We had the good fortune of connecting with ISAIAH MCGREGORY and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ISAIAH, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I remember the first time I experienced another part of the world. The food, the buildings, the smell in the air, the culture, the people; so much of it was different than anything I had encountered before, and much was even beyond what I could have imagined. And then, I started to notice all of the similarities as well: the smiles of the people, details in each culture and day to day life. My perspective of what our world was was irreversibly expanded, not only by our differences, but by our similarities at the core. For several years after that first experience, I had the opportunity to work all over the world with a study abroad program. And I witnessed firsthand, passions discovered, motivations ignited, hearts and perspectives opened, and lives profoundly impacted by the cultural immersion experience. I was ecstatic about the good this was doing in the world, and then my focus was drawn to the fact that many that desire to, cannot afford this type of opportunity. So I set out to create an affordable way to have this priceless experience. I believe that the more people have the chance to have cultural experiences and transform places into faces, the better our world will be.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Venture Road is a global education, sustainability project and cultural immersion program that takes young people around the globe on a five-week, country tours. We would like to invite you to participate in the opportunity to support us in or mission to provide cultural immersion experiences to as many people as possible. Sponsors so far have taken joy in the fact that they have the chance to literally change the world for the better by allowing young people to chance to change their perception of the world, contribute to it, and bring positive outlooks back to their respective communities. We at Venture Road believe that the more affordable that culturally experiential travels are, more people travel – when more people who travel, the better the world will be. We appreciate you considering being a part of this initiative. During a Venture Road tour, participants from many places and backgrounds travel to a new country each month, live with local host families for a true cultural immersion experience, volunteer in projects that make a true and long-term impact on people in the world and actually learn about the place and the people that they surround themselves with while in a country! People in the group participate in workshops to support their personal and professional development. Through PESI trained staff members, we insure that when participants walk away from this program, they have the tools they need to not just become a global citizen, but to take action in order to build better communities. Self-discovery possibilities are endless, and in this manner, our sponsors truly contribute to ensuring that the world will be a better place for the next generation. With more than 30 years of combined experience, the leadership of Venture Road knows what it takes to construct an impactful tour. With our mission to provide young people an affordable way to have priceless experiences, we will never stop changing the world – even if it takes doing so one person at a time. Venture Road is more than a travel organization; we believe that in order to make an impact on the world, we must become the best version of ourselves. We hope that by the end of tours, participants are inspired to become more involved and aware of the work that you do when they return to their local communities.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to say ‘thank you’ to the people that I met on the road during my travels. My life will forever be impacted by your friendship and love. Culture and kindness mean everything to me – everything that makes me who I am is because of the thousands of friends that I’ve made all over the world. I know that the future is worth seeing because you all make today beautiful.