Over the past two years since graduating as Business major, Teddy has been living and working throughout New Zealand. She started traveling and landed a position as night manager and receptionist at a local hostel n the town of Wanaka, in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Teddy spent her first few months in the country working for the hostel, volunteering at local sporting events and “tiki” touring (cruising with no clear direction but purpose). In the winter (summer in North America), she began working at Treble Cone, Wanaka’s local ski field. In addition to working, Teddy was able to improve her skiing (she reports that Treble Cone is a real challenge) and “making powder turns with good mates.” This past winter (our summer), she returned to the ski center as assistant manager. Teddy also got involved in the mountain’s Ski Patrol, and has assisted in opening the chutes, setting up the groomers and sweeping the summit for the last skiers of the day. She has also received training in avalanche warning and reaction. Teddy is headed back to North America this month to start training and gaining certifications to be able to be on patrol for next season.
Not content to master the country’s mountains, Teddy has also experienced a wide range of other adventures, including learning to surf in the Catlins, at the bottom of New Zealand’s south island and the closest point to Antarctica; hiking up to the Rob Roy Glacier in the Matukituki Valley; and snorkling through the Blue Mao Mao cave, rated by the legendary French diver Jacques Cousteau as one of his all-time top ten dives. Teddy reports that “the best part about New Zealand are my mates, the people working to keep me coming back.” A wonderful custom which Teddy has been exposed to is the giving of Punamau (green stones) “when someone has touched your heart.” Teddy explains that according to the tradition, Punamau cannot be purchased for oneself , but rather can only be received as a gift. The recipient in turn must wear it before they pass it on. Teddy reports that “just yesterday I passed on my green stone which was given to me last year before I travelled back to America…. your best friends make your life a better one to be in and the green stone is a small way to show respect for their dedication. ”
This past October, Teddy accepted a position as the East Coast representative for Scott U.S.A, of Sun Valley, ID. Based in Burlington, VT, she will be responsible for the marketing of the brand’s running shoe and sports apparel lines.