Hello Everyone!

My name is Christabel and I am one of your (two) GGL leaders for our trip to Esteli, Nicaragua, coming up this week! Hopefully you all read Don, my co-leader’s, intro blog post. I also wanted to introduce myself and tell you a little about me so we can start getting to know each other!

First of all, I want to say how excited I am to have the opportunity to experience such an awesome adventure alongside you all! I have always loved to travel and I try to take advantage of every new travel opportunity. Every time I have traveled, the experience has changed me and taught me so many new things. I look forward to supporting you all to make sure you also love the experience of traveling!

A little about me – I grew up in the mountains in Colorado so I feel very at home in the mountains and love outdoor activities. In my free time I love doing anything outdoors – hiking, swimming, rock climbing, camping, snow-boarding – and I love to try new things! I love learning about different people, cultures, and ways of life. I read a lot of biographies and watch a lot of documentaries 🙂

I was fortunate to have a few similar immersion experiences when I was in high school, focused around learning Spanish. Ever since then I have had the travel bug! I attended Smith College in Massachusetts, where I studied Social Psychology and Spanish. While at Smith I studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador where I lived with a family, studied Spanish, and Ecuadorian culture and history. Upon graduating I moved to San Francisco where I have worked as a manager at a nonprofit for the last 5 years, coordinating donated surgical care for low-income uninsured Bay Area residents. Through this work, I spent a lot of time coordinating resources for and with the local Latino communities and also became a Spanish-English Medical Interpreter. Traveling is very important to me and I try to make it a big part of my life. Three months ago I traveled to rural Guatemala as a Medical Interpreter on a surgical mission and had an incredible experience. I am already eager to go back to Central America! This past year, I also spent two and a half weeks backpacking across Thailand and Malaysia, where I experienced and learned about Southeast Asian culture.

I am very passionate about the power of foreign language and immersion education and I will be pursuing a Masters in International & Multicultural Education this coming Fall. Throughout the last five years I have also spent a lot of time volunteering and tutoring at a Bay area high school and absolutely loved it!

I will be your Health Leader for the trip and I want you all to feel very comfortable coming to me with any health issues at all. I am VERY comfortable with all forms of health-related issues you may have or be concerned about – most likely I have experienced the travel-related health issues you will experience through my own travels so don’t hesitate to come to talk to me! Don and I are in the process of getting in touch with you all via phone before departure so please let us know if you have any health-related questions at this point, but there will be plenty more to come about this!

I can’t wait to take off! I hope you all are as excited as I am!
Hasta Miércoles!
Christabel

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest updates on student travel, job opportunities, events and more!

You have Successfully Subscribed!