Header Photo: Toward Ikatseq in the vicinity of Tasiilaq in East Greenland.
Sarah Woodall is a Senior Consultant – International Relations at Visit Greenland, the national tourist board of Greenland. Greenland came into Sarah’s life totally by chance one day in 2011, but luckily for her, it did not leave so suddenly! She now lives in Greenland permanently.
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How exactly did an American wind up in Greenland? A representative from Visit Greenland visited Sarah’s graduate university in Washington, D.C. (George Washington University School of Business) looking to recruit tourism students for various summer internship positions. In fact, Sarah only attended the session to humor her classmates, but after getting goosebumps 5 minutes into the presentation, she knew it was the best decision she ever made and that she simply HAD to go to Greenland. She applied for an internship position that very day!
Sarah took her first trip to Greenland in summer 2012, during which time she completed a 4-month long internship at Visit Greenland. After an amazing summer, she remained working with Visit Greenland as a tourism consultant.
Where has this American been in Greenland? Have you seen it in winter? In connection with work and holiday, Sarah has had the amazing opportunity to see quite a bit of the country ranging from the arctic metropolis of the capital city, Nuuk, to small villages of less than 50 residents, like Ilimanaq! She has been in Greenland at every month of the year, so she has seen it at 25*C / 77*F and also at -27*C / -17*F. She has also seen Greenland with 24-hour Midnight Sun and with only 2-3 hours daylight during the polar darkness. Both versions of Greenland are simply amazing!
The places Sarah has been in Greenland, so far, includes the following locations:
Sarah’s education is in Sustainable Destination Management, and she holds a Master of Tourism Administration degree from The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.