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Our staff are dedicated to supporting our students and community partners to have meaningful and exceptional cross-cultural experiences. We believe in creating environments where staff, students, and community can thrive. We’re grateful to be here and honored to have the opportunity to facilitate transformative programs with our students and partners.

Leadership
Adam Aronovitz
DIRECTOR
Adam Aronovitz
As an infant, Adam spent his first summer visiting his relatives in Athens, Greece and unknowingly caught a relatively common disease called ‘Itchy Feet’ which has forced Adam to constantly seek adventure, cultural immersion, and awe-inspiring vistas. When Adam was 21, he set foot on the SS Universe Explorer and circumnavigated the globe by sea, cementing his passion for cross-cultural exploration and education. He loves nothing more than speaking with students and families to support them on their personal global adventures. Adam has led for 7 seasons with Global Routes to destinations such as Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Grenadines, Southern Africa, and Ecuador. He has more than 20 years under his belt as an educator, ranging from running summer camps, leading for Global Routes, teaching in the Boston Public Schools, and leading health and nutriton education programs across Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. During those rare moments when he is not leading, directing, or developing programs with Global Routes, Adam is on a mission to solve the worlds greatest health and environmental problems through his work as the Co-Founder of The Cookbook Project. Adam earned his Bachelor’s Degree in International Political Economy at Tulane University in New Orleans and his Master’s Degree in International Relations at London’s University of Westminster. Adam is a Food Education Scholar and Certified Health Counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He is a certified teacher in history, English, math, and ESL. Adam is a Propeller Accelerator Fellow and serves on the Board of Directors for Odanadi USA, and the Community Advisory Boards of the Tulane Prevention Research Center, the Healthy School Food Collaborative, Farm to School planning commission, and Tulane Young Alumni. Adam has traveled, volunteered, worked, and adventured in more than 75 different countries, and enjoys spending time with his wife Alissa (a 2012 Global Routes leader), his two dogs Hoogli and Dorje, rock climbing, yoga, wilderness backpacking, sailing, and adventures in the Himalayas.
BRIGHID CAREY
MARKETING AND OPERATIONS MANAGER
BRIGHID CAREY
Brighid Carey is an international exchange and program management professional. She runs Global Routes’ Marketing and Operations, maintaining internal systems, communications, and outreach. She has worked for a variety of international exchange organizations in the U.S. and abroad, including five years in Colombia with WorldTeach as a volunteer and program director. Brighid has also lived in Ecuador, Spain and Guatemala. Brighid has a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Connecticut, and will receive her Master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont. In her free time, she loves riding her bike, hiking, playing rugby, reading and exploring new places.
DIANNA HAHN
DIRECTOR EMIRITUS, ADVISOR
DIANNA HAHN
MA, International Education, School for International Training. BA, Anthropology, Connecticut College. Dianna is the Associate Director at the Gap Year Association. Dianna is an international educator with decades of experience. Bridging her work with her studies, Dianna dove into a masters program in International Education where she focused her research on cross-cultural communication in the classroom. She has traveled to Samoa to research the culture of tattooing, facilitated leadership and service learning programs in Bequia, paraded in the streets of Port Au Prince, Haiti with a band of clowns and musicians and most recently worked with underserved children in Northern India. Dianna then came back to the Global Routes’ family and worked with Global Routes as the director for 3 years. After four fantastic years, she now supports the development of Global Routes programs. In her down time, Dianna serves on the board of directors for Clowns Without Borders. She also spends time working with her mother as a floral designer and aspiring gardener and is the proud mother of a beautiful young daughter.
KENNETH HAHN
FOUNDER AND ADVISOR
KENNETH HAHN
M.B.A. Yale University; B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Sociology, Magna Cum Laude. Kenneth has been working in experiential education for 27 years. Prior to founding Global Routes with Andrew Rivin, he was an educational consultant and college administrator. He has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas and has led Global Routes programs in the United States, China and Thailand. Kenneth enjoys running, cycling and playing with his children, Jonah and Sarina. In his spare time, he serves in the leadership of his community’s synagogue. Kenneth continues to provide stellar advice and supports our staff with trainings, program developmen, and the 30,000 foot perspective of Global Routes lofty mission.
