Global Glimpse http://globalglimpse.org Open the eyes of tomorrow's leaders. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:10:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 102746240 Final Post from Mama Jillian http://globalglimpse.org/final-post-from-mama-jillian/43052 http://globalglimpse.org/final-post-from-mama-jillian/43052#comments Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:37:10 +0000 http://globalglimpse.org/?p=43052 Good Morning or Good Afternoon-

As I sit in my apartment, coffee in hand, a bit sleepy from our two-week extravaganza and clean from a HOT shower I can’t help but miss the sound of students laughing, singing, and doing a count off (ELEVEN)! I want to give a huge thank you to you the parents, the students, Diego and Evelyn, Global Glimpse and Ecuador for allowing me to experience a trip of a lifetime! Twenty-Six strangers embarked on a journey, together we laughed, danced, cried, spoke Spanish and got out of our comfort zone. I want to address the parents for a moment and let you know that each of you has a done an amazing job with your kids. The students were kind, open to trying new things, educated, and talented young adults that will go very far in their futures. Every night we would have a nightly meeting and give some shout outs to each other for the day we had, share stories, and have deep conversations. I have to say that those are the moments I am going to miss the most from this trip, I had learned a ton from them and they helped me grow as a person and educator. Emily and I were truly blessed with each of you, and as a group, we were the best! During the trip many of you guys referred to me as “mom” at first I joked and said “I am not old!” however, after reading the big love shout out and hearing you call me that because I was comforting, sweet, and looked out for you I want to say thank you! That was a huge compliment and I am glad that I could make you feel at home in a far away place. I want you guys to know that although we are no longer on the trip please feel free to call, text, email, or reach out. I really loved speaking to all of you throughout this trip and can’t wait to hear all that you accomplish in your final year of high school. As you guys know I was nervous about coming on a trip with “Scary older high schoolers” but, I couldn’t have asked for a better group and maybe one day I would even move on up and teach your ages. I want you all to remember the experience you had in Ecuador, the memories we shared, how we became a family, and how fortunate you are for both going on this trip and for everything you have in life. At times in life take a pause and remember what it was like working as a local, taking a cold shower, working on the streets shining shoes or selling ice cream, and the kindness and empathy you shared with each other.

Finally, as the quote on the back of our shirts said… “It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed, is you.”
We could not have picked a better quote, to sum up our trip than this! Personally, I have changed because of our experience and hanging with you guys for two weeks was one of the best parts of this journey. Ecuador and you guys have forever changed me!! Love you!!

GLOBAL….(GLIMPSE) FINAL COUNTDOWN….

Here is a link for pictures I will continue to add videos throughout the next week or so (Hopefully I can figure out how)

https://goo.gl/photos/ksKrT3eTUJq4V1sm6

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Final Day! http://globalglimpse.org/final-day-3/43050 http://globalglimpse.org/final-day-3/43050#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:04:30 +0000 http://globalglimpse.org/?p=43050 Here comes that time to say goodbye to Ecuador. As the leader of the day, I woke up at 5 in the morning in order to ensure I was ready to wake up all my friends up. It was an adventure trying to wake everyone up especially since it was so early in the morning. Never the less, we were all at the meeting spot with our suitcases at 6:20 ready to head to the city of Quito. The bus ride to Quito was about 5 hours due to all the traffic we experienced on our way here. During the bus ride, we mostly slept, ate breakfast, and ate snacks. We were all relieved to get out the bus after the 5 hours.

One of the first stops we made in Quito was to the museum of Intinan. There the tour guide taught us a few things about the amazon, the customs of the native people, and most importantly the effects on being on the actually equator line. Our first stop was at the Amazon exhibit in which we were shown a baby spider (which didn’t look like a baby) and a snake that roamed the Amazon. She also demonstrated the shrunken heads of humans and animals that were common back in the day. The method used to shrink the heads was to boil them in water and herbs. Although we may think that this was cruel, the people of the community saw it as an honor to have their head shrunken. After we visited this exhibit, we went to a cave like area that was filled with clay pots and a dead human body. At first we were alarmed that people would just leave a persons body to decay in the open but then we learned that the reason behind this was that people believed in the afterlife. Since they believed in the afterlife, they let their bodies out in the open so that their spirit would come out and continue to live on. Another interesting fact that my group learned was that if the husband of the family died then the wife would be buried alive with the husband in a clay pot. This fact was a bit alarming for all of us. The last and most exciting part of the tour was when we got to step on the equator line. The tour guide showed us several ways in which the equator effected the movement of certain forces. For example, while on the equator line we were able to balance an egg on a nail since all the forces were directed down. In addition, we saw how the path on the water down a drain would change from going straight down to going counter clock wise in a spiral once the drain was moved north towards the U.S. This experience was very rare and something that we would never forget.

