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Meeting New People – at Home and Abroad


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Happy March Madness folks, I hope you have all finished up your brackets and are tuning in to watch the next biggest upset of the year.  I personally would love to win the billion dollar challenge, but I feel like my odds are better of waking up to discover a new ability to fly considering it’s 9.2 quintillion-to-one odds.  Good luck to all of you though in your sports betting endeavors.   Today I’m going to shed some knowledge about the wonderful topic of meeting new people, specifically meeting an entire group of new faces while simultaneously being thrown into…

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Announcing our February LEAD Scholarship Winner!


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Global LEAD is thrilled to announce that USC sophomore, Alexandra Lewis, is our February LEAD Scholarship winner! Alexandra is a Kappa Delta and will be joining us on the LEAD Cape Town program this summer. She is very passionate about education and told us that as a future teacher, education is what excites her the most. “Education is what gives individuals the chance to dictate their future and decide who they want to become,” Alexandra told us. “If a student is confident in their ability to learn, then they will have the courage to try new things, meet new people,…

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Newest LEAD Scholarship Winner!


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Global LEAD is so excited to announce that Ole Miss freshman, Haley Berry, is our January LEAD scholarship winner! Haley is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and will be joining us on the LEAD Cape Town program this summer. She is looking forward to service week in Sir Lowry’s pass and says that service is very important to her. She’s also really looking forward to the adventure component of the LEAD programs.   “I am always seeking new first-hand experiences in order to learn more about myself and the world around me,” Haley told us. “I continually look…

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How To Use Study Abroad to Boost Your Resume


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Hello Global LEAD peeps, it’s been awhile since we’ve chatted.  With each blog post this past year we have learned about many different members of the Global LEAD family, the locations Global LEAD travels to each summer, as well as many tips and tools for making the most out of your study abroad experience. Today, I’m going to take the next step in bringing you an article on how you can take that amazing summer you spent overseas, and turn it into a tool which can transform an interview with a potential employer from just another resume in a stack…

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Get to Know 2014 Cape Town: Dij Howes


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Hey! My name is Kadija, but I go by Dij.  I’m second from the far right in the cover photo. One weird fact about me is that I’m a dual citizen; I’m both a United States and New Zealand citizen.  It was because of my dual citizenship that I traveled a lot as a kid. All this traveling gave me plenty of ideas for places I knew I would want to go when I was older, or if the opportunity ever came up.  One big thing of mine is seizing opportunities; I have made it my goal in life to…

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The Evolution of Global LEAD


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Global LEAD started as an idea, evolved into an organization and transformed into a family.  Pat Howell, our blog intern, reached out and asked me to elaborate on the Global LEAD story (http://www.globalleadprogram.org/about-us/global-lead-story/) and to answer a few questions about the company’s origins.   As I think about the last six years, my first reaction is to say that it feels like we were destined to be right here, right now.  To dreamers, the past challenges always seem smaller and future opportunities are even larger.  However, as the following stories demonstrate, our journey has been anything but certain or predictable. …

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3 Steps To Change Your Summer From Wasted to Worthwhile


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It’s February. Midterms and Valentine’s Day turn into Spring Break and finals and then it is SUMMER. But then what…?.   Maybe you already have a great internship lined up. Or you are taking classes that you have to take at your home university. Or maybe you think of summer and the only mental image you see is a well-work couch and Netflix binge. Though relaxing, that is a waste of a summer.   Summers during college are unique. You have 3 months to do something outside of the routine of college courses. 3 months to explore, learn, grow, challenge….

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How to Budget Abroad


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Unlike Walter White, not all of us have a storage unit with a pallet full of cash to take with us when we study abroad.  With a limited budget to study abroad, every financial decision you make impacts what you will be left with at the end of your trip.  Today our Chief Financial Officer, Beth Ann Schroder, is going to give us all a few tips on how to make sure our budgets can be accurately forecasted as well as remain on track throughout the time that we spend overseas.   Every day abroad will present itself with new…

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Why Study Abroad


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My Upbringing   The root of my desire to study abroad most certainly came from the amount of family travel I experienced growing up. My parents gave my sister and me the opportunity to see England, France, Italy, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the Caribbean before I even graduated from High School, which also included an amazing amount of travel around the United States. I felt blessed to of seen all these places at such a young age, and I feel like this experience hitting all the hot-spot tourist destinations played a big factor in my decision to step off the…

