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My advice to families considering this kind of trip is this: Even if you have some hesitation, trust that the experience will be transforming for your child and for your relationship with your child. My two granddaughters are totally different personalities, but the same positive transformation happened for both.

- Anonymous

The Power of Imuka Singers

Imuka Singers are known for their intense choreography, drumming and percussion instruments but also traditional dancing that draws from old African folk songs and dances. Read more about their history and how their music impacts their community.

Introducing Eden Rock

We are pleased to introduce Eden Rock as the newest member of our team! Eden has a longtime history with Xperitas (formerly Global Citizens Network), and we are capitalizing on her experience and enthusiasm to pilot a regional “hub” to promote and support community partnership participants living in California.

My Illuminating Trip to Ecuador

Our partners in Tumbatu are the Afro-Ecuadorian people, an agricultural community with a complex identity living as a non-indigenous minority inside Latin America. On our last visit in 2015, participants worked to install lamps at a local park. Read about the experience through this past participant's story.

Friends of Mexico: January 2016

In Mexico, Xperitas partners with a community of Nahua people, an indigenous group descending from the Aztecs that have maintained their customs and their language. To kick off 2016, Xperitas sent two groups to Mexico in January to stay in Cuetzalan and work in the villages of Xiloxochico and Chicueyaco. Read about the work they did and our upcoming trip to Mexico!

Indigenous Farming Conference

Our White Earth Reservation partner is extending an invitation to all GCN participants to the Indigenous Farming Conference on March 3-6, 2016 at Maplelag Resort Callaway, MN.

Interview and News from Our CEO

Alain L. Thiry is the President and CEO of GCN and our partner organization, ISE. Read this interview to learn why he’s excited to be at GCN-ISE and his vision for the future of the organization, including how we’re evolving and growing to better support our stakeholders.

Global Learners Grant

This year, three Minnesota high schools received a Global Learners Grant from GCN-ISE to participate on a Global Citizens Network program. The grant was awarded in conjunction with our partner organization, Intercultural Student Experiences. For many students, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity! Following the experience, a student from the Chiang Rai program shared her thoughts with us.

Outreach

  • Global Citizen Network has started a local meetup group, and we would love for you to join us for the next one! The idea behind this group is to have an opportunity to share our work with people in the Twin Cities who are passionate about learning about different cultures. Take a look at our website and join us for the next meetup on January 6th about Chirapa, Peru! We are looking for past team leaders that have been to Chirapa to come and share their story.

Congratulations to Miss Ann

We are excited to share some great news from our partners in La Push, Washington. Our wonderful hostess in the community, Miss Ann Penn-Charles, has been recognized with an Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Award by the Lieutenant Governor of Washington for her substance abuse work with the Quileute community. She was presented the award by Lt. Governor Brad Owen (pictured above) at a ceremony Nov. 16 in Seattle.

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