Caitlin Ahern | Founder + TRIP LEADER

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.


Lisa Jennings | Guatemala Guide

Environmental educator, adventure guide, dancer, nature freak, culture junkie, and new mother: Lisa's titles are expansive.  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!


Kandra Ehrman | Panama Artisan Coordinator

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.