ESI Pre-Arrival Challenge 1

Get oriented, intro yourself, meet other participants online


Greetings from San Francisco, I hope you are well! It has been awesome getting to know you a little more during the interview process. I am pleased to introduce you to my partner, Ashley Gauer. Ash and I will be working closely together alongside a great team of Coordinators to organize and facilitate a memorable program for you!

Ash brings over ten years of experience in the International Education field from managing study abroad programs and providing visa consulting services to coordinating volunteer immersion trips and teaching English as a Second Language. She has traveled and volunteered across Europe and Asia, and has helped launch social enterprises in Cambodia.

Ash is working on her Master's degree at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, California in International Education Management and Public Administration with an emphasis in Social Entrepreneurship. She is an advocate for intercultural dialogue, environmental stewardship, and global citizenship. "It is in our conversations and immersive experiences that we learn about ourselves and the world around us." This, she believes, is what sparks collaborative and innovative ideas that can solve social issues.

Ash is excited for the Social Innovation program, and very thrilled to meet passionate changemakers (you all) this summer!

Get Oriented: Join our ESI Coordinator Call!

In the next few weeks, you have the opportunity to join a Skype call with ESI program staff and fellow participants. The possible call dates are August 3rd - 7th.

There will be several sessions scheduled, but first we need to know your preference. Please complete these steps by July 18th to share your time preferences:

  1. Click here - ESI 2016 Summer Orientation Call
  2. Select your timezone - In the upper right corner, you should see "Time zone: Tokyo". Click "change" to set it to your own time zone if you are not in Japan.
  3. Select ALL of the times you can join the call - If you may be able to join, but are unsure, select the (Yes) option.
  4. Click save

After July 18th, the ESI staff will select the best times and email the final schedule to all participants. If you absolutely cannot make any of the times or cannot access Skype, we will send you a recording of the session.

Join our Facebook Group!

Join the VIA Social Innovation Programs group. You can post your pictures for Challenge 1 (see below) and get to know fellow participants on the "Events" page.

Challenge 1: About Me [Due July 18]

Everyone shares three pictures about themselves with captions of brief explanations on the VIA Social Innovation Facebook group page.

  1. Picture One: A glimpse of me (could be a selfie, a family picture, or any photo including you)

  2. Picture Two: One thing(s) that I like (could be an object, a scene, etc.)

  3. Picture Three: Free style. Any picture you would like to share that you think might help us know you better.