Hola Glimpsers,

My name is Laura Ochoa I will be one of three Global Glimpse Leaders traveling with you to the Dominican Republic. I am a US-born, Mexican-raised, High School Spanish teacher with a love for food and travel. I have lived and traveled all across the world. Just to name a few, I have lived in France, Ecuador and Uganda for some time. I have taken students to both Central America and Europe. This is actually my first time visiting the Dominican Republic and am super excited!

I became a Global Glimpse Leader because I have a tremendous love and passion for international travel, as well as planning and assisting trips abroad with high school students for the sole purpose of developing and broadening appreciation of various cultures. It is going to be life changing and am so thrilled that you all get to experience this expedition

Here are some fun facts about me:

Fun Facts:

I speak Spanish & French.

I have traveled to more than 25 countries.

I competed in a Food Competition.

College in San Francisco; (San Francisco State University & University of San Francisco)

AND….I can touch my nose with my tongue!

I love:




Bruno Mars & Drake

I am a huge San Francisco giants fan! 

Traveling & Eating (together)

High School Students (Duh)

Some recommendations & tips (as you prepare for your trip):

  1. Passport (make sure you have your passport ready)
  2. Study & Practice your Spanish.
  3. Read about our destination to learn about the culture, people, weather, etc (this helps familiarize yourself with our destination).
  4. Get excited!!!!!

Reach out if you have any questions or need anything in preparing for your adventure. I cannot wait to travel with all of you this summer for an unforgettable experience. Leona and Amanda (the other Global Glimpse Leaders) and I will be contacting you shortly to make sure everyone is ready to go, but feel free to post your own introduction on the blog! We can’t wait to meet all of you!

¡Hasta Pronto!

Laura Ochoa