Kayla Chartrand

One photo of student in front of a body of water, and one photo of them in a group

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 overcome. This gave me the confidence to go for it!​

Without the GSO funding, I would not have been able to participate in this life-changing program. A chance to study abroad is an experience that I believe everyone should have the opportunity to partake in. I grew in so many more ways than I could have ever imagined and if I could go back, I would 1000% do it all over again. The skills that I gained while there, the relationships that I formed, and the memories that I created will continue to shape me for years to come. Studying abroad not only allowed me to learn about a new culture, but also gave me the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective on life. I hope to inspire others to pursue their dreams and explore the world around them, as there is no greater education than experiencing the beauty and diversity of our world firsthand.

Latest Publications


Global Horizons 9 – The future of GSO


Major milestone!!!! 10,000 students


A trading nation needs a globally engaged workforce

Canadian businesses need to work harder to remain competitive, globally relevant, and accessible. A large part of that is having access to the right talent.