LIZ MACNEIL
LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN PROGRAM DEVELOPER
LIZ MACNEIL
In addition to being one of Global Route’s most seasoned and valued trip leaders, Liz is a rockstar in program development. She has uncanny relationships with our in-country staff and between 2014 to 2016 developed Costa Rica, the Grenadines, Ecuador, and GR Custom Programs. BA Humanities, Sierra Nevada College, Valedictorian; Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certification, TEFL International. Wilderness First Responder, Lifeguard Certified. PADI Rescue Diver. ACA Sea Kayak Instructor & Guide, who has left her wake in every ocean but the Arctic. Studied, worked, volunteered, and traveled throughout Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Fluent in Spanish. Spends free time exploring and paddling in new places, visiting family/friends, singing monster rock ballads at open mics, and breaking taco-eating records in obscure port towns.
Pam Butler
OFFICE MANAGER
Pam Butler
Pam brings over 30 years of office management experience to the Global Routes team. She manages the accounts, human resources, and many of the nitty gritty activities that allow our leaders and Directors to focus their time on working closely with staff and families to deliver extraordinary life-changing programs for our students.
LAURA GUZMAN
TECH & SYSTEMS ADVISOR
LAURA GUZMAN
Laura is an international development & communications professional. At Global Routes, she helps keep internal systems (both tech and procedural) running smoothly. Before joining Global Routes, Laura worked in varied roles from editor, writer and researcher, to web cartographer and program coordinator. Laura has worked in Uganda, India, Brazil, Ecuador and the US, and has traveled to more than twenty other countries. She received her MA in International Development at The New School in New York City, where she examined participatory governance models in urban East Africa, and her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied design and popular resistance movements in Latin America. You can usually find Laura playing ultimate frisbee, dreaming up ways to create a kinder world, exploring New Orleans, or planning her next trip.
CAROLINE LUTKEWITTE
OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE
CAROLINE LUTKEWITTE
Caroline is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans with a degree in Public Health and Environmental Science. She is passionate about nonprofit development and expanding opportunities for young people to experience international cultures and people. She found a love for travel from a semester abroad in India, where she spent much of her time in Delhi and travelling throughout the rural Northeast. The capstone of her experience was an independent study on the Ganges River. Her work with Global Routes focuses on enrollment and operations in order to ensure students find a program that is right for them! In her free time she enjoys listening to podcasts and crocheting.
Field Staff
International Educators & Field Staff

2018 leaders and staff coming soon!

Superior leadership is critical to the success of our programs. Therefore, a great deal of time and care goes into assembling a superb team of leaders in the field. In addition to being warm, bright, compassionate, energetic, creative and competent, each leader also has extensive experience working with high school students. Global Routes leaders must be at least 24 years of age, certified in CPR and First Aid, have far-reaching travel experience and complete Global Routes’ intensive training program. Our highest priority is sustaining excellence in leadership.

Our 2017 field staff: They hail from all over the world and are an essential part of developing, managing, and improving our programs. We are fortunate to work with such an outstanding group of individuals.

TRIP LEADERS & IN-COUNTRY STAFF
Sam Waldman
Sam Waldman
B.A. in Environmental Studies & Sustainability, San Diego State University. Sam is a recently returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Panama under the sector of Community Environmental Conservation. He has experience teaching and working with youth, promoting community-wide environmental projects, and is fluent in Spanish. Has studied and worked throughout the South Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Central & South America. Sam is passionate about traveling to foster a more interconnected worldview and interacting with humans from different cultures. He loves hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and exploring the beauty that the natural world offers. Always open to new experiences and learning and growing with other people.
