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Folklore, he taught English in Nepal through Trek to Teach, and since the moment he stepped into the country, he has been fascinated with it and how to do good for it. After Trek to Teach, Adrian lived and taught in Japan under the JET program for two years, before directing his passion for helping people toward technical and creative writing. He currently lives in a small town in Northern California.

Allie Cavallaro
Program Director

Allie began her journey with Trek to Teach in the spring of 2016 as a volunteer teacher in rural Nepal. After 3 months of teaching in Chomrong, she returned home to the United States, and started hosting interviews for Trek to Teach applicants. From there she began to train teachers prior to their departure. In addition to these tasks, Allie now compiles the data from Trek to Teach-er’s Student Progress Exams to report to donors, seeks out and writes grant proposals to obtain additional sources of funding for infrastructure projects in Nepal, manages Trek to Teach’s website and social media presence on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and designs, writes copy for, and manages its social media advertising campaigns. Aside from her work with Trek to Teach, she is currently an Editorial Intern at a small newspaper in Palo Alto, California, and will be transferring to Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies in Creative Writing in winter 2018.

Stefan Jatschka
Education Coordinator

Stefan loves traveling and has been to over 30 countries in the last 10 years. He graduated from Griffith University in Queensland with a degree in creative writing, is TEFL certified, and holds a diploma in Screenwriting from the University of California. Before he went to teach in Nepal for three months in 2016, he co-coordinated a language school in Costa Rica where he found his passion for teaching and understood the importance and challenges of higher education in a so-called third world country. Nepal has been the best adventure he’s ever been on, not only because of the amazing people he met in the Himalayas but also because he shared his knowledge with future teachers to ensure their experience in the Himalayas will be as unforgettable and life-changing as his. He’s very honored to be part of Trek to Teach and grateful for the impact this remarkable organization has had on his life. He is itching to visit the village he taught in Nepal and to be reunited with his students and incredibly generous host family.

Brooke Amen, Trek to Teach Instagrammer

Brooke Amen

Brooke is an outdoor enthusiast who loves fly fishing, backpacking, and skiing. While getting her degree in elementary education from the University of Wyoming, she stumbled across an amazing opportunity. As she was having coffee with a friend who had recently been a Trek to Teacher, she discovered that her heart belonged in Nepal. She decided to take a gap semester, bought a plane ticket and was rewarded with one of the most meaningful experiences of her life. She fell in love with the hearty people and the extreme landscape. All the while, she shared her experiences with others through social media. Today she continues to share the beauty of Nepal and its people through Trek to Teach’s social media pages.

Meet The Board

Brad Hurvitz
Founder & Member of the Board

Brad volunteered for 5 months at a boarding school in Rajasthan, India, (The Sagar School) as a teacher, a soccer coach, swim instructor, director of the school’s first play , and working with the administration on their marketing plans. During a holiday break, he travelled to Nepal to trek in the Himalayas. He noticed all of the students trekking to and from their schools and learned they would sometimes trek for 4 hours per day, just to get an education. He was inspired to help them and Trek to Teach was born. In addition to running Trek to Teach, Brad has worked in multiple companies as a product educator, having the opportunity to work with executives of manufacturing, retail and technology companies. Today, Brad runs a sourcing business providing inexpensive manufacturing options for domestic companies and will soon become an Infant Swim Instructor. Brad earned a bachelors degree in Social Psychology from California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo and an MBA from Oregon State University where he was the president of his class and was honored with the 2011 Target MBA leadership award. Brad lives in San Diego, California with his wife and two young daughters.

Kyle Nau
Member of the Board

Kyle has lived and/or traveled to 28 different countries and has an extensive background in entrepreneurship, finance, and management. After receiving his business degree from California Polytechnic Institute of San Luis Obispo in June 2006, he took a job in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to work as the Occupational Committee President of a new start-up division within the large NGO, Sonhar Acordado. Since his return to San Diego in 2007, he has worked as the Office Manager for a construction and real estate development company and obtained an MBA in Business Technology Management. Kyle has extensive experience in entrepreneurial finance, strategic management, and project management. In his free time he enjoys working on his house, growing exotic subtropical palms and plants, and spending time with his new wife.

Nick Cain
Chairman of the Board

Nick helps lead grantmaking programs at Google.org, Google’s charitable arm. Nick has developed and managed over $35M in grants to nonprofits using technology and innovation to address global challenges, with an emphasis on education and disabilities. His team is currently leading Google.org’s two-year, $50M commitment to support nonprofits that are building tech-based solutions to close gaps in global education. Before joining Google, Nick spent time at FundWell, a startup that matches small businesses to financing. He was also the first employee at Vittana—a non-profit that pioneered the development of student loan products for the microfinance market—where he managed partnerships across 11 countries in Latin America and Africa. Nick earned a bachelor’s in American Studies from Columbia University and an MBA with honors from the Berkeley-Haas School of Business, where he was Co-Chair of the Global Social Venture Competition. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is proud to be a part of Trek to Teach.

Aaron Hurvitz
Member of the Board and Legal Council

Aaron obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The University of Arizona in 2003, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2007. He also received his LL.M. in International Business and Trade Law from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 2008. Aaron first started his Intellectual Property experience when he was hired as the sole law clerk on an antitrust and illegal patent tying case that was ultimately heard before the United States Supreme Court. He then drafted technology transfer agreements and worked on enforcement matters for an international law firm in Beijing, China. Aaron currently advises the firm’s North American, European, Indian, and Australian clients on different aspects of Chinese Intellectual Property Law. He specifically focuses on how best to introduce technology into China, and deals heavily with advising Kangxin’s clients on how best to effectuate positive enforcement of their Intellectual Property Rights. Aaron travels frequently, lecturing and speaking at conferences about infringement and enforcement measures in China.

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