Andrew here, I am one of your leaders for our trip to Constanza in the Dominican Republic next week! Here are a few tidbits about me before we get to meet each other in person. Born and raised in Massachusetts, I spent most of my life surrounded by music. While pursuing my bachelors at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I was a member and leader in the UMass Amherst drumline. I also performed competitively with Carolina Crown, a drum corps from Fort Mill, South Carolina. Since then I have stopped performing but I frequently volunteer my time and energy into teaching percussion in hopes that I can give students the same amazing experience I had.
I graduated with a bachelors in Building and Construction Technology with a minor in Anthropology. While in the construction industry, I worked at companies that focused on using sustainable building techniques. Two major projects that I have worked on have been awarded Living Building Challenge certification through the International Living Futures Institute. The Living Building Challenge is a strict and rigorous building standard, now requiring projects to create and produce more water and energy than they need as well as recycle more waste than they produce. I am extremely interested in sustainability and other ways to reduce my own negative impact on the environment.
Currently I am pursuing a master’s degree in International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. I have led high school community service programs abroad to Fiji and I am extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to work with Global Glimpse. It is my dream to make a positive difference in the world through international education and I know that Global Glimpse and I share that same goal.
Elyse, my co-leader, and I are both so excited to go on this journey with you all and I know that we will all learn so much together. Only a week left until we depart so until then get excited and get curious, see you all soon!