PS Global Connections
Travel with Project Success as we discover the world in which we live. Through a series of virtual events focusing on different locations around the globe, we celebrate what makes us each unique and highlight our shared humanity. We will explore different stories, experiences and perspectives through the lenses of history, art, culture, environment and global dialogue.
Discovering Medellín, Colombia: A Guided Tour with Pablo Ospina
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 7pm
This event has passed but you can watch a recording of the program by clicking here.
Born and raised in Medellín, Colombia, professional tour guide Pablo Ospina will take us around to experience and understand part of the transformation that has been taking place in his hometown. You will discover how public transportation systems built with public investment and community teamwork helped the city to move forward.
Coming out of difficult times in their recent history, Pablo will talk about how the community came together to reclaim their neighborhood. Previously known as one of the most dangerous places to visit, this vibrant community is now known for its beautiful graffiti murals, street art performances, and open-air escalators. Join us as we learn about the various artists, street performers, community members and activists that are at the heart of Comuna 13 and understand why now the only risk in Colombia is wanting to stay longer or to come back.
Voyage to Antarctica – The Seventh Continent
Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 7pm (This event has passed.)
Have you ever experienced the stench of whale breath as the spray from its blowhole drifts gently across your cheek? Or had a king penguin peck inquisitively at your trouser leg?
Helen Ahern is a professional Naturalist Guide on expeditions that explore the most remote reaches of our planet. Deeply involved in conservation in her home country of New Zealand, Helen now works as a full-time guide. She is an educationalist by profession, an explorer by heart and has travelled extensively across all seven continents and oceans. Her passion lies in sharing and interpreting unique wildlife experiences and interacting with rich, vibrant cultures.
Last March, Project Success students and staff joined Helen Ahern for her presentation, Voyage to Antarctica – The Seventh Continent, as she presented video and photos from her expeditions and shared with us her journey towards guiding global adventures as a career choice!
A Snapshot of a Wild Life: Wildlife Tour Around the World
Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 7pm (This event has passed.)
From snow monkeys that love to soak in natural hot pools, to floating around with massive whale sharks, to tarsiers as the world’s smallest primates, to hiking with some of the last remaining mountain gorilla in the world…this presentation had it all! Helen Ahern (Expedition Leader, Naturalist and Wildlife Guide) returned for a Wildlife Safari covering seven countries around the world. Helen works as a Wildlife Guide and she talked about some of her more wild adventures and the path she took to be a guide. It was not by default that she found herself in this role, in fact she planned a pathway many years ago and surrounded herself with people who could coach and mentor her along the way. She has now created a life she loves, living her best life!
Pen Pal Connections
Thank you for all of you who participated in the Project Success Pen Pal Program!
Interested in learning more about the world around you? Want to correspond with students from all over the globe? Pen Pal Connections is a unique opportunity to foster ongoing dialogue and understanding among youth. During this 8-week correspondence, MPS students will be asked to send two letters, emails, audio recordings, or videos and can expect to receive two correspondences back from students abroad. Learn more about the program here.
Check out some of our previous global connections…
Minneapolis is a sister city to Eldoret, Kenya. As such, we toured two different locations in Kenya! We visited the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki. There, we got to virtually meet the last two northern white rhinos and hear more about the organization’s conservation efforts. To close out this voyage, we enjoyed a delicious Kenyan meal brought to us by Chef Raphael out of Nairobi. Discover more about our Kenyan travels!
A big part of our global travel includes a tour of Washington, DC. In 2021, we worked with our incredible partners at Howard University to create a virtual admissions presentation for our students. Additionally, we compiled a list of resources provided by the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) for students to explore the museum from the comfort of their home. Enjoy!
Questions about Project Success Global Experiences programming? Reach out to Program Manager, Jenny Batten, or Program Associate, Josh McHenry.