by Glen Turf, GATEway Founder
The fall of my junior year, I was fortunate to live in Madrid, Spain with my study group from Colgate University. I grew up near New York City, but I was always raised to fear "The Big Apple". While at Colgate, I lived in the shelter of a small town with one stop light in central New York state. When I arrived in Madrid with only the address of my host family’s house, I was forced to do things I had never done before – like use Spanish in a native-speaking environment, hail a cab, use an apartment intercom system, and figure out how to plug my Walkman charger in an outlet that did not look like the ones back home. And that was day one! When I think about what we can do for our students now
to prepare them to be global citizens in the future, I am rooted in my own experiences of being a fish out of water.
In the fall of 2013, the mission of GATEway was born – a program designed to develop our students’ views of the world, its diverse cultures, and its people. The GATEway recipe has been tried and true – a base of GATEway sites in Madrid, Nice, Geneva
, and Milan, with a sprinkle of GATEway Jr. in Québec,Panamá, and Puerto Rico
mixed in with a little GATEway Mini
right here in Miami, seasoned with visiting students from abroad, and a dash of future programs in Honduras
, Asia, and Philadelphia. The world is literally at our fingertips. Won’t you come along for the ride?