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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. 

Global Guides Availability:

Global Guides hold office hours during the fall and spring semesters everyday Monday-Friday 1pm-3pm in the Learning Abroad Office. See the calendar below for details. 

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


Estela C., Lead Global Guide

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

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.

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! 


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
Minor:   Health
Class Year:
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 V. 

Major: Broadcast Journalism 
Minor: Sociology  
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program: UH Faculty-Led program to Angers, France 
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.  Not only did I receive course credit hours, I also got to immerse myself in the culture of a country I’ve always dreamed of visiting. 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 extremely rewarding. 


Keilly T. 

Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry, Medicine in Society 
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program: Tropical Conservation Biology and Tropical Ecology in San Ramon, Costa Rica with USAC; Affiliated Program
International Experience:  Venezuela, Mexico, U.K., Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Costa Rica

The best part of my experience abroad was becoming more independent in both how I carry myself and how I think. Traveling abroad taught me not only how to take care of myself in foreign circumstances but also how to accomodate and problem solve in order to make all my experiences worthwhile. While travelling, I also had the opportunity to get to know locals and to learn about their cultures’ unique perspectives about everything from conservation to medicine to attitude and lifestyle. After my month-long experience in Costa Rica, I can’t seem to get enough of immersing myself in unfamiliar cultures, and I hope that I can inspire in others the same immense love I hold for our world and its people. 


Anasofia G.

Major:  Finance
Class Year: Junior
Learning Abroad Program: Semester classes & internship in Florence, Italy with AIFS; Affiliated Program
International Experience: Italy, Spain, France, UK, and Mexico

Learning abroad was the best decision I ever made. I had the chance to test my limits, explore new places, and grow as a person in so many ways. I discovered a new language, lived a new culture, and I explored a new place which is honestly something I never thought I would have the chance to do. Being in Florence was magical and challenging and beautiful; my mix of emotions comes from all the memories I have from that incredible place that feels like it’s not even a part of this world. Living like an Italian is radically different from American society and I am so lucky to have had the chance to be there. Today, I am a completely new person because of my experience and I can’t wait to go back.



Jacob C. 

Major: Computer Science
Minor: Asian American Studies 
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program:  KCP International Japanese Language School
International Experience: Japan

Albeit I initially sought to study abroad in Japan in order to improve my language proficiency, I returned home with a more vastly informed perspective toward the world and the people around me—a perspective that I am perennially grateful for. Studying abroad took me by the hand and thoroughly conveyed to me what it is like to truly assimilate and be a present figure in another society or culture that bears no similarity to my own. Although it was challenging at times, it was the people I met and the experiences I shared with those people that made my study abroad trip the absolute best adventure I've journeyed on in my life thus far.



Haley "Moon" H.

Major:  Communication Disorders
Minor: Kinesiology and Applied Linguistics
Class Year: Junior
Learning Abroad Program:  Semester classes in Bangkok, Thailand with ISA; Affiliated Program
International Experience:  Thailand & Vietnam

Living in Thailand changed my life, while I explored the country and the culture, I also explored myself as a person. The difference in culture opened my eyes to a new way of living. My favorite part about Thailand, besides the food, was going to see the temples, and getting to attend Loy Kratong, the annual lantern festival. My only regret was that I didn't stay longer!


Hillary B. 

Major: Broadcast Journalism 
Minor: Marketing 
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program: Semester in Verona, Italy with USAC; Affiliated Program
International Experience: Italy, Venezuela, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Germany, Slovenia, and Austria

My learning abroad experience was amazing. I met so many wonderful people and explored the beautiful gems this world has to offer. Living in a foreign country taught me how to be more independent and really forced me to step out of my comfort zone. I had the opportunity to learn about different culture and live like one of the locals. I will forever cherish the great memories I made in Italy and all of the other countries I visited. Going abroad was hands downt he best decision I ever made! 


Akilah P.

Major:  Human Foods and Nutrition
Minor: Spanish for the Global Professions
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program:  Semester at Universidad Pompeu Fabra's Global Health Programin Barcelona, Spain with AIFS; Affiliated Program 
International Experience:  Spain

I truly don't think I can only pick one aspect as the best part of my study abroad experience because it was the combination of so many aspects that made this experience so truly enriching for me. Definitely, a plus of studying abroad for me was finally being able to practice and improve my Spanish speaking abilities in a completely immersed setting; I saw a greater improvement in my speaking abilities in 3 months vs. my 3 years of studying in the United States. Another amazing aspect of studying abroad is being able to experience another culture and place as a local instead of as a tourist. If I hadn't studied abroad, I don't think I would have ever truly understood the difference.


Tabitha C. 

Major: Sociology 
Minor: Political Science 
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program: Summer Spanish language immersion with Kukulcan; Affiliated Program
International Experience: Mexico

I have learned that studying abroad is truly the best way to learn a new language. Every day I had to speak Spanish with the locals, teachers, and host family which helped me develop my own proficiency. Probably the best parts about being in Mexico was connecting with locals and I learned so much about myself being in a new country. It was the most rewarding and challenging thing I have done and without a doubt I will be going abroad again. 


George P.

Major:  History
Minor:  English Literature
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program:  Semester at Temple University in Tokyo, Japan; Affiliated Program
International Experience:  Canada, Mexico

After studying the Japanese language for a year and half, I finally felt it was time to visit the land of the rising sun. I was fortunate to find a University in Tokyo which would allow me to immerse myself in Japanese culture for 4 months. Before departure, I thought I knew what to expect. I had been to foreign countries before, and I thought everything would be relatively similar to my experience growing up in America. But as soon as I got off the Narita Express to walk to my Dormitory, my perception was instantly changed. Through Kanagawa days and Tokyo nights, I learned what makes Japan such a mystical place. I met a wide array of new people with experiences vastly different than mine, refined my language skills and ultimately gained a greater understanding of what Japanese culture truly is.


Golbou M.  

Major: Psychology
Minor: English
Class Year:
Learning Abroad Program:  Semester abroad at Swansea University in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom; Reciprocal Exchange Program 
International Experience:  UK, Germany, Iran, France, The Netherlands, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Greece

The part of studying abroad that stuck out to me the most was making friends from various countries and the ease that you can travel within surrounding European countries once you’re there. I’ve always imagined myself living in Europe and am go grateful I got the chance to do so for 6 months. Although I didn’t learn a new language in Swansea, I got to experience British culture which despite my prior beliefs, is different to American way of life. I had never lived on my own before going abroad and definitely learned how to shape a lifestyle around being alone – including travelling by myself. I returned home with unforgettable memories and an incredible adventure under my belt.