Indeed, life will give you plenty of time to find your purpose (and you don’t have to have just one), but, we can help you get a head start (without compromising on the fun time). We’ve made it easy for you to walk in the footsteps of many who have chosen to #DoTheDifferent. We’ll open the doors to experiences formal schools and at times even parents can’t introduce you to, to things you might not have thought about yet and possibly to things you may be yearning to do. We’ll put you in situations where you’ll learn more about the world and about yourself, especially the things that make you tick and the ones that don’t!
We are trying to avoid the cliché "Travel is the Best Teacher" stuff, but that's exactly what it is! You need to get out there because sometimes even the best institutions are not educational enough
You know that! Except, there might exist something that's just for you that you may not even be aware of! Get real world exposure, hands on experiential learning & real life inspiration from those who walk the talk.
No one ever got anywhere by staying within their comfort zone. Only when we challenge everything around us, do we discover our potential. We'll push you out of the box and you’ll see the change yourself.
We respect the animal kingdom that can’t talk and the environment that can’t walk. We respect local folks and their customs. We use inclusive accommodation & commit ourselves to character building community work.
DoTheDifferent is the brainchild of IIM-B Alumna Gauri Jayaram. While her experience in the travel industry spans over 25 years in varied profiles with some of the world’s most famous travel brands, it was her role as a mother of two teenagers, that prompted her to develop the signature DoTheDifferent Young Adult Internships & Leadership Expeditions in 2017. Since then the company has operated trips in South Africa, India, Tanzania, Nepal and introduced many more compelling programs to many more countries.
Designed to introduce 13 to 19 year olds to varied topics and subjects such as environment, wildlife, culinary arts, photography as well as in personal development, leadership etc. that are best experienced and learnt outside conventional classrooms, the trips deliver the philosophy of ‘Travel is the Greatest Education’, while giving teenagers ‘hand on exposure’ and the chance to experiment with subjects through work that is appropriate at their physical, emotional and intellectual level, opening doors to the incredible possibilities their future can offer.
Best known as a supermodel, actor, film producer and an avid sportsman, Milind Soman is one of the most widely known Indian icon promoting fitness. He is the founder and passionate ambassador of Pinkathon, India’s biggest ‘women only’ marathon that attracts over 70,000 women runners each year. He is also involved in several other fitness & travel related ventures. In 2017 Milind completed the Ultraman to beat his Ironman challenge.
An ultra-achiever and an international level competitive swimmer since a very young age, he accidentally ventured into the world of modelling while he was pursuing a diploma in engineering and went on to create his unique and unconventional life and career path, leading by example at every stage.
Coming from a family of academicians, he credits much of his success to the freedom & support his family offered, in particular his mother Usha Soman who continues to inspire him.
Founder of I Am Fine, a Guidance & Wellness Consultancy, Nandini Raman quit a fancy marketing job at a leading international music company to turn counsellor, which she believed was her calling. She holds a postgraduate degree in psychology from Madras University, Chennai, India and authors a weekly column on education for the leading daily The Hindu.
She has trained extensively honed her academic and clinical skills in counselling and training over 10 years, including 3 years as a university counsellor where she also served as an assistant professor.
She has successfully worked on numerous emotional and psychological problems across varied age groups and in particular with adolescents. She is qualified to administer and interpret the MCMF (My Choice My Future) career assessment by Pearson Academy India, which helps young adults identify their skills, interest and their future calling.
An architect by education, Geeta is an avid photographer and a successful entrepreneur (did we mention that she’s also our co-founder?). At a time when India was just waking up to the idea of travelling around the world, Geeta had already backpacked solo across the length and breadth of Europe, India and USA. Her photography expeditions have taken her across Patagonia, Ethiopia, North Korea and 60 other countries. From the jungles of Borneo to Botswana she’s ready to sacrifice all comforts if it means a unique encounter with the wild. And, she’s the best surviving example of an Indian vegetarian traveller one can find.
