What were you doing before Backroads?
I was a primary school teacher who learned that the classroom is too little for her. Following my heart I went to do some volunteer work in Italy and worked as a psychologist helping to integrate persons with serious mental disorders back into the society
Why did the TPS position interest you?
I was happy to have an opportunity to become part of Backroads community. Not knowing what to expect from the TPS position made it exciting and challenging. To be the first to do something is really interesting way of entering into the company.
Where did you work as a TPS?
I worked in Croatia.
What were the highlights of the job?
I had so much fun preparing and repairing those bikes! Working in an amazing region as Croatia is, having the opportunity to meet all the amazing leaders that worked there and use the free time to explore the region together. Maybe the best thing was to see and feel how good we work together, both in relaxed and in stressful situations. The TPS position offers you an insight into the Backroads world from a stable position. Plus, you learn your bikes so well that you become the master of them, for one who loves spending more time with bikes than people, a perfect job, with an opportunity to learn a lot about yourself and the Backroads world. It provides you an opportunity to explore the system and the company, it pushes you to all your limits and challenges you to test your patience. For me all of that is a plus side.
What were the lowlights?
Lowlight would be fatigue, some days are long and busy.
What skills did you gain from your time as a TPS?
You learn all about the equipment, bikes and the logistics of the trips. You learn how to communicate well with yourself and the co-leaders. You test your patience to the limits and learn how to manage it. You learn how to work well with the group of very strong individuals and how to work well alone, share and manage every day and weekly tasks, both in the warehouse and the leader house.
Any advice for future TPSs?
A TPS has to be aware of the fact that he/she will be preparing everything for the trip and will never see their work in action. Once you come to your region you will see how important your roll is and how many things you can improve, suggest to change in a better and more efficient way, just be open to discuss it with others, put your ideas out there. Don't be afraid to put your stamp on the way thing are done. As I learned, Backroads always welcomes new, fresh ideas. Use your free time to explore the area, travel, ride the bike, talk with co-leaders, have fun. And when it gets hard, make it easy by remembering how important your roll is. Take all the feedback, positive or negative, and learn from it. You will work hard and you will make mistakes, learn from them and move on.