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Finding a Niche as a Foreigner

August 8, 2017: It was a moment that caused me to think deeply about my role as a foreigner working here and how I should deal with the corresponding limitations.

An Ode to the Internet

August 2, 2017: We want people to innovate and to develop sustainable solutions, but spotty internet access represents a far greater obstacle than we give it credit.

The Pitfalls of Voluntourism

July 31, 2017: The intentions of voluntourism — a combination of tourism and volunteering — to do good is heartening. But it is not without its pitfalls.

Drones for Development

April 7, 2017: Drones may be the coolest new gadget in business and entertainment, but they can also be used in a variety of ways for social good.

Riding the Next Wave

We were pleased to host Steve Case, Chairman of the Case Foundation and Revolution, to give his book talk on his “The Third Wave.”

Social Justice, Immigrant Style

This summer I hope to engage with professionals from Mochila Digital and World Vision to understand what it would be like to work for social justice in Latin America.

Impact Investing for a New Age

The advent of impact investing represents what millennials want for their future. Not only because it is a sustainable and financially viable way to solve some of the world’s most pressing social problems, but also because it provides an answer to the current dilemmas of our time.

El Cocal: My home in Panama

Before arriving, I had several questions about how we, considered outsiders, with a minimal grasp of the community’s language, would be able to build trust and understanding to collaborate and together build up a social enterprise venture. Oh, how grateful I am to have been proven otherwise.

Positive Deviance

This small entrepreneur is already making a huge difference for his family and the water security of his community. Within him I see the positive embodiment of national pride for economic development as well as individual innovation.

A Rhythm

We assemble our design teams that we will be working with for the rest of the summer to share and realize profitable and innovative solutions to opportunities within the community.

Sprinting to Slow Down

These past two weeks have been filled with the simple pleasures that I was missing while zooming along at top speed – casual conversations with people we met on the streets, playing netball with my adorable neighbors, sitting on the porch with a cup of rooibos tea and my Kindle, watching the sun rise.

The Shift Begins

My two scholar team members and community partners are excited to finally prototype our product in the upcoming days.

Jam Sessions to Preserve Mangoes!

Per the ThinkImpact mission, we are here to work with the community to create a product or service with a social benefit, and we believe that through our project of making jam preservatives using the surplus of fruits, we can empower the community members to understand that their knowledge of their land and its produce has immense economic worth.

Nietzsche and New Expectations

Life seldom goes according to our expectations, and this was proof. I look forward to seeing the ways in which Lutzville Wes upends my expectations in the next 2 and a half weeks.

The Golden Thinkers

The goal of my time here with ThinkImpact is to start a social business or innovation that uses local assets to change lives. This goal is ambitious, and none of us can achieve it alone.

The Surreality of Experiential Learning

It amazes me how much a place can move you, how deeply can certain people touch you and change you without saying anything particular, by just existing and allowing you to be part of their lives.

GU Impacts Reflections: The Yanbal Opportunity

At the core of Yanbal’s business model is the social responsibility of providing employment opportunities to female micro-entrepreneurs who sell products to customers in their communities.

GU Impacts Reflections: Mann Deshi Women

One of the most rewarding things about working for Mann Deshi is learning about the women it serves—women who have battled violence, spousal abuse, gender bias, and extreme poverty.

GU Impacts Reflections: Balikbayan

The word balikbayan is a combination of two Tagalog words: balik, which means return, and bayan, which can be translated to country, place or people.

GU Impacts Reflections: Ang Pamilya

This past week was as eventful as my first here in the Philippines. The children that I saw, the parents that I met, the young adults like myself that I spoke to all had an inexplicable impact on my psyche.

Category Archives: Student Voices

Finding a Niche as a Foreigner

Finding a Niche as a Foreigner

August 8, 2017: It was a moment that caused me to think deeply about my role as a foreigner working here and how I should deal with the corresponding limitations.

An Ode to the Internet

An Ode to the Internet

August 2, 2017: We want people to innovate and to develop sustainable solutions, but spotty internet access represents a far greater obstacle than we give it credit.

The Pitfalls of Voluntourism

The Pitfalls of Voluntourism

July 31, 2017: The intentions of voluntourism — a combination of tourism and volunteering — to do good is heartening. But it is not without its pitfalls.

