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Global Guides

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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.

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. These positions are on a volunteer basis, and students seeking benefits such as personal and professional development and office experience are encouraged to apply. 

Apply to join the Global Guides!

Apply to the 2021-2022 Global Guides! Be a peer mentor for Learning Abroad and support your peers in going abroad. Find out more on the GG website. Applications open until May 31st. 

Global Guides office hours have ended for the 2020-2021 academic year. We'll be back in fall 2021 for weekly office hours, please check back then! 

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 This may not be monitored over the summer. 


Global Guides Biographies


Tayma M., Lead Global Guide

Major:  Dual Degree in Health & Anthropology 
Minor: Medicine and Society 
Class Year: Junior
Learning Abroad Program:  Semester classes in Geneva, Switzerland with SIT; Affiliated Program
International Experience:  Ireland, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Morocco, Lebanon, and Spain

Learning abroad has changed many areas of my life. Academically, it guided my decision to pursue a degree in Anthropology by highlighting my passion for cultural competence in a public health setting. Personally, it helped me grow, become more independent, and more importantly, open minded. By throwing myself into an unknown situation, I realized that I was more resilient than I thought and that home can be in multiple places at once. Overall, my time abroad was the best five months of my life. I came back with unforgettable memories, new life lessons, friends for life, a love for traveling, and knowledge on the countries that were so welcoming. 


Karim M.

Major:  Finance & Economics
Class Year: Junior
Learning Abroad Program:  Semester classes in Geneva, Switzerland with SIT; Affiliated Program
International Experience: Lebanon, France, Italy, Netherlands

Learning Abroad changed me both personally and professionally. Learning Abroad was very helpful in getting me used to doing things that are out of my comfort zone. It also helped me adapt to new environments and cultures leading me meeting awesome people I would have never met had I not done a semester abroad. Learning Abroad also geared my career path through the classes I took there. After learning about renewable finance abroad, I have decided to pursue the Global Energy Management Finance track. I would not trade the time I spent abroad for anything.


Tunde S.

Major:  Mechanical Engineering 
Class Year: Junior 
Learning Abroad Program: Summer Faculty led program to Rio, Brazil; Summer internship in San Jose, Costa Rica with Global Experiences - Affiliated program
International Experience: Brazil, Costa Rica, UK, and Nigeria

Through the Learning Abroad office, I was able to immerse myself in cultures outside of my own and challenge myself as an engineer. Being able to represent UH in Brazil and Costa Rica was an honor. Not only was I able to tackle global engineering challenges, I was able to connect with different people and establish lasting friendships during my faculty led engineering program in Brazil. My internship in Costa Rica, was an indescribable experience as I became more confident in myself and my skills every single day. I was fortunate enough to learn Spanish at an expedited rate, and now I am working on becoming fluent in the language! I had the chance to explore Costa Rica, from hiking through the Bajos del Toro Waterfall in Alajuela to doing missionary work in Limon. I learned more about myself in those 3 months than the previous years. Growing as an engineer and With these opportunities, I was able to ascertain my purpose; to be a global leader.


Paulina C.

Major: Hotel & Restaurant Management
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program: Reciprocal Exchange program to Spain
International Experience: Mexico, Spain, France

Learning abroad is important to me because it provided me with the necessary discomfort that gave me a great amount of knowledge and transformed me into the person I am today. It brought me a hand full of unexpected and challenging obstacles that allowed me to discover more about myself in ways I would have never imagined.  Although my experience was different than expected I will always highly suggest to others to go out of their comfort zone and try new things.  There is a whole world out there that you have yet to discover. It’s all about taking that leap towards the unknown even if you don’t know what the outcome will be.


Winter G.

Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Business Administration
Class Year: Senior
Learning Abroad Program: Winter multi-country study program to France, Italy, and Greece with CEA Study Abroad; Affiliated Program
International Experience:  Greece, Italy, France, Panama

Learning abroad has taught me many valuable lessons about cultural/self-awareness, problem solving, and adaptation to different environments. I was amazed at how powerful the impact of spending three weeks abroad was on my personal and intellectual growth. In those three weeks, I gained multiple skills and a sense of awareness that would have taken months or a couple of years for me to gain at home, in my comfort zone. I’m honored to have experiences ranging from exploring the roots of Western civilization in Greece and Italy to mission work in Panama. I came home with a newfound confidence, open mind, and solidified passion for my career path. If anyone has uncertainties about program structures, how a program will fit in with your major, or anything travel related, don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I was in your shoes, too. I look forward to guiding you towards the experience of a lifetime in the future!


Rachel A.

Major: Communications
Major: English
Class Year: Junior
Learning Abroad Program: Semester study and internship program to Rome, Italy with AIFS; Affiliated Program
International Experience: Poland, Israel, France, Italy 

Learning abroad is important to me because it allowed me to fully immerse myself in another culture completely and independently. By going on this program knowing absolutely no one, I was ultimately forced to navigate a city and meet people on my own. While I was afraid at first, this experience was truly a blessing. I had the opportunity to make friends that I still keep in touch with today, participate in an internship that I was passionate about, take classes that interested me and explore a city that I hope to visit again one day. Studying abroad for the five weeks I was able to allowed me to blossom; it was an extremely eye-opening experience that I encourage others to take advantage of.


Hana M.

Major: Psychology
Major: Medicine & Society, Biology
Class Year: Junior
Learning Abroad Program: CIEE Frederick Douglass Fellowship to South Africa, Affiliated Fellowship Program; her program abroad was cancelled due to COVID-19, heading back abroad in summer 2021    
International Experience: None

I believe that the study abroad experience is crucial to understanding the dynamics of different societies and cultures. In order to offer optimal aid in any field of study, one should be able to take into account the people and identities that will be affected. I decided to dedicate my career to fighting against underrepresentation and the low quality of care reserved for minority populations by engaging a field that I am already passionate about; healthcare. I learned about the health deficits that factor in and I now understand that as an insider to the healthcare system, the minority lifestyle, and the large middle-class population, I have a steady hand in my ability to make a difference. By studying abroad, I aim to bring back teachings that will challenge my perspective on the issue, as well as the perspective of those interacting with it and provide a new frame of reference. I hope to confront any underlying personal biases that I may have been carrying along as a first-generation minority student living in the US. With all the diversity present in the US, we are still unable to replicate or even represent the lifestyles outside our country. The extent of our diversity does not enable us to see the values of other cultures being put into action, meaning it is not the existence of diversity that allows us to grow, but the degree of our engagement with it. It's with this realization that I committed to pursuing study abroad opportunities. 


Joanna E.

Major:  B.S. Human Nutrition and Foods
Minors: Spanish, Biology
Class Year:  Junior
Learning Abroad Program: I visited Tripoli, Lebanon for nine weeks in the summer of 2018 and strengthened my Arabic language.
International Experience: 

I   learned the different Arabic accents and was exposed to the Arabian history by  visiting ancient artifacts   and museums. I embraced the city as I was awoken daily by the sound   of people selling their fruits and  other goods and living their lives in the city.  I visited the beaches and  mountains that connected together so beautifully.  I visited a Palestinian refugee camp  and lived with Palestinian refugees for three weeks. It was amazing to learn about the different   obstacles these people have faced and the struggles that remained . T he trip was life-changing as I was able to meet new people, meet   refugees, learn more about the country and its past, and strengthen my communication in the Arabic   language.