Global Pioneering School – Summer 2018
With our first-annual Global Pioneering School class recently graduated, we get a chance to hear from longtime staff member Teka Gabaldon about her experience as a student of Global Pioneering School and the long-term benefits of going through a school geared towards making dreams a reality.
We live in a generation of passionate people, ready to make a lasting impact on the the world. We’re excited to join a cause, do something we believe in and create a legacy that far outlasts our lifetime. Still, the one thing we seem to be lacking is a plan and the initiative to start. Growing up I lacked commitment and the will to stick something out if things got tough or I lost passion. When I came to Hawaii to do a three month internship with Surfing The Nations, this changed for me. It wasn’t the program or all the amazing places I’ve to traveled to thereafter, it was simply my choice to be committed, no matter what.
Since then I’ve traveled to Bangladesh three times with STN. Although I’d been to quite a few other countries in the past, something sparked in my heart towards the end of my first Bangladesh trip and lingered even after I was home. I was taken aback by the culture, the people, their initiative to do life together, and their vehement love for their neighbor. Ever since I returned from my first trip, I’ve dreamed of moving to Bangladesh to train and equip people to become leaders in their community. Seeing their potential, I long to see them empowered so they can make an even bigger impact on their community. For the last few years now, I’ve been envisioning what the move would look like. I had weighed the risks and envisioned the possibilities, but the one risk I wasn’t ready for was taking the risk to start. Quite frankly, I didn’t know how to plan or what that looked like. My passion wasn’t a question, but what good are passions and dreams if they don’t involve action?
For me Global Pioneering School allowed me to count the costs of my dreams and decide if I was willing to take the steps necessary to make them a reality. As much as we long to make our dreams happen, I believe we easily get stuck in fear and make excuses to not follow through. Luckily, this course allows you to work alongside people with equally as risky dreams as you who champion you to continue. As the African Proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” Not only did the course develop a sense of community and courage, it also allowed me to learn from other pioneers, make the time to research and create a final and comprehensive project that I can present to potential supporters who want to get involved.
Global Pioneering School is a revolutionary program designed to train and equip individuals to put footwork to their dreams. If you have a dream, I urge you to set aside the time to invest and create a plan to take steps forward to make it a reality, and this course can help you do it. I encourage you to join our second annual Global Pioneering School next summer – May 7 – July 2, 2019!