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Alan Garcia

ALAN GARCIA

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POSITION Founder
D.O.B FEBRUARY 1985
HOMETOWN LONDON, ENGLAND
SEASONS SKIING/SNOWBOARDING Every season since 1987! Full time since 2000.
SNOWBOARD STANCE GOOFY
FAVOURITE PLACE ANY MOUNTAINS WITH SNOW ON THEM!
CONTACT NUMBER Office: 0208 123 9477
EMAIL alan@sunshineworld.co.uk

I started skiing when I was just 2 years old and our one family holiday each year was a skiing holiday. I started snowboarding aged 10. I have now been professionally qualified and actively teaching since January 2001, first gainingstatus as a CASI snowboard instructor when I was 15 years old in Whistler, Canada. I first qualified as a CSIA ski instructor when I was 17 and subsequently took and passed my BASI Ski Instructor training shortly after my 19th birthday. I have trained on both the BASI and CSIA, ISIA courses and taken my level 3 CASI training.

I have had the privilege of learning and the greater privilege of teaching skiing and snowboarding in resorts around the world including, Whistler, Canada, Courchevel, Meribel and Megeve, France, Zermatt, Switzerland, Madonna Di Campiglio and Cervinia, Italy, Soldeu, Andorra, Jasna, Slovakia and of course Zakopane, Poland among many other beautiful places.

I’m also a passionate tennis coach and learned a lot coaching tennis for Club Med in Tunisia in a resort that catered for up to 1,400 guests per week.

I started Sunshine World in 2005 with a view to creating and continually improving “tools” to help as many people as possible enjoy as many wonderful moments as possible while we can. Our focus is on being able to offer such attentive customer service that we can customise our guests’ experiences to the most stringent demands and desires and I’m humbled by the kind support I have received from so many great people over the years!

Please call me any time if you’d like a chat!

Alan Garcia


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POSITION Managing Director
D.O.B August 1990
HOMETOWN Watford, Hertfordshire
SEASONS SKIING / SNOWBOARDING All since 2008/9
FAVOURITE PLACE Banff, Canada
EMAIL greg@sunshineworld.co.uk

Greg’s first experience of the skiing world was on a school trip to Ischgl in Austria at the age of 14 and since then he had never looked back. For the next three years he returned to the snow in Austria and Italy with the school. Whilst studying for his GCSE’s he upheld 2 jobs to fund his next adventure. The thought of a dead end office job was enough for him to realise his ambition was to venture through the world. At 17, a month long World Challenge expedition to Tanzania, Africa could only confirm his eagerness for adventure resulting in him working as an outdoor instructor for the same company. He helped other youngsters to discover the adventure of life.

From a young age Greg had a huge interest in planes, so at 17 he started working towards his Private pilot’s licence which he successfully completed shortly after his 18th birthday. Just in case one day he finds all the snow has melted he is also a qualified advanced scuba diver.

During the winter of 08/09 he spent the season in Banff, Canada gaining his CSIA level 1 and completing an all mountain pro course, including avalanche training and winter survival. Canada was also able to deepen his interest in winter sports like ice climbing.

After his experience of Canada Greg decided to pursue a career in winter sports and applied for a position as a ski instructor with Sunshine world. He met Alan at a recruitment day at Hyde Park. Alan offered Greg a position as a full time ski instructor in the pro team. At the beginning of the 09/10 winter season he worked as a snowmobile and husky sled guide in Finnish Lapland for 3 months before spending the rest of the season with Sunshine World. He will return to Poland with Sunshine World for the whole season of 2010/11


Barbara Pełczyńska


I have been attracted to travelling from early childhood. Travelling and leisure activities has always been my passion. I can not sit for long in one place!

My second big passion is sailing. I have sailed from the age of 16, and I hope to continue through my life!

I studied hotel management at technical school, and then went on to complete a masters degree in International Tourism in Krakow.

I started working with Sunshine World’s young and dynamic team in 2010 with the hope of further developing the skills learned during my years of theoretical study … now putting them in to practice 🙂

POSITION Travel Professional – Assistant to the Managing Director
HOMETOWN Rzeszow, Poland
FAVOURITE PLACE Krakow, Poland
CONTACT NUMBER: Office: +0208 123 9477
EMAIL bp.sunshineworld@gmail.com

Lavinia Bursk

Lavinia on a snowboard

I first started skiing when I was 5 years old and then changed to snowboarding a few years later. I studied Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh so that I was able to experience the Scottish highlands regularly. I used to visit Zakopane as a child and fell in love with the city.

Other places I have snowboarded in are; Bulgaria, Switzerland, Canada, Slovakia and France. But I have to say that as I can speak the language and am familiar with the traditions, that Poland is my favourite.

I started working with the exciting team at Sunshine World in the summer of 2012 and never look back.

POSITION IT Technical Support
HOMETOWN London, England
FAVOURITE PLACE Any where with mountains
SKI/SNOWBOARD Snowboard – Regular
CONTACT NUMBER: Office: 0208 123 9477

SUNSHINE WORLD

Truly a Family Company. Family owned, Family run and Family Orientated

I believe in honesty. I think that as long as people know what the deal is they are free to make their own decisions as to what is best for them.

I believe that everyone experiences pain, sadness and bad feelings during their lives. I think it’s impossible to create a world where pain NEVER happens- everyone dies after all. I also believe that there are MOMENTS in everybody’s lives which are indescribably wonderful- I’m sure you can remember a few right now of your own… Moments you wish would last forever! I believe moments like these, which can be something so simple, make life make sense to me. I believe there is so much beauty in the world alongside all the pain and suffering and I want to soak up every positive moment while they last!

That is my motivation for starting Sunshine World. I want to use the tools which in my experience make people (and myself) smile, laugh and feel great to help create wonderful moments in time. Not to make the world a perfect place, but to live and immerse ourselves in one place at one time in a truly exciting experience.

At Sunshine World it is my absolute mission to strive to the very best of my ability to provide YOU with the best holiday of your life. We may not be successful in that goal 100% of the time, but I WILL try and I’m sure we will succeed many times.

All of this is, of course, nothing more than my personal opinion! So I invite you to explore our website, email or call me in person and form your own opinion of Sunshine World. Tell us what YOU want and we will strive to provide for you!

Sunshine World is much bigger than what you can see on this website. To experience something truly unique don’t miss your chance now. We have been working hard for many years now to put together holidays which ensure the highest level of personal service. Our past holiday testimonials are a good example of this. Last season we sold out many of peak periods very quickly so please give us a call if you’d like to chat about anything at all and hopefully during your holiday we can help make you smile, laugh and feel great!

Alan Garcia
Founder