Emily & Fari

Hi Global Glimpse students and families,

My name is Farima and I’m so excited to meet you all this summer! I apologize for the delayed post but I have had a lot going on. So to tell you a little about myself: I am 31 years old, I’m half Iranian and half Nicaraguan (from Bluefields on the Atlantic coast), I’m currently teaching bilingual Kindergarten in Hayward where I was born and raised in and still reside in part of my week, I also teach undergrads at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and I’m a full time PhD student there also.

I’m very excited to go to Nicaragua again over the summer because I strongly believe that Global Glimpse will provide me with yet another rewarding experience to give back to Nicaragua, as well as the honor of guiding and accompanying you all through a life changing experience where you will learn the importance of having a global perspective in your lives.

I have been an educator in and out of classrooms for over ten years. All of my credentialed, bilingual teaching experience has been in the Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) because I am a former student and graduate and feel a strong desire to give back to my community. I have also served as a youth enrichment leader and director for multiple after school and summer recreational programs for teenagers, which were also designed to train them to become future summer camp and after school leaders.

Between 2010-2012, I taught on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua where my family was born, raised, and emigrated from. I trained, taught, and mentored student teachers at the Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University (BICU). I also designed, facilitated, and presented workshops for English teachers across Nicaragua and I collaborated closely with the Ministry of Education, R.A.A.S division.

I believe there is so much power in the eye-opening process that occurs through international experiences, which almost always leads totransformative reflections and life changes. I admire what Global Glimpse is providing for youth and teachers and I am honored to somehow be involved in the amazing leadership that this experience fosters. I admire your courage for taking this step and living your live to the fullest by taking chances and opening yourselves up to this opportunity. I’m excited about collaborating with you all and definitely look forward to meeting you!


Hi, my name is Emily Borg. I’m really looking forward to meeting you and being one of your Global Glimpse trip leaders in Nicaragua this summer!  I have a passion for working with young people to learn, grow, and create positive change together and I can’t wait for our trip to Leon!  This will be my first time in Nicaragua, but my co-leader (and best friend) Farima has been many times before and we’re both really excited to learn, grow, and make memories with all of you!

I grew up in the Bay Area (Redwood City) and I now live in the Central Valley (Patterson) with my husband and two dogs. I am currently a PhD student in the Education Department at the University of California Santa Cruz and Farima and I just finished our third year in the same program.  I received my BA in Community Studies from UCSC in 2008 and then worked as a Program Coordinator with the Youth Leadership Institute in San Mateo County for 4 years. During this time I had the opportunity to work with young people (middle school/high school/college) to plan and implement youth-led action research, policy advocacy, and community change campaigns.  I was also a Youth Coordinator for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Redwood City, coordinating and facilitating youth groups for middle school and high school students where we had many learning opportunities and fun adventures.  I am currently co-leading a Youth Empowerment Summer Academy with Fathers & Families of San Joaquin and working with incredible youth in Stockton who are launching a new community center and leading policy advocacy campaigns.

I can’t wait to meet you and I look forward to sharing this amazing experience with all of you soon!

Farima and Emily

Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” Paulo Freire