International travel transformed Andrew’s life. A decade ago, while volunteering in an orphanage in Cuzco, Peru, he developed a deep appreciation for cultural diversity, along with a recognition of the innate similarities that connect all people. Purpose-driven travel had him hooked for life, and his next thought was, “What comes next?”
That opportunity quickly presented itself when Andrew ran into a family friend and founder of Operation Smile, a Hampton Roads-based non-profit that helps children in need around the world through cleft surgery. With this cause being close in heart to his family, it only seemed natural for him to spend the next few years working medical missions for Operation Smile in China, Peru, Kenya, and India.
His vision for Nuz Travel is to bring together passionate travelers to go back to these places that he experienced and loved with a new perspective. It was with this thought that he reached out to his friends and contacts abroad, and the first trip to India was born. Visit the EXPERIENCES page on this website, and take a peek at some of the adventures. Then, start making your plans to join us in 2018!
Associated with Operation Smile for past 9 years, Sagar has travelled to 22 states in India. A man who appreciates adventure, Apte has trekked the Sahyadri Mountain range in Maharashtra, as well as few places in the Himalayas. Having travelled to 26 countries across the world, he feels like a global citizen.
In his words, “One needs to travel in order to mature. The best part of travel for me is to explore new places, learn about new cultures, and try varieties of food. Travel really opens up one’s heart and mind. I am so excited to be part of this incredible team and change perspectives of people who have never ventured out of their comfort zone.” We couldn’t have said it any better.
Born in Brussels (Belgium), Varma spent the majority of his life on the large, sub continent of India. Ajit’s parents came from the beautiful State of Kerala, at India’s southern-most tip. He was schooled in the Capital city of Delhi and in the Eastern city of Kolkata, finishing his University days in Chennai.
Since the 1980’s, Ajit has worked managing brands/communication, and leading program teams involved in cleft care. Varma serves as executive director of Operation Smile India. In this capacity, his work has led him to Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore and Guwahati, as well as Jakarta, Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Yangon.
We are thrilled to bring Varma’s knowledge of Indian history, politics, health care and business to the Nuz Travel team to enhance your travel experience. His personal insight will bring you to a world of India you may never have experienced otherwise.
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Lizet’s mother is from Cajamarca, the highlands of Peru, the 2nd major Inca City, and her father, from Arequipa (a province located next to Cusco.) Having family in both regions, Lizet enjoys showing the beauty of her country to travelers from all over the world.
As an experienced traveler and guide, she has trekked the globe to destinations such as Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Panama, Costa Rica, the US, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, France, Greece, The Czech Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore and India. With Lizet’s strong family ties and frequent journeys, her knowledge of Cusco, Aguas Calientes, and Machu Picchu is unmatched.
I was born in Lucknow, India, which is know for its food and it’s culture. I studied in delhi and Mumbai and have been working in the development sector for more than 5 years, with various organisations. My work takes me to very remote and impoverished areas of the country which I have thoroughly enjoyed and learnt from. I get a new insight about my own country from each visit and conversation. Currently i am working with women farmers in India, training them to produce local videos on agricultural topics which they screen for other villagers.In my leisure time I like to listen to music and watch all kinds of documentaries