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Operations Manager, Teach Abroad programs
Teach Abroad Program Portfolio: Chile, South KoreaSchedule a call with Luke
Luke grew up amid the woods and lakes of Maine, and expanded his horizons by studying Arabic at university and teaching English in Jordan for two years. His favorite travel memories are riding bullet trains through western China, backpacking along the southern coast of Turkey, driving under the stars through the mountains of Morocco, and enjoying tea, falafel, and mezze with friends in Israel and Palestine.
Teach Abroad Program Portfolio: SpainSchedule a call about Spain
Samantha is a Minnesota native where she majored in Spanish and global studies at Winona State University. Her first experience abroad was when she spent an academic year studying in Granada, Spain in college. That experience opened a small window into the people and cultures of the world. From then on, she knew she needed to keep exploring. After graduation, she went to South America to travel and while in Peru, earned her TEFL certification. Shortly after, she moved to South Korea with her husband to teach English at a public elementary school and stayed for two years. These experiences have led her to CIEE where she’s proud to help others create a more globally diverse world through international education.
Director, Teach Abroad and TEFL programs
Teach Abroad Program Portfolio: ThailandSchedule a call about Thailand
Stephen developed a passion for Arabic and the Middle East during high school and while studying abroad in Egypt. After college he returned to Cairo where he taught social studies at an international school. These experiences studying and teaching abroad profoundly shaped his understanding of the world and he is proud to help facilitate similarly life-changing experiences for others.
Vice President: High School Summer Abroad, Teach Abroad, TEFL
Matt’s passion to bridge global cultures began with a trip to China just after high school on a trip led by one of his teachers. The trip provided lifelong friendships with both fellow students and Chinese cultural partners.
Since that experience, Matt has lived, studied, and worked in Spain, Chile, France, and the United States of America. Matt’s three host family experiences and numerous global friendships are an irreplaceable part of his life. Matt is excited to provide experiences that expand students’ horizons and open their minds to new possibilities. Matt dreams about helping future students overcome cultural barriers to create a more understanding, friendly, peaceful, and productive world.