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Get to Know Global LEAD 2014: Caitlin Devereux – Greece


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Today we begin our series getting to know the students participating in the upcoming summer trips with Global LEAD.  We are proud to introduce Caitlin Devereux as our first highlighted Summer 2014 student attending the Global LEAD Greece trip in just a few months.  We will continue to get to know different students throughout the Spring semester leading up the summer adventures coming up, so stay posted to get to know the newest faces of Global LEAD!   Hi! My name is Caitlin Devereux, I’m a sophomore at Louisiana State University.  I am currently studying Business Management, but I honestly…

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STUDYing Abroad


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The Role of STUDY in Study Abroad   My experience with academics abroad was a bit different than a lot of study abroad students go through because the professors live in the same buildings as you and eat at the same dinner tables as you. With Global LEAD, I took two separate three-credit courses, focused on Leadership and Service Learning. The classes were taught by a perfectly fitting couple, Fausto Sarmiento (Director and PhD in the Geology Department for the Neotropical Montology Collaboratory at UGA) and his wife Elena Sarmiento (professor in Spanish at UGA). Both of them had grown…

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Juli Jimenez Awarded the December LEAD Scholarship!


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Global LEAD is excited to announce University of Texas at Austin freshman, Juli Jimenez, is one of several of our $500 LEAD scholarship winners for 2014! Juli is a Kappa Delta at UT-Austin and says that studying abroad has always been a dream of hers. Juli was born in Colombia, and says that traveling to visit her home country enables her to appreciate all of the opportunities she has here in the U.S.   Juli is most excited about the adventure aspect of Global LEAD, and when asked why she believed so strongly in the importance of adventure, she said,…

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First 48 Hours Abroad


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There are three goals during the first 48 hours on all of our programs Connect with the group Get to know the city Understand how to stay safe.   Global LEAD works to ensure that your first 48 hours on the ground are informative, engaging and fun. You will be greeted at the airport and have a welcome bag waiting for you in your room with goodies to keep you energized. Day one will be busy, so try to sleep on the plane ride over if possible.   Getting to know the staff and your fellow students shouldn’t be boring,…

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My Ecuadorian U-Curve


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This post was an exercise I did to really dive into the up’s and down’s I had on my trip to Ecuador with Global LEAD in 2012.  The foundation for this exercise is the idea that as students study abroad, they go through this U-curve of Adjustment to the new culture as they experience levels of culture shock.  In reality, these experiences turn into a roller coaster of emotions, but it made me think back on things in a more detailed way than I had in quite some time.  I ended up doing a double U-curve, as a professor pointed…

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DeAnna Updates Us on Life


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Now that we are back into the rhythm of things you all will get the pleasure of learning what a few more of our awesome Global LEAD alumni are up to these days.  For all of you who got a chance to know DeAnna Jarnagin on the trip to Greece, enjoy reading about the updates she has made in her life recently.  After returning home from Greece, DeAnna became a Campus Ambassador for Global LEAD among her many other positions and roles on campus at Tennessee – she didn’t stop there though.  It helped shape her into the person she…

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Catching Up With Callie Williams


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Hello folks.  For all of you who actually follow this blog regularly, I apologize for spending so much time away from the keyboard.  The wonderful motherboard from my laptop unfortunately decided to give up and die, making it very hard to make regular posts during my ski trip out in Colorado.  We are continuing the process of interviewing Global LEAD alumni to see what our different family members are up to, and today we all have the pleasure of catching up with Callie Williams, who studied with Global LEAD Cape Town just a few years back.   What are you…

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Katie Satterwhite Joins the Global LEAD Team!


