By Chara Odhner |

The first big blizzard of 2015 hit New York the same day 22 charity: water staff members were booked on a flight out of town. JFK » DBX » ADD » MQX.

We boarded an enormous double-decker Emirates plane just as a threatened 36 inches of snow began to accumulate. But after a quick plane de-icing and a few anxious texts to loved ones, we were off on our second annual staff trip to see charity: water’s work in the field.

Wait. Let’s back up a bit.

Here at charity: water, we have about 70 staff members. Roughly half of us travel to the field often. Our Water Programs Team, for example, might clock a combined 900 hours in the air in a single year. Tyler, our Content Strategist, spent 64 days in the field in 2014, collecting stories and seeing our work in action.

But some of our jobs keep us tied to our desks. Or at least they did until 2014.

Toward the end of 2013, our Leadership Team decided every charity: water staff member should see our work first-hand. Every staff member. Every software engineer, project manager, accountant, and designer should see for themselves the difference clean water can make.

So in January 2014, we sent 30 staff members to the field for our inaugural staff trip. It went so well, we decided to repeat the adventure in 2015.

Great. Now you’re all caught up.

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