Ania Baranek

Ania Baranek

Expedition Team Coordinator

Languages: Portuguese (Native), English (Fluent), Spanish (Fluent), French (Limited)

Ania became fascinated by the idea of travelling when she saw her first Lonely Planet episode on the Discovery Channel as a teenager. She has dreamt about combining her passion for travelling with an inspiring job ever since.

The urge to explore the world prompted her to study foreign languages, specialising in Spanish and English linguistics at university. Since then she has lived in Poland, Spain and Canada, and she has worn many hats working as a translator, language teacher, a city guide and a tour leader in her home town of Krakow, Poland.

After several years of a semi-nomadic life, including road trips through the Rocky Mountains, West Coast of the US and the Australian Outback, she decided to settle in Sydney, trading her beloved Polish mountains for the Australian sun and the Pacific Ocean.

She decided to pursue the job opportunity at Aurora Expeditions after she found out that it was founded by Greg Mortimer, the first Australian to climb Mt Everest and a true explorer at heart, which resonated with Ania’s need for adventure.

As the expedition team coordinator, she is excited to work with like-minded people, whose personal achievements and inspiring lifestyles are living proof that dreams do come true.

Outside work, Ania lives and breathes the great outdoors. She’s a certified SCUBA Divemaster, a keen snowboarder and runner. She enjoys MTB riding in the Snowy Mountains and hiking the infinite national park trails around Australia. She also writes a Polish blog about Australia.