Leon “Boogie” Mann

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I really appreciated the opportunity to go to Finland. It was beyond my wildest imagination that I would be doing this even a few months earlier. This opportunity would not have been possible without GSO. I am a very proud GSO alumni and hope that many others get to experience this long after I have […]

Jesse Major

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I never thought I’d ever do a trip like this, going to study abroad in Finland. It was just so different from what I’m used to doing and really brought me out of my comfort zone, but I’d do it all over again just to experience all of the benefits of studying abroad! Studying abroad […]

Darryl Shotlander

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I am a member of George Brown College’s Post Graduate Italian Culinary Arts Program. Through this program I studied in Italy at one of the best culinary schools in the world, ALMA. I also had the opportunity to intern at the world famous Osteria Francescana by Massimo Bottura. Osteria Francescana is a 3 Michelin Star […]

Ravi Ponnudurai

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The GSO experience has given me a comprehensive understanding of global issues, and the confidence to independently and collaboratively develop ways to solve problems. The impacts of unprecedented levels of social, environmental and geopolitical changes, and the results of rapid globalization, require far greater soft skills from us. Many people like me, who came to […]

Natasha Younker

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My ability to see situations from multiple different sides has expanded greatly, and the potential for using that skill is endless. With minimal travel experience, this opportunity really opened my eyes and stimulated new questioning and thinking. I now make fewer assumptions about the “naturalness” of my own culture and other aspects of life in […]

Michelle Rambharose

This experience has enabled me to approach teaching through a lens of equity, diversity and inclusion, creating a classroom setting where my students feel comfortable in their own skin.

Kayla Chartrand

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Before going to Guatemala, I was on the fence about whether or not I wanted to commit to trying for medical school, after graduating with my BA in Psychology. I found a confidence in myself, as I overcame all of the obstacles I faced during my GSO experience that I didn’t originally think I could […]

Jade Penner

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Having the opportunity to travel to Brazil changed my life.  I would not have had the opportunity to participate in such a beautiful, hands-on field experience had it not been for the GSO scholarship.” Some skills I gained: Self-confidence ​ How to maintain eye contact (cultural differences)​ How to apply the skills and knowledge I […]

Caroline Martel

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I never would have been able to travel internationally or learn from such impactful teachers without the support of the GSO, not only financially but emotionally and spiritually – the support was there every step of the way and from everyone involved in the process from beginning to This experience increased my self-esteem and confidence, […]

Amir Salut

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Thanks to my GSO experience : I feel confident in the workplace​ I gained knowledge of the European education system I discovered a passion for Data Analytics I have a clear sense of my educational future