Originally from the state of Ohio in the United States, Gina has worked in the educational travel niche for over 17 years, previously in the role of the travel planner and now responsible for Inspire Travel's on-the-ground operations. After graduating from Ohio University, Gina worked for an American educational travel company in Washington, D.C. for several years where she was responsible for experiential education programs in the United States and abroad. She first traveled to Brazil for work in 2003 and has lived in Rio since 2005. She worked for a Brazilian incoming tour operator from 2005 - 2008 and then launched Inspire Travel in January 2009. As the primary point of contact for clients, today Gina uses her unique skills to assist them in creating new travel programs, though development and implementation.