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Participants, Programs and Peeps!

In this smores find out about the newest members of the GLE community, the latest details for programming this year and help me welcome another member to the VIA team!

GLE Spring 2016 Program

This past February the GLE community grew in size with the addition of 24 participants coming from Tibet, Taiwan, Mainland China, Macau, Thailand and Japan. Thanks to the Enlight Fellowships we were able to increase the socio-economic diversity of the group. This in turn allowed for new perspectives and ideas to surface.


Check out the links below to learn more about the participants and their experiences.

Seasonal GLE Director: Tai Mesches

GLE Seasonal Director: Tai Mesches

I am happy to welcome Tai Mesches to the VIA family. Tai is currently studying at SIT for a masters in Intercultural, Leadership and Management. His background includes teaching in China, designing curriculum and coordinating activities for cross-cultural understanding with an emphasis on experiential learning.


Tai will be assisting the Seasonal Social Innovation Director as well as directing the August GLE program. I am looking forward to the insights he will bring and ideas he will share for enriching the leadership program.

GLE in Bangkok

The GLE program in Bangkok will launch this summer. This program is a result of exploring ways to increase socio-economic diversity of the participants and build out the VIA ecosystem for supporting social justice leaders and entrepreneurs.


VIA is partnering with Thammasat University, a university known for their work on social justice issues. There the GLE participants will work with Thammasat university students to explore ways to address social justice issues in Thailand.


In GLE program fashion, participants will take immersive workshops and visit inspiring organizations. Additionally, participants will travel to a rural Thai community to learn more about the issues the community is facing. The Thammasat students will team up with the GLE participants to explore ways to solve community issues.


Read more about it in the wonderful brochure Kazutoh created.

Thanks for reading!

If you have any questions or would like to know more, send me an email: christy@viaprograms.org