Global Glimpse https://globalglimpse.org Open the eyes of tomorrow's leaders. Sat, 23 Jun 2018 16:00:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 102746240 Last Free Day in Ecuador https://globalglimpse.org/last-free-day-in-ecuador/46930 https://globalglimpse.org/last-free-day-in-ecuador/46930#comments Sat, 23 Jun 2018 04:23:56 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=46930 Hello everyone, Today was the long awaited second free day. We slept in until 8:30 and walked to Nativa at 9:00 to have breakfast. We had humitas and fruit with yogurt. Afterwards, we were split into groups and explored Riobamba. Many students returned to Plaza Roja to shop and buy souvenirs for their friends and

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Hello everyone,

Today was the long awaited second free day. We slept in until 8:30 and walked to Nativa at 9:00 to have breakfast. We had humitas and fruit with yogurt. Afterwards, we were split into groups and explored Riobamba. Many students returned to Plaza Roja to shop and buy souvenirs for their friends and family. Others also had the chance to visit the internet cafe and called their parents. At noon, we all checked in at Nativa. Some stayed at Nativa to eat and others went to eat at a local restaurant. After that, we had more time to explore the city and had to return to Mashany by 5:00 PM. We had free time, and later went back to have our last dinner at Nativa. In the evening many of us gathered in the meeting room to watch Nacho Libre for our last night together. Tomorrow we will begin our journey back home. Our flight gets into SFO at around 10:00 AM, but we probably won’t be out until about 10:30 AM because we are a big group. This is our last blog before seeing you all Sunday morning. Until then.

Your LDDs

Miriam and Nnadia

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Free Day #2 and CAP Panel https://globalglimpse.org/free-day-2-and-cap-panel/46919 https://globalglimpse.org/free-day-2-and-cap-panel/46919#comments Sat, 23 Jun 2018 03:41:41 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=46919 Hello friends, from Constanza. Today joining you are Criseyda and Ivette, we were the leaders of the day. Overall, the day was an interesting, but chill day. Many people decided to sleep in today since we have been waking up early almost every day. We started the morning off with a wakeup call at 8:45

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Hello friends, from Constanza. Today joining you are Criseyda and Ivette, we were the leaders of the day. Overall, the day was an interesting, but chill day. Many people decided to sleep in today since we have been waking up early almost every day. We started the morning off with a wakeup call at 8:45 a.m, with a buffet for breakfast. This buffet consisted of corn flakes, milk, bananas, and a ham and cheese sandwich. However, everyone had to be ready by 9:45 a.m. due to the fact that we were going to present our CAP projects to the panel.

After breakfast, we rearranged the tables so that our guests could see our posters clearly. We also moved the chairs so that we were able to see each part of the committee present their parts as well. They reacted to our project in such a positive way that they were happy to hear more of how we were going to construct this project. As mentioned, there were three committees which were structure, irrigation, and making a mural. So for the structure group, we discussed the main idea for building the greenhouse. However, they did make some suggestions regarding the dimensions. They told us that we needed the exact measurements of the area or else we would not be able to build the greenhouse. They had only given us an estimation that led to incorrect  measurements of the greenhouse. Fortunately, they later gave us the accurate dimensions of the area and we were able to resolve the problem.

Next came the irrigation group. The system that they had drawn out was a good one because we ended up not having to pay for any of the materials since the panel had said they had all the supplies we needed in order for it to be constructed. Adding onto that, they had people that would build and show us how to build the irrigation system. Lastly, the group presented their design of the mural. We explained the materials just like the other group, but we also had a purpose in drawing out the mural. As we discussed further on how the painting would look, the panel looked really pleased with our presentations as we saw big smiles on their faces and loved the project we had come up with.

After this, we ate lunch and went onto free time. During our free time, we all went out to many places in groups of four or more. This also gave us time to explore Constanza a bit more because when we go out, we tend to get what we need and then return to the hotel. This time, we were able to enjoy it and explore what we haven’t seen. Although many people were mopey because they were homesick and just wanted to go home, everyone was supporting one another and making sure to get our moods back up. All the positive energy ended up being useful since a lot more people began to participate in our little group activities, such as playing cards.

