Global Citizens Network

Reflect and Share

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This experience changed all of us. Nothing can compare with it. It's made my kids into global citizens. Before we left for Kenya, I was concerned that my kids were getting spoiled, but the trip showed them how happy people were, even though they had so little by comparison. They also discovered how much more important it is to have experiences instead of things.

- Anonymous

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?

  • Appreciate cultural differences and similarities
  • Adjust to new environments
  • Establish relationships more quickly
  • Operate with a high level of ambiguity
  • Learn through observing, listening and doing
  • Function outside comfort zone
  • Communicate despite obstacles
  • Make balanced judgments
  • Take direction and lead others
  • Manage time and resources
  • Identify and solve problems with limited tools
  • Handle challenging situations respectfully
  • Manage stress and conflict
  • Organize and adapt

 Which of these qualities have you developed?

  • Curiosity
  • Appreciation of diversity
  • Enthusiasm and high energy level
  • Patience
  • Self-knowledge
  • Perseverance
  • Flexibility
  • Open-mindedness
  • Self-confidence
  • Independence
  • Sense of humor
  • Resourcefulness
  • Assertiveness
  • Independence
  • Empathy
  • Sense of global responsibility

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 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.


Inspire others

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:

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!