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My kids are so mature now as a result of the trip. They have a new and broader world view.

- Nancy F. (3 time repeat participant with 2 kids)

January 2015

GCN's program with the Quileute People of La Push named one of "5 Pacific Northwest Getaways That Will Change Your Life" by Seattle Met Magazine! What a great way to start the New Year! http://bit.ly/1xUyCoT

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Global Citizens Network and Intercultural Student Experiences Announce Launch of Global Learners Grant and 2014 Recipients

Five Minnesota High Schools Selected

Global Citizens Network (GCN) and Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE), a nonprofit alliance dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and cooperation, have named five Minnesota high schools as recipients of Global Learners Grants. The recipients—The FAIR School, Minneapolis; High School for Recording Arts, St. Paul; New Century Academy, Hutchinson; Wadena-Deer Creek High School, Wadena; and Washington Technology Secondary Magnet, St. Paul—were selected from a pool of eligible applicants. In its inaugural year, the GCN-ISE Global Learners Grant program will provide a total of $200,000 that will enable more than 50 students to participate in immersion and cross-cultural education programs in East Africa, Thailand, Costa Rica and China in 2015.

In response to increasing demand for international and cross-cultural student learning experiences, the Global Learners Grant program is designed to expand opportunities for high school students and teachers to participate in short-term cultural and/or language immersion programs abroad. Global Learners Grants are awarded to Minnesota high schools that serve predominantly low-income student populations and currently have limited or no organized opportunities for students to participate in such global experiences.

“We developed the Global Learners Grant program as a way to provide meaningful cross-cultural experiences for students and teachers who might otherwise not have such opportunities. Participating in these cross-cultural experiences at a young age has proven to be beneficial in many ways, including improved language, communication, leadership and problem-solving skills, as well as increased employment and earning potential in the future,” said Steve Struthers, executive director for GCN and ISE. “We are very excited to launch and grow this initiative to further expand access to cross-cultural exchange experiences for high schools in the region.”

About Global Citizens Network (GCN) & Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE):
GCN and ISE are two strategically aligned, Minneapolis-based nonprofit organizations with more than 60 years of combined experience working to increase cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.

● GCN facilitates international and domestic volunteer travel programs for individuals, families and groups, including academic programs for high schools and universities. These programs offer opportunities to live and work with members of indigenous communities who have long-standing relationships with GCN, in a culturally rich and respectful immersion experience.

Complementing the international programs, GCN also offers local programs that provide Twin Cities residents Spanish language training led by native speakers, from beginning to advanced levels, and educational forums for understanding the cultures, histories and issues affecting indigenous and international populations.

● ISE coordinates international language immersion programs for K-12 students of French, German, Mandarin and Spanish. Through unique travel itineraries and family stay experiences, ISE programs emphasize language practice and acquisition while providing authentic cultural and linguistic immersion.

ISE also facilitates U.S. hosting programs that allow international high school students to experience United States culture and improve their English language skills while living with volunteer U.S. host families

● The GCN-ISE alliance also provides training and consulting services to individuals and organizations seeking to enhance their effectiveness in cross-cultural engagement.
To learn more about GCN and ISE, please visit www.globalcitizens.org and www.isemn.org.
 

July, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Global Citizens Network Names Melinda Czaia as Program Director

Minneapolis – July 23, 2014 - Global Citizens Network (GCN), a non-profit dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding and interconnectedness through authentic immersion experiences, announces that Melinda Czaia has joined the organization as program director.

Ms. Czaia brings 25 years of professional experience in international development, management, and training to the GCN organization.  She worked previously for The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) as the organization’s director of Training Services and International Programs.  Prior to CVT, she worked and lived in Honduras as deputy director/master trainer for the U.S. Peace Corps training program.  

“We are excited to bring a person of Melinda’s talents and deep international experience to our organization,” said Steven Struthers, executive director for Global Citizens Network and Intercultural Student Experiences.  “Her expertise will be invaluable as we look at ways of growing and strengthening the cross-cultural program offerings that GCN provides.”

Ms. Czaia currently serves on the boards of Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) and Partners for Women’s Equality.  She has a master’s degree in international non-profit management, with an emphasis on development, training, and exchange management, and bachelor's degrees in international relations and Spanish, with an emphasis on Latin America.

About GCN:  GCN facilitates international and domestic volunteer travel programs for individuals, families and groups, including academic programs for high schools and universities. These programs offer opportunities to live and work with members of indigenous communities who have long-standing relationships with GCN, in a culturally rich and respectful immersion experience.

Complementing the international programs, GCN also offers local programs that provide Twin Cities residents Spanish language training led by native speakers, from beginning to advanced levels, and educational forums for understanding the cultures, histories and issues affecting indigenous and international populations.

 

April 2014

Deephaven, MN Life Magazine - Reflections by Pete Jacobson, Trip participant, Kilomeni 2014

 

March 14, 2014

USA Today: 10 Best Family Volunteer Vacations

 

GCN Announces participation in Global Competence Certificate
Linda Stuart, Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                

March 12, 2014

Global Citizens Network (GCN) is pleased to announce our collaboration in the new Global Competence Certificate  (GCC) program developed by leaders in the field of global competence education — Teachers College, Columbia University, World Savvy, and Asia Society.