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Global LEAD is excited to announce that Katie Satterwhite, recent graduate of the University of Texas- Austin, is joining the Global LEAD executive team as a Student Relationship Manager! Global LEAD first met Katie as a student on the LEAD Cape Town 2012 program. Her time in Cape Town helped her to form a philosophy of leadership and service that she could take back to campus and then continue to use post-graduation. In 2012, she told us “A leader is a person who is worthy of imitation, and whom others strive to emulate. A leader must have an encouraging attitude and…

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Reflections on Global LEAD from Taylor Cowan


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Today all of you who got a chance to study abroad with Global LEAD in Ecuador 2012 will see what our friend Taylor Cowan has been up to recently.  For those of you who don’t know Taylor yet, enjoy the opportunity to get to know more about her and keep your fingers crossed that one day your paths may cross.  A current student at Clemson University, Taylor is one of the most adventurous and easy-going people you will ever meet.  With plans to study abroad in Spain this upcoming semester, Taylor will be a study abroad expert by the time…

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Catching Up With Joe Garrigan


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Today all of you get the pleasure of getting to catch up with my old buddy Joe Garrigan, who I first met in Quito, Ecuador back in July of 2012.  Joe and I were roommates throughout our entire Global LEAD Ecuador journey, and believe me when I say this is one person worth getting to know.  While I arrived in Quito with an extremely limited Spanish speaking skillset, Joe arrived as close to fluent as it gets.  There is no doubt in my mind that I would have found myself in a bit of trouble had Joe not been there…

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What’s New at Ole Miss


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Greetings world, I hope everyone is getting super excited for the holiday break coming up.  With many students around the country finishing up exams and heading home for the break, I decided to connect with a few of our Campus Directors to see what their plans are for the next few weeks.  Will Rogers joins us from Ole Miss to share a little bit about his fall semester as well as his upcoming agenda for the holiday break (other than watch his Rebels beat up on the Yellow Jackets from Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl).   1) What…

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Finals Week vs. The Final Week


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While we all flood to the library at absurd hours of the day and pull our hair out trying to make sense of the information overload taking over our brains during this wonderful time of the year, I’ve actually been thinking about the relationship between college finals  week and the final weeks we spend in different chapters of our life.  There is no doubt that the college years (for most of us hopefully 4, but no shame in a few extra) make up a significant chapter of our lives.  It’s in these final weeks that we show our worth to…

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Global LEAD Announces Zach Pursley as the First 2014 LEAD Scholar!


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Zach Pursley University of Tennessee- Chattanooga LEAD Cape Town   Global LEAD is excited to award University of Tennessee- Chattanooga Senior Zach Pursley the first of several $500 LEAD Scholarships for 2014! From Orientation Leader to Top man on Campus, Zach knows no stranger in Chattanooga. When he isn’t leading his brothers as a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, he can most likely be found on the intramural field or even on stage! Zach will be joining over a hundred over students from all over the nation on Global LEAD Cape Town this summer for a leadership and service study…

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Pat Learns to Juggle During a Study Break


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With final exams looming over the heads of so many of us around the country, I figured I would provide some good-spirited fun to pick up all the stressed out minds out there.  I decided to look up fun ways to spend study breaks, and juggling came up on one of the articles.  Unfortunately I didn’t know how to juggle, so I decided to spend my study break teaching myself how to toss three balls consecutively, while catching the evolution of it on tape (no, I’m sorry to disappoint but that man in the featured image is not me; I…

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Being Thankful For What We Have


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Greetings world, I hope all of you out there are lucky enough to have gotten to spend this Thanksgiving in the presence of loved ones surrounding a table of scrumptious food.  As I have grown older and began to appreciate all of the things which I always assumed were just a part of life, my eyes have been opened to how much we all truly have to be grateful for.  If you are reading this post, you are either staring at a computer screen or walking around aimlessly with your smartphone, putting you a step ahead of the majority of…

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They Come to US, Let’s Go to Them


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An article recently came out on National Geographic about the importance of all the international students who decide to come to the United States and experience our culture first hand, not just out of a textbook from back home.  The number of incoming international students has been rising steadily over the past few years, with the most recent estimate of 819,644 students having left their home countries to study here in 2012-2013 (a 40% increase over the last decade).  Unfortunately, the number of students we are sending out to the rest of the world is only a mere fraction of…

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The Jaw-Dropping Benefits of Service-Learning


