Global Glimpse https://globalglimpse.org Open the eyes of tomorrow's leaders. Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:28:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 102746240 Stories of Global Glimpse: Shane Ladendale https://globalglimpse.org/stories-of-global-glimpse-shane-ladendale/53496 https://globalglimpse.org/stories-of-global-glimpse-shane-ladendale/53496#respond Mon, 26 Nov 2018 23:41:10 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=53496 “I come from a place where most are scared to go outside when it is dark. I come from a place where jail is something that seems inevitable. It is amazing how many odds are against me as a black, fatherless, young leader. But that doesn’t stop me… I make sure I strive.” Growing up

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“I come from a place where most are scared to go outside when it is dark. I come from a place where jail is something that seems inevitable. It is amazing how many odds are against me as a black, fatherless, young leader. But that doesn’t stop me… I make sure I strive.”

Growing up in the Bronx, Shane Ladendale has always carried an infectious, positive outlook on life. He travels over 30 minutes on the subway to get to his high school, likes to play football, and finds joy immersing himself with the people around him.

“At school, I’m supposedly the guy that everyone gets inspired by and wants to talk to… I’m like Motivational Speaker Shane. They call me ‘McLovin’… and for me, McLovin is strictly positivity. That’s how I am, I’ve been like that since the moment I was born.”

This past summer, Shane received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Constanza, Dominican Republic (DR) with Global Glimpse. It was his first time traveling outside of North America and his first time in a developing country. His personality shined on the trip as he became the group’s “hype man” – leading sing-alongs on the bus, dancing bachata in the plaza, and stepping out of his comfort zone to build friendships with fellow Glimpsers and locals alike.

However, the most memorable moment for Shane was leading English Tutoring lessons, where he met Joel – an energetic young boy in his class who always got into trouble, teased Shane and his co-teachers, and refused to pay attention. This wasn’t anything new to Shane and he empathized with Joel’s situation.

“Being somebody that deals with kids like that in my neighborhood – kids who think that they have to do silly things to get attention –  I know how to deal with that. I had to put my foot down and show him that I’m not here to play around, I’m here to work with you and support you.”

Shane worked hard to connect and build trust with Joel. His focus and determination paid off, and within two weeks Joel was completing his class assignments and his English improved dramatically. As a leader, Shane found new energy and excitement through coaching and mentoring Joel.

“I would try to go out of my way and show him why it’s good to challenge yourself to learn English. And when he would understand something, it felt so fulfilling to me. Working with Joel showed me that there is so much you can do with hard work and positivity.”

Shane’s relationship with Joel and the connections he formed with fellow Glimpsers and community members in Constanza have shaped his desire to give back to his community, while also doing something he loves. With his new-found perspective, Shane plans to go to college next year to study psychology so he can become a teacher or a counselor that mentors young people. Shane reflected,

“The inspiration I got from Global Glimpse has shown me my path. Going out of my way to make someone else feel good… I think that’s my purpose.”

Since 2008, Global Glimpse has provided over 5,000 students like Shane with the opportunity to build the empathy, agency, and global perspective needed to succeed in college and their careers.

Give the gift of travel this holiday season and help us bring another 1,000 stories like Shane’s to life in 2019!

 

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Final Reflection https://globalglimpse.org/final-reflection-17/53061 https://globalglimpse.org/final-reflection-17/53061#respond Wed, 22 Aug 2018 02:16:52 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=53061 There couldn’t have been a better day for me to be picked to be leader of the day than today. Today we reflected on the past sixteen days in the Dominican Republic. We shed tears and laughs and memories looking back at this wonderful opportunity that has been given to us. We explored the city

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There couldn’t have been a better day for me to be picked to be leader of the day than today. Today we reflected on the past sixteen days in the Dominican Republic. We shed tears and laughs and memories looking back at this wonderful opportunity that has been given to us. We explored the city of Constanza on our own and were captivated by its beauty. It has been a pleasure to have experienced such an amazing culture. This trip has impacted me in unimaginable ways such as adapting to a new lifestyle, experiencing a culture not of my own, and learning to be grateful for what I have. It’s sad that my time here has come to an end, but I will never forget the people I’ve met and the memories I’ve made.