Randee Bullard
Randee Bullard
B.A. International Studies, University of Utah. Randee grew up snowboarding, rock & ice climbing, river rafting, and lifeguarding in northern Utah. She is a certified yoga instructor and ESL teacher. She is fresh off her placement as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer and served in the countryside of Panamá from 2015 to 2017. Her primary project was to work alongside English teachers and professors in public schools and universities, but she also led youth camps and leadership courses. In her spare time, she sings along to the strum of her ukulele and tries out new recipes in the kitchen.
Alex Moore
Alex Moore
B.A. Global Studies, Hofstra University. Elementary teacher, yoga and movement instructor, homesteader and permaculturalist. Studied, worked, and offered hands throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Fluent in Spanish and Italian. Spends free time building a housing homestead, building community, and dancing.
Pablo López
Pablo López
Pablo is a Tica from head to toe, from the town of Piedras Blancas, a town nestled in the mountains of Costa Rica surrounded by rivers. He was one of eighteen children and loves being part of a group community. In addition to leading for Global Routes, Pablo is a rafting guide and an outdoor education instructor leading many trips with Outward Bound, Pacific Journeys, Autentico Adventures, Pure Life by Aspiro, and is thrilled to be a part of the Global Routes Costa Rica experience!
Max Mor
Max Mor
An 8th year leader with Global Routes, Max has rocked programs in St. Vincent, Peru, and Costa Rica. Studied Technology Management, Brown University. Lifeguard certified. Rock climbing instructor and experienced outdoor educator. Max is deeply passionate about the opportunities for deep learning in the context of international leadership programs. Fluent in Spanish. Hip-hop aficionado, guitarist and vinyl hoarder, training in Thai Boxing.
Kate Abraham
Kate Abraham
B.S. Geography,Physical Environment and Cartography/GIS, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Wilderness First Responder, PADI Open Water Diver, Leave No Trace Trainer. Has worked extensively leading youth wilderness trips across the USA/Canada and as a facilitator for collaborative leadership development with Manito-wish and has led gap semesters in India and the South Pacific with Carpe Diem Education. Kate finds joy in travel, camping, conversation, learning, growing.
Kaleigh ‘Kiki’ Mangiarelli
Kaleigh ‘Kiki’ Mangiarelli
B.A. English, University of Massachusetts Amherst. M.S.Ed. in progress, Simmons College. Kiki spent most of her summers growing up at Windsor Mountain along with the rest of her family (the Fitzy’s). As a student, Kiki had the opportunity to go on three Global Routes programs, including the St. Vincent & The Grenadines program in 2008! After graduating college, she worked in the music department at WMI for four summers, and has since been travelling and learning as much as she can, spending last summer teaching children in Hangzhou, China, and this past March training teachers in Mozambique, Africa. In her day-to-day life, Kiki is a high school Language Arts teacher for students with language based learning disabilities, and she also coaches the Girls Varsity Soccer team at her school. Outside of school, Kiki enjoys walking the beach near her home, cooking for friends, writing in her blog, and drinking lots of tea.
Megan Schneberg
Megan Schneberg
Megan earned her B.A. in English Education at Humboldt State University in the redwood-shrouded wilderness of northern California, and her M.A. in Education along the sandy coast of southern California. Megan has always had a love of nature- she spent her first camping trip happily swinging in her bassinet under the Sierra Nevada sky- she spent her summers running amuck in the back woods of Molalla, Oregon, and her winters shooting down the slopes of Mammoth Mountain. She read National Geographic at age 6, flipped through her parents’ dusty travel albums, and dreamt of a life of adventure before she was old enough to drive. Not knowing that her career would one day lead her down the path she was destined for, she taught for her first time internationally in Southern France. It was this experience that exposed her to endless adventures throughout Spain’s Sierra de Guara, France’s Pyrenees, the Italian Riviera, Swiss alps, and Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and Sahara Deser. This taste of adventure led her heart to Indonesia, where she lived and taught in international schools for 5 years. During her time backpacking around Asia, Megan was exposed to people, cultures, cuisine, and vistas she had only dreamt about as a young child. She knew that she found the most satisfaction when she connected her students to countries she had seen, and it was these experiences that profoundly changed her as an educator and transformed her into a citizen of the world. When Megan isn’t teaching or traveling, she’s practicing yoga on the beach, roller skating down the boardwalk, hiking up a mountain, or stopping to remind a random stranger they forgot to tie their shoe. Megan does her best to imprint the idea of compassion and “one world” to her students- we are all part of this beautiful and diverse planet of ours, and we have a responsibility to give back to it in any small way we can.