We ended our day off by having a program seminar where we discusses our most significant moments, what we learned about ourselves, what we learned about leadership, and who inspired us the most throughout the whole experience. It was agreed upon that we should be more open with new people and that being a good leader requires a person to put themselves in the back sit in order to help others. I personally want to share the person who inspired me the most because he holds a special place in my heart. His name is Danny and he is one of the closest friends I have on this trip. He has gone through some personal things that could have dragged him down in life but he rose up and became the most loving person I know. He brightens up my day and makes me laugh every second of the day. The positive outlook he has in life inspires me to be more positive because I know other people have it worse then me. The friendships we made here were ones that we will never forget. We will all try to keep in touch in some way. I Love You All!

 

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RB1D Return Trip Information http://globalglimpse.org/rb1d-return-trip-information/43039 http://globalglimpse.org/rb1d-return-trip-information/43039#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:22:00 +0000 http://globalglimpse.org/?p=43039 Hello Family and Friends of RB1D Glimpsers,

We know you all are excited for your students to return, so here are some reminders about their flight information:

The students will be arriving at JFK at 10:00 PM on Thursday 8/17 on Avianca AV 244 into the Terminal 4.   Just a quick reminder it usually takes around half an hour for the students to get off the plane and get their bags.

Feel free to track the flight details at https://flightaware.com/live/flight/AVA244 

Here is their detailed flight information so you can be ready for their arrival at the airport:

AV 8372 17AUG UIOBOG  1055A 1235P
AV 244 17AUG BOGJFK    304P  1000P

Thanks,

The Global Glimpse Staff

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CAP Day 2 http://globalglimpse.org/cap-day-2-39/43028 http://globalglimpse.org/cap-day-2-39/43028#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:29:24 +0000 http://globalglimpse.org/?p=43028 First off, shout out to my mom for helping me get pencil cases for my students, they loved it more than I thought they would. I wouldn’t have been able to give them a gift so simple without her. Big love to her and my sister for being such great people in my life. I’ve realized so much about family while I’ve been away.

My day started at 6 being woken up by my partner and then ended up waking up my other room mates in the my hostel. Surprisingly, everyone was on time and eating breakfast together. I felt a sort of big responsibility while being a leader in the morning because I was held accountable for waking some people up and was later praised for making sure people were on time. We made our way to the school to continue the CAP project in which I continued to help paint a mural even though I was apart of the signs group. Only two people were needed for the signs but many “hands” were needed for those murals.

Lunch was great, it was fried rice and we fed a dog our left overs. As we got back to work, I tried to motivate one of my peers to do his best for a speech that had to be made to represent Global Glimpse. It was basically the closure of our teaching lessons because it was the last day. Anyway, I tried to motivate him to do his best and make the best out of these next two days left together. We finished the murals, gardens, and signs way before we needed to and I had extra time to play a basketball game with the bros. Afterwards, we headed home for free time in which majority used it to take showers because we were all so dirty. Then, there was English Tutoring. On my way back to the school for the last time, I realized how much I impacted these kids’ lives. Not only me, but everybody, all age groups that were being taught. We can possibly be the result of them getting a job in the future because of the simple fact that they know some English. We didn’t need to teach because it was the last day so they just ate snacks for the first hour and then the second hour was their graduation ceremony. When they left to the bathroom I put the pencil cases on their desks and their faces lit up so much when they got back. They were so thankful. The graduation ceremony lasted longer than we expected but it was amazing seeing my kids graduate. Dinner was at Roma Santa in which we celebrated my room mates birthday and cut her a cake.

We then had pizza for dinner but before that some people had tried maggots because it is known as a traditional dinner. On our bus ride home, we all began to praise my friend who had made his speech to the school. I saw how close we became. After two long, homesick, and exciting weeks, we’ve became a family, the most comfortable I’ve been with a group of people. They’re people I can count on even after this trip. It’s only been two weeks and I found a family in a group of amazing people and I’m so glad I’ve found people as amazing as them.

