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Amanda Butler

Amanda Butler has taken on some diverse roles; from radio announcer, to English teacher, traveller, and now Travel Manager and Expedition Leader at Worldwide Quest. After starting off in the broadcast industry, she traded in her microphone to work abroad as an English teacher in China.
During her years away she travelled extensively through China and is particularly drawn to the minority villages in the South where fascinating ethnic groups such as the Tibetan, Bai, and Yao people can be found. Notable programs Amanda manages are; alumni UBC Travel, U of T alumni Travel, and Classical Pursuits Literary Tours.

Amanda has travelled to over 25 countries, and specializes in Asian destinations.

Upcoming Tours

Current Projects

I am excited for Canada’s 150th, and have some trips planned in East Coast Canada to celebrate! I’ll be heading back to Fogo Island, Newfoundland with UofT and UBC to explore “the edge of the earth” and delve into the innovative social enterprise the Fogo Island Inn has set up there. I’ll also visit PEI with UofT to check out Chef Michael Smith’s new Inn and learn all about his ‘Farm to Fork’ movement.

Memorable Moment

I visited a village in Canton, China with an alumni group a couple of years ago. One of our travellers, who was of Cantonese descent, did some research prior to the trip and found that the area we were visiting was the location of his grandfather’s village. When we went to the village with our translator, the villagers told us that his grandfather’s house still remained standing where he left it when he immigrated to Canada! They led us to a beautifully intact farmhouse, which still belonged to our traveller’s family. A century of history came together and we were lucky enough to have witnessed it.