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High School Sequence 2014

This summer GYLI held five transformative trips in the 12th consecutive year of offering High School Sequence. As many of you know these programs began in 2002 in response to the events of 9/11/2001—and we have been offering them every year since that tragic day.  There were two YEAR 1 programs “Sailing in the Wake…
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October 9, 2014 0

Jóvenes en Acción 2014 Milwaukee

This year GYLI hosted a group of young leaders in Milwaukee from all over Mexico through World Learning’s Jovenes en Accion (JEA) program funded by the US Department of State. Students came with a specific focus on participating in service projects that contributed to bettering the communities they live in. One highlight from this program…
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October 9, 2014 0

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Programs 2014 in Chicago, Boston and Milwaukee

This summer GYLI hosted 3 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Programs (IYLEP) in partnership with World Learning and funded by the U.S. Department of State, in the cities of Chicago, Boston and Milwaukee. Over thirty families graciously opened their homes to host these students and adult mentors, fostering positive relationships and cultural understanding between our countries.…
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October 9, 2014 0

GYLI 2014 Workshops

This Fall GYLI has led a number of workshops for students throughout the US, as well as in Costa Rica. GYLI facilitated a workshop on leadership for club leaders as well as a visiting delegation of Brazilian students at Ursuline Academy in Dallas, TX focusing on developing awareness and understanding of effective collaborative leadership methods, and how…
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October 9, 2014 0

Day 9–Leader Learning Plans (LLPs)

One key aspect of GYLI programs that separates them from other programs it the Leader Learning Plan.  The LLP is a process to transfer the learning from the GYLI program back into the school or community that sent the students and teachers.  You can read more about them here: https://www.gyli.org/leader-learning-plan-llp/ The LLP has 4 key parts:…
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July 24, 2014 0

A Full Circle: Year 3 from an Alumna’s Perspective

Buenas Tardes! It’s Anjelica, one of the GYLI – Costa Rica coordinators again. Today I am writing not as a coordinator of the Year 3 program, but as an alumna of the GYLI 3-year experience. 10 years ago I began a journey that took me sailing across the Atlantic in La Amistad, a renown tall-ship that…
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July 24, 2014 0

Day 8–Homestay Gathering

Just a short post here to document our fun-filled gathering at the one of the farms–Maria Jose for all the the GYLI students and many of the farming families.  It was a wonderful dinner for 70 prepared by the host families to thank GYLI for sending groups to them over the last 9 years.  I…
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July 23, 2014 0

Day 7–Coordinator View from Anjelica Hernandez

Day 7 – Coordinator Blog–Anjelica Hernandez One of the most important aspects of the GYLI Year 3 program is the Homestay.  EARTH university has great relationships with about 25 farming families in the community called La Argentina.  The families regularly host university students, high school students, and visitors from EARTH’s partners such as whole foods.…
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July 22, 2014 0

Day 5–Faculty Blog

The morning of day 5 we had a session on waste management led by year 3 Earth University student Michele from Ecuador. We then visited Earth University’s Secondary Material Reclamation Center where all of their plastic, metal, glass and paper waste is recycled. The center is run by year 1 Earth University students. The materials…
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July 20, 2014 0

West is Best – Day 4 in Rica

Salutations.   What a day! We started off in two hour blocks of tours of EARTH University’s most prized locations: The Banana Plantation and the Peri-urban Farm! After lunch, the group ensued in a two hour block of freedom, which included: yoga, pool fun, soccer, basketball, and siestas! Que bueno! Afterwards, our Costa Rican friends led…
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July 19, 2014 0