After that we went to the school where we would be teaching English to evaluate our students to see what class they would be in since we want to know their level, what they know, what to teach them, etc. While we were at the school waiting for people to come we saw a kitten, which was helpful for people that were homesick because all of our attention was focused on wanting to feed the cat and how cute it was. We eventually ended up feeding it, but we made sure not to touch it.

After a while of being at the school, we returned to the hotel where we had our nightly meeting. Our meeting was wonderful since we were able to pass the torch onto Elizabeth and Raul. Their talent was hilarious, but they deserved it in the end. As our meeting ended, most people were preparing to leave to go to a basketball game, which was very exciting and funny. The game went smoothly, but we were not able to stay for the whole game because it was getting late and we had to return to the hotel. The entire day had its ups and down, but we got through it and it made our friendships stronger than ever.

Sincerely,
Ivette (shoutout to my family and my friends, I miss you all so much. The day I will see you all will be closer than we think. Love you)


Criseyda (shoutout to my family for making me feel better even though I miss them a lot, see you in 6 days!)

 

Structure committee presenting to our panel from Rio Grande

Structure committee presenting

Irrigation committee presenting

Mural committee putting smiles on everyone’s faces

English evaluations

Basketball crew

This is what a basketball game looks like in the DR. We paid 50 pesos to get in here and had a great time!

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Day 15: Despedida! https://globalglimpse.org/day-15-despedida/46904 https://globalglimpse.org/day-15-despedida/46904#comments Sat, 23 Jun 2018 03:14:46 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=46904 Today’s blog was written by our Líderes del Día: Allira and Charlotte Hello all, Welcome to the final blog for C1A! We’re super excited to be writing to you all about our Despedida Day. Beginning with a wake-up call at 8:30, the Glimpsers had a nice chance to sleep in. For breakfast, we had eggs,

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Today’s blog was written by our Líderes del Día: Allira and Charlotte

Hello all,

Welcome to the final blog for C1A! We’re super excited to be writing to you all about our Despedida Day. Beginning with a wake-up call at 8:30, the Glimpsers had a nice chance to sleep in. For breakfast, we had eggs, toast, and Dilenia’s delicious hot chocolate.

Following the meal, we began our final seminar; it was a great opportunity for all of us to reflect on our trip and say our goodbyes. We discussed what we learned about ourselves, shared special moments, and gave our final Big Love. We also made plans of action for when we come home to continue the GG spirit.

 

Our lunch was rice, beans, steak, and the group’s favorite: fried plantains! Next, we had the final opportunity to explore the beautiful town of Constanza during our free time. Most of us bought sweets, souvenirs, and Dominican bracelets.

We then walked to our final tutoring session at Arroyo Arriba. We all held talent shows in our classes and shared some snacks with the students. We are so proud of how much progress they have made in the past sessions, and we were sad to leave them behind. However, we know that they will continue their English education with the next delegation.

Next, we walked to Antojitos D’Lauren’s – a local pizzeria. We ate pizza, which was a nice reminder of our homes, which we would soon see. Our Ambassadors also joined us before we all moved to the dance floor to enjoy some Latin and American music. Soon we had to leave to head back to Dilenia’s so we could prepare to go to a local basketball game, which happens every Friday and Saturday night.

Glimpsers at the basketball game!

This trip has been so amazing and eye-opening for us all. Although we are definitely ready to come home, we will miss our time spent in the DR dearly.

