Cultural Traveller

Cultural Traveller

Preparation and Knowledge

I’m not interested in superficial visits. If I go somewhere, I want to prepare myself thoroughly. Good preparation is half the work: what is the history, how did things come about, when were they created?

With travelling and change, you always end up in uncertain situations. You can’t anticipate all of the risks beforehand. I would prefer to have a complete understanding of the end goal and know as many details as possible about the route we are taking. What does the goal look like and why are we going that way?

Sometimes I’m so busy adding up the risks that I don’t get around to taking the first steps. My weakness is that I do not like spontaneity, and my blind spot is that I am overly critical of others who may want to change plans without the research being done first.

RdL can teach these independent cultural travellers how to better use and trust the qualities of others. Make a difference between actual risks and “fatal fantasies”. Learn to enjoy the journey instead of doing everything by the book. Once they are on a journey, the cultural traveller usually surpasses the guide in their knowledge and insights.

I have been involved in 3 RdL Executive Leadership programs in the Pacific, Solomon Islands and most recently Senegal. The effect on my team and on myself has been significant. Our organization would not be as effective without these programs.

Andrew Catford

National Director of World Vision Senegal in West Africa