Even with a rising high school senior, it was a difficult choice to send our child away to the other side of the earth for half of the summer. All interactions with Global Routes staff, both in advance and leading up to the program were incredibly informative and reassuring. We have heard numerous glowing accounts about all of the leaders for the Tanzania trip. Both US and Tanzanian team leaders made strong, real connections with the student group. The trip was well organized, and at the same time the students felt that they were very much involved in day to day decisions. -Ryan Family, Tanzania ’15
Full Time Staff
Jake and Kerry Labovitz, Owners
Kerry Labovitz – J.D., Boston College Law School; B.A., University of Nebraska, Sociology, Magna Cum Laude. Kerry enjoys working with the Global Routes’ home office team (formerly Windsor Mountain Student Travel) on admissions and program development. With an extensive background traveling throughout Europe and the Americas, Kerry is passionate about collaborating to develop incredible, life-changing Global Routes programming for students. In addition to working on the Global Routes team, Kerry is one of the directors at Windsor Mountain Summer Camp in New Hampshire where she spends the summers with her husband, Jake, and their children, Ellie and Tyler.
Adam Aronovitz, Director
Dianna Hahn, Custom Programs
MA, International Education, School for International Training. BA, Anthropology, Connecticut College. Dianna is an international educator with decades of experience, and a founder of the non-profit Clowns without Borders. 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 clown musicians and most recently worked with street children in Northern India. Dianna then came back to the Windsor Mountain/Global Routes’ family and worked with Global Routes as the director for 4 years. After four fantastic years, she now manages our Custom Programs. In her down time, Dianna serves on the board of directors for Clowns Without Borders and the American Gap Association. She also spends time working with her mother as a floral designer for weddings and other events.
Anthony Merra, Program Manager
After developing a passion for travel in college, Anthony has found himself in all places, his home state and county (Hillsborough, NH), lending his skills to Global Routes in order to make the same possible for many young travelers. Anthony graduated with a dual-B.A. in psychology and international history from Columbia University, while also competing as a varsity cross-country and track and field athlete. Anthony was the final scoring runner for the Columbia Lion’s 2009 victory at the Ivy League Championships. He has since coached high school athletes (Nashua High School South) in both cross-country and track.
Since then, Anthony has traveled throughout Europe, while his home base for 2 years was Paris, France. There he picked up French and decided to spend much of the rest of his 20’s traveling the globe. In the fall of 2013, he fell in love with the culture, food, and land of Peru, where he has spent much of his time since 2013. When not pouring his heart and soul into Global Routes, he might be found reading, writing, doing yoga, or rambling through the forest wherever he might be.
Part Time Staff
Liz MacNeil, Latin America and Carribean Program Developer
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.
Alissa Bilfield, Program Coordinator
B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Political Science, Vanderbilt University. Msc, Environment and Development, The London School of Economics. PhD, Public Health (in progress), Tulane University. Alissa is an Ohio native who spent childhood summers foraging for blackberries at summer camp. She first caught the travel bug sailing around the world on the Semester at Sea program in college. Since then she has traveled and worked all around the world, and co-founded an international food literacy and cooking education non-profit called The Cookbook Project, which values traditional food cultures. She had the opportunity to lead the Nepal 2012 program for Global Routes, which still ranks as one her most amazing life experiences. She has a daily yoga practice, and loves spending her time adventuring with her husband Adam Aronovitz, and their two dogs Hoogli and Dorje. She is excited to support Global Routes staff and participants over the summer as they learn, grow, and explore.
Kenneth Hahn, Founder
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.
Program Leaders and Field Staff 2016
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. It is with great pleasure that we offer you our 2016 leaders.
