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The Global Village Travels to Latin America

Global Village Trip

Studying abroad is often a formative intellectual experience in a student’s education. Through the Global Village program, Douglass offers a study abroad trip to students for free. This unique initiative provides Douglass students with opportunities to explore issues outside the classroom. This past winter break, students in Douglass’ Global Village Living-Learning Community traveled to Latin America to participate in service-learning projects.

“Traveling to Mexico with The Global Village was truly an amazing and transformative experience that broadened my perspective of the world,” said Carmen Phu DRC'21. “There is nothing like exploring a new city and immersing yourself in a different culture all while making new friends and unforgettable memories.”

Service-learning, an initiative integral to the mission of the Global Village, is an immersive educational experience in which students discover ways that their skills can help make a difference in local and global communities. For Ashiya Chaka DRC’23, participating in service abroad proved to be incredibly meaningful. 

“This opportunity allowed for growth in the most natural way—it was such an authentic and invaluable experience,” she said. “Service is universal. We learned so much from the leaders we worked with.”

The Global Village houses that traveled this year saw how their house themes, which range from business and entrepreneurship to Latinx culture to creativity, align with global initiatives. While in Mexico, The Business and Entrepreneurship House worked with cooperatives and organizations that promote small businesses and education.

“It is really inspiring how women artisans come together and form cooperatives that turn their craft into businesses,” said Phu. “Listening to their stories was incredible.”  

While abroad, students also became acquainted with the local culture through activities that encourage students to delve into new experiences, make connections, and hear other points of view.  

“Throughout the trip, I learned to push myself outside my comfort zone by practicing my Spanish, trying new foods, and bartering at the local markets,” said Phu. “I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go on this trip thanks to the support of Douglass.”  

To view the video and learn more about the Global Village Program, please click here.