Explore The Growing Possibilities
Explore The Growing Possibilities
Daniel has over 20 years of experience in international education, concentrating on a very important component of global citizenship: sustainability awareness and education. In 1999, Daniel founded the non-profit Living Routes, which partnered with UMass-Amherst to run study abroad programs based in ecovillages around the world. Over 1,500 students were transformed by these immersive experiences. In 2012 Daniel founded Earth Deeds, which offers online tools for individuals and groups to “onset” their unavoidable CO2 emissions and support meaningful sustainability projects. Daniel has been a leading advocate for sustainability within international education and the ecovillage movement. He chaired Sustainability Task Forces for NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Forum for Education Abroad, is co-founder and past Board Member of Gaia Education, and currently serves as President of the Global Ecovillage Network.
JoAnn de Armas Wallace
JoAnn deArmas Wallace is of Cuban and Andaluz descent. She served as Dean of the Center for International Education at Juniata College from 1999 to 2008 when she retired. Previously she was director of Antioch Education Abroad from 1988 to 1998. She has also served in interim study abroad positions at DePauw University and Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and was an active participant in NAFSA: Association of International Educators as a conference presenter and consultant on a broad range of subjects including program development, faculty preparation for program leadership, student orientation and safety and liability issues. JoAnn developed direct individual and group exchanges in a wide variety of areas from music to farming to language teaching.
Kevin Locke (TokaheyaInajin in Lakota translation “First to Rise”) is a world-famous visionary Hoop Dancer, preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator. Kevin is Lakota and Anishnabe. While his instructions were received from his immediate family and community, from extended family in every part of the world, Kevin has learned many lessons in global citizenship and how we each can draw from our individual heritages to create a vibrant, evolving global civilization embracing and celebrating our collective heritage.
Learn more about Kevin at www.kevinlocke.com.
Lidibet Franco Gámez
Lidibet Franco Gámez graduated from the University of Oriente in 2011 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in English Language, Minor in a Foreign Language: French; Master of Arts in English Language in 2016 and awarded by the University of Cambridge with the Cambridge English Language Assessment: Teaching Knowledge Test in 2016. She has worked as professor of English Language since 2011 at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Guantánamo. She has been invited as lecturer and attended congresses and seminars related with Higher Education such as the Congresses University 2016, 2018 and Pedagogy 2019 and others.
Since 2014 she has worked as Specialist to serve North America and English-speaking countries of the Directorate of International Relations at the University of Guantánamo.
Robert Kruger, PhD
Robert Kruger is an archaeologist with a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a specialization in Mesoamerican Archaeology from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1997 and 1998 he led Guilford College’s semester abroad program in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 2000 he took over as Resident Director for the Xalapa, Mexico semester program for Brethren Colleges Abroad (later BCA Study Abroad, Inc.), a position that he held until 2017. During that time Kruger developed several educational experiences for the students that furthered BCA’s mission of promoting values of peace and social justice. He was also involved in other tasks for BCA, such as committee work, new program development, and the designing of BCA’s policy guidelines on experiential learning practices. He has published as well as presented at professional conferences on several aspects of this work.
Dr. Kruger remains active as an archaeologist. He is currently a professor in the Anthropology Department of the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico, and he continues to publish on a variety of issues.
Tom grew up in a Bolivian-American household where he inherited a passion and love for South America. In 2002 he created a student summer program and short-term seminars for US faculty for Brethren Colleges Abroad in Pinar del Río, Cuba. It was here where he became fascinated with Cuban history and culture. He also worked as Director of International Programs at Emmanuel College, Director of Study Abroad & Global Learning at Western Kentucky University and Resident Director in Cuba for Spanish Studies Abroad. He participates in peace studies education and believes strongly that study abroad can make the world a better place.
Octavio and Adriana are dedicated to supporting students who study in Buenos Aires for the summer or for the semester. Both have ample experience working with students from the US and look forward to providing you with opportunities to learn Argentine culture, meet Argentinians and perhaps dance some Tango!
Catheryn is a Georgia native who found her passion for the peoples and cultures of Latin America while studying at Berry College. She learned Spanish by studying at the University of Havana in 2015. Since then she has enjoyed working with the diverse immigrant community in her home state and is eager to work with Abroadia to present to Georgia's students the benefit of international education.
Martha has worked in the field of international education for nearly 15 years, most recently with BCA Study Abroad. Born and raised in Quito she knows the city and the host university, Universidad San Francisco de Quito very well. In addition to assisting our students, she finds opportunities for them to engage in community projects.
Glenda works as an art and museum specialist for the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana. She frequently teaches artistic workshops to kids, prepares exhibitions and gives tours around the museum. She loves music, literature, and is obsessed with television show from the US, Friends being her ultimate favorite. She also enjoys going to the beach, to the Malecón and hanging out with friends
Celia grew up in France and moved to the US as an exchange student in 2014. After earning her bachelor’s in Travel Management she started her career in Finland to further expand her understanding of different cultures. She developed a strong passion for International Education during her time as an exchange student and is dedicated to using her experience to bring more international opportunities to students all over the world. Celia's goal is to help strengthening relationships between nations by creating diverse communities.