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A number of researchers, Eyler & Giles (1999), Astin et al. (2000), and Eyler et al. (2001) have documented the benefits of service-learning to students as well as faculty, academic institutions and community members who are involved. Service-learning improves student learning outcomes and contributes to student personal and social development. Faculty report enhanced teaching, service, and research opportunities and academic institutions report increased student retention and improved town/gown relationships. Community partners receive additional resources to support their agencies’ mission.   Unless otherwise noted, the following outcomes are documented in these studies.   For Students:   Learning Outcomes Service-learning improves student…

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Decision Making, Beyond Right and Wrong


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They say we learn everything we need to know in Kindergarten. This is an annoying euphemism. I’m not sure I learned much in kindergarten at all, given that I spent most of my time falling out of my chair or getting “stuck” in my cubby to make my tablemates laugh.   Those of us who were lucky enough to be somewhat shuttled (and I say this in the best sense of the word) through our adolescence, not having to think twice about meals or comfort or whether or not we could go to school, often surface a bit rusty on…

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Taking A Closer Look at Study Abroad @ Wake Forest


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Greetings world.  Believe it or not we North Carolinian’s got our first snowfall of the year yesterday as a winter front came down from the Northeast and sent the temperatures plummeting below freezing in the early evening.  It was the mark of a shift into a new season, and the thought of breaking out my skis and boots from the closet is starting to excite me.  Looking a few days into the future, you will all have the pleasure of getting to hear from my older sister Lauren about her experience in Cape Town a few years ago.  I decided…

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Discovering Your Leadership Groove


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Define leadership.  Don’t look it up on Google, just take ten seconds and write down the words which come to mind when you think of the definition of leadership.  My professor instructed our class to do this last week and it was pretty fun to watch the results unfold.  For all of you out there who are unfamiliar, I am a Marketing major at Elon University and my average class size is around twenty people, so classroom discussions mean every single person is expected to add their input.  Surely third and fourth year college students have a pretty solid idea…

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Catching Up With Emily @ UW-Madison


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As much fun as it has been to interview all of our intelligent and charming Campus Directors over the past few months, today’s interview with Emily Hannan was especially fun for a few reasons.  Emily is the only Campus Director on our team that I actually got to study abroad with in Ecuador, and it had been well over a year since we had gotten to catch up.  During our service week in Quito teaching English at Honrar la Vida, I was lucky enough to have Emily in my group.  Although I had taken three years of Spanish in high…

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Break Free of Your Comfort Zone


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I was flipping through my Blue Book today while I had some time to kill before a soccer game and stumbled across a page that talked about stepping outside your comfort zone.   While I may have had more important things on my to-do list, I just couldn’t help but spend a few minutes reading through the information and what I had written during my experience in Ecuador during the summer of 2012.  All of you out there who are Global LEAD alumni have spent at least a few days talking about the benefits of breaking free from the comfort…

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My Interview with Emily @ LSU


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With just under two weeks remaining on the schedule before Carolyn and Beth Ann make their campus visit to Baton Rouge, I assumed it would be helpful to gain some insight from our Campus Director at LSU, Emily Ann McCarroll.  She generously took a few minutes out of her day this past weekend to talk with me about her mindset as a student before studying abroad with LEAD Cape Town this past summer.   1) Did you always picture yourself studying abroad with a summer program or did you originally imagine going for a semester?   I always pictured myself…

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Helpful Tips From Olivia at Tennessee


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Good afternoon out there to all of you joining me today as I get a chance to meet Olivia Bagatelas, our Campus Director at The University of Tennessee for the 2013 – 2014 school year.  Olivia traveled with Global LEAD to Cape Town in the summer of 2012 before beginning her Junior year in Knoxville as a proud member of the Vol’s nursing program.  It did not take long for me to realize she is extremely adventurous, (hence the skydiving, bungee jumping, and traveling all across the world) making her the absolute perfect fit for the role of Campus Director…

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Get To Know Texas


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Hello World.  For all of you joining us on this beautiful Sunday from South Carolina, Georgia, Texas A&M, Clemson, and LSU, I hope you have allowed the recovery process to begin from the tragic losses your teams suffered during this 8th week of the 2013 football season.  I feel your pain as the Phoenix moved to 2-6 with a loss to Chattanooga yesterday, although it could be safe to say our season doesn’t have quite as much riding on each win or loss as your gridiron powerhouses.  Today I am going to be talking about a school which actually had…