See you soon,

Allira and Charlotte

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Cap Day #1 and English Tutoring https://globalglimpse.org/cap-day-1-and-english-tutoring/46911 https://globalglimpse.org/cap-day-1-and-english-tutoring/46911#comments Sat, 23 Jun 2018 03:11:44 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=46911 The day has finally come where we are able to fulfill the goal that we set out to achieve upon joining Global Glimpse and meeting the Suarez community. All of our planning, preparation, and community engagement will come into fruition. We started the day off by taking the bus to Suarez expecting only to paint

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The day has finally come where we are able to fulfill the goal that we set out to achieve upon joining Global Glimpse and meeting the Suarez community. All of our planning, preparation, and community engagement will come into fruition. We started the day off by taking the bus to Suarez expecting only to paint the backstop and merely plan out the structure of our shade and our seating, but as we looked out the window, we saw that the Suarez community was already hard at work setting the foundation of our Community Action Project. This was the moment that we realized that our project was already off to a good start. Upon joining them in their work, we realized that even with their help, it would take all of our combined efforts in order to make a successful project.

Our first struggle came when we first arrived because we had to organize and find out what tasks each committee could fulfill. Once the tasks were assigned, each committee began working in their respective areas. The painting committee took the paint brushes and rollers and painted the entire backstop a very bright and luscious green. The shade committee helped the Suarez community set up the foundation of the bench and shade structure. The seating committee helped mix the cement and carried it to the Suarez community members working on the benches. The child management committee preoccupied the Suarez children and kept them safe away from the heavy construction. The management team oversaw the committees by allocating each management member to each committee. All the committees were driven to not let their dreams be dreams.

As it was time to say “¡Hasta mañana!” to the Suarez community, we took a glimpse at our work and realized that we did so much more than we expected. We were able to coat most of the backstop in green and were able to help the Suarez workers establish the foundation of their bleachers and shade structure. After working in Suarez, we took the bus back to the hostel and took a small break. We were exhausted, but we had to gather up our remaining energy for our fifth English tutoring session. Tutoring was fun, but it was also exhausting; it was also depressing to tell our students that it was going to be our second-to-last tutoring session with them. We had dinner shortly after our tutoring session. To our fortunate surprise, Rosaura’s served us muy delicioso tacos for our dinner tonight.

Working on the CAP with the Suarez community was a life-changing experience. From today, each and every single one of us were able to realize the amount of impact we could have as individuals and as a group. We realized that every single one of us had the ability to create a legacy for the future of developing communities like the one in Suarez. Although renovating their baseball field may not seem like a very impactful change in the eyes of most, this project will be able to benefit their lives of the Suarez community for the better. The renovations to the baseball field will help bring more spectators to the baseball games hosted by the Suarez community which will ultimately bring revenue to them. As a group, we realized that even though we may be underestimated as teenagers, we have the undeniable ability to build a positive legacy to any area of the world.

During the day, our group ran through some hurdles that turned out to be blessings. One of these hurdles was the fact that the Suarez workers did not completely trust us to do the work that they were doing. It was discouraging at first, but our group were able to find small tasks such as picking up trash, digging out dirt, or mixing cement to help make the construction of the benches and shade run as smoothly as possible. Even though we may not have been able to help as much as we wanted, this hurdle challenged us to build trust and relations with the Suarez workers. Ultimately, this challenge conveyed to us the importance of listening to a community’s needs and building a stronger relationship with them.

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Welcome to Constanza – DR! https://globalglimpse.org/welcome-to-constanza-dr/46908 https://globalglimpse.org/welcome-to-constanza-dr/46908#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 01:41:47 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=46908 Hello Glimpsers, Global Glimpse Leaders, and Parents! Greetings from Constanza, Dominican Republic! We are Cynthia and Francis, your Program Coordinators for this summer! My name is Cynthia Parajón, and I’m from Matagalpa, Nicaragua. This is my second time as a Program Coordinator in Global Glimpse, and since the first time, I was totally in love with

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Hello Glimpsers, Global Glimpse Leaders, and Parents!

Greetings from Constanza, Dominican Republic!

We are Cynthia and Francis, your Program Coordinators for this summer!

My name is Cynthia Parajón, and I’m from Matagalpa, Nicaragua. This is my second time as a Program Coordinator in Global Glimpse, and since the first time, I was totally in love with the program because it makes you grow personally and professionally, and helps you develop leadership skills. It’s my first time in the DR and believe me, you will love everything: the culture, the food, and the people. I am excited for you to arrive and show you this little paradise. Can’t wait to meet you and and learn about you and your passions.