Yours Truly,

Ivy Ramdat

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Community Action Project Day 1 http://globalglimpse.org/43015-2/43015 http://globalglimpse.org/43015-2/43015#comments Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:54:14 +0000 http://globalglimpse.org/?p=43015 It’s that time in the trip! Yes that time meaning Community Action Project which means we get to begin building our plan to enlighten a community. This day was the day most of us looked up to since we were so nervous to present our projects and whether the principal would like it, but to actually take part in this project was so fascinating.This year as a group we agreed on three different projects that would unit the Miguel Angel Leon community; we split up into three different groups, the garden, the mural, and signs.

I woke up at 5:30 even though I was suppose to wake up at 6:00. Today I, Alexis was the Lider del dia with Ashley who was an awesome leader to have as my co-partner. Today’s challenge for me was to overcome my fear of being the the leader because I don’t like being the center of attention.Today my group was suppose to work on the signs for the school but we didn’t get to because the signs weren’t ready.  Instead, our group worked on painting the walls for the bathroom, in order for the school to look more presentable and for the kids to feel more at home. We learned to work as a team and to work hard to get our projects done. I was surprised to work on painting because my mind set was set on something else. Having the chance to paint actually allowed some memories to come back. For instance, when I was painting I remembered my father teaching me how to paint and how much I missed him. I’m very proud that the entire group worked very hard and was very focused on their group project. Today, I learned that I am able to overcome anything I set my mind to.

Today I, Ashley  was co-partner with Alexis who woke me up to begin our special day. Just like her, I was so nervous to be Lider del Dia but we were so comfortable with each other and the whole group that we didn’t feel any pressure. When we arrived to Miguel Angel Leon we reminded our peers why we were so excited for this day and the change and impact our project would have in this community. The project I worked on today was the garden. The garden is very special since the principal mentioned that the children would eat the same thing everyday and so we bought plants and fruits that would not only help the environment and children, but also make it look presentable.  I was surprised with the dedication and persistence we as a whole had and the commitment to have as much done as possible for the next day.

         

After working on our CAP project we came back to have free time and then we went to back to Miguel Angel  Leon to have our last full day of english tutoring. And reminded our student if they could come tomorrow to help us complete one of the murals.

After being the Lider del dia we both came to the conclusion; Never let your fear stop you from doing or trying something spectacular in life.

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Sunday Funday! http://globalglimpse.org/sunday-funday-6/42990 http://globalglimpse.org/sunday-funday-6/42990#comments Mon, 14 Aug 2017 01:34:19 +0000 http://globalglimpse.org/?p=42990 Today was very interesting. We had a lot of ups and downs, literally and figuratively. Ali and I woke up at 6, but everyone else woke up at 6:30. At 7:30, we were on the road to Chimborazo, the highest you can get to the sun on Earth.

When I found out that I was going to be leader on this day, I was so freaked out. I didn’t want anyone to get hurt while I was leader, so I was scared. But most of the day went smoothly. Some students got sick, but all are ok and resting now.

The first stop we made was the first entrance to Chimborazo and we saw a wonderful view of the mountain. As we moved up higher in elevation, more and more of us started to feel sick from the altitude. I even got cramps and a headache. Then we got back on the bus for another 8km. When we got to the first shelter of Chimborazo, we only walked 200 meters. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but the mountain was very steep. We stopped at the monument dedicated to people that died climbing the mountain. After a bit of a break, we walked, slowly, back down the mountain to the bus. Our next stop was the Polyepis Forest for a hike. We weren’t able to walk through the forest however, because it was too windy for us to walk. It would have been very unsafe. This all happened before noon… Whew…

We went to lunch at Nativa and had steak with rice and plantains. After lunch, everyone else had free time at the hotel, while Joel, Ramiya, and I went with Evelyn to have time to shop since we didn’t get to yesterday. When everyone was together, we had a project seminar about writing letters to the people that helped fund Global Glimpse and help us go on this trip. After we finished writing, a bunch of us went out to the deli and bakery to get snacks.

Dinner was interesting… We had (pause) Guinea Pig… It was pretty good. Tasted like chicken… Overall, we had a great day and everyone that wasn’t feeling well is resting and feeling better.

