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Our Journey Back Home


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Wow.   There are ultimately no better words than “wow” to describe this past month we spent here in Ecuador. Just 28 days ago we were stepping off our plane from Atlanta onto the new grounds of Quito. 19 girls from all walks of the United States, all starting this new journey together. Small talk on the bus ride from the airport to our hotel proved that we had quite the unique group of girls onboard. At that time, little did we know that all 19 girls would leave 28 days later with wet eyes and thousands of memories that…

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More than Just a Trip


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It is our second to last day here in Ecuador, and what a ride it has been! Through all the class work and service and adventures, I think I now understand the true concept of what it means to travel. I remember the first few days of class, our professor D-Chan (Dr. Chandler) talked about how there’s more to travel than just seeing and doing really cool things. I thought, “What is he talking about, that’s what you do when you travel!” Having never been out of North America or studied abroad, this deeper meaning of “travel” really confused me….

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Lasting Friendships


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Before my adventures with global lead took flight, I remember my friends and peers asking me constantly on what I expected to come out of this. In my wildest dreams, I could never have expected what LEAD Ecuador has meant to me. I never expected to bond with and trust every single person here on this experience with me. Now in the last weeks of my journey, I look at these amazing girls I have rappelled off a sketchy little rope with, gone rafting in the giant waves of the amazon river, getting lost in quito, banos and even Cuenca…

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Coming to a Close


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I woke up this morning with anxious butterflies in my stomach as I realized… there are only 3 days left. The trip of a lifetime is sadly coming to a close, but I can’t imagine it ending in a better place. Cuenca is the Ecuadorian version of New Orleans’ French Quarter. As far as I can tell there are no beignets, but the Nutella waffles from the café down the street come a close second. We spent hours walking around the city today and every corner holds a new surprise. The markets here are unlike anything you can imagine. Strawberries…

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Class and City tour of Cuenca


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Today we started off the morning with coffee and ended class a few minutes early in order to get a good lunch in before our city tour! Alex and I enjoyed a nice lunch date at a quaint café located right on the Tomebamba River. It is interesting to see how many Americans are in Cuenca because at the Wildhorse Café there was no Ecuadorians in sight! We met the managers and they had an interesting story to tell us! It is a mom and a daughter who are taking over the owner’s jobs in order for them to visit…

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Day-Trip to Mindo


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Wow. I cannot believe that we are nearing the end of our time in Ecuador. The past three weeks have been incredible, and during this last week in Cuenca, I have been able to have a lot of time to reflect on all of my adventures and experiences. While there have been so many amazing and life-changing events that has taken place thus far, my favorite day would be our day-trip to Mindo.   Tubing down the river was definitely a blast, but the waterfall hike was unbeatable. Through the pouring rain, “belaying” down muddy hills, and trekking through overgrown…

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Waterfall Hike


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It is so hard to believe we only have a week left in beautiful Ecuador! Time truly does fly when you’re having fun. On Friday, we started off the day with a great lesson from D. Chan and ended class with identifying how our strengths have played out in Ecuador thus far. It was incredible to hear every girl name someone else’s strength and how they had used it instead of naming and explaining our own. This definitely showed me how well we have gotten to know each other in just these short three weeks. After class and we ate…

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From Mountains to the Jungle


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On Saturday we mountain biked around Cotopaxi. I was kind of nervous because I had never mountain biked before but the experience was awesome. Riding down the mountain, feeling out of control, was such a rush. Half way through, in the Valley of Death, I thought about stopping but seeing Miranda and Haley pushed me to continue and I’m so glad I did because it was totally worth it. When we got to the top, we all had a picnic together. The view was unreal. Even though we’ve been here for 2 weeks, I still can’t get used to all…

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Immerse Yourself in the Culture


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I am having a very hard time dealing with the fact that we have already been on this incredible adventure for two weeks and our last day of service week has come and gone. These children have such big and loving hearts to the point that you cannot help but smile when you are around them. Before we said our farewells, the kids put on a performance for all of the Global Lead students. I am positive that I have two left feet, and for me basic dance moves are just that. Basic. However, for these kids to be 5,…

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Quito – everything I expected and more!