Using Big Data for Health Outcomes

Using Big Data for Health Outcomes

July 26, 2017: Data aggregation in healthcare seeks to improve health outcomes by providing physicians with a better picture of the context in which disease manifests.

Sustainable Tourism for Regional Development

Sustainable Tourism for Regional Development

July 12, 2017: Tourism can be an instrument for economic prosperity, but sustainable tourism ensures that prosperity is not at the cost of people and the environment.

The NextGen Leadership Series: Nadia Ilunga

The NextGen Leadership Series: Nadia Ilunga

June 19, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Nadia Ilunga, a graduate student in the Global Human Development program. She works with El Nido Resorts in Palawan, Philippines.

The NextGen Leadership Series: Sarah Martin

The NextGen Leadership Series: Sarah Martin

June 16, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Sarah Martin, a sophomore in the SFS. She works with Mann Deshi Bank in Mhaswad, India for her GU Impacts Fellowship.

The NextGen Leadership Series: Zeke Gutierrez

The NextGen Leadership Series: Zeke Gutierrez

June 12, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Zeke Gutierrez, a sophomore in the SFS. He works with Agora Partnerships in Managua, Nicaragua for his GU Impacts Fellowship.

The NextGen Leadership Series: Natalie Knez

The NextGen Leadership Series: Natalie Knez

June 7, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Natalie Knez, a junior in the College. She works with Gashora Girls Academy in Kigali, Rwanda, for her GU Impacts Fellowship.

The NextGen Leadership Series: Bianca Uribe

The NextGen Leadership Series: Bianca Uribe

June 2, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Bianca Uribe, a junior in the College. She will work with Yanbal International in Lima, Perú, for her GU Impacts Fellowship.

The NextGen Leadership Series: Austin Hong

The NextGen Leadership Series: Austin Hong

May 31, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Austin Hong, a junior in the College. He will work with El Nido Resorts in the Philippines, for his GU Impacts Fellowship.

The NextGen Leadership Series: Feihan Xie

The NextGen Leadership Series: Feihan Xie

May 8, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Feihan Xie, a freshman in the Business school. He will be working with kLab in Kigali, Rwanda for his GU Impacts Fellowship.

The NextGen Leadership Series: Ben Bollero

The NextGen Leadership Series: Ben Bollero

April 21, 2017: Check out our conversation with Ben Bollero, a freshman in the SFS heading to Kigali, Rwanda to work with the social entrepreneurship focused kLab.

Maintaining the Integrity of Big Data

Maintaining the Integrity of Big Data

April 14, 2017: Big data is becoming an essential part of furthering social good, but, throughout this integration, how can we maintain the integrity of that data itself?

The NextGen Leadership Series: Casey Skapek

The NextGen Leadership Series: Casey Skapek

April 11, 2017: Kicking off our NextGen Leadership Series, here’s our chat with Casey Skapek, a Biology of Global Health major heading to Atlanta for the summer.

Drones for Development

Drones for Development

April 7, 2017: Drones may be the coolest new gadget in business and entertainment, but they can also be used in a variety of ways for social good.

Riding the Next Wave

Riding the Next Wave

We were pleased to host Steve Case, Chairman of the Case Foundation and Revolution, to give his book talk on his “The Third Wave.”

Believing in Disarray

Believing in Disarray

Why has my transition to Georgetown renewed my faith in life’s disarray?

Social Justice, Immigrant Style

Social Justice, Immigrant Style

This summer I hope to engage with professionals from Mochila Digital and World Vision to understand what it would be like to work for social justice in Latin America.

Erasing Expectations and Stereotypes

Erasing Expectations and Stereotypes

I thought, “I didn’t know a place like this existed in Colombia.” But I immediately felt wrong for thinking this. Why wouldn’t a town look like this in Colombia?

Impact Investing for a New Age

Impact Investing for a New Age

The advent of impact investing represents what millennials want for their future. Not only because it is a sustainable and financially viable way to solve some of the world’s most pressing social problems, but also because it provides an answer to the current dilemmas of our time.

The Coordinated Chaos of Managua

The Coordinated Chaos of Managua

Managua is characterized by its chaos. Even during our first short commute to work, the nature of the city was evident.

