The No Barriers Mindset inspires many people in many ways. For a wounded veteran it may mean reclaiming an identity. For Leading the Way students it can be embracing nature despite visual or auditory limitations. Now countless more can tap into the No Barriers community through our Climber’s Club. Inspired by Jack Weinstein’s “Escape from Alcatraz” last spring, the goal of the Climber’s Club is to raise awareness about the No Barriers Mindset through personal challenges. You simply sign up and set a goal for yourself.…
It was night-time in the Amazon Rainforest. I had arrived at Explorama Lodge only hours before, and the reality of where I was suddenly began to hit me. The nocturnal wildlife was alive all around me. As I made my way back to my room along the bridged path adjacent to the Amazon River to get some rest, the sounds that were enveloping me began to punctuate the feeling of being completely out of my comfort zone. As I wandered down the creaky, pitch-dark path, I couldn’t help but think of how many animal eyes were on me. …
Working with Global Explorers has been one of the best experiences of my life. Staff are referred to as family members and this kindness extends into the expeditions.
“I’m sorry – the plane can’t support your weight. You’ll have to stay behind,” said the Serengeti bush pilot. “Stay here?” I asked incredulously. “Yes. Safari njema,” he replied, dropping my backpack at my feet. And then they were gone.
Shannon Hatmaker Moore has the kind of job that makes people ask her “How did you get THAT job?” As an expedition leader for our Tanzania destination, Shannon combined her interest in youth empowerment programs and environmental education with her lifelong love for Africa in a way that sometimes also leaves her wondering exactly how she did get THAT job. Over the past six years, she has worked with both Global Explorers and our partner, Roots and Shoots Tanzania, through which she has had many great experiences and touched many students.…
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.