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Hello all! My experience on the L.E.A.D Ecuador trip so far has been absolutely amazing: From buying practically every hand-made alpaca linen in the Otavalo market, to riding horses on top of Mt. Pichincha, and even to just taking a lazy Sunday afternoon to walk though Parque Carolina, Quito has been everything I expected and more!   Our L.E.A.D Ecuador group has been volunteering in Honrar La Vida, which is a foundation here in Quito. Honrar La Vida is government funded and provides children and teenagers with education in low-income homes in the area.   Tomorrow is our last day…

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Transcending Language Barriers


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The most rewarding, and fun, part of service week so far has been seeing the joy on the children’s faces while playing with them on the playground today. I knew going in to this week that interacting with children who don’t speak my language would be difficult, but it felt as if the language barrier was broken when everyone was playing together this afternoon. At the beginning of service week the differences between the personalities of Ecuadorian children and American children were obvious. The Ecuadorian children at Honrar La Vida, the school where we are doing our service project, are…

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Finding joy and love in service.


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June 26 was a bittersweet day. It was our last visit to Sir Lowry’s Pass, so it was a day full of emotion! We held a talent show for everyone in the township. The soup moms spoke, and the kids sang and danced. Some of our group prepared dances or songs to perform, so that was fun to watch as well!   After the performances, it was just one big dance party in the courtyard of the school. It was a good way to be together and have some fun, before having to say our final goodbyes. When it was…

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A Day: Honrar la Vida


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This week we started our service-learning project at Honrar la Vida in the neighborhood of La Roldós. As we were getting off the bus it was a huge wake up call looking around at the buildings that make up this neighborhood. Most of the buildings are made of cement and some of them do not even have roofs, but the colors are beautiful! It is very evident that we are working in an underprivileged community from the outside, but once we walked into the school I immediately sensed joy, happiness, and gratitude from the students we are working with. It’s…

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My High is Beating My Limits


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My name is Alex Bossetta. I’m 22 years old and from New Orleans, Louisiana. I recently graduated from Louisiana State University and I will be attending graduate school at George Washington University starting in August. I like horses, pizza, and my family and friends. Enough about me. I’m about half as exciting as all the cool things we have gotten to experience in our first week (wow, it feels like so much longer) with Global Lead in Quito, Ecuador. A few times a week, we meet in our community groups and discuss our “highs and lows” of the trip thus…

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My Feet Can’t Move That Fast


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This morning we had class at our apartments because the Fulbright School is closed for the holiday and we started off the day with a great guest speaker, Francisco Pastor! Francisco works with Volunteer Ecuador, which is the program we will be working with next week for our service week. He was able to give us some great insight as to what we have to look forward to next week, and he explained more about the school we will be going to. He informed us that the kids we will be teaching English to and spending time with next week…

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A Day in Otavalo


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Today was full of firsts. The first time I have ever worn hiking boots (Never hiking in tennis shoes again). It was my first time ever being over 9,000 ft. It was the first time I ever bought a sweater with alpacas on it. Let me start by saying, I thought I was adapting to the altitude. Let me finish that by saying, I was wrong. This hike outside of Otavalo around a crater lake was something unexplainable. It felt like standing inside the cover to a National Geographic, but with the wind blowing through your hair and the sound…

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Great Expectations


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It is normal to be scared before making a big leap in your life (like a 5-week trip to Ecuador with people you don’t know). But when I had not a single feeling of fear before leaving, that’s when I knew this trip would be the furthest thing from normal; I was not the slightest bit nervous as I walked up to a group of girls at the airport gate, only excited and eager. And I can honestly say after only being with them for two days I love them already. Each person brings a different personality to the table…

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A New Place in My Heart


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Flashback to December, I could not believe that I had just committed to studying abroad in Ecuador: a place I knew little about. Now that it is the beginning of July, I still cannot believe that this place will be my new home for the next month. Looking back over these past three days in Quito, Ecuador, I cannot believe that this place or these people have just entered my life. The lively city with the picturesque mountains sitting in the background make the beautiful city of Quito. After class, we get to go out into the city and be…

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United Through Sport


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Today after an amazing authentic Ecuadorian three-course lunch at a little hole in the wall Dr. Chandler suggested, we went and watched the U.S. World Cup game against Belgium at Plaza Foch. Plaza Foch is probably my favorite area we have visited thus far. The energy and liveliness coming from all of the fun restaurants and bars make everything so inviting and friendly. I’ve never sat down and watched an entire World Cup soccer game before, and even though we lost I still had a great time. I love how the world cup connected us with the Ecuadorians in a…

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Last Few Days in Greece


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As we are nearing the end of our trip, I know we are all trying to make the most of the time we have remaining in Greece. Today we got to discuss all the amazing obstacles we have been able to overcome while being here, like learning more about the Greek culture, trying new things, taking on a turbulent ferry, conquering the fear of heights by bunjy jumping, completing the tough hike through the samari gorge, and many more. I think we all have been able to encounter many great experiences here that will continue to help us understand that…

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The Journey Home


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It is almost impossible to sum up these past five weeks in Cape Town. It is hard to believe that our time has come to an end. Every day here has held a new adventure. No matter what anyone’s comfort zone may be, this trip pushes you outside it. As we board the plane tomorrow I have so much to take with me: new friendships, checked items off a bucket list, and a new outlook on life. It is amazing how much about leadership, the world, and myself.   This last night has been a perfect way to wrap up…

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Don’t Make Me Leave!