Food Secure and Empowered: Association de la Saisonnière

Food Secure and Empowered: Association de la Saisonnière

This model positively contributes to food security, as the women and their families eat nutritious, organic food and spend nothing extra on it. With many different plants in their gardens, they can construct well-balanced meals without spending any money on food.

El Cocal: My home in Panama

El Cocal: My home in Panama

Before arriving, I had several questions about how we, considered outsiders, with a minimal grasp of the community’s language, would be able to build trust and understanding to collaborate and together build up a social enterprise venture. Oh, how grateful I am to have been proven otherwise.

Announcing the Launch of Our New Blog Series

Announcing the Launch of Our New Blog Series

On January 8th, collaborations of government and community partners around the country will submit Notices of Intent to apply for the Performance Partnership Pilots (P3).

Positive Deviance

Positive Deviance

This small entrepreneur is already making a huge difference for his family and the water security of his community. Within him I see the positive embodiment of national pride for economic development as well as individual innovation.

A Rhythm

A Rhythm

We assemble our design teams that we will be working with for the rest of the summer to share and realize profitable and innovative solutions to opportunities within the community.

Sprinting to Slow Down

Sprinting to Slow Down

These past two weeks have been filled with the simple pleasures that I was missing while zooming along at top speed – casual conversations with people we met on the streets, playing netball with my adorable neighbors, sitting on the porch with a cup of rooibos tea and my Kindle, watching the sun rise.

The Shift Begins

The Shift Begins

My two scholar team members and community partners are excited to finally prototype our product in the upcoming days.

Jam Sessions to Preserve Mangoes!

Jam Sessions to Preserve Mangoes!

Per the ThinkImpact mission, we are here to work with the community to create a product or service with a social benefit, and we believe that through our project of making jam preservatives using the surplus of fruits, we can empower the community members to understand that their knowledge of their land and its produce has immense economic worth.

Nietzsche and New Expectations

Nietzsche and New Expectations

Life seldom goes according to our expectations, and this was proof. I look forward to seeing the ways in which Lutzville Wes upends my expectations in the next 2 and a half weeks.

The Golden Thinkers

The Golden Thinkers

The goal of my time here with ThinkImpact is to start a social business or innovation that uses local assets to change lives. This goal is ambitious, and none of us can achieve it alone.

The Surreality of Experiential Learning

The Surreality of Experiential Learning

It amazes me how much a place can move you, how deeply can certain people touch you and change you without saying anything particular, by just existing and allowing you to be part of their lives.

Immersion from Start to Finish

Immersion from Start to Finish

I remember that in the beginning, I was frequently clenching my teeth so as to not outwardly express the intense frustration I felt within.

The Beeck Center launches Student Impact Board!

The Beeck Center launches Student Impact Board!

Members of the Student Impact Board will have the support of the Beeck Center in creating innovative learning opportunities and connecting students with the resources necessary to reach their full potential.

Advice from GU Impacts Alumni

Advice from GU Impacts Alumni

Five GU Impacts Alumni share their insight from their summer experiences in Ecuador, Rwanda, Panama, and Nicaragua.

Building a Dialogue: World Bank GU Student Delegation

Building a Dialogue: World Bank GU Student Delegation

Every day we post details of our lives on Facebook, use “Likes” to save our preferences and interests, and give up our geo-locations for Google Maps and Uber, without much thought on how our individual and collective data will be used.

GU Impacts Reflections: The Yanbal Opportunity

GU Impacts Reflections: The Yanbal Opportunity

At the core of Yanbal’s business model is the social responsibility of providing employment opportunities to female micro-entrepreneurs who sell products to customers in their communities.

GU Impacts Reflections: Mann Deshi Women

GU Impacts Reflections: Mann Deshi Women

One of the most rewarding things about working for Mann Deshi is learning about the women it serves—women who have battled violence, spousal abuse, gender bias, and extreme poverty.

GU Impacts Reflections: Balikbayan

GU Impacts Reflections: Balikbayan

The word balikbayan is a combination of two Tagalog words: balik, which means return, and bayan, which can be translated to country, place or people.

GU Impacts Reflections: Ang Pamilya

GU Impacts Reflections: Ang Pamilya

This past week was as eventful as my first here in the Philippines. The children that I saw, the parents that I met, the young adults like myself that I spoke to all had an inexplicable impact on my psyche.

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