Say hello to the new face of sustainable travel:
Mike Corey, a 26-year-old world traveler with a background in biology and a serious yen for the wildest creatures and experiences on the planet – and our 2012 Isla Palenque Island Intern!
He’ll be spending this summer on our wild island in Panama’s Gulf of Chiriqui: the stunning Isla Palenque, home to Amble Resorts’ premier eco-development.
Everything we learned about Mike over the course of this ten-week contest has shown us that he’ll be able to hold his own among the island’s incredible native species of flora and fauna. His own story has been a natural progression from his innate fascination with wild creatures — “especially strange and slimy,” as Mike said in his video submission – to conservation management projects that took him far from his Canadian home, ultimately leading to international travel and a desire to communicate the value of experiences to others.
Mike’s video application demonstrated his videography and media production prowess; his enthusiastic participation on social media throughout the competition demonstrated his ability to engage others in his quest to discover the world; and his written submission showed exactly why Mike’s inspiring story and the story of our undiscovered island should be intertwined. His talents made a powerful impression on the judges at Amble Resorts and the travel experts assembled to evaluate the candidates.
“Mike seems to be doing exactly the right thing — he’s open, eager, and has a solid grasp of the newer media,” said Andrew McCarthy, Editor-at-Large for National Geographic Traveler, actor, writer, and director.
Over the past two weeks, the contest reached a competitive pitch as contenders ranging from accomplished environmental filmmakers and photographers to social media specialists and seasoned world travelers vied for the internship on Isla Palenque.
Each of the finalists demonstrated their tremendous passion and uncommon ability to impart a sense of wonder about the world to their audience among the travel community.
But what gave Mike an undeniable appeal, aside from his proven storytelling abilities both on-screen and on the page, was the prospect of inviting such an accomplished curator of the natural world to Isla Palenque, where we are certain he will be blown away by everything he encounters. We’re looking forward to learning about the creatures on our island and can’t wait to follow Mike on his explorations hiking, snorkeling, and diving in this spectacular little-known corner of the globe.
Only our mysterious island, Isla Palenque, truly knows what’s in store for Mike Corey this summer. But we can’t wait to watch!