After I graduated college (and before I took this amazing opportunity as an intern with Global Explorers), I had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania with a group of photographers. Our mission was to photograph local organizations that are aided by funding and volunteer work through an outside organization.
Have you ever seen the movie “Miracle?” No? Well, lucky for you, I just so happen to know the abridged two-second version.
What I love most about Global Explorers trips is the opportunity to complicate students' understanding of the world by introducing new perspectives, and facilitating discussions that cause each of us to consider alternative understandings of what we believe to be 'the way things are.'
I just read the article Noticing: How To Take A Walk In The Woods. Before you read on, click that link and read it. I’ll wait. No really, read the whole thing. Here it is again just in case the fancy hyperlinked words confused you: http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2013/04/23/178467726/noticing-how-to-take-a-walk-in-the-woods?ft=3&f=111787346&sc=nl&cc=es-20130428 OK, I trust you. Now, let’s begin:
Sarah is an 11th grader in New Jersey. She traveled to Peru with a group of Girl Scouts in the Summer of 2012. Sarah’s group visited a home for young girls who were orphans or had just one parent who could not support them, as well as two schools where luxuries like food and transportation were few and far between. Sarah is also co-editor-in-chief at her school newspaper. Here’s a part of her recent editorial describing her time with the Peruvian locals:
This summer 20 students, of various hearing abilities, will have an adventure through The Grand Canyon, and be inspired by the challenge and each other, thanks to a generous donation from Symphony Marketing to the 2014 Leading the Way Rim to River program. We caught up with John Pitek, Founder and CEO of Symphony Marketing, to learn about his reasons behind supporting this transformational program.
Global Explorers gave my life direction. Before my Leading the Way experiences in Peru and Mexico, I had general interests in a lot of little things. I liked animals, skiing and math, but spending my entire life focused on any one of those areas did not excite me. However, my first trip with Global Explorers allowed my true interests to emerge.
After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in Music Education, Jenny got the urge to spend more time outside. She picked up and moved from her home in NY to the Marin Headlands right outside of San Francisco, CA, and became a trip leader and Environmental Educator. The life of an expedition leader comes with many different roles and responsiblities, but it always provides opportunity for a unique perspective on life. Here's one you may have never heard before. A day in the life of Jenny as an Expedition Leader (as told from a llama's…
How did I end up here? Where even is here? Is she crazy? Am I crazy? These are some of the questions that were running through my brain, as my heart beat speedily, braced by the task at hand.
As an expedition leader for GEx, Alexa Stickel has observed some amazing wildlife, helped local communities and met amazing people along the way. Here, she shares a little bit more about her role model of a hunter turned naturalist and conservationalist named Eladio Cruz.
I have been very fortunate in my life to have traveled quite extensively. Each adventure that I have had holds a story of my growth, my transformation, my self-discovery, and so much more. But it was not until I came to Global Explorers that I discovered the power that other’s transformations had on me.