GCP 2016 Destinations and Participants.
The five Global Citizenship Project destinations for spring break 2016 were revealed during the 27th Annual International Convocation.
Sixty members of the campus community – undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff members, and five university trustees – have been divided into the following five groups:
- Norway, led by Jonathan Flom – Laurel Rodgers, Brianna Humphries, Amy Willison, Ivanna Mendez, Colt Scott, Holly Howe, Katie Gilmour, Thomas Whalen, Bethany Cales, Tyler King and Marjorie Lewis
- Ecuador, led by Andrea Smith and Jennifer Barrionuevo – Barry Parker, Whitney Nelsen, Anthony Cornet, Ashley Foster, Sydney Vonada, Alexandra Lapp, Kelsey Stillwagen, Danielle Coffinbarger, Madeline Funke, Phillip Osborn and Debbie Orbacz
- Dominican Republic, led by Ann Lesman – Meredith Minister, Kerri Mariano, Spencer Blohowiak, Ha Thiet, Alexander Haley, Tulsi Shah, Anna Wilson, Samantha Pyne, Morgan Miller and Nicholas Seymour
- Botswana, led by Liz England – Byron Jones, Amy Scott, Dania Segura, Kelly James, Rodrigo Casteriana, Corrine Wernie, Morgan Neal, Lauren Mitchell, Brian McConkey, Peyton Massad and Bruce Hunter
- Bhutan, led by Mary Shockey – Ryan Romine, Jana Mangubat, Brandon Adams, Samantha Cartmell, Victoria Finney, Thomas Bloom, Leanne Wonesh, Lauren Weicht, Kevin Jones, Catherine Lupien and Art Major
Since its inaugural year in 2005, the Global Citizenship Project has sent more than 660 members of the university community to 53 different destinations on all-expenses-paid trips abroad during spring break.
The application process is open to all full-time members of the SU community, with a selection focus on campus members who have had no or limited international travel opportunities. Five groups for five destinations are selected and are limited in size to maintain intimacy of experience, 10 to 12 participants, composed to represent the diversity of Shenandoah and result in the unexpected benefit of cross-disciplinary networking. Undergraduate and graduate students from all schools within the university have traveled in a mixed group with administrators, including the president and vice presidents, deans, faculty, maintenance workers, housekeepers, accounting personnel, and even members of the board of trustees.
The GCP program experience was designed to be a limited travel experience, approximately 10 days during spring break, and utilize a group oriented and faculty led approach. Its purpose is to whet the appetite of learners for longer-term learning abroad. The program removes the boundaries associated with first-time travel, mainly time and financial restraints.
Applicants must sign on without prior knowledge of the destination to which they might travel and study. Participants must be willing and able to travel anywhere in the world with the intent to examine a theme, such as global citizenship (2005), power (2006), time (2008) or sustainability (2010).
GCP has traveled to locations on six continents, including Costa Rica, Peru, Mali, India, Taiwan, Oman, Denmark, Romania, Australia, Vietnam, Morocco and Burma. Participants share their international experiences with the rest of the community in unique ways upon return.