Meet Denise Chaykun, Ceterus’ wanderlusting non-profit specialist.
Denise takes advantage of our flexible work environment and works almost entirely remotely.
She grew up in Philadelphia, and spent her first ten years out of college in Washington, D.C., but loves to travel and wanted a job that allows for more flexibility. Denise found Ceterus when she was working for one of our nonprofit clients and decided she had to be a part of the growing team. Working at Ceterus allows Denise to empower the nonprofits she believes in, and also lets to do her work from anywhere she wants.
The Airbnb Lifestyle
Denise and her husband almost bought a house outside of Philadelphia not too long ago. But she realized that something wasn’t right – she wasn’t excited about buying the house! Denise and her husband started to get creative about where they would live. They’re adventurous people, and they both work remotely, so anything was on the table.
She suggested traveling in the South Pacific, but her husband didn’t agree, so they compromised and settled on living in Airbnb’s in the US and Canada. They move to a new city once a month.
Places Denise lived in 2016:
- Ocean City, NJ
- Newport, RI
- Prince Edward Island, Canada
- vacationed in and worked from Bali, Singapore, Hong Kong & Australia
Denise’s Top Travel Destinations
Favorite place she’s vacationed this year:
“Singapore! It’s gorgeous, so different, but they also speak English!”
Favorite place she’s lived this year:
“Prince Edward Island in Canada. It’s adorable and was so much fun to settle into a house and live ‘internationally’ for a month!”
Favorite place that she would recommend actually living:
“Austin. Granted, we were there in February so the weather was perfect, but it’s so affordable, great for walking, and really friendly, interesting people (and all the tacos).”
Q&A with Denise
What’s your favorite part of working at Ceterus?
“The Ceterus culture is the best! Where else could I work with nonprofit clients that I totally believe in, but also have the flexibility to do that from anywhere? You know what you need to do and just get it done.”
What’s your favorite part about traveling?
“Traveling slowly like this where we spend a month in a city is different than a vacation where it’s jam packed with notable activities. It’s actually the everyday parts of living in new cities that have been most fun. Some of my favorites have been having East Coast family out to stay with us and ski in Denver, trying so many tacos in Austin that we can have a heated debate on favorites, and being able to have Ceterus coworkers and clients over for a BBQ at our house in Nashville. Being able to keep up on work and keep a normal schedule while checking out new places in the evenings and on weekends is a really nice pace compared to being on a trip where you feel like you constantly have to be on the go!”
What inspires you every day?
“Freedom, liberty, nice looking Excel documents, and the never-ending battle against the dog fur in the house.”
At the Pawtucket Red Sox game
St. Augustine, FL