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As today is a Saturday, the morning began with the routine trip to the Old Biscuit Mill. As today was my last day in this mecca of food, I naturally indulged in Salmon Eggs Benedict, macarons, and salad. I don’t know how I will be able to adjust to the bland breakfasts that await me at home.   After leaving OBM, I embarked on a new adventure. It’s crazy to think that even though I’ve been in Cape Town for 5 weeks I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the amazing cultural experiences this city has to offer. Today’s adventure…

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And That’s a Wrap


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Flashback to January: I found out I had been accepted to go to Greece with Global LEAD in just a few short months. Excitement kicked in immediately as I imagined all the fun and adventure I was going to encounter. However, as time went on and my departure date for Greece became closer, anxiety began to set in. I was nervous about traveling alone to a new place knowing no one. I have great friends who I rely heavily on from home and school, so I was nervous about finally doing something new without the presence of my friends.  …

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LEAD Greece Program Staff Update


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It’s hard to believe it was two weeks ago that I was writing about Athens and Corinth! Since then we had an amazing visit to Santorini and now we’re in Crete. My posts have been more sporadic than I anticipated, largely because the students were hard at work on their assignments, which meant plenty of grading for Ashley and I. While grading is tedious and my least favorite part of teaching, it is always so rewarding to see what the students are learning and how this experience has challenged the way they view the world. It makes it worth it…

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One Greecey Fishing Trip


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Last weekend the boys and I were able to charter what we thought would be the fishing trip of a life time. This being one of all of our biggest “no regrets”, it was something that had to be done no matter what the cost. On Saturday afternoon while doing our laundry, Nelson happened to come across a small trip advisor where chartering fishing trips was one of their “most amazing memories” they had to offer. At only 55 Euros per person, we were able to charter a 100 ft sailboat that would take us out to sea off the…

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Attitude is Everything


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My name is John Andrew and I am a rising junior at Wake Forest University. I am so thankful I have had this opportunity to come on this trip to Cape Town with Global Lead. This has been the best five weeks of my life and I have made so many invaluable and irreplaceable friendships. It saddens me to acknowledge that our trip is coming to an end in the next few days, but I am very excited to see what the future holds for me after completing this program. I know all of us here have been dealt a…

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Adventures for Days


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Today was extremely exhausting. But then again, what day hasn’t been? I love how everyday has been spent doing something. I’m definitely getting the most out of this trip and I will leave here with no regrets. Anyways, so my schedule today consisted of waking up at 4:30am in order to catch the bus at 5 to the Samaria Gorge. I saw people walking out of bars at the time we were on the bus (not exaggerating, Greeks party hard). On the bus we all fell asleep for the four hours we rode. The Samaria gorge was absolutely gorge-ous (hopefully,…

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A Gorge-ous Hike


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I felt like my blog needed to be insightful, artfully stringing together the perfect words describing a long journey down a picturesque gorge. However, there aren’t really words to describe the beauty of Greece and the people on this trip. So, with that said, I will do my best to paint a vivid picture of our adventure today!   Today was a physically and emotionally draining day. We had the incredible opportunity to hike Samaria Gorge on the far end of the island of Crete. It is easy to get discouraged on a day like this. Without the mutual support…

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The End is Just the Beginning


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As I sat on the balcony watching the last Wednesday sunset with Avery Bell, all I could think about is how in the world I am going to leave this beautiful place I now call home in four short days. It seems like just yesterday we were finishing up week one, still learning names, and getting familiar with the Cape Town culture. Now five weeks later, my main concern is wondering when I will get to reunite with these lifelong friends and incredible staff members that were once strangers to me. The wonderful thing about Global Lead is that the…

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Joy Does Not Rest in Circumstance


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One of the main reasons I chose to come on Global LEAD this summer was for the service aspect of the trip.  While Cape Town is a beautiful city with amazing food and adventure, I was also very excited for service.  Two weeks ago, as many of you already know, we spent a week in Sir Lowry’s Pass Village meeting the families and playing with the kids.  The whole week was an eye-opening experience to people who lived a lifestyle that was so much less fortunate than my own.  The bright smiles of the little kids and their moms made…

