2020 Globetrotter Program - South Africa

About   |   Targeted Students   |   Desired Characteristics   |   Requirements   |   Selection Process

About the Program

The Globetrotter Program is an interactive and “outside of the classroom” learning environment that focuses on self-actualization, service learning and global exploration. The program includes a 6-8 month local curriculum, as well as a 2-3 week international trip that combines physical adventure with cultural enrichment and philanthropic service. To date, the Dustin’s GreenHouse Globetrotter Program has taken students and teachers from across Guilford County (Greensboro) to Guatemala, Uganda, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Romania and Hungry. Now Dustin's GreenHouse has moved to New Hanover County and will be taking the first group from New Hanover County Schools. This year we will be selecting our students for our Globetrotter Program from two local high schools, Ashley High School and New Hanover High School.

 

We will train our Globetrotter team in leadership, organizing, fundraising that will culminate in a trip to South Africa, where they will get the chance to experience Africa first hand, the people, the culture, the wildlife.

 

 
Students We Target

High school is a formative and vulnerable experience for most students, and arguably one of the most pivotal chapters in a child’s life. It represents a period of time during which academic successes and failures, extra-curricular activities and personal/life choices begin to have a direct impact on the opportunities that will (or will not) be available to a student in the future. High school is also a time when self-esteem seems to dissipate, family dynamics are tested and new levels of negative influence begin to surface at every turn.

 

Recognizing that we cannot possibly serve all high school students, DGH has chosen to focus on the "diamonds in the rough", those students who are not living up to their potential.  These are the under-recognized students who too often are overlooked because they do not draw attention to themselves – through positive or negative behavior, and the results mean untapped potential and missed opportunities.


This year we will only be accepting applications from Sophomores and Juniors.

 


Characteristics We Look For In Scholarship Recipients

  •  A desire to explore different cultures, customs and beliefs with a compassionate heart and an open mind
  • A commitment to investing in personal growth which requires vulnerability, self-reflection, honesty and self-discipline
  • An ability to work well with others in diverse, high stress environments
  • A track record of being able to overcome adversity and to learn from one’s mistakes
  • A positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Charisma and a sense of humor
  • A desire to serve others and to be a part of something that is bigger than one’s self
 
DGH also takes into consideration the following:
  • The anticipated impact a Globetrotter experience would have in the student's life
  • The unique contributions a student would bring to a Globetrotter team, artistic, personality, skills, leadership qualities.
  • Socio-economic limitations that would otherwise limit/prevent an applicant from pursuing similar experiences. 

 

 

Applicant Requirements

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a high school within the New Hanover County Schools system.
  • Applicants must submit a completed Application Packet, which consists of a student application and nomination/sponsor form. (Teachers, principals, employers and/or community or church leaders are invited to complete nomination forms on behalf of applicants.)
  • Applicants cannot have a criminal record.
  • If selected, Globetrotters are expected to attend team meetings and functions.
  • If selected, Globetrotters are responsible for their own transportation to and from meetings.
  • If selected, Globetrotters are required to get a US Passport, or demonstrate that they already have a valid US Passport. (This includes financing the cost of the passport, approximately $120, and managing the passport application in a timely manner.)
  • If selected, Globetrotters will need to take and pay for appropriate immunizations, an up-to-date Tetanus Shot and as well as vaccinations required for traveling to our destination country. A list of vaccines required for each country can be found at the Center for Disease Control’s website.
  • If selected Globetrotters will be responsible for costs associated with purchasing food in airports, personal products, snacks, souvenirs or other discretionary spending.
  • If selected, Globetrotters will be expected to be involved in fundraising activities to raise money that can be used for costs of the program.
 

Selection Process

  • Applications for the 2020 Globetrotter Team are due Friday, October 11th, 2019.
  • Students who fit within the Applicant/Scholar Requirements and who demonstrate some of all of the characteristics we are seeking in a Globetrotter scholar will be invited to participate in a series of in-person interviews, which will take place in  December 2019.
  • A selection committee will then consider information gained through application packets, student interviews and social media to narrow the applicant pool down to a group of prospective finalists. The finalists will be invited to join the 2020 Globetrotter Team contingent upon their ability to satisfy scholar expectations, which include:
    • Attending team meetings and participating in team events;
    • Demonstrating behaviors that are consistent with those conveyed in their application packet and during the interview process;
    • Playing an active role in team development activities, including helping to raise funds for community service initiatives; and
    • Demonstrating ownership over the Globetrotter experience (which includes meeting passport and immunization deadlines.
    • Continuing the promotion and development of service learning and global awareness at their high school.
 
A final list of the 2020 Globetrotters will be published in December of 2019.