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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-Thursday 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.


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. 


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.


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: English
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!


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.


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.


Ximena V.

Major:  Biology
Minor:  Medicine in Society 
Class Year: Junior
Learning Abroad Program:  Summer study program in Reggio Emilia, Italy with USAC; Affiliated Program
International Experience:  Mexico, Italy, France, Slovakia

Learning abroad was an incredible experience. While in Reggio Emilia, I had the opportunity to connect with locals, immerse myself in the Italian culture, and eat the best Italian food. I was able to explore different cities in Italy from Venice down to Pompeii. One of my favorite parts about being abroad was the people I met. I continue to keep in touch with some of the people from my program. Going abroad has left me with many memories that I will always treasure. I hope to encourage others to learn abroad and create memories of their own.


Aubrey W.

Major:  Creative Writing (Poetry)
Minor:  Creative Work
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program:  Summer at Massey University Internship & Expedition in Wellington, New Zealand with ISA; Affiliated Program
International Experience:  Dominican Republic, Mexico, Belize, New Zealand

Although I had been on family vacations outside the United States, nothing could have prepared me for the experience of learning abroad. Traveling New Zealand with like-minded students while working on creative academic assignments was both challenging and fulfilling. I was inspired by the ways the Christchurch community uses public space and works of art to foster recovery and change in the aftermath of 2011’s devastating earthquake. I had the pleasure of visiting Te Puia and participating in a traditional Māori welcome ceremony and performance. Best of all, I had the opportunity to work with Huia Publishers in the capital city of Wellington. During my time with Huia, I gained valuable marketing and editing experience, all while learning about the Māori culture and participating in its revival as part of my internship work. I truly became a part of the Huia family, and I hold these memories close today.


Catherine P.

Major:  Public Relations 
Minor:  Spanish
Class Year: Junior
Learning Abroad Program:  Summer language study in Granada, Spain with Sol Education Abroad; Affiliated Program
International Experience:  Spain, Portugal, France, Albania, Italy, Switzerland, and Canada

 There is something so empowering about navigating a new school, country, language, and culture. I learned how to (gracefully) problem-solve all while increasing my Spanish proficiency and earning credits towards my degree. I gained a Madre de Española, SOLmates and local travel companions that are still a big part of my life. I learned how to make paella and dance flamenco. I went to street concerts, museums, and palaces. I got to cliff dive in Ibiza, get lost in Valencia, and find my way back. I had so many experiences that changed my perspectives in just those two short months over the summer. Choosing to go abroad was the best decision I ever made for myself. 


Fatou J.

Major:  Health Promotions
Minor:  Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program:  Summer study program in Chiang Mai, Thailand with USAC; Affiliated Program
International Experience:  England, France, Gambia, Nigeria, Thailand, Vietnam, The Philippines, Mexico

Traveling to Thailand was one of the greatest experiences of my life. From the culture to the people to the food, Chiang Mai opened my eyes to a way life that I never even imagined possible. My program with USAC made my trip a breeze, they showed us all the hidden gems the beautiful city had to offer. My favorite part of my trip was when we got to do a homestay with some of the hill tribe people who lived up in the mountains. I am so happy to be a Global Guide because I really hope I can help students find a learning abroad experience as memorable as my own.