Being a leader, especially today was very nerving, but awesome. I was able to show myself the side of myself that wanted me to be a teacher. Taking care of the sick students was very caring. I loved helping everyone.

In addition, I, Ali, was also the leader for the day. I was a bit nervous knowing that some of us have asthma and we’ll be climbing a mountain where we will be high in the altitude. In the morning, Brianna and I woke up the rest of the group and reminded them that they should have multiple layers of clothes since it will be very windy and cold. As we got on the bus most of us were tired so we slept on the bus until we reached Chimborazo. We got out and started to take some pictures. As we started to climb up, some of us didn’t feel well so we had to take break and help each other out. Thankful, our Global Glimpse leaders had Coco tea (doesn’t taste as great as it sounds) but it was really effective for the people that were not feeling so great. As Brianna mentioned before, we went to Polyepis forest but it was really windy and it wasn’t safe for us to hike. Some of us were curious to go out so a small group went out to take some pictures. Overall it was a fantastic day and I personally loved every bit of it.

~Love and Hugs, Brianna & Ali

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Deconstructing Poverty and Aid & Development http://globalglimpse.org/deconstructing-poverty-and-aid-development-2/42983 http://globalglimpse.org/deconstructing-poverty-and-aid-development-2/42983#comments Sun, 13 Aug 2017 03:40:43 +0000 http://globalglimpse.org/?p=42983 We wanted to start of today’s blog post with a quote. “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of humans beings. Some it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” (Nelson Mandela). Let that sink in for a second. In fact, read it again. Great! Now you are read to read the rest of this blog. This quote encompasses exactly what today was about for us. Today was about understanding what poverty means, how it originates, and how to fight against it.

To provide a little more context, let’s go into a brief overview of today. This morning was pretty standard. The group woke up at 7:00am, which meant we woke up at 6:30am. It was cold outside this morning! But that just provided a little extra kickstart to the day. We fueled up for the day during breakfast, and then we were off. We got on the bus to drive to Parque Maldonado, which is where Manitas Trabajadoras do their activities. Manitas Trabajadoras is an organization that works with kids that work on the streets. Every Saturday they provide a lunch to the children, while also organizing various activities to help keep them motivated. This includes making sure that they stay in school. We got to the park around maybe 9:30am and were introduced to the kids we’d be working with for that day.

The two of us were working with a little boy named Frank. He goes around Riobamba in order to shine peoples shoes for money. Let us tell you, the little guy is fast! Everything he does seems to be with a sense of urgency. His walk, the way he drinks, the way he works. Everything seems to be oriented to being efficient. Getting in and out as fast as possible to get the most amount of work done in a short period of time. This of course has a lot to do with what Frank has to do in order to get some basic necessities. He told us about how his school uniform or school supplies can cost up to $75. That is a lot of money. Frank will get between 2 and 7 customers a day and the average amount they will pay him is probably around 50 cents. Assuming he gets the maximum number of customers every single day (which does not happen. We were with him for at an hour or two today and he got one customer), it would still take him three weeks of working every single day in order to go to school. And that is assuming that he does not have anything else he needs to spend money on, which is extremely unlikely. It was a fascinating experience spending that time with him. It is interesting to see how different our worlds are. How hard Frank has to work for something most Westeners will take for granted. The right to an education. Being able to eat three meals a day.

We got back to our meeting spot around 11:30am, and we had lunch and got to talk a little bit more to the leaders of Manitas Trabajadoras. Then we had some time to roam the streets of Riobamba. We’ll skip over that part. At night, we had a group meeting. This is where some of the real deep important conversation about today started to take place.

We started by talking about what the definition of poverty is. Too often people associate poverty with a single number. There is a value where if you are earning less than a certain amount of money, you are considered to be in poverty. This is absolutely not the way to think about what it means to be in poverty. It is not incorrect to think about poverty being related to a lack of material possessions. It certainly plays a factor. However, it is absolutely not the full story. So much of whether you are in poverty has to do with how you perceive your situation. How well you are able to enjoy what you do have access to. Gianella and Danny spoke of poverty having to do with not having access to certain basic necessities or not having access to certain privileges. And that is very much showing the balance between material and non-material wealth. At the same time, however, someone who does not have access to basic necessities or privileges is not necessarily poor.

