Day 4 Costa Rica!

Bugs and Bananas! Walking through the rain-forest getting bitten, seeing wildlife, and meeting new people.  Today we visited a banana facility that supplies organic bananas to Whole Foods grocery stores in the US. Seeing the banana packing facility and learning the process was interesting but it is obviously hard work!  This experience made us feel very…
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July 15, 2016 0

Day 3 in Costa Rica

Hey guys! West Watch here. This morning, some of us woke up very early to go play futbol. At around 8 in the morning, we all met in the cafeteria to have some breakfast which included pancakes, rice, salsa, fruit, and eggs. After breakfast, we packed our bags, and prepared to leave for EARTH University. We…
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July 14, 2016 0

Day 2 in Costa Rica

Today was GREAT!!!  We started the day at 8:45 with a delicious pinto, and then played some fun games such as “Sister, Sister,” and “Mafia.”  Then we learned about Costa Rican culture and dance, and had lunch.  Then we took a trip to Santa Ana, the local town, and ate lots of food, gained a…
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July 13, 2016 0

Year 3 in Costa Rica Has Begun!

We have started the Year 3 Institute in Costa Rica! Students arrived today at United World College in Santa Ana, which is a suburb of San Jose. After dinner and introductions, students started planning the sessions that they will lead in the days to come. Although a bit tired from travel, everyone was excited to…
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July 12, 2016 0

New for 2016: Year 1 Tall Ship in L.A. California

In 2016 GYLI will partner with L.A. Maritime Institute to add a Year 1 tall-ship session in L.A., California July 17-21, 2016 As GYLI continues to grow and expand, we are excited to launch our first west coast program in Southern California.  We have established excellent partnerships and this program will help advance GYLI’s mission of…
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November 3, 2015 0

2015 Workshops & Retreats

In addition to our summer programs, GYLI is fortunate to work with a number of schools and organizations on 1 and 2 day retreats, workshops and leadership programs.  We love this chance to extend our work from the summer and interact with students and teachers closer to home. If  you are interested in a workshop for…
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November 3, 2015 0

Snap Shot: 2015 Summer and Fall

“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn…as to demand thinking.” ― John Dewey This summer was another successful year of transformative programs for GYLI with over 300 students participating in hands on learning experiences throughout the U.S. and in Costa Rica. One of this summer’s participants shared the following reflection on her…
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November 2, 2015 0

Around the World in Milwaukee

“The more you know about another person’s story, the less possible it is to see that person as your enemy.” ― Parker J. Palmer  GYLI partnered with the Nicholas Sparks foundation to gather high school students in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area of different cultural backgrounds for a day of cultural exploration and storytelling. The day…
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October 26, 2015 0

Year 3 Costa Rica Day 10–Back to UWC and Back to

July 24, 2015: Today began with our final breakfast at EARTH University, followed by a quick visit to the bookstore for some students.  Then we returned to UWC in Costa Rica’s central valley.  We got to travel again through the beautiful Braulio Carrillo National Park.  The road takes over many rivers and through beautiful mountain…
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July 24, 2015 0