What we do
We connect student leaders to their peers in Ecuador, Nicaragua and the Bay Area to cultivate the skills and passion to directly address urgent environmental challenges in their communities. International cultural exchange inspires and catalyzes student involvement, leveraging the transformative experience of travel to increase community leadership at home.
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GSE’s team of environmental educators works weekly in our partner schools in the US, Nicaragua, and Ecuador, guiding student leadership development as they plan projects to take on local and global environmental issues. We know that global issues require local solutions- our students learn the tools to enact change in their communities, and constantly connect with their peers in other communities and countries to support each other’s projects, and share best practices and inspiration.
School gardens are the outdoor classrooms where GSE educators lead students in activities that illustrate the connections between their gardens and global environmental issues.
For dedicated student leaders, we’ve developed our local Leadership Council, a year-round, bi-monthly program that brings together student leaders from high schools in each region for a chance to design and implement an effective local project.
Cultural exchange is integrated into all aspects of GSE programs. Each year students from Ecuador and Nicaragua visit the US to connect and support local projects, and students from the US travel to Nicaragua and Ecuador to learn from, and build upon locally-driven environmental movements. Students also share their experiences and learnings with peers throughout the U.S. and Latin America via videos and social media year-round.
GSE organizes exchange opportunities for U.S. university students to travel to our Latin American partner communities, where they participate in local environmental projects and share experiences with young leaders. Any student can start a new GSE travel Chapter at their University and our University internships give students the opportunity to gain professional development skills and learn about careers in the non-profit sector.