Diego mentioned that a big part of poverty is injustice. That poverty stems from and exists because of injustice. That injustice creates that snowballing effect that turns into poverty. In a simple example, part of injustice might be two different people not having access to the same quality of education because of their economic status. That is not right. These kinds of systems, where money determines the quality of education your receive, feed poverty and inequality. Rather than having success and happiness be based on effort, it is totally depended on how much you are able to spend education. Therefore, the cure to poverty is justice and equality. In regards to education, which honestly is just one part of the puzzle although a very big one, we might look at countries like Finland. In Finland private schools are illegal, which has vastly driven up the quality of the public education system. This is one absolutely perfect example of how we, citizens, and government can work to end inequality, and in the long run poverty as well. Keep that in mind as you go through your days. Look at what things exist in your life that are an example of inequalities or injustices that can lead to poverty. Start being aware of these things, because being aware is the first step towards change.

Greetings from Ecuador, Jari & Joyanne.
**Pictures to come soon!

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Final Reflection http://globalglimpse.org/final-reflection-15/42973 http://globalglimpse.org/final-reflection-15/42973#respond Sun, 13 Aug 2017 01:46:31 +0000 http://globalglimpse.org/?p=42973
For our last day in Matagalpa, we spent it reflecting on our journey, preparing for our departure, and spending time with our new family. To reflect on our time here, Silvan and Maryuleth gave us many questions to think about. Together we chose the moments and people that would stick with us most and made us change for the better. As a family, we said our final goodbyes to Silvan and Maryuleth, gifting them Boston shirts, Red Sox hats, and thank you cards to show our gratitude for all they have done for us. To prepare for our departure, we packed our bags, grabbed last minute gifts, and used the rest of our cordobas on snacks. Most of our time today was spent together, sharing food, singing together, and playing cards. Our last night is filled with the emotions of our goodbyes and cherishing the time we have.
Tonight, despite everyone not knowing yet, Terri and Jean-Claude will be treating us to pizza as our last dinner as a family. All of us will be excited to have pizza after two weeks of too much rice and beans. Once again, we will be sharing food and making more memories to take home with us.

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The Mountain of Peace http://globalglimpse.org/the-mountain-of-peace/42969 http://globalglimpse.org/the-mountain-of-peace/42969#comments Sat, 12 Aug 2017 22:02:28 +0000 http://globalglimpse.org/?p=42969 A group of students (Mikaylah, Lezine, Laz, Tannin, Dhruval, Kevin, Elsa, Bryan, Eric) and I climbed Mount Asante yesterday, and it was one of the most invigorating experiences of our lives. The mountain terrain was treacherous-wet, rocky, and muddy. The slope was incredibly steep and it took all of us working as a team to make it to the top. Many times, we thought about turning around, but we just kept urging each other to continue for it would be worth it at the top. We were motivated by two factors. One, no other delegation had ever climbed to the top of the mountain and two we were committed to pushing through our physical limitations. As we climbed the mountain, we stopped at each station of the cross and talked about its meaning. Just when we thought we had reached the top of the mountain and we could see the cross with the huge statue of Our Lady of Guadaloupe, we had to climb 217 more stairs to find the most majestic view anyone could imagine. Pictures just can not capture the experience. We were overlooking the whole city of Matagalpa and it was breathtaking. The cool breeze, the sight of the enormous cross and statue, and a sense of accomplishment helped us to forget our weary bodies. Since we were the first delegation to reach the top, the students thought it was only fitting to do a big unity clap and the word used was “COMMITMENT.”

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M2C Return Trip Information http://globalglimpse.org/m2c-return-trip-information/42959 http://globalglimpse.org/m2c-return-trip-information/42959#comments Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:40:45 +0000 http://globalglimpse.org/?p=42959 Hello Family and Friends of M2C Glimpsers,

We know you all are excited for your students to return, so here are some reminders about their flight information:

The students will be arriving at Boston Logan International at 12:34 AM on Monday 8/14 on American Airlines 1313 into the B Terminal. The students return home Sunday night but just after midnight so technically the flight returns on 8/13.  Just a quick reminder it usually takes around half an hour for the students to get off the plane and get their bags.

Feel free to track the flight details at https://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL1313

Here is their detailed flight information so you can be ready for their arrival at the airport:

AA2592  13AUG MGA MIA 156P 643P 13AUG
AA 1313   13AUG MIA BOS   930P1253A 14AUG

Thanks,

The Global Glimpse Staff

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