Hello, my name is Francis Garcia, and I am from Constanza.  I was a member of the Global Glimpse Youth Ambassador program in 2014 and fell in love with the program.  Since then, I have been working as a tour guide and translator in Constanza for different groups of people working here (mostly medical groups and missionaries). I became a Program Coordinator in 2017 and really appreciate the way it changes the way I look at the world and how it helps my students to do the same.  I’m looking forward to meeting you, helping you discover the beauty of Constanza, and to introducing you to our inspiring community partners so you can be inspired by all of the activities that we have planned for all of you. I am sure that we will form a great team this summer and we will have a transformative experience. I hope to see you soon at our first meeting at the airport. Looking forward to the best summer ever!

We are very happy to welcome you to this country. On this trip together we will explore Constanza for 16 days with a focus on learning and FUN! You will discover so many things about the Dominican Republic and especially about Constanza.

You were chosen to be part of this program because you are leaders.  You have the will and the skills to make the most of this experience and we sincerely appreciate your hard work to get here.

We wish you a safe trip to the Dominican Republic and we look forward to getting to know you all, here in Constanza.

Cynthia & Francis.

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Day 8 | Fun Day! https://globalglimpse.org/day-8-fun-day-2/46895 https://globalglimpse.org/day-8-fun-day-2/46895#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 01:03:21 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=46895 After a long day of walking yesterday, a lot of us had some trouble getting up this morning. Once we had breakfast we were ready to go. Tutoring was difficult for my group but thankfully we were able to come to an understanding for what we wanted to accomplish by the end of the lessons.

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After a long day of walking yesterday, a lot of us had some trouble getting up this morning. Once we had breakfast we were ready to go. Tutoring was difficult for my group but thankfully we were able to come to an understanding for what we wanted to accomplish by the end of the lessons.

Next up was Chimborazo! For the hour and a half car ride, we bought snacks for everyone to keep them going. As we made our way up the mountain, the views were almost a replica of the Ice Mountain water bottle logo. However, the further up we went, the more desolate the mountain became. The lush, green countryside was replaced with barren hills of dust. We finally made it to the first refuge over an hour of driving. The wind at this point was shaking our cars, blowing dust into our eyes, and ultimately being very unhelpful. The wind was very worth it since we were making our way through the clouds. Even our five minute walk to the monument for a beautiful photo op wiped most of us out. When we drove further down, the mountain for our longer hike started in a cloud.

The wind was insane. We had lunch after a short hike and many jumping photos were taken. After lunch, we continued down the mountain to meet our buses and llamas were waiting to greet us. When we arrived to La Primavera we had dinner of shrimp, rice, and plantains with a delicious pudding dessert. Overall it was an amazing day filled with beautiful views and amazing people.

P.S. A la mama de las gemelas Laura y Guadalupe, sus hijas le querian decir feliz cumpleaños y que la extrañan much y la aman.

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Greetings Team GU1B ~ Guaranda https://globalglimpse.org/greetings-team-gu1b-guaranda/46881 https://globalglimpse.org/greetings-team-gu1b-guaranda/46881#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 00:23:22 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=46881 Hi Glimpsers! I’m part of your Global Glimpse Leader (GGL) team to the new GG destination of Guaranda. My name is Marti Cooper and I work at Oakland School for the Arts as the executive assistant and as the operations coordinator. I can’t wait to start this journey with each of you. This is my

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Hi Glimpsers! I’m part of your Global Glimpse Leader (GGL) team to the new GG destination of Guaranda. My name is Marti Cooper and I work at Oakland School for the Arts as the executive assistant and as the operations coordinator. I can’t wait to start this journey with each of you. This is my 3rd trip with GG; I’ve previously traveled to Esteli and Matagalpa in Nicaragua. I became interested in GG when my daughter became a Glimpser 4 years ago. I was so inspired by the students’ daily blogs that I wanted to be part of this organization and the following year I became a GGL.