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12 Apps You’ve Gotta Have If You’re Always Traveling


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Happy hump day to all of you out there tuning in with me today at the Global LEAD blog.  Elon just finished up Fall Break and the weather is just about perfect as we head into a whole new season with changing leaves and colder weather moving in.  I stumbled across (web stumbled that is, as I am obsessed with StumbleUpon) an absolutely fantastic post from BuzzFeed highlighting 12 applications for your smartphone which are incredibly useful for the regular traveler.  I don’t necessarily agree that you have to be someone who is always traveling to find these apps useful,…

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Get to Know Alabama


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Today you have the pleasure of getting to meet Taylor Brock, our Campus Director at Alabama for the 2013 – 2014 school year.  Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Taylor moved to Charlotte, NC when she was 7 and was raised there until moving on to Tuscaloosa to become a proud member of the Crimson Tide.  For this post I decided to ask Taylor a few questions to get a better grasp of what studying abroad is like for a student coming from Alabama, especially in relation to traveling with Global LEAD!     At what point did you decide you wanted…

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Get To Know Pat


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With the last two posts introducing us to Elise and Dane, today you will have the pleasure of getting to know some fun facts about me, the author of this blog, Pat Howell.  I went on the Global LEAD Ecuador trip in 2012 and have since shifted into roles as Campus Ambassador at Elon University and Social Media Intern for the blog.  I’m the goofy white kid swinging on the vine in the picture above (gotta clarify the masculinity since my grandmother is named Pat as well).  Since the majority of you have most likely already seen the other two…

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Get To Know Elise


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Our Social Media Intern in the spotlight today is Elise Nieser, joining us from Louisiana State University.  Hailing from Sugar Land, Texas (just outside of Houston), Elise is currently in her sophomore year majoring in Broadcast Journalism (the mentor choice just makes so much sense now).  Elise will be controlling all things Instagram for Global LEAD and we are very excited to have her on-board the Social Media team!  I had the pleasure of getting to do an interview with Elise to learn all sorts of random fun facts, so sit back and enjoy getting to know her just a…

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Get To Know Dane


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Today we have the pleasure of getting to know Social Media Intern Dane O’Neill just a little bit better as she has returned home from Greece and settled back into life at the University of South Carolina.  Dane will be the Facebook guru for Global LEAD this year, so if you ever find yourself in the mood for a motivational quote, picture, or story, head to the Global LEAD Facebook page to check out what she has been up to!   1) How did you originally hear about Global LEAD?  I heard about Global LEAD through my best friend, Morgan…

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Lauren’s Next Chapter!


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On November 7, 2011 (felt like a lucky-number kind of day) I was on a walk in the Ewing Township neighborhood in central New Jersey (“home” from 2011-2012). Shortly after returning from connecting with nature and doing some reflecting I saw … buhm buhm buhm buuhhmmmm … a Facebook Post:   Global LEAD hiring International Fellow!   “What?!” I thought to myself as I had been researching and exploring next steps post-leadership consultant life. Immediately I had to find out more. And I certainly did.   That day marked the beginning of an opportunity to be a part of the…

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I’ll Never Forget


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Samantha Marren University of Wisconsin – Madison   I’m writing this on the bus to Papallacta. We are on our last week of the trip together. Come Saturday half of us will head back to the states and half of us will finish our trip with a week in the Galapagos. I wanted to start this entry because it’s a three hour ride and I’ve been reflecting on this whole experience so far. There are so many things that I will never forget.   I’ll never forget the sight of the Andes mountain range puncturing the sky, towering above the…

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LEAD Ecuador Ends With A Bang!


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Carolyn Prebil Program Director LEAD Ecuador   LEAD Ecuador has come to an end. From hiking and biking to hearing from local leaders and serving the community, it is incredible to reflect on all that we have accomplished during the last month here in Ecuador.   The final stop on our tour is Otavalo, an wonderful market town in the highlands. On Thursday, we hiked around Lake Cuichocha, a beautiful crater lake with gorgeous views at every turn. Then we enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by our tour guides of roasted chicken, fresh guacamole, pineapple and watermelon. The lesson for…

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That’s WOW!