~  Serenity A. Taylor

Being chosen to be Leader of The Day again on our last full day in the D.R. was just a good day. It was lax and smooth, no problems and everyone had a fun day. We reflected on our time here in the beautiful city of Constanza, and soaked in everything we’ve done throughout the trip. This trip has changed all of us for the better, in ways where it was hard to take in all the emotions developed throughout the trip. This trip has been a great opportunity for us all, and we will forever be grateful for having this experience. To all the people I’ve met here, the new things done, and now memories I will replay and cherish forever, may the ones after us also have a similar experience and change for the better. Our time has come to an end, but our mission and duty as global citizens are far from over.

~ Carlos J. Rodriguez Jr.

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C3D Return Trip Information https://globalglimpse.org/c3d-return-trip-information/53058 https://globalglimpse.org/c3d-return-trip-information/53058#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2018 18:46:49 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=53058 Hello Family and Friends of C3D Glimpsers, We know you’re excited to see your Glimpsers after these two weeks, so below is the flight information and reminders for when and where to pick them up from the airport. Students will arrive at EWR airport at 6:38 PM on Wednesday 8/22 on flight UA1625 at Terminal

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Hello Family and Friends of C3D Glimpsers,

We know you’re excited to see your Glimpsers after these two weeks, so below is the flight information and reminders for when and where to pick them up from the airport.

Students will arrive at EWR airport at 6:38 PM on Wednesday 8/22 on flight UA1625 at Terminal C. It takes approximately half an hour (30 minutes) for students to get off the plane and get their baggage. This is a domestic flight, so they will not be going through customs for this flight.

Feel free to track the flight directly for the most updated details on United’s website. Flight number: 1625 and Departure date: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018

See you soon!
Global Glimpse Staff

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CAP Day #3 https://globalglimpse.org/cap-day-3-19/53053 https://globalglimpse.org/cap-day-3-19/53053#respond Tue, 21 Aug 2018 03:22:26 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=53053 CAP Project Day 3: After much work and collaboration with the local community, we finally finished our CAP Project, a basketball court at Cañada de Las Palmas. Building connections with the community and learning from them these past few days has been an amazing and unforgettable experience. We were so inspired by the power of

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CAP Project Day 3:

After much work and collaboration with the local community, we finally finished our CAP Project, a basketball court at Cañada de Las Palmas. Building connections with the community and learning from them these past few days has been an amazing and unforgettable experience. We were so inspired by the power of their community and their ability to make the most out of any situation, no matter how difficult.

The day started off with a refreshing breakfast of watermelon, mango, cantaloupe, toast, and eggs. After our meal, we took the bus to Cañada de Las Palmas to continue our work on the CAP Project. We mixed cement with shovels, painted on the walls, carried heavy buckets of water, swept dust and debris, helped maneuver the chain link fence around the court, and much more. Despite the sweltering heat and mosquitos, everyone was energized and excited to take their roles. We also played around with the kids, who were so friendly and adorable. One of my favorite moments throughout the trip has been forming bonds with the kids, drawing for them, playing hand games and cards, and joking around with them. Saying goodbye to everyone before leaving was very difficult- they gave us big hugs and blessings for the future, a moving moment that we will always remember.

Afterwards, we came back to the hotel and had some free time to explore the area and visit local shops. To celebrate the completion of our CAP project, we went to Alto Cerro (the most prestigious hotel in Constanza) for dinner. Before dinner, we all danced, played soccer, and had refreshments. Finally, we had pizza for dinner and took many group photos. At our nightly meeting, we did self-reflections and discussed the impacts that the CAP Project had on us. We were all struck by the unbreakable spirits and positivity of the community. And One of the things that stuck with me throughout the trip was the quality of a leader to inspire others to continue where they left off, like passing the torch for LDD.

Stepping into the role of Lider Del Dia was a bit intimidating at first, since I had never led a group that was this big. I tried my best to stay organized and on top of things, give enough reminders for time, and remember all the announcements that had to be made, as well as making sure to check in with everyone. I learned many things through this experience, like the balance of being direct without being too overpowering, keeping track of time, empathizing with others, and much more. We are all ready for more reflection tomorrow to conclude our Global Glimpse trip.

