I serve on the NY Advisory Board of Global Glimpse, an organization that, for over ten years, has worked to bring American high school students of diverse backgrounds (geographic, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, and more) together for a transformative travel experience in Latin America. As a Muslim American, I truly believe in the power of conversation and friendship as well as travel as a means of breaking down barriers and stereotypes. It is through meeting and knowing people different from us that we can empathize and begin to understand each other. Since Election Day, I have heard about incidents in schools (middle schools, high schools and colleges) where students are harming their fellow students. Whether it's taunting, insults, graffiti, or physical assaults, these incidents are heartbreaking to read about (no matter your candidate) and must be terrifying for the victims. I know that Global Glimpse can help to reduce this kind of behavior, as I have read and heard from students about the impact this program has had on them. Our students spend over two weeks in country, learning about the culture, history, economy, and people of the country. They give back to local communities by teaching English classes and working on a community-chosen service project. They build lifelong friends, many of which they wouldn't have encountered in their day to day lives. Self-reflection is a constant, and 99% of alumni report that Global Glimpse was the most powerful experience they had in high school. I am proud to support Global Glimpse in every way I can.
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Global Glimpse just came to Chicago about a year ago, but they've already sent about 100 students from Chicago abroad on life-changing trips this summer. It's incredible how quickly they set up and started making a difference. I work at a school district where two of our schools were able to partner with Global Glimpse in the fall, and the students and teacher-leaders absolutely love it. All of the training and planning was well-coordinated and everything about the year-long Global Glimpse experience was clearly laid out for students and their families right from the very beginning. Our schools serve a predominantly low-income and minority population, students who traditionally would not have access to the same types of enrichment programs as their peers in wealthier schools or suburbs. So in this case, Global Glimpse is a complete game changer. Our kids aren't held back by where they live anymore - they can travel the world, get a true global perspective, and become more capable citizens, all through what Global Glimpse offers.
I joined the San Francisco Bay Area Global Glimpse advisory board in early 2014 and can attest to this non-profit being a phenomenal organization that truly cares about its mission. The full time staff, both here in the US and across Latin America, are dedicated, hard working, and are the change we need in this world, which is empowering youth to grow up and become caring and thoughtful leaders of tomorrow.
I have met several students that have gone on the Global Glimpse trips after the gala event and noticed that they took a considerable amount of learning experience and knowledge away from this opportunity. I think this nonprofit is a fantastic organization that seeks to fundraise for students to have the ability and means to go on these trips. To make this place a better world, today's children (and future generation) need to have a more global understanding...now more than ever. Global Glimpse is a significant contributor to ensuring this mission happens.
This organization is amazing. It goes above and beyond to share global knowledge with high school students and give them they experience of the world beyond where they come from. The feedback from the students is that the trips are life changing, and it inspires them to go forth and make real differences in their lives and the lives of others. I am very proud to be a part of it!
Global Glimpse's mission is amazing. International travel is one of the best ways to open one's mind, face fears, make new friends, increase empathy and understanding, and to encourage finding solutions that cross boarders. The fact that Global Glimpse is bringing this opportunity to youth, and to many youth who otherwise would not have access to it, is an inspiration. In all my interactions with staff, volunteers, board members, and participants, I am continually encouraged for the future of our world!
I've been following Global Glimpse for a while now, and am impressed at the role they play in shaping youth perspective on leadership, community, and empathy. My favorite part is that they educate students in a variety of ways, including understanding how people in developing countries live to building empathy for peers from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
I travelled with Global Glimpse to Nicaragua in the summer of2012. Global Glimpse was an incredible experience that was filled with travel, cultural immersion and educational components. Being immersed in Nicaraguan culture for 2.5 weeks with such a diverse group of individuals my age opened my eyes to new perspectives and opportunities. My experience with Global Glimpse inspired me to study International Development in university and to travel as much as possible to continue to experience new cultures and communities. I would highly recommend Global Glimpse to any high school student who is looking to learn outside the classroom, expose themselves to new environments and have a trip of a lifetime!
Global Glimpse is truly one of a kind. I have never encountered a more dedicated, passionate team and their mission is unique and high impact. There is no other organization committed to serving low income students in the youth travel arena that has scaled and they have so much potential to grow and change more young people's lives!
I have worked with Global Glimpse as a member of its advisory board and am blown away by what the organization has achieved. It has great staff that are dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to travel and the impact one trip can have is quite transformative!
Global Glimpse is what I wish I had as a high school student! The program is literally making the world a better place as young adults explore what it means to live in a connected and just world. Students return from the summer trips with a hugely expanded sense of the impact they can have on their world, and carry the experience with them for the rest of their lives.
Global Glimpse continues to surprise me in the positive impact it has on young people's lives.
I am a teacher who took a delegation of students on Global Glimpse trips in the summer, and I love hearing from the alumni about what they are doing now and how it all started with this trip! It's only 3 weeks, but it changes peoples lives.
On practically a shoestring budget, Global Glimpse takes teens interested in leadership, global issues, and helping others on a cultural immersion trip to Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic for three weeks the summer before their senior year. They provide intensive pre-trip workshops, in-country meetings and field trips to various organizations where students meet locals who build community organizations to meet growing needs and changes in their own community, and then students plan and execute various service learning projects along side this. Ongoing reflection and leadership development is a large part of why this program is so successful. They also have very intelligent in-country coordinators.
Global Glimpse provides many need-based scholarships so that wealth does not have to be a barrier to students. In fact, most students who attend are on scholarship. It is rare to see study abroad programs so committed to making their program affordable for the public.
I would highly recommend this organization to any student (or parent of students) , teachers, social workers, etc looking for an incredible and life changing experience. I had traveled fairly extensively in Latin America before, but was astounded at how much more I learned, saw many shades of complex issues, and grew from these trips. It's changed the way I look at a lot of things, and how I teach back home.
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