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The trip to Rock Point was a wonderful experience for me. Our team really "connected" and are talking among ourselves of doing other trips together! We all agreed we haven't laughed and sung songs like we did there for a long time. The Navajo people are wonderful, and we were able to share songs, dinner with them and they with us. We were able to complete the projects they had for us and still have lots of time for culture exchange.

- Lynne

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.

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! Many had never left Minnesota and others had never been on a plane. Following the experience, a student from the Chiang Rai program sent her thoughts:


  • 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.

Meet our new staff members

Grace Janssen
My name is Grace Janssen and I have been working as the International Program Manager with GCN for the past couple of months. I graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in 2012 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies.

Friends Of: Chiang Rai, Thailand, June 2015

The "Friends Of" blog posts are designed to provide past participants with an update of what is going on in our partner communities. A group of students from New Century Academy visited our partners in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Take a look at their reflections on the experience. We hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane! Click here to watch the video! 

Friends Of: White Earth, Minnesota June,2015

Greetings to everyone in the GCN Network! Take a look at an update on our friends in White Earth, MN! 

Bringing it Home: Thailand

We know it can be hard to adjust to being home after participating in an immersion experience. You are faced with the challenge of incorporating your new global perspective into your normal daily routine. It can be hard to explain the depth of the experience to friends and family back home. Barb Parisien participated in the latest trip to Chiang Rai, Thailand. She was inspired by her experience in this Akha village of northern Thailand. Barb channeled her inspiration and painted beautiful images of the photos she took during her experience.

! Hasta pronto! – not goodbye

By: Linda Stuart, Outgoing GCN Director (2005-2014)
Just over nine years ago, when I had applied for the job of GCN’s Executive Director, I did not disclose my whereabouts during much of the lengthy interview process the hiring committee members conducted. They were thorough, and in my way, I was proving to have flexibility and patience (latter quality is my growing edge).