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Abby Upperman Junior Human Development & Family Studies; Communication Arts University of Wisconsin-Madison   “Wow” is one of many words I would use to describe our day today. Starting the adventure bright and early, we hopped on a bus that took us through Cotacachi National Park to Lake Cuicocha for our last and final hike of the trip. Not only were we blessed with such beautiful weather, but also by the presence of such encouraging and motivating individuals – all who played a huge role in getting everyone up, down, and around the hills that made up the trail for…

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See Things Differently


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Emmanuel Brantley Junior Accounting/ Spanish Major Oglethorpe University   After a weekend packed with an Amazonian resort and a visit to a local indigenous community, the Global LEAD Ecuador crew set their sights on the beautiful rapids of the Nappo River for a day-long rafting trip. It was the perfect time to bond and see Ecuador in her natural beauty. I however, did not raft and didn’t witness Ecuador in her “natural light.” Instead, I spent much of the morning and afternoon in the small town of Tena, at the Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra Hospital accompanying one of our own…

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The irony of doing what I do best


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Jade Jones Senior Advertising University of Georgia   Life in Ecuador these past four weeks has been absolutely amazing. I have climbed 15,000 feet onto the top of Pichincha Volcano, biked around Cotopaxi Volcano, repelled down waterfalls in Banos, rafted rapids on a river in the Amazon, and even ate a microscopic piece of guinea pig! All of these events have produced tears because it is unreal how far I have pushed myself outside of my comfort zone. Today was supposed to be the least emotional day of the trip for me because it was finally time for me to…

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Adventures in Ecuador


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Emily Collum University of Alabama   Today we woke up in the wonderful city of Banos. I am already enjoying the city just after one day. Me and my new roommate, Jade got a great nights sleep in our wonderful beds! After we woke up, we walked to the breakfast buffet. We enjoyed a different breakfast cuisine with beef, rice, potatoes, peas and gravy. After the lovely breakfast we walked to our classroom. The room is all-wooden and I immediately felt like I was on the movie dirty dancing. The atmosphere here at Monte Selva reminded me of the Kellerman’s…

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Sparking Change


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Matt Edwards University of Tennessee   I simply cannot believe it is already time to wrap up our stay in Baños. Our last day, however, proved to be one of the most exciting yet. Our professor, Dr. Chandler, kicked off the morning with one of his most powerful lessons yet. After discussing poverty and service in our local communities, we share problems we see in our own neighborhoods and brainstorm ways we can take action. After reflecting on our discussion with a successful entrepreneur in Quito, our talk with WWF President Yolanda Kakabadse, and these stimulating class discussions, the lessons…

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“Salto de Fey” (Leap of Faith)


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Kendall Carney Auburn University   We have now completed our second day in Banos, Ecuador and it has been such an amazing breath of fresh air and a completely different culture than what we were introduced to in Quito. We have been going nonstop since we arrived late Tuesday night and have seen and experienced such amazing landscapes, people, cultures, colors and town. My personal blog is titled “Salto de Fey” and I think this is the perfect description of my experience in Banos thus far. “Salto de Fey” can be directly translated as “leap of faith.” In the past…

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Academic Professor Update From Ecuador


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Mario Chandler LEAD Ecuador   Discoveries in Ecuador continue to abound for the Global Lead students and staff. One area that certainly marvels is the extreme diversity experienced in various facets of Ecuadorian society. Climatic and geographic diversity in Ecuador are extremely and marvelously varied, which is remarkable for its relatively small size. In the arena of climate, the pre-departure suggestions to our students to come prepared for a wide range of climatic conditions (daily) proved advice well given and taken. Ecuador taking its name and identity from the equator on which it is situated, gives a false impression of…

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Program Director Update from Ecuador


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Carolyn Prebil LEAD Ecuador Program Director   Greetings from Banos!   LEAD Ecuador is flying by and I can hardly believe that our Final Dinner is a week from Friday! It has been a pleasure to get to know our 2013 students and watch them experience the adventure, service and culture in Ecuador. On Monday, we had an incredible guest speaker address our group. Yolanda Kakabadse Navarro talked with our students about her experiences as an entrepreneur in Ecuador and the lessons she has learned along the way about personal leadership, learning from others and navigating cultural differences. Currently, Ms….

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