Some of the most interesting conversations around our office revolve around the name of this outdoor enthusiast who once carried the huge responsibility of curating and operating our impeccable trips on her (extra) small shoulders. But as they say – don’t let the size fool you. Mehvash holds a Master’s degree in Maritime Archaeology from UK and wildlife and the environment are close to her heart. Her daily routine includes planning the menu for her dogs dinner and though she might be failing miserably in converting people to commute by bicycle, she makes an ace leader on our trips!
It took Marshall less than six months of working for a tech firm to figure out that he was as far away from his calling as he could be. From there started his journey in the travel industry and he’s never looked back. He spent a happy number of years living in the Andamans working as a Tour Manager for a resort at Havelock Islands where he mastered the skill of people managing. His personal interests range from permaculture to playing the guitar. He loves to read and write but insists that he doesn’t read what he writes!
With his roots in the mountains near Palampur where he spent most summer vacations hiking, bathing in spring fed rivers, and wandering the fields, Dhiru’s love for the outdoors has stayed with him, and to this day his preferred mode of transport remains his 10 year old cycle. His diverse background includes 5 years with an organisation promoting running in India. A big hit with our trip participants, he is a professional shooter and competes in the 10m Air Rifle event. He also gives his time to sporting event organisation (he volunteered at the Olympics in Rio), fitness training, and bizarrely, even the coffee export business.
Monica has balanced a 17 year long career in HR & Communication while helping Bangalore Walks conduct history and culture tours where she has honed the art of taking charge and providing learning experiences to travellers. She believes that her un-glamorous corporate career has made her an expert on scheduling, planning etc. - skills that come handy when taking responsibility as an Expedition Manager, while we believe that her experience in the field of Learning & Development is what makes her a pro. When not gainfully occupied, Monica retires into one of her various reading nooks and spends hours with her nose buried in a book.
Malvika’s love for the outdoors comes from the 4-5 weeks a year her family would spend in the wilderness - sleeping in tents, fishing and cooking their own food & even bathing in the Cauvery river. Her most vivid memory from those years is watching a majestic tusker swim across the river! Before setting up her own graphic design firm, she lived in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve managing a resort. She loves elephants, the sound of flowing water, the smell of old books, petrichor and all things creative! Oh, and Frank Sinatra can get her through the toughest of days!
Arvind's background is as varied as they come – a telecom engineer by education he ended up working at a tech start up and then at a recreational firm where he led the team that built one of the country's first running brand - Runners for Life. 10 years later, he switched gears to become an educator at Azim Premji University, a yoga instructor and the founder of India’s first school for ultimate frisbee. Sports is a big part of his life, he also manages sports at Skylight world academy. He enjoys long distance running, cycles to commute, plays football and table tennis and is one of the best ultimate frisbee players you’ll find.
For over 20 years Sangeetha has been associated with education and training of young adults. When she is not busy counseling students on international university admissions or helping them prepare for life-defining exams, you’ll find her rock climbing, running or most likely on a high altitude trek putting to use her Trip Leaders skills acquired from National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), USA. She’s also trained in High Altitude evacuation (though luckily she’s never had to use those skills!) She’s been on over 30 high altitude treks spread across India, Nepal, Greece, USA & Morocco and she lives by one mantra: Where to next?
These are some of our fabulous team members you may end up speaking with during the course of exploring or finalising a trip with us.
An engineer by qualification, Reshna gave up a career in engineering to pursue her self-professed purpose of making the world a better place. And that’s how she ended up enrolling for a long term leadership program. In her last avatar she was the project coordinator with Sahpathi, the non-profit initiative of Edulever. You are most likely to be the first person you speak to when you call us. She is also a certified yoga teacher and one of these days we are going to add yoga classes to her job description.
After years of building an enviable career in the travel business she tossed it all for the most prestigious job in the world - that of a mommy! And naturally as the mother of two teenagers she understands the value of what we offer better than anyone else ever can. Exploding with new ideas, especially those that include eating great food (the proper word being 'gastronomical explosions’), she can speak Spanish and multi-task like no one you know.
DoTheDifferent is a member of The Association of Experiential Education (AEE), which is a global community of experiential educators and practitioners with the shared goal of elevating the field of Experiential Education. We strive to keep an updated technical approach in our programs and apply methodologies and practices to deliver the best learning outcomes.