By: Silvia

(Pictures coming tomorrow)

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CAP DAY #2 https://globalglimpse.org/cap-day-2-55/53043 https://globalglimpse.org/cap-day-2-55/53043#comments Mon, 20 Aug 2018 01:53:32 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=53043 Jeffrey Mensah What me and my peers really learned this day is that it takes courage, commitment, and compassion to function as leader of the day because you are the one that has to plan out how the day is going to go or how it is going to be planned.  What surprised me the

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Jeffrey Mensah

What me and my peers really learned this day is that it takes courage, commitment, and compassion to function as leader of the day because you are the one that has to plan out how the day is going to go or how it is going to be planned.  What surprised me the most this day is how I really thought being leader of the day was going to be very tough but it is all about being very assertive and true to yourself.  What I am most proud of what me and my peers did that day is how we equally balanced our leadership roles for the day and there was no pressure.  The most inspiring person I met this day is the workers. I just love their work ethic and how they have fun but complete a lot in a small amount of time. It’s amazing and we don’t usually get that around here.  It was really cool being LDD, it was a good experience to have practice of what is to come for me in the future.  Something I learned about myself today is that I never knew I can be really loud and assertive and how effective it really is.

 

Mubasshira

A community is not just about being neighbors, or saying hello to people every morning, a true community is built on trust, teamwork, selflessness, and solidarity; Canada del las Palmas taught me that. Every single person showed me that in order to better a single person, everyone needs to be bettered at the same time. Every single person was willing to make the sacrifice of their own time, effort, and money just so little kids can have a place to play basketball, instead of walking for one hour to find a court. Watching the community was very mesmerizing all at the same time because they all already knew what to do, and they all seemed to have this almost telepathic communication system amongst themselves. The more I observed the community, I realized that their seemingly telepathic ability took years of love and care for each other. Where this love and care was built off of will stay a mystery to me but I’ll never forget what I learned from them.

As I watched my students from English tutoring walk up to the stage and bust out dance moves, I couldn’t help but smile with a strong throbbing pain in my chest. It was a new feeling because ever since the first tutoring session I thought that I wouldn’t be able to make any true connection with them because of our language barrier, yet at the end of it all I felt everything. The amount of pride, sadness, happiness, and regret I felt was a complete shock: prideful of my students’ capabilities, happiness for what I went through with them, sadness for the realization that I won’t see them again, and regret for not being able to spend more time with them. I taught kids before but this was different, I was their teacher and friend at the same time. Just within 6 tutoring sessions, I learned who they are and I opened up to them in a way I usually don’t to other people. The graduation was filled with a lot of reminiscing of the past and hoping for better as we both go our separate ways.

Even if it was for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or just 2 hours straight, every one of my peers picked up a shovel, pickaxe, or a spade; just knowing that there are people out there like me always willing to take action for others. Today’s quote of the day was “ if you want to change the world, be the change”, and I feel that my peers lived up to that through working on our CAP delivery. My peers made me proud to be in the same group as them just for creating a change in a foreign community by being the change. These little changes will inspire bigger and bigger changes until a true difference is made.

My day started with a lot of anxiety since I’ve always been a person who is not that great at punctuality. For the first time in my life, I was able to overcome a bad habit through leadership. Knowing that there are 20 other people relying on me helped me step up, and I was able to improve my time management. I always thought that I could never get over my habit of late behavior, but being the LDD allowed me to see that I can change my worst of habits when I know that my action will affect others greatly. Although I was the LDD, I learned that today was about the people I was leading and not me. It always is about the people being lead and not the leader, and realizing this is one of the key factors into being an effective leader.

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Day 14- Free Day 2! https://globalglimpse.org/day-14-free-day-2-2/53029 https://globalglimpse.org/day-14-free-day-2-2/53029#comments Sun, 19 Aug 2018 13:09:01 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=53029 Hola! Good morning friends and family. Yesterday was our last free day and full day in Riobamba. We had the luxury of sleeping in until 8 AM. Then, as a whole group, we headed over to Roma Santa for one of our final breakfasts. We had pancakes, boiled eggs strawberry jam, yogurt, chocolate crisps, bananas

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Hola! Good morning friends and family. Yesterday was our last free day and full day in Riobamba. We had the luxury of sleeping in until 8 AM. Then, as a whole group, we headed over to Roma Santa for one of our final breakfasts. We had pancakes, boiled eggs strawberry jam, yogurt, chocolate crisps, bananas strawberries, passion fruit juice and tea. From there we broke up into three groups and headed out into the city to finish sightseeing and shopping. One group made a second breakfast stop at Cafe Paris. If you ever make it down to Riobamba, get the coffee milkshake. Our second destination was the Plaza Roja, where we got tons of souvenirs for all of you. We even met up with some new Ecuadorian friends we made the day before. There was a lot of bargaining over ponchos, pants, llamas, t-shirts and bracelets.

