GLBL Students Studying and Serving The Global Community Locally

Anna Sundberg - La Luz

Sonoma County - Fall 2011

Anna Sundberg

The center provides a wide range of services: translations, family counseling, food donations, mobile health care, vineyard worker advocacy, and rental assistance. . . . [and] Spanish-speaking adults [] are offered a chance to take English classes . . . .. . . .


I slipped in to my position as an English tutor with ease . . . the teacher provided me with lesson plans for every class period, but I was welcom to stray from it periodically. . . .


La Luz was a comfortable, laid-back environment where I joked around with my students while still fulfilling my role as their teacher.. . . .


While a am still quite sure that I will never be a full-time teacher . . . I am considering appplying for a TEFL program somewhere abroad . . . .";

Michel Kabba - Restoring Family Links Outreach

Sonoma County - Fall 2011

The Red Cross . . . provdes relief efforts for victims of natural disasters . . . . in part through the Restoring Family Links Program (RFL). . . . including tracing services and messaging services that reconnect families separated by conflict nad natural disasters. . . .


My responsibility as an interna at the local chapter in Sonoma County was to advertise these services to the appropriate demographics.. . . .


The most rewarding aspect of my service [] was my face-to-face encounters with different members of the community.. . . the Filipino Community Center in Fulton . . . . the Laotian temple and community center called Wat Lao Saysettha . . . . .


My internship concluded with a PowerPoint presentation to the immigration staff at Catholic Charities . . . and led to a radio station interview with Denis, the Tracing Lead, which was [] a statewide broadcase [] translated into Spanish. . . .

Claire DeNike- Refugee Transitions

East Bay - Fall 2011

This non-profit works to aid in the transition of refugees by connecting them with volunteers who teach them how to be self-relient. . . .


Becoming a friend to Ree Meh was the first stp in becoming able to understand who she was and how I could help her develop the skills she needs to live in our society. I [tried] to teach her [] how to speak English and how to succeed academically. . . .


It has taken me a while to hone my tutoring skills . . . .Forming a lesson plan and making sure that it meets her at her level of understanding is very hard to do. . . . . . I am now thinking of getting my ESL creditials and teaching English abroad. . . .

Nathan Gordan - Valley of the Moon Children's Center

Santa Rosa - Fall 2011

Valley of the Moon Children's Center provided itself as a safe shelter for children that have been taken from circumstances in which they have been abused or neglected. . . .


. . . . I immediately fell into a natural role as a big brother; reading, tutoring, sports activities, and even just talking and listening with the kids. . . .


I gradually began to realize that the strength from these children came from their consciousness of the disasters of the world and their abiilty to overcome these difficult challenges . . .


I have had the opportunity of witnessing numerous troubled kids enter Valley of the Moon and leave with new dreams, goals and aspirations . . . . My opportunity of witnessing these dramatic changes has encouarged me to struggle to contribute positively in any way that I am able and to always see the potential of people. . . .