Finals are over (or getting close!), flights are booked, passports are renewed, forms are submitted; it’s officially time to launch our summer 2015 programs!  We are bringing nearly 290 students from 50 universities to three countries for five programs—our biggest summer EVER!

I’m Michael McDaris, and I work full time with Go Global supporting our marketing and programming teams throughout the year.  Have you sent a text to us recently?  Or an email with questions about your upcoming trip?  I am the man behind the screen making sure we not only have all the necessary information from you to get ready for this summer but also answer all of your questions as quickly and throughly as possible.  This summer I will be taking the reigns on the blog and updating with daily posts from our students.  I am so pumped to hear about your transformative experiences in either Cape Town, Greece or Rome!

Without further adieu, let’s take a look at where we’re going, when we’re going and who your staff will be on the ground.

Testimonials from ParentsCape Town Direct

May 10 – May 22
Program Director: Joanna Harbin
Interns: Zach Pursley, Anna Larimore

LEAD Cape Town

May 24 – June 28
Academic Director: Dr. Jane Teel
Program Director: Joanna Harbin
Academic Assistants: Ilya Gokhman and Danae Turchyn
Activities Director: Ismail “Ish” Orrie
Interns: Zach Pursley & Anna Larimore



Greece Direct

May 17 – May 29
Program Director: Pierce Persons
Assistant Program Director: Kelsey Schmidt

LEAD Greece

May 31 – June 28
Academic Director: Dr. Shannon Dean
Program Director: Pierce Persons
Academic Assistants: Whitney Lewis and Ashley Clayton
Assistant Program Director: Kelsey Schmidt
Intern: Taylor Brock


Rome sunset

GO: Rome

July 4 – August 8
Professors: Dr. Jeffery Collins, Dr. Amanda Printz, Dr. Earl Howell and Dr. Justin Pettigrew
Program Director: Courtney Doran
Interns: Paige Sowder and Cammie Cook






While you are making the most of your time abroad, there will be a robust team working around the clock here in the U.S. supporting all of our international programs.  The entire Go Global team is committed to making your trip the experience of a lifetime!

We can’t believe summer is here, but we are so excited to have students from all over the country join us for what will be an experience to remember!  Be sure to check back here daily as we hear from students first hand and live their journey of personal development, academic growth and unforgettable adventures.  You can also follow us all summer long on Facebook and Instagram!

Bon voyage!

– Michael and the Go Global team