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Top Ten Adventures of Cape Town


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After four weeks in Cape Town, South Africa I still feel like there is so much to see, eat, and explore, but from all the great adventures we have been on, these are a few of my favorite things! (In no particular order)   Hike Table Mountain: Table Mountain overlooks Cape Town and has an elevation of 1,085 meters. Although it feels like your doing a stair stepper for 2 hours straight, it is completely worth every step! The view from the top is gorgeous!   Watch the sunset from Camps Bay: Camps Bay is a beach area with shopping…

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Three Things I Know To Be True


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I cannot believe we have started our final week in Cape Town! These past four weeks have absolutely flown by and I wish I could make time so slow down. I came on the trip not knowing anyone else and was originally nervous because I had no idea what to expect. Luckily for me, I have met the greatest people in the world. Many of the friends I have met will be lifelong friends and I am so thankful for all of them!   During my Global Lead experience, I have discovered three things I know to be true. The…

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Appreciation for Adventure


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When I was deciding on a study abroad program, Global Lead stood out to me for a number of reasons. I think what won me over was the adventure aspect of the program. I really wanted to go out of my comfort zone and try new things and that is exactly what I have been doing these past few weeks. I have always been afraid of heights and was terrified to bungee and skydive, but I have now conquered both! I cannot put into words how accomplished I felt after jumping off of the tallest bungee bridge in the world…

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A Great Day in Crete


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Today was a great day in Crete! We had a day off so some of us decided to explore! We found a cute little shop filled with spices, oils, and wines on one of the small streets in town that turned out to be an unforgettable experience. We met the man that owned the shop personally. His name was Apostolos and he was very passionate about his work. He gave us so many tips on how to pick the best olive oils to buy at home and gave us free creams to try! He taught us some great life lessons…

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AquaWorld


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Today we had the opportunity to visit a local aquarium and turtle rescue center called AquaWorld. The center is run by an adorable older man who started the center in 1995 so that he would be able to show off indigenous sea creatures from Crete. He started our tour in the back patio where there were a plethora of reptiles. There was a 20-year-old tortoise named Blondie walking around greeting the visitors while three giant snakes slithered around various iguanas and lizards that were crawling around as well. Our community group took turns holding the giant snakes that were considerably…

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My Changed Perspective on Serving Others


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I have been so blessed to be able to come to Cape Town, South Africa. It has always been a dream of mine to come to Africa and my parents made it happen. This past week we spent in Sir Lowery’s Pass with some wonderful people. This week I have learned more about myself and what I want to do for the next couple of years. I thought I wanted to move to Africa and spend time working with orphans. But the curriculum made me think twice about my motive in serving and volunteering. It helped me assess the different…

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Greek Letters


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Today for our first day in Crete, we were able to pick an academic activity and explore on our own. My group intended on venturing to the aquarium, but with a change of plans, ventured to the Heraklion museum. The museum was filled with local artifacts ranging from ancient tombs to jewelry.   The most influential part of my day was when a museum staff member came up to us and asked about my friend’s t-shirt. My friend Mandi is a member of Alpha Chi Omega at Auburn University and I am a member of Alpha Delta Pi. The man…

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An Ideal Evening


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Today was the last off day that we had for the rest of the program. Today was also the day that our Leadership in Action paper was due. So most of us slept in, then once we woke up we started working on our papers. There was a large congregation of us by the pool, inside the lobby, and at the sports cafe next door. Everyone who had already finished their papers spent the day relaxing by the pool so we were all together for most of the morning and afternoon! After the 6:30pm deadline for the paper some people…

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Our Relaxing Day in Crete


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Today was such a relaxing day. It was a free day and the first day I actually got the chance to sleep in. With no set plans, we started the day off with lunch by the pool. We all got Greek salad sandwiches and they were so good! After lunch, we went downtown to do some laundry and to window shop. It was great to just take a walk, enjoy the day, and finally get some clean clothes. The weather has been so beautiful and Crete has definitely been one of my favorite places to visit. There’s so much to…

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LEAD Greece Program Director Update


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Even though it’s only been five days since we were in Athens, it seems like ages ago. And within those five days I have seen this group take community to a whole new level. The first week and a half of this trip was filled with city tours, group dinners, early mornings, karaoke, explorations and serving the local community. Although everything was absolutely amazing, we were so worn out that we did not even have time to realize it.   As the last 4 days in Athens approached the group was extremely excited for service. For me, I was especially…

