May Employee of the Month: Marielle Ryckman

Drum roll, please… Our Employee for the Month of May is Marielle Ryckman! Congratulations Merle! We’re so happy to have you on board: the FnEZ Family is stronger and better with you being a part of it.


Marielle is a boss in Thailand. She is a super solid leader that we have always been able to depend on. Her experience goes far beyond her 6 months of leading with us. Marielle has been working in Thailand long enough to be dubbed The Phi Phi Queen! The amazing knowledge Marielle has of Thailand is rooted in her love for the amazing country, and flowers as fun tidbits for her lucky trip members. Being reliable, kind, and strong has earned Marielle huge respect from the head office and her leading partners. She always seems to know something new about somewhere we go, keeping our trips up-to-date and constantly evolving. Her knowledge is truly indispensable and that big brain of hers keeps showing us new surprises!


Whether you know her as Merle, Mama Merril, or Dirt Squirrel, you know Marielle is a darn good time. “She is 10 pounds of fun in a 5 pound bag!” as one of her colleagues out on the road put it. No matter the situation (a beach, a long travel day, a bar, a small hotel room with no A/C) Marielle has no trouble finding positives and making any situation way more fun than it appears!


A large part of Merle’s charm comes from her heart and soul. She is extremely selfless, helpful (especially on first-aid topics), and is always putting the needs of others before her own. Sometimes it’s as simple as getting someone their favourite snack before a long travel day or as invaluable as taking the time to show new leaders something off-the-beaten-path.


Speaking of other leaders, take a look at what some of her fellow Free & Easy Leaders had to say about her:

“I’m trying to encompass Marielle into a few ideas but I think the biggest is the fact that she would literally walk over hot coals for you.” (That’s lit.)

“Her strength, heart, and spirit made leading with her extremely enjoyable. We became instant friends and I’m very lucky to have had the chance to cross paths with her.”

“She is everything I hope to become as a leader out here!” (From one of our newest leaders.)

“I guess it comes down to her having a tremendous heart.”

“I think that she encompasses everything Free & Easy stands for whether it is being the best at showing people new experiences or simply living ‘Free and Easy.’”

“Her ability to make a real connection with people is unbelievable.”


Marielle is obviously an intrepid traveler and Thailand expert, but she also loves her family and being home! She is always looking forward to her next visit with her niece and nephew. She was able to bring both world’s together when her family came out to Southeast Asia this year and she got to show them around!


Congrats again Marielle! We can’t wait to continue this adventure with you! Want to be one of Marielle’s lucky trip members?! Join us in Thailand! 2018 and 2019 dates are available now: CLICK HERE to find out more!

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