I’m originally from Wisconsin but I have lived in Virginia, Mississippi, Arizona and Australia and have visited 6 continents. Many years ago, I had the opportunity  to travel overland from Australia to England over 5 months. This was the spark that led me to the path I’m on today. I have always enjoyed traveling off of the beaten path in order to really experience the country, culture, and to get a true sense of what the people are like. I’m looking forward to seeing a spark ignite in each of you.

You’re about to embark on a journey of a life time. It’s up to each of you to embrace the opportunities that are set before you, be willing to challenge yourself, and to step outside of your comfort zone. We are all here to support and encourage each other. I can’t wait to meet each of you and to begin a new adventure together!

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Hello https://globalglimpse.org/hello-33/46889 https://globalglimpse.org/hello-33/46889#respond Sat, 23 Jun 2018 00:20:00 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=46889 Hi, my name is Nicholas Hanson, and I attend Westmont High School in Campbell. I’d say the number one thing to know about me is that I’m very introverted; if I don’t seem very talkative at any point, please respect that. It won’t be a silent treatment type of thing, I just need to be

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Hi, my name is Nicholas Hanson, and I attend Westmont High School in Campbell. I’d say the number one thing to know about me is that I’m very introverted; if I don’t seem very talkative at any point, please respect that. It won’t be a silent treatment type of thing, I just need to be withdrawn every once in a while. (Sorry for being socially awkward at the boba meetup, but… yeah, this is why.)

That being said, when I’m not being asocial, some of my interests include your typical teenage things like reading, playing video games, and watching too much YouTube. Beyond the stereotypical things, I also harbor some less common interests, such as psychology and linguistics. In fact, that’s part of why I wanted to go on this trip: I could see a new sociocultural perspective as well as improve my Spanish. I’d like to think I’m already pretty good at Spanish, but I’ve heard that Dominicans speak quickly and use a lot of slang, so… that should be interesting.

I’m looking forward to meeting all of you nonetheless and getting out of my comfort zone. See you in a few days!

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Helloooo https://globalglimpse.org/helloooo/46878 https://globalglimpse.org/helloooo/46878#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2018 23:23:55 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=46878 Hey guys! My name is Lizabeth but I go by Liza for short. I go to Summit Prep Charter High School in Redwood City. I can’t wait to meet everyone. I might be a little shy at first but give me a couple of days and I’ll break out of my shell 🙂 See you guys

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Hey guys! My name is Lizabeth but I go by Liza for short. I go to Summit Prep Charter High School in Redwood City. I can’t wait to meet everyone. I might be a little shy at first but give me a couple of days and I’ll break out of my shell 🙂 See you guys on Monday!

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GG Leader Introduction! https://globalglimpse.org/gg-leader-introduction-2/46874 https://globalglimpse.org/gg-leader-introduction-2/46874#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:20:11 +0000 https://globalglimpse.org/?p=46874 Hello everyone! My name is Kelly Bonnez and I am one of your GG leaders on our trip to Riobamba this summer. I teach math at Summit Prep High School in Redwood City and I’m originally from Rochester, NY. I am so excited to finally meet all of you in just a few weeks.  We

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Hello everyone!

My name is Kelly Bonnez and I am one of your GG leaders on our trip to Riobamba this summer. I teach math at Summit Prep High School in Redwood City and I’m originally from Rochester, NY. I am so excited to finally meet all of you in just a few weeks.  We are going to have an amazing trip together! We will be learning and experiencing so many new, different and exciting things. The Global Glimpse experience is truly life changing.

I am returning to lead my 2nd trip with Global Glimpse this summer. I continue to volunteer to travel with students because it is one of the most rewarding experiences that I have ever had. The trip is transformational for both students and leaders. I have never been to Ecuador so I am looking forward to learning about life there and explore the culture with you all. I hope that everyone is ready and willing to try new things and get out of your comfort zone (my favorite aspect!). 

I am excited to serve as your leader and will be here to guide you every step of the way. Please feel free to reach out to me via email if you have any questions before the trip!

All my best,

Kelly Bonnez

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