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A Wide Array of Experiences


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With just nine days left in Greece, there’s a lot that I could say in this post. To sum it up very briefly, our group of 48 students has shared a wide array of experiences. We have jumped off boats into the Mediterranean, hiked 6.5 miles from Fira to Oia, written papers on our leadership tendencies, and even shared our personal life stories. I couldn’t be more impressed with everything that GlobalLead has done and everything that the program stands for. I know for a fact that everyone on the trip will return to their homes feeling more knowledgeable not…

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Half Way Done


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It’s crazy to realize that the adventure I have been looking forward to the last year is already half way over. It has been two weeks since I left home for the experience of a lifetime and it is hard to wrap my head around the idea of it almost being over. The time has flown by but at the same time I feel like I have been here forever. Reflecting on these last two weeks gives me a chance to recognize how much I have learned about myself, the culture of Greece and gives me a chance to really…

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It’ll Never Be Forgotten


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As service week comes to an end, its far easier for me to measure what I have learned from the people in Sir Lowry’s Pass than what they have learned from me. Each of us was assigned to a mom in the community and we have been able to visit them in their home each day after our time at the school. My mom, Ms. Hetta, is the sweetest and most generous woman I have ever met. She is known as a soup mom, which means she makes soup in her home and serves it to kids in the community…

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Challenge: Find the Beauty in Every Day​


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10 days… Just ten days until I am on an airplane flying back to Johannesburg, Washington, and then Houston. It seems unreal to think that this is the end of our fourth week in South Africa. My time here has been nothing short of incredible. From speakers, to tours, to food, to scenery, and back to food it has all been so enjoyable. All the people on the trip are the coolest, kindest, and greatest people I could ever ask to spend five weeks with!   Coming off adventure week was an all-time adrenaline high. I got to spend my…

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Applause Worthy Sunsets


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Looking out over a sunset is one of the best ways to connect with nature. Taking in the colorful views and relaxing with friends while you take sunset pictures and videos on top of an old castle seems like the ideal way for a tourist to watch a famous Santorini sunset. I love nature but I am guilty of always having my camera and only seeing through the camera screen. Saturday night we all had the opportunity to do this and it exceeded all of my expectations.  However, I made a promise to a friend from home that I would…

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My Favorite 5!


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Global LEAD does a great job incorporating all the “to-dos” in our program! Our days are packed with great adventure, food, sights, service, and learning. It quickly became apparent how hard the staff works, year- around, to prepare for our time here. I do not think I can ever repay the staff for what I have gained here! Since it is so hard to pick just one thing to talk about, I decided to write about my favorite 5!   1. Service Learning: While I have volunteered and completed service at home, the service that we are sharing with the…

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No Regrets


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We are at our third hotel spot in the beautiful Santorini and we could not love it anymore! This place is absolutely amazing and we do not want to leave. One of the first days when we were in Santorini, I got to take some of my friends on the trip to meet my Aunt for lunch at Argo, which was SO delicious! She just happened to be on a cruise that stopped in town for the day. Not many people get to say that your aunt met up with you for lunch in Greece..!!   Yesterday we all went…

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Adventure: The Best Way to Learn


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This past week we went on adventure week and I conquered my extreme fear of heights and jumped off the world’s tallest bungee bridge, Bloukrans Bridge.   We got to the bridge where the process moved so fast. Before I knew it I was wearing a harness and walking out to the area to wait for my turn to jump. Up on the bridge music was blaring and we all danced around getting pumped up for what was next, the jump. When my turn came my stomach dropped and I couldn’t believe what I was about to do. I have…

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Reaching New Heights


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As I am sitting down to write this blog post, I cannot believe that I only have ten short days left here in the amazing city of Cape Town. Last week, we embarked upon the Garden Route for Adventure Week, where there was never a dull moment. As we traveled by tour bus to a variety of places for our particular adventures, my mind was blown each and every day by the activities that we were doing. We went on a Safari where we saw incredible views and beautiful animals- my truck even got close to being chased by some…

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Sir Lowry’s Pass


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We are half way through service week. If I could sum up my experience in Sir Lowry’s Pass in three words it would be: I am grateful. The first two days we spent in the township were an overwhelming blur. This being my third time to Africa, you would think it would get easier but seeing the level of poverty that so much of the world lives in is shocking every time. We spend most of the afternoon making small efforts to connect with these children through playing games, making crafts, and encouraging their dreams of aspiring to be doctors…

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