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Global Guides

What are Global Guides?

Global Guides serve as ambassadors for Learning Abroad at on-campus events, mentor fellow students on learning abroad program opportunities, and assist with office events and initiatives. The Global Guides have either lived abroad or have participated in a learning abroad program in the past. They are an excellent resource for students who aren’t sure how to decide on a program or who want first-hand information about a particular program or geographical location. Please review the bios below to see if there is a Global Guide that best matches your interests and check the schedule below to see when their shift is. All walk-in hours are hosted in Learning Abroad, Ezekiel W. Cullen Bldg., Suite 105.

Global Guides are required to hold office hours every other week and attend monthly meetings, help at the Fall and Spring fairs and pre-fair tabling, do two classroom presentations per semester, and help at one additional Learning Abroad or Global Guide event per month. 

Office hours for the 2018-2019 school year will start on August 27th, 2018, and will be Monday - Thursday, 1pm-3pm in the Learning Abroad office. 

Global Guides Availability:

Global Guides are off for the summer break, but they will be back in the fall!

They hold office hours during the fall and spring semesters everyday Monday-Friday 1pm-3pm in the Learning Abroad Office.

You can also email the Global Guides directly, to a specific member or to the entire group, with questions about a program or a request to meet one on one about a specific program outside of office hours. Their email is


Global Guides Biographies:

Alejandro R

Alejandro R. 

Major: Supply Chain Management
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program: Berlin, Germany with AIFS; Affiliated Program
International Experience: Germany, parts of Europe

I lived with a host family in Berlin because I wanted to immerse myself in the culture and learn as much of the langauge as I could. It worked out really well for me. My host mom was great because she refused to talk to me in English most of the time and that helped me learn the language. That's what I was abroad for, so I really enjoyed it! 


Estela C.

Major: Biomedical and Biophysical Sciences
Minor: Chemistry and Spanish for the Global Professions
Class Year: Junior
Learning Abroad Program: Mediterranean Culture: Rome and Barcelona with CISAbroad 
International Experience: Italy, Spain, Paris, and Mexico

Personal Statement: It is difficult to pinpoint the best part of my experience abroad. I must to say it was a combination of independence, meeting people and the beautiful scenery and landmarks I saw. It was the everyday experiences that made my study abroad trip so memorable. It was very humbling to explore the streets of cities that are so rich in culture and history. Although I did partake in the typical tourist attractions, like tossing a coin at the Trevi Fountain or the cheesy pose at Leaning Tower of Pisa, I also enjoyed shopping, eating and traveling as the locals did. This trip sparked my wanderlust and I hope I can help other students embark on their own learning abroad journey.


Johnny Z.

Major: Double Degrees in History/Spanish double major and Political Science
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program: Year abroad at ADA University in Baku Azerbaijan; Reciprocal Exchange Program
International Experience: Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Mexico, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom

Connecting with locals through a cup of tea and discussing the many things that make us human and learning that we are all the same and have similar experiences regardless of our nationality or cultural background. 


Julia B.  

Major: Human Development & Family Studies; EC-6 Generalist Teaching Certification
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program: Semester in Melbourne, Australia with ISA; Affiliated Program
International Experience: Lived in Frankfurt Germany, traveled to Indonesia, Belgium, Austria, The Netherlands, Australia, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica

The best part of my experience abroad was getting the chance to meet new people from all over the world and from all walks of life. I love to learn about new cultures and experience everything I can about different parts of the world.


Lupita G. 

Major: Broadcast Journalism
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program: French language program in Angers, France; UH Faculty-Led Program
International Experience: France, Mexico

The best part of going abroad for me was being able to exercise my knowledge of the French language. Having been enrolled in French classes since High School,  I never really got to practice much outside of the classroom. Being in France, I became more confident in my skills after practicing my speaking amongst locals, with my professors, and with my host family.  Although it is difficult and I still can't quite consider myself fluent, being able to understand for the most part when someone is speaking French to me is rewarding.