Consider utilizing the resources below to help you reflect upon your experience, identify areas of personal and professional growth, and effectively share your story.
Personal and Professional Development
The following lists may serve as a starting point to identify skills and qualities you may have developed through your GCN experience. You might find this reflection useful in updating your resume, preparing for an interview, or communicating your growth to others.
Which of these skills have you developed?
Which of these qualities have you developed?
Communicating Your Experience to Others
“So, how was your trip?” can be a difficult question to answer in the few minutes (or seconds) that a friend or colleague might offer. It may help to have an “elevator speech” prepared. Rather than settling with “It was great,” try highlighting a few significant moments that stick out in your memory. Talk about the most fascinating person you met or a particularly rewarding day in the village. Explain something surprising you learned or how you adapted to and embraced a new environment. Having these answers ready can be an asset in professional or admissions interviews as well.
Continue your reflection process
Submit your story
One of the easiest ways to readjust from a moving experience is to share your stories with others. Spend some time thinking about the print media that reaches your community: local neighborhood newspapers and newsletters, as well as newsletters from any organization with which you are associated.
Start a blog
Blogging is a creative and simple way to instantly share your experiences, photos, and links with an audience online. Getting started is simple; try creating your own at sites like Blogspot or Tumblr and start spreading the word! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured as a guest blogger!
Post photos and video
Share your photos and browse through other trip participants’ images at GCN’s Facebook and Flickr accounts. Stay tuned for future photo contests, too! Check out our YouTube channel to see GCN videos and submit your own.
Consider hosting a GCN Global Gathering and bring friends, family, and community members together to share your GCN story. The gathering can be anywhere: your home, a community location, a restaurant or a place of worship. Design your event to match your style, time and resources. Contact us to receive a kit with tips and supplies to get you started: email@example.com
We also encourage you to submit a review of your trip online at the following websites and encourage prospective participants to choose the GCN experience!