¡Hola, Glimpsers!

It’s almost time for you to get on a plane and come meet us in the land of Pura Vida, Costa Rica. We are the Program Coordinators (PCs) for your trip and we are so excited to have you here and guide you through the 14-day itinerary that Global Glimpse has prepared for you to immerse yourselves in the culture and lifestyle of the “Ticos” and “Ticas”.

Sonia Membreño – Hello everyone! My name is Sonia Membreño, I’m 28 years old, and I’m from Managua, Nicaragua, the land of lakes and volcanoes, just right above Costa Rica on the map!

I’m a graphic designer, but I have made it a goal in life to always look for opportunities and environments where my knowledge and skills can be used to contribute to the betterment of society, which is why I consider myself super lucky to have found – throughout the years – various different ways to connect my design background with other passions of mine such as education, travel, community development, and cultural exchange. This has resulted in the opportunity to work and volunteer with people and organizations, both in Nicaragua and abroad, that are doing incredible work to make our world a better, more inclusive, and fairer place.

This will be my second time working with Global Glimpse (GG), as I had the pleasure to lead three delegations in Chitré, Panama in 2019. Being a PC for GG has definitely been one of my favorite professional experiences so far. I believe in the power of travel as education and opportunity, and a greater means to community and empowerment. I am thrilled to be back this year to be part of this life-changing experience for 100+ more students! In my free time, I love watching movies/series, going to the beach, hanging out with my friends, reading about random stuff, trying out new restaurants, and spending time with my dog, Phoebe. I try to do some kind of exercise occasionally to stay active, and since the pandemic, I’ve become a skincare enthusiast, so trust me when I tell you that I will be making sure that you use sunscreen and stay hydrated at all times (you’ll thank me later!).

Can’t wait to meet you all!!! ¡Nos vemos el sábado! (we’ll see you on Saturday)

Big love,

Flavio Pana – Hello! My name is Flavio Pana I’m a naturalist guide and environmentalist enthusiast. I’ll be one of the PCs running the program. I’m very excited to share with the students and GGLs (Global Glimpse Leaders) and do my best to help everyone get the best out of this experience!

We’ll be getting to know each other better during the trip. In the meantime, we want to remind you of something that we think is very important:

A trip abroad is an opportunity to witness and participate in life in another country; connect with local people and learn about the ways in which they experience the world. You have been preparing for this trip for quite some time now, so let’s make that preparation time worthwhile. This will be a life-changing experience that we’re certain you’ll treasure forever, so make sure to pack an open heart and an open mind and leave some room for GROWTH! Let’s do this!!

Sonia & Pana