Our new friends showed us to Inka Burger, a stall with the best burgers in Ecuador in a secluded food court off of the main road. The second group joined us for lunch and we ordered an insane amount of food and finished EVERYTHING! A few of us went back to Roma Santa and experienced fine dining for lunch. They had two types of seafood fried rice, beef stew, chicken, broccoli medley  and salad. Then we split again. Half of us were attracted by a festival going on near the water. $1 for paddle boats that involved a lot of screaming. The other half went to the salon by our hotel to get eyelash extensions for $5. Money well spent. Then there was a trip to the artisan market at the train station, followed by another trip to  Plaza Roja. We dropped some Glimpsers off at the hotel. A lot more stressful bargaining happened, but in the end we were all immensely satisfied with our purchases.

For dinner at Roma Santa we had fried chicken, meatballs, potatoes, another broccoli medley. There was also a surprise dish: *drumroll* roasted guinea pig and rabbit (heads on)! We are very proud to say that everyone tried at least one of the delicacies. Finally, we finished the night off with a viewing of COCO and packing. Lashes came off and lights went out.

So, this it folks! We are currently having breakfast at Roma Santa for the last time. However, we are looking forward to seeing all of you very soon. There will not be another blog post tonight as we will have been awake for 36 hours and zombie mode will be in full effect. Thank you for following us on this journey.  Love you all and see you very soon!

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Day 14 – Coming Soon (in the morning!)… https://globalglimpse.org/day-14-coming-soon-in-the-morning/53027 https://globalglimpse.org/day-14-coming-soon-in-the-morning/53027#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 04:02:49 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=53027 Greetings everyone, hope all is well! Today was our last free day, and we ended it by all watching the movie “Coco” together… but it ran pretty late tonight.  So, tomorrow morning at breakfast, we will post the blog for you all, including photos!  Otherwise everything is wonderful!  Thanks for your patience! -John

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Greetings everyone, hope all is well! Today was our last free day, and we ended it by all watching the movie “Coco” together… but it ran pretty late tonight.  So, tomorrow morning at breakfast, we will post the blog for you all, including photos!  Otherwise everything is wonderful!  Thanks for your patience!

-John

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CAP day 1!! https://globalglimpse.org/cap-day-1-35/53017 https://globalglimpse.org/cap-day-1-35/53017#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:09:27 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=53017 Hi family and friends, this is Kion and Taylor, Today we were the leaders of today’s Cap Project day 1. Today went really well in terms of starting the project. We started the day off with some breakfast and then took a bus down to Cañada de las Palmas where we started building the basketball

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Hi family and friends, this is Kion and Taylor,

Today we were the leaders of today’s Cap Project day 1. Today went really well in terms of starting the project. We started the day off with some breakfast and then took a bus down to Cañada de las Palmas where we started building the basketball court for the community. When we arrived at the community, the community members greeted us with open arms and we were ready to begin our work with them. While it may have seemed like a lot, when everyone comes together on a project and gives it their all, a lot of magical things could happen.

This is exactly what happened today with our fellow Glimpsers and community members as we came together to build the fence and basketball court.

We learned what it means to come together as one and create beautiful ideas amongst each other. The most surprising event to us was how much work we got done today. The group really came together and we are extremely proud of the amount of progress we accomplished today with the community and the work we will continue to improve upon tomorrow.

The person that inspired us the most today was the community. The community inspired us the most because of how helpful they were and how welcoming they were to us. Being Lider Del Dia (Leader of the Day) was extremely liberating. To be able to have your peers look up to you and rely upon you, gives you a sense of responsibility and trains you for lessons that you would come across in life. It was a great experience being Lider Del Dia, and we would love to do it again.

 

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RB1D Return Trip Information https://globalglimpse.org/rb1d-return-information/53011 https://globalglimpse.org/rb1d-return-information/53011#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 00:30:42 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=53011 Hello Family and Friends of RB1D Glimpsers, We know you’re excited to see your Glimpsers after these two weeks, so below is the flight information and reminders for when and where to pick them up from the airport. Students will arrive at EWR airport at 12:07 PM on Monday 8/20 on flight UA1666 at Terminal C. It takes approximately half

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Hello Family and Friends of RB1D Glimpsers,

We know you’re excited to see your Glimpsers after these two weeks, so below is the flight information and reminders for when and where to pick them up from the airport.

Students will arrive at EWR airport at 12:07 PM on Monday 8/20 on flight UA1666 at Terminal C. It takes approximately half an hour (30 minutes) for students to get off the plane and get their baggage. This is a domestic flight, so they will not be going through customs for this flight.

Feel free to track the flight directly for the most updated details on United’s website. Flight number: 1666 and Departure date: Mon, Aug. 20, 2018

See you soon!

Global Glimpse Staff

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Day 11: Deconstructing Poverty Day https://globalglimpse.org/day-11-deconstructing-poverty-day/52956 https://globalglimpse.org/day-11-deconstructing-poverty-day/52956#comments Sat, 18 Aug 2018 02:56:56 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=52956 Today was an especially powerful day for the group as a whole. We learned so many things, whether our thoughts were conscious or subconscious. Dana Konner: One thing that I personally learned was that there are thousands of things that we, living in America, depend on daily. We believe that many things within our lives

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Today was an especially powerful day for the group as a whole. We learned so many things, whether our thoughts were conscious or subconscious.

Dana Konner: One thing that I personally learned was that there are thousands of things that we, living in America, depend on daily. We believe that many things within our lives will always be there if or when we need them. However, today I realized that this is only true for certain parts of the world. While exploring the Dominican Republic and some of its lower income areas, I learned that some things such as Health Care and Education are not a 100% guarantee. Today, we visited the dump in which people work and live. There are small children, probably around 8 or 10 years old, running around barefoot collecting spare food out of the trash. Education is not a priority in this community, because the need to eat overrides the need for an education. Children are not in school, and expected to marry at the age of 10 years old. This lack of education, as we spoke about, prolongs the cycle of poverty that we have seen so far on our journey. I learned that education is key to unlocking this vicious cycle and that knowledge opens doors to many more opportunities. Many parents here have aspirations and dreams for their children to achieve. We learned, overall, to be more appreciative of what we have back home and to never take anything for granted.

What surprised me the most today was definitely the conditions of the places that we visited in comparison to the personalities of the people we met. The conditions, to us at least, seemed upsetting and nearly unbearable. Despite this, the community members kept an extremely positive attitude, and have an endless amount of love and gratitude to share.

Being Lider Del Dia was truly a refreshing and positively uplifting experience for me. I learned the qualities that are necessary to be a respected and well-structured leader. I also learned how important it is to lead by example, and how much of an impact being a leader has on the actions of my peers. I learned that I am, for the most part, a natural leader. However, there are many things today that I had to encounter with an open mind, an open heart, and open ears for listening.

Side Note: I love and miss you Mom, Dad and Ashley!!!!! I love you guys to the moon and back and can’t wait to see you again. XOXOXO.

Micaela:

Today was a very overwhelming day. Not only was I Lider del Dia, but we witnessed extreme poverty. Going to the dump and visiting Escuela Cecaini, where people lack the basic necessities of living, was difficult for the group to see. Personally, I felt indignation towards the situation of these workers and students; uncontrollable factors in their life, led them to live in these conditions. The most moving experience was engaging with one of the workers at the dump, Jose Miguel, who told us how the death of his mother and his retiring from the military led him there.

Despite the difficult experience, it has made me look forward even more to starting the CAP project and helping others. Although I was unable to help those who I met today, I am finally being given the opportunity to give back to others. What I will learn from the CAP project will serve me for when I come back in the future to address the issues I encountered today.

Finally, being Lider del Dia felt both extremely exhausting and fun at the same time. At times people wouldn’t listen to what the Leaders were saying. However, this meant that I got to use the megaphone- so I am not complaining ;-). By the end of the day I felt relieved, but also satisfied, by what I had learned as a leader. Also, despite the rough day, I was proud at how well composed the group remained: people were respectful and engaged with the workers, ignoring the smell, the smoke and the littered garbage.

Overall, I had a positive experience as I learned how to be a better leader and I have been motivated even more to bring about justice (and I feel more confident that I can). Change comes one step at a time.

P.S Hi mom, dad and JoJo (pls can you answer my calls I haven’t spoken to you for the whole trip :/

 

 

 

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