Global Engagement Institute

Global Engagement Institute

About

GEI offers high-impact, short-term study abroad and volunteer programs in some of the most engaging destinations in Africa and Southeast Asia.

We are passionate about sustainable development and social justice. And we believe that we can make the greatest impact by infecting others with our passion. As such, we seek to inspire and empower the students and professionals who join our programs to create positive change in the world, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Huy
9/10

In early 2018, I luckily took part in a Consulting Abroad Program, organized by GEI. It was such an incredible and amazing experience for me.

During the program, participants were given real challenges faced by a Vietnamese company in the technology field. Even though it turned out to be very complex in comparison with student abilities, we tried our best to brainstorm and find where the inner problem lies. Because of the difficulty, we were pushed to learn as much as we can. We were fuelled with informative and interactive series of lectures that were very helpful to our proposed project. For example, we had a session on Big Data and its impact in the Vietnamese digital sphere. This gave us the opportunity to better understand and visualize business opportunities for our tech-company.

Besides this technical knowledge, the program gave me a precious chance to build relationships with cool friends and enhance my soft skills. With honesty, openness and respect, we quickly got to know each other and grow friendship. Every day we worked closely in teams, constantly researching, discussing and trying our utmost to come up with feasible solutions for the company. Each member was a critical thinker so I had to persuade them, sell my ideas and also listen to others’ opinion. I was really impressed by the way my international friends respond to (cultural) differences with respect and simplicity.

I know that communicating effectively in a multicultural environment is a key to success for global future leaders. With this in mind, I always tried to keep my mind open so that I could discover new insights and perspectives. As a result, I could feel that my mindset and communication skills were gradually progressing.

Furthermore, we had many fun activities to relax, get to know each other and share valuable time together. We exchanged a lot about our culture, tried to speak each other’s language and gently pointed out differences between typical Western versus Eastern behaviours. Hence, we became more understanding and respectful of diversity.

Overall, the time flew so quickly by but the experience has helped me to become more aware of the world’s diversity and thus be more open-minded, able to adapt to various environments and to meet great and interesting people. Most importantly, I learned to step out of my comfort zone and enjoy it. I have the feeling that this was a turning point of my life. I am so thankful to GEI and my international friends for giving me such a great chance to broaden my horizons and create unforgettable memories.

Yes, I recommend
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Phuong
9/10

GEI’s Consulting Abroad Program in Vietnam was a life-changing experience. Our assignment to do market research for an IT company was much more than just a project. GEI enabled us to study and practice “design thinking”, a comprehensive and creative approach to identifying and solving business challenges. Working on real problems of a real company helped us to improve many skills, including problem-solving and working in a team. I particularly also enjoyed the social interaction with our new international friends. We were also able to share our culture, food and history, explored temples, museums and flea markets together, and even celebrated the new champions of Vietnamese football. I strongly recommend joining this program!

Yes, I recommend
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Phuong
9/10

GEI’s Consulting Abroad Program in Vietnam was a life-changing experience. Our assignment to do market research for an IT company was much more than just a project. GEI enabled us to study and practice “design thinking”, a comprehensive and creative approach to identifying and solving business challenges. Working on real problems of a real company helped us to improve many skills, including problem-solving and working in a team. I particularly also enjoyed the social interaction with our new international friends. We were also able to share our culture, food and history, explored temples, museums and flea markets together, and even celebrated the new champions of Vietnamese football. I strongly recommend joining this program!

Yes, I recommend
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christene
10/10

The HBB program delivery in Vietnam with the GEI team(Patty Kelly and Vivian) was an excellent experience. It was very well organized and the program delivery method worked well for the targeted audience who participated. Team members on the delegation all worked well together delivering the program cohesively and professionally. It was a truly unique and inspiring experience to work with the local providers in the centers we visited. Watching the local participants as they progressed through the course and absorbed the HBB info was transforming! I would do another trip with GEI in a heartbeat!! Well done!

How can this program be improved?
It would have been nice to have at least one day to practice as a team in providing the HBB program with the delegates(who have never done a program) before actually doing a HBB program for the providers. It would be helpful to tour each newborn facility before an HBB program is provided so delegates can have an understanding of the facilities available
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Kate
10/10

The Global Mental Health Summer School/ Conference was a fantastic way to consolidate knowledge gained from an MSc in Global Mental Health. It was a way to learn about challenges and successes in mental health care in Rwanda and the wider regions from those in country and be able to compare and contrast with the literature that is available, bridging the gap between our academic knowledge and evidence and our lack of practical or lived experience in the field.

The information was presented in a way that was easy to understand but having a background knowledge in the area allowed a more effective and critical look at the information and reflecting on the similarities and differences with whats presented in literature to the experience on the ground.

The presenters were inspiring and showed a high level of expertise that was invaluable. However, being able to share experiences with other students and mental health professionals also attending the conference from Rwanda and other places around the world meant that you not only learnt about current initiatives but also how they translate on the ground. Additionally, it meant being able to share and compare our different cultures, values and the way our countries promote mental health and prevent mental ill-health, reflecting how we can incorporate newly learnt initiatives back home.

A wonderful week full of reflection, friendships and learning.

Yes, I recommend

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