Repost of my team leader @marthaburtenshaw (I had to put conjunctions to make it all fit!) "A great time spent w/ old friends & making new ones. A time to relax & to push myself, soaking in the beauty that we've been blessed with. Several people have asked me what my favorite thing about the trip was, & it was all great -- the ship, the beaches, the snorkeling, the food! But the very best part of the trip wasn't any of those things.
Monat puts a huge emphasis on gratitude in everything that they do. The family who owns Monat came from Venezuela, & our founder, Senior Luis, grew up in poverty. They see Monat as an opportunity to make dreams come true for everyone they come into contact with.
Before we sailed, Monat organized a fundraiser to earn enough money for every single crew member to have two hours of time to Facetime with their families. You see, most of the crew come from developing countries, & many work for 7-9 months at a stretch, 7 days a week, without being able to see their families. They send every dollar home. They can go for months without any contact. & what is really crazy is that NO ONE -- no group, no celebrity or sports star who sailed with them has ever done something like this for the crew before.
Crew members stopped us all week asking "Are you w/ the shampoo company? Thank you thank you thank you! I got to talk to my family!" It brought us to tears! & Monat didn't stop there. They matched the donations raised by the Market Partners & purchased smart screen technology for the only school on Bermuda dedicated to teaching children with special needs.
So what was my favorite thing about this amazing trip? It was knowing that families who are otherwise apart got to spend virtual time together. Mothers & fathers got to see their children. Spouses & children in far away lands got to see their loved ones - something all of us take for granted. My favorite thing was the reminder to count my blessings & know that, in some small way, we were able to bless the 1,600 people who worked so hard to give us a magical week."