Hi everyone! My name is Shu Ping Guan. I’m a counselor at Balboa High School in San Francisco. I’m looking forward to traveling to Ecuador with you in the summer. This will be my first trip with Global Glimpse, so I am probably just as thrilled and nervous as you all are. However, this will not be my first time out of the country: I studied a semester abroad in Siena, Italy when I was in college. To this day, it was one of my most memorable and impactful experiences. I am excited that you all will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture and to see just how strong you can be.
Hey Glimpsers! My name is Jess Vaughn and I am an English and ELD teacher at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo. I can’t wait to meet all of you and grow together as we explore Riobamba. Like Shu Ping, this will be my first time leading a Global Glimpse trip and it will also be my first time in Ecuador. I am so excited for all of you, especially if it is your first time traveling abroad without your family, because it is truly a life-changing experience. I first had this chance during my junior year of college when I studied for a semester in Florence, Italy. That experience changed my perspective and understanding of the world, and ignited a passion within me for traveling. Since Florence, I have traveled to 17 different countries, including Sri Lanka, where I lived and taught English for 9 months. I believe there is something uniquely special about traveling with others your own age, because the conversations you have about life and learning are unparalleled. I am thrilled to be a part of this experience with all of you.