Jeff Phillippe

U.S. Staff

After traveling and living in all 20 countries of Latin America, Jeff emphatically contends that Cuba is the most fascinating place in the Western Hemisphere.

He completed his bachelor’s degree in geography at Middlebury College in Vermont, and earned a master's in water resource geography at Oregon State University. For 13 years, he has led Outward Bound expeditions across the United States, and taught college semester courses in Patagonia.

He has served as team leader on several World Water Corps assessment trips under the non-profit organization Water for People in Bolivia, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. More recently, he worked as a high-altitude mountain guide in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. He's taught secondary science and university geography, and delivered lectures on Cuban geography.

Jeff has led more than 100 trips to Cuba and learns something each time. “I am constantly opening my eyes to new perspectives, traditions, and resourcefulness,” he says. “There is nowhere in the world like it.”