​​​​​​Glavin Global Fellows Projects​

Xizi Luo GGF Grant Photo.jpgIn the summer of 2017, I volunteered with an Austrian charity aiding refugees from the Middle East, Central Asia, and East Africa in Greece. During my first four weeks, I assisted a team operating an education and community center for adult refugees on the Greek island of Leros near Turkey. For the next three weeks, I joined a mainland team providing basic needs distribution to a Syrian refugee camp located an hour's drive north of Athens. Beyond the hands-on effort required for both operations, I publicized the charity's aid work on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram as a form of public relations and donor outreach. Through photographing and interviewing refugees and volunteers, I learned how the European refugee and migrant crisis evolved from a being a humanitarian emergency on the shores of Greece to a longer-term situation in which economic integration in Europe became key.

Arabic Cultural Immersion in Morocco

Morocco.jpgI traveled to Morocco for a week for a cultural immersion experience, while simultaneously learning about entrepreneurship in the region. I travelled to the city of Marrakech to gain exposure to the darija language. This old city taught me about the famous red clay architecture and allowed me to see the more humble roots of the country while staying with a host family. I explored the Atlas Mountains and of course, traveled by camel! I then made my way to Casablanca to learn about entrepreneurship challenges this major city faces. I attended a conference with Toulouse Business School and was able to share my experience studying entrepreneurship at Babson, to provide input on how our community stays innovative.  - Gyda Sumadi

STARTUP ISLAND: Cultivating an entrepreneurial lifestyle

FullSizeRender 2 (3).jpgStartup Island is a one-week immersion experience held in Costa Rica. It connects entrepreneurial students with established entrepreneurs for a week of coaching and guidance to accelerate their entrepreneurial progress. The coach to student ratio is almost 1:1 which personalizes the experience to suit individual needs and create a tight-knit community of friends and mentors. 
Personally, I benefitted most from the one-on-one conversations with the various coaches who shared their experience and advice on a multitude of topics. For every question I had on entrepreneurship, I got multiple answers from different viewpoints and had the pleasure to walk through the journey that some of these entrepreneurs had undergone. There was plenty of resources, advice and motivation to jumpstart your personal and professional journey. In the words of Lee Jampolsky, “Ask yourself what is really important, and then have the courage to build your life around your answer.” - Shalom Kinyua

Don’t Touch My Hair: Exploring Beauty in South Africa
Nadia.jpgIn pursuit of studying beauty and understanding the harmful effects of beauty standards, I traveled to Cape Town, South Africa. I chose Cape Town because, I initially studied beauty standards within America, and was curious if this is a global phenomenon, and it is! There are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between Cape Town and America due to slavery and links between the apartheid and segregation. These defining moments in history have had lasting effects in both locations, with beauty and the business of beauty as side effects to the racism, wealth gap, and other larger problems created by both apartheid and slavery. South Africa is a predominantly black country with diversity abound. Beyond getting a deeper understanding of beauty in South Africa, I also paid attention to the advertisements to see if the marketing campaigns of a variety of companies featured some of the rich diversity that Cape Town has to offer. To obtain details for my research, I visited museums, a Fashion Week show, read books at the University’s library, and spoke to everyone; students, waitresses, Uber drivers, my AirBnb host, my South African family, people in line in front of me, anyone that wanted to share their beauty story. The experience was amazing, and Cape Town has become my new favorite city! -Nadia Mendes 

Project 99

Josuel Plasencia- Project 99 in Chile.jpgFor my Glavin Global Fellow Project, I travelled to Santiago, Chile to execute a Project 99 pilot in partnership the non-profit organization, Futbol Mas. Project 99 is focused on the empowerment of underrepresented students and professionals through our immersive 3 to 5 day experiences. In Chile, we teamed with a non-profit that was enabling leadership through the lens of soccer, and were able to supplement the participants experience through the lens of diversity and inclusion. -Josuel Plasencia

Consumer Behavior Across Cultures 

I have entitled my project Consumer Behavior Across Cultures and I decided to use Amsterdam, Netherlands as my lens for the project due to the thriving culture and youth population in the city and it's emergence in pop culture. I spent a week in the heart of the city exploring each neighborhood and talking and interviewing with different people at cafes and restaurants and even within my own AirBnB stay trying to find out their own scope and view towards marketing and advertising and how consumer behavior differed across cultures. I really wanted to get a deeper look into a field and by just interviewing and meeting with people I was really able to develop myself culturally and professionally. - Aidan Dennis

The Darkness Beyond Cancun's White Sand & Turquoise Sea

GGF.jpgMy GGF project was mainly focused on exploring the growing problems (polarization and social asymmetry) in the luxurious tourist destination of Cancun, Mexico. My visit to Mexico allowed me to take a closer look at the daily happenings around the over-hyped Hotel Zone in Cancun and understand how a place, that attracts millions of tourists yearly and generates millions of dollars through this industry, has a darker side that goes beyond glittering hotels and immaculate streets. - Eshwa Azadzoi

Business and Cultural Exploration in Ghana

I traveled to Ghana for two weeks for a business and cultural exploration. I was interested in immersing myself in a country beyond the Western narrative that I have been exposed to here in the U.S.. During my trip, I explored the capital city of Accra and its surrounding areas, Kumasi and Cape Coast. My experience in Ghana has enhanced my thinking on global issues, as well as strengthened my own cultural identity. - Josephine Osei

A Cultural​ Immersion in Peru: Family, Language and Volunteering

GGF Cass.JPG My project was focused on a cultural immersion in Peru, where I volunteered in a community in the outskirts of Cusco, took advanced Spanish classes, and lived with a local family for one month - all while contributing to a non-profit organization that provides technical/vocational education to low-income teenagers and young adults who otherwise would not have many prospects in the community. 
- Cassiano Dos Santos

Diplomats for Diversity (Paris) Visit Babson College

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With the GGF grant, I was able to facilitate the visit of the Diplomats of Diversity--four young, underprivileged French students from the Goutte D'or in the center of Paris. During their time at Babson, the Diplomats were able to meet and speak with students, learn about business and entrepreneurship, and teach Babson students, faculty, and staff about what their life is like back at home. -Lexi Kantor

Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

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My first program for Project 99 was in the Dominican Republic, where we gathered 30 young leaders from across the island for a 4-day immersion experience in an ecological retreat where they discussed problems that existed in their communities.  The mission is to empower the next generation of leaders to be inclusive leaders, ones with a strong sense of diversity- especially as it deals with gender, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation and occupation. -Yulkendy Valdez

The Entertainment Scene in Shanghai

Roxelane Wager project2.jpgDuring my semester abroad in Shanghai, I realized that even though I had already traveled to China multiple times, there were still some aspects of the Chinese culture that I was not that familiar with, especially the entertainment scene. Therefore, I decided to go through various experiences that fell in the entertainment world. Each of these opportunities were unique to Shanghai and helped me to understand the unique ways in which residents entertain themselves. -Roxelane Wagner​​​

Business in Peru

​​​Why did I choose Peru as my country of focus? Mainly because I was interested in the way of doing business in one of the world’s fastest growing economies and top Latin American destination for foreign investment. Here, I got to practice my Spanish conversation skills during everyday life and took more lessons focused on learning business terms. I also got to explore Lima, the capital, and some of its most famous tourist attractions, as well as the delicious Peruvian food! What surprised me the most? I would say the friendliness of the people, the country’s richness of history, and the contrast between the rich and the poor.​ -Claudia Ogrezeanu