Where did you grow up?
Pennsylvania, Indiana, California, South Carolina
Where do you call home now?
Wherever I set down my backpack for the night
Year started at Global Works?
What’s your favorite part about leading trips?
I love the opportunity to get my hands dirty alongside students and local community members, collaborating to achieve a project or goal!
What’s something you can’t live without while you are traveling?
Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?
Fun fact, special talent, or favorite memory
I can solve a rubics cube! Also, competed with U23 National Rowing Team at the World Championships
What do you like to do in your free time?
Run, yoga, read, explore new places
What languages do you speak?
Spanish and English (a little bit of German)
If you had to give one piece of advice or words of encouragement to someone on their first travel experience, what
would it be?
I’ve learned in my life that it’s important to be able to step outside your comfort zone and be challenged with something you’re not familiar or accustomed to. That challenge will allow you to see what you can do. -J.R. Martinez