We are also very excited to introduce our 2016 field staff. They hail from all over the world and are an essential part of developing, managing, and improving our programs. On the ground, they bring tremendous excitement, dedication, and support to Global Routes programs as cultural contacts, community liaisons, language teachers, translators, logistical wizards, transportation providers, and project managers. They also bring a wealth of life experiences gained from commitment in their personal lives to farming, cattle-raising, guiding treks and safaris, teaching, studying, providing food and transportation services, founding and directing NGOs, spearheading environmental and social initiatives, and leading their communities. We are fortunate to work with such an outstanding group of individuals.
Jeremy Capdevielle B.S. International Studies and Entrepreneurship. Wilderness First Responder. Lifeguard certified. Founder at Amazon United, People Empowered. Youth educator and rites of passage guide. Led youth and student groups in eight countries including: Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, India, and USA. Is passionate about integrating expressive arts with experiential education and travel. Fluent Spanish. Often found surfing, dancing, enrolled in a program to further personal education, and co-conspiring visions to root and connect humanity.
Liz MacNeil BA Humanities, Sierra Nevada College, Valedictorian; Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certification, TEFL International. Wilderness First Responder, Lifeguard Certified. ACA Sea Kayak Instructor & Guide. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. Studied, worked, volunteered, and traveled throughout Central and South America, Europe, and Northern Africa. Fluent in Spanish. Spends free time traveling, visiting with family/friends, playing outside, and going to see live music.
Ali Hodges Music Education, University of Michigan. First Aid/CPR certified, lifeguard, yoga instructor and avid traveller – Ali hails from Detroit, MI, and has spent two summers as the music department head and one as the tent unit coordinator at Windsor Mountain International and is thrilled to be a part of the Global Routes team this summer. In her every day life, Ali is a K-12 music teacher in Detroit but spends most of her time climbing, teaching yoga and backpacking.
Max Mor B.A. Technology Management (in progess), Brown University. Lifeguard certified. Rock climbing instructor and experienced outdoor educator currently working in marketing. Studied, worked, volunteered and traveled in Peru, Ecuador, and Canada. Fluent in Spanish. Hip-hop aficionado, guitarist and vinyl hoarder, training in Thai Boxing.
Matthew Shamey B.A. Political Science, Grinnell College. Wilderness First Aid. Assistant Director of Global Education at Hampshire College. Accomplished trail runner and certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor. Studied, worked, and trekked throughout Latin America and the Carribbean. Works closely with international students and scholars at Hampshire. Spends free time tending his salsa garden and jousting with his boxer, Kingston.
Mary Heinemann B.A. Communications and Women’s Studies, Colorado State University. Returned Peace Corps Health Volunteer in Tanzania 2012-2014. Lived and worked in a rural village of Tanzania for two years focusing on sustainable health related projects, including income generation, gender equality, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, food security. Public Relations Liaison and filmmaker for the Gender and Development Peace Corps committee. Fluent in Swahili. Spends her free time watching good films and keeping active with volleyball, hikes, traveling, and friends.
WILDERNESS PROGRAM LEADERSHIP STAFF
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.
Evan Hagan A.A. Ceramics, llinois Central College. Certified welding operator. Wilderness First Responder. Evan is an artist and outdoor educator based out of New York City. When he’s not travelling or leading trips, Evan spends most of his time working in his ceramic studio in Tribeca. His work has been exhibited in galleries across the U.S., Hong Kong, and Japan. He is also a big proponent of breakfast, and he hardly ever loses a thumb war.
Ben Okin B.A. in Psychology, Earlham College; in progress MSW, Silberman School of Social Work. First Aid/CPR certified. Ben Okin has worked 9 summers at Windsor Mountain International summer camp in a variety of capacities from living unit head to large events coordinator to Performing Arts department head. He’s been working with kids for most of his adult life through camp and after school activities as well as part-time work as an assistant at a group psychology clinic for children. His passion is to help young people become the best versions of themselves. He is our resident “campfire entertainment expert” with a vast catalogue of jokes and stories that keep the whole group in stitches or rapt attention for hours. We are pleased to have him aboard Global Routes as of summer 2016.