Fletcher Davis
Fletcher Davis
B.A. Mathematics, Western State Colorado University. Fletcher grew up along the Maine coast on his family’s apple farm. He is a recently returned Peace Corps Volunteer, spending two years living in southern Tanzania where he taught high school mathematics in Swahili, ran woman’s health programs, was the malaria education coordinator, and ate every single pineapple. He has since lead student travel programs in China, taught skiing in the great state of Montana, and traveled through northern Africa. He loves the book name “travel as a political act” (but has not actually read it), as he believes travel and experiential education are wonderful tools for learning how connected and similar we are as human beings. Fletcher loves meeting new people, dancing, singing, hiking, kayaking, skiing, kiting, drinking coffee, and eating food with his (right) hand.
David Ficke
David Ficke
David Ficke is a veteran leader with Global Routes who has led our Ecuador and Tanzania trips, and has also spent several seasons leading with Longacre Expeditions all over the US and Canada. His passion for travel and cultural was piqued during a solo trip to Thailand, where he taught English. Since then, David has led many trips internationally and in the US. David has also studied abroad in the UK, volunteered with Americorps, spent three months traveling overland from South Africa to Uganda, and traveled all over Latin America on his own.
Adam Mejerson
Adam Mejerson
Adam grew up in the woods of Connecticut and first went to New Orleans, Louisiana several months after hurricane Katrina. His experience volunteering after the flood led him to study Sociology and Disaster Recovery at Loyola University. His experience leading disaster response initiatives in New Orleans and abroad has given him a strong appreciation for what a team of dedicated individuals can accomplish while working together for a common goal. Adam now serves as the co-founder and Executive Director of FitLot, a national nonprofit organization that is working to help communities find the resources they need to plan, build and program outdoor fitness parks. Whenever possible Adam is exploring new cities, new parks and either cooking or planning his next meal.
Shankar Prasad Pathak
Shankar Prasad Pathak
Shankar is the Managing Director of Exotic Mountain Treks in Nepal, where he has worked for 25 years, organizing treks and guiding hikers throughout the Himalayas. He has an MBA from Tribhuban University in Kathmandu and has worked with Global Routes groups since the mid 1990s. He elevates the Global Routes Nepal program by providing opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the culture while providing meaningful service work.
Raul Cabrera
Raul Cabrera
Raul connects us with host communities and service projects in the San Luis de Pambil area of Ecuador. He is very committed to the organization that he and his brother, Carlos, founded, that works towards “green progress” in over 200 communities. As an Ashoka social entrepreneur, he is excited about projects that improve quality of life without damaging the surrounding environment. Raul has been with Global Routes for more than 20 years.
Ratna Bahadur Tamang
Ratna Bahadur Tamang
Ratna is an expert on everything Nepali. He has been leading Global Routes programs for ten years - guiding, entertaining and cooking for our travelers with great care and enthusiasm. He speaks Nepali, Hindi, English and his local language, Tamang. Ratna loves working with Global Routes and appreciates the students’ dedication to learning about Nepali culture and their commitment to the community service projects.
Hussein Omari Itambu
The Cupids
The Cupids
Martin and Veolant Cupid are the pillars of the community on the Windward side of St. Vincent Island. Since 2006 the Cupids have graciously hosted Global Routes students, equipping students with the tools to lead successful friendship camps and of course, sharing their favorite Caribbean recipes with our students. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Martin’s open-fire breadfruit. The warmth of the Cupids hospitality has been the key ingredient to the success of Global Routes’ St Vincent programs.
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