Caitlin Ahern | Founder + CEO

A designer at heart, Caitlin dabbles in all sorts of art: knitting, ceramics, home organizing, and upcycling old garments through her clothing brand Refunktion

With a deep love for international travel, a background in Sociology and work experience in education, microfinance and fair-trade, starting Thread Caravan seemed like the perfect fusion of her strongest skills and interests.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Caitlin has also called New Orleans, New York, Maui, Cambodia and Guatemala home. She believes people are the key to getting to know a place and seeks to create authentic connection wherever she is.

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Estefania Gamarra | Panama Guide

Originally from Bolivia, but having called Denver, Colorado home for several years, Stef decided to embark on a backpacking journey through South and Central America en route to Mexico. When she arrived in Guna Yala, Panama, she effortlessly decided to stay. Nine months living with a Guna community has since turned into buying her own sailboat, starting a charter company and living the island life for several years and counting. 

Stef's laid back and positive attitude is infectious. When spending time with Stef during our Panama trip, you'll quickly adapt to the island lifestyle yourself.

Kandra Ehrman | Panama Guide

Kandra is part of the Guna indigenous group and spent her childhood living on the Guna Yala islands. When she was of age, she got permission from the community elders to venture to Panama City to study sustainable tourism at university.

Kandra frequently returns to Guna Yala, facilitating small-scale tours in the area. She speaks Spanish and Guna. In addition to acting as our Guna language translator and artisan liaison, she has a wealth of knowledge to offer about her culture and heritage.

Lisa Jennings | Guatemala Guide

Environmental educator, adventure guide, dancer, nature freak, culture junkie, and mother-to-be: Lisa's titles are expansive. When she began TI'XAR, a platform for Guatemalan organizations to connect around environmental themes, we knew we needed to connect with her. 

Originally from Canada, Lisa's love for travel is long-standing. She's now been living in Guatemala for 7 years, consciously connecting to the country's land and people. Her newest endeavor: starting a family here with her Guatemalan partner and fellow guide. 

As a past performer, Lisa knows how to captivate a crowd. She will keep you entertained on our Guatemala trip with information about indigenous histories and environmental projects, plus lots of laughs!


PHOTOGRAPHERS

Karim Iliya | @karimiliya

Karim has a knack for capturing moments of genuine human connection. Known for his work as an underwater and aerial photographer, he pushes the limits in new settings. He's lived in 9 countries and travelled to over 40 others. From snowy mountaintops to underwater caves, he leads a nomadic lifestyle photographing as he goes. If you attend a Thread Caravan trip with Karim, you can expect to be photographed from the air, dance to his beat-boxing, and hear his stories about swimming with humpback whales in Tonga.

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Michelle Norris | @michellenorrisphoto

This stunner has the ability to brighten up the already bright city of Oaxaca. With her impeccable attention to detail, Michelle delivers photos that are magazine-worthy, or that could at least liven up an Instagram feed. In her current city of Atlanta, Georgia, Michelle works as both photographer and stylist. During her trip with Thread Caravan, she made sure to find the city's funkiest shopping spots and share them with our travelers. 

 

Forrest Aguar | @forrestaguar

With an eye for detail and a plethora of exhibitions and publications under his belt, Forrest's talent is easily shown in his work. His thought-out composition and use of bright color palette are the perfect set of skills for photographing the funky streets of Oaxaca. What's better, Forrest travels well and is a great addition the group's cohesion.

 

Drew McGill | @drewfoto

San Diego native, Drew's lifestyle reflects his hometown: laid back and optimistic. Drew came along on our inaugural trip to Panama, where we partook in many-an-adventure and Drew kept an open mind the entire time. In addition to taking photos of the trip, Drew dug deep with his visual marketing company, Falcon Related, collecting stories of the artisans and travelers to compile in a short documentary. 

Sophia Mullin |@sophiagmullin

Originally from the Boston area, Sophia relocated to New Orleans for university and now calls the southern city home. With a background in styling (mostly for Bows + Arrows Flowers), photography seemed a natural segue for her visual talent. She's polished her skills at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston as well as with a few workshop and tutorial courses. Her style emphasizes candid movement. Sophia came along on our Oaxaca trip, documenting indigenous cooking methods and the mezcal-making process. 

 


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