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JT, Joan

Hey, I’m JT, Joan!

Massachusetts, United States · Member since June 2012

I grew up in NYC and moved to coastal New England where I have spent years teaching and doing research on whales out on the waters of the Gulf of Maine. I have taught science and marine workshops to children of all ages, as well as on the graduate level to science teachers at the College of the Atlantic. I spent the past four years, doing science workshop with children at a school in Harlem. Teaching, back in NYC has been such a high. My students appreciate every thing I do with them, from exploring tide pools to raising ducklings. Their excitement feeds my own.
My favorite go-to destination is Oaxaca, Mexico. It feels like home, even if I am the only person south of the border who thinks I speak Spanish.
I love to walk, hike, kayak, and explore. I've been fortunate to have been able to travel widely. Seeing new places and trying out new languages is a treat but the biggest high is always the people you meet. I've loved using airbnb while on the West Coast, and in the South. It's such a nice way to have an insider view of a new area. In Vancouver, I stayed with a wonderful couple while I had a chance to spend time out on the water with different Orca pods. In Seattle, I enjoyed a math institute that much more, and was able to kayak all around the offshore islands and Olympic Peninsula while staying with other airbnb hosts. While staying in the South we had the most friendly and helpful neighbors, without whom we our experience would have been very different and less authentic. On the East Coast, I again used Airbnb apartments around NYC, to figure out where I wanted to live.
As Airbnb hosts we have been blessed to meet wonderful, considerate, and respectful people from all over the world. It has been such fun to share our favorite spots on Cape Cod and in Manhattan.
Being someone who loves nature, Airbnb has opened up the chance to travel and live in neighborhoods, or in the wilds, as opposed to having to stay in a stuffy, high-rise hotel. I value this organization and its contribution to the improvement of world communication.