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Spring Trip is Right Around the Corner

Spring Trip Group
The Spring Trip participants pose for a group shot at their recent retreat at Camp Sealth.

Global Visionaries’ Spring Trip is coming up soon; April 6th to the 19th to be exact!  This trip is another way that GV accomplishes its mission of empowering future leaders through service and cultural learning.  It offers activities such as coffee farm work, construction building classrooms, working at a local hospital, and Spanish language class.  In order to fully immerse themselves in the culture, the participants will be living with local families, working alongside Guatemalan youth that are a part of GV Guatemala, and hopefully see some historical landmarks.

But this is GV, right?  So, enough about the details and let’s hear from one of our participants: one of today’s global leaders.  I asked participant Fiona Carlile who attends West Seattle High School to share with me some of her thoughts as she prepares to leave for Guatemala.

Q: What are you most excited about for the trip?

Fiona: I’m excited to build relationships with the people at the hospital and with the other people on my work team.  I want to bond with the people there even if I can’t speak Spanish.

Q: What are you nervous about?

Fiona: I’m nervous about the fact that I can’t speak Spanish.  I’m nervous I won’t be able to communicate with my host family and build relationships.

Q: How has the experience been so far?

Fiona: It’s been really good! I’m amazed I’ve really gotten to know everyone on the team and in the GV Family.  I feel a lot better about the trip now that I know everyone.

Small Spring Trip Group
Fiona, first on the left, and her fellow Spring Trip participants prepare for their experience in Guatemala.

There’s one look at what’s racing through a participant’s mind as they prepare to go on the culminating trip to Guatemala.  The changes that have already begun to take form in these young leaders and the things they have learned so far are about to be put to the test during the Spring Trip to Guatemala, and most of them cannot wait.  Let’s continue to support them in their endeavor as the trip gets closer and closer! We are planning on keeping you up to date with the participants while they’re in Guatemala so be sure to visit and bookmark the GV blog or like the GV Facebook page.


Mark Your Calendars: Third Annual GV Founders Club Event, September 29th!

Third Annual Global Visionaries Founders Club Event

Pitch in to support low-income and underserved youth!

At the home of Heide and Matthew Felton
300 Ward Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Saturday, September 29, 2012
6:30  – 8:30 PM

RSVP: chrisfontana@global-visionaries.org

“Meet Today’s Global Leaders”

Come experience an extraordinary interactive evening and presentation.
Find out how you can support the network our youth leaders are building in the Americas
and why these youth are not the leaders of tomorrow, but of today.

Included in our special evening:

  •           Networking
  •           Hors d’oeuvres
  •           Beer & Wine
  •           Valet Parking

Our youth leaders will host all aspects of this evening’s program including:

  •           Inspiring testimonials of how Guatemalan and U.S. youth are impacting our communities
  •           Activities uniting youth hosts & guests to explore how to create a just & sustainable future
  •           A short address by Chris Fontana , Global Visionaries co-founder & executive director
  •           An exciting new 3-minute video
  •           Questions & Answers

Exciting Opportunities With GV in 2013!

Calling all high school students!

Are you interested in a cultural immersion trip to Guatemala? Would you like to help out with local and international service projects focused on social justice and environmental conservation?  If you answered yes, then Global Visionaries (GV) might be right for you.

GV has been leading trips to Guatemala for 15 years, giving 1,068 participants invaluable leadership skills, life-changing experiences, and life-long friends. There are only a few weeks left to apply to our 2012-2013 programs, so apply now. We are currently accepting applications for five programs:

  • Spring Program: program runs from November 2012-June 2013 (Guatemala Trip: April 6-19, 2013)
  • Summer Program: program runs from November 2012-September 2013 (Guatemala trip from June 22-July 5, 2013)
  • 3 Intensive Programs- Guatemala Trip:
    • Summer Intensive (July 13-26, 2013)
    • All-Girl’s Intensive (August 3-16, 2013)
    • Allies Intensive (August 10-23, 2013)

The deadline for all applications is October 19, 2012. Submit an application by October 11, 2012, and save $50 for completing an ‘early bird’ application. So apply now! A step-by-step outline of the application process can be viewed on our website: http://www.global-visionaries.org/index.php/20a_seattleLeadershipProgramApply.

Global Visionaries firmly believes in removing financial obstacles to participation in our programs and is proud to announce that $115,000 in financial aid will be awarded this year to those who qualify.

“It is up to us. It is up to you.” By Courtney Greenley

(A Day in the Life of a Global Visionaries Assistant Program Manager)

STRANGER:  So what brought you to Seattle?

COURTNEY: I am working for a small non-profit called Global Visionaries.

STRANGER: Oh!  I have never heard of it…Does it have something to do with eye care?

COURTNEY: (chuckle) In a nutshell, it coordinates a youth leadership program that culminates to an immersion experience in Guatemala.

STRANGER: Wow.  That sounds really neat.  So what do you do there?

COURTNEY: I create future global leaders.  And what do you do?

STRANGER: (Silence)

(The Monologue)

COURTNEY: I, Courtney Greenley, have breathed, worked and lived behind the scenes of Global Visionaries (GV) for the past eleven months.  Every day, the staff of GV straps up their work boots and prepares themselves for what they think they will be doing on that particular day.  Unbeknownst to them, a jackhammer will be outside the window all day, the server will crash and the phones will not stop ringing.  Without dropping a beat, the GV staff shuts the windows, blasts holiday music, recovers the server and cheerfully answers the phone.  Who does that?!  The answer is simple: A passionate team of people who believe in creating a just and sustainable future through youth leadership.

(The Moral of the Story)

NARRATOR: Global Visionaries is a community made up of individuals who strive to create change.  This may be as small as buying direct trade coffee, or as large as coordinating a World Water Week.  There are 365 days, 52 weeks, 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes in one year.  Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi lived by the same rules of time, but what they did with their time was undeniably remarkable.  Even Gandhi couldn’t snag a time-turner from Hermione Granger.

Marian Wright Edelman challenges the nation addicted to electronics and fast food.  “A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone.  We are it.  It is up to us.  It is up to you.”  The clock is ticking…and what do you do?