The GCC is a premier online Graduate level certificate program in global competence education for in-service educators.  It is designed to increase the number of K-12 teachers who are able to teach for global competence and effectively prepare students to be globally informed, engaged citizens. This program will also address a critical need faced by schools and educators to prepare students with the skills they need to succeed in a world that is more interconnected and interdependent than ever before.

The GCC online format makes the program accessible to educators worldwide who are interested in integrating global competence teaching into their practice, while offering them the option to choose between graduate-level credits or CEUs.  The learning model includes three main components: online academic coursework, fieldwork, and collaborative practice groups.  

Global Citizens Network will be a primary field experience provider.   We are hoping to bring educators to Ecuador, La Push, Washington and Tanzania to engage for 2-3 weeks with our partner communities to extend and deepen knowledge and cross cultural understanding in a practical way. 

The Global Competence Certificate program will set the standard for global competence teacher education programs and transform teaching in the 21st century.  For more information or to apply, visit: http://www.globalcompetencecertificate.org

2014

This Active Life (National Education Association) "Passport to Education" January 2014

2013

Money Magazine "Getaways that Give Back!" December 2013

Minnesota Organization Helps Navigate Global Volunteerism (sctimes.com) November 2013

Volunteering Abroad not Limited to College Students (Examiner.com) November 2013

Preserving Nahuatl (Language Magazine) Spring 2013

A Dialogue on Millennium Development-Latin America and the 2015 Millenium Development Goals (USAToday) Spring 2013

Tips for traveling with kids (MPR News) February 14, 2013

Citizens Diplomats with Disabilities-Volunteering globally with "disability-related accomodations" (MIUSA.org) 2013

2012

UND Professor seeks human rights in dangerous corners of the world (Grand Forks Herald) December 08, 2012

The Portuguese Leviathan-Exploring the "Natural and Cultural Diversity of Brazil" (Language Magazine) 2012

Preserving the balance between business and nature in Mexico (UN Women) April 20, 2012

Higher Ed Notebook:  Students return from Brazil experience (Grand Forks Herald) June 10, 2012

Global Citizens Network promoting cross-cultural understanding (Kare11.com) July 15, 2012

Spotlight on Service-Learning (Language Magazine) 2012

2011

Building Bricks and Bonds- Parents and kids venture to a Mexican village to lend a helping hand (Verge Magazine- pg.25 ) 2011

Field School Students to Work with Brazil's Indigenous People (UND Top News) - 12/2011

Volunteer Opportunity for April: Global Citizens Network looking for participants (Coffee with KARE11) 04/04/2011

Traveling with a Purpose: Meg Vermillion (Peninsula Pulse) - 6/2011

2010

Chicueyaco: Daily Life in a Nahua Village (Cultural Survival) - 11/2010

It's a Small, Small World: Raising Your Kids to be Global Citizens (Metro Parent) - 8/2010 - Michelle Blair, GCN family trip participant, is featured in this story (pgs. 14-20) on page 20

Global Citizens Network is featured on the linkTV Website (Universal Giving) - 7/2010

Tarapoto, Peru site is featured on LinkTV Website (Universal Giving) - 7/2010

Children Raise the Village - 7/2010 Ellen Sachs - GCN youth trip participant is featured in article on Children Raise the  Village

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
It takes a Village Radio Show - 2/18/10
Carla Kjellberg interviews Rita Johnson – Board Chair for GCN/ISE

Spring Break: Volunteer work trumps booze, bikinis for some students

Chicago Business - March 29, 2010

Top 10 Family Volunteer Vacays (She Knows) 11/19/2010

GCN Celebrates Mayan Community Center Inauguration (PR.com) 2010

2009

Two weeks in a Tanzanian village with hammers, paintbrushes and African songs prove life-changing.
Star Tribune - July 25, 2009

Twelve Nonprofits Picked for Free Web Makeover at Sierra Bravo's Overnight Website Challenge
KARE11- Feb. 28, 2009

Finding focus for a tour can mean more reward
Ed Perkins, San Francisco Chronicle - Jan. 8, 2009

2008

American social justice group helps out on Alberta reserve
CBC News - August, 2008

Teens connect with old ways in Mexico
South Bend Tribune - August, 2008

My journey to a Tibetan refugee camp
MinnPost.com - March 21, 2008

Amateur Traveler

Episode 125
Volunteer Travel / Voluntourism - February 16, 2008

Voluntourism - Giving back in vacation
JOY Magazine- January 16, 2008

Taking the Kids on a Volunteer Vacation
GreatSchools.net - January, 2008

Where to Go in 2008
Family Destination: Africa - Travel - New York Times

2007

O Magazine

Generosity | Gifts That Give
Need Magazine

Volunteer Vacations
National Geographic

GCN in Canada's CBC News!
Wallace Immen, CBC News

Linda Stuart, Executive Director of GCN is interviewed by Carla Kjellberg
Village Talk Radio, March 31, 2007

2006

Cabin John Family Volunteering as Global Citizens
Stephanie Siegal
Gazette.net, Montgomery County / Weekend Edition, September 13, 2006

. . . a lesson in harsh reality

Jay Bodas, Sentinel (Edison, NJ), September 13, 2006
 

Volunteer travel has specialists (StarTribune) 02/12/2005
 

Out of the Way Travel Provides Opportunity for Growth
By Elaine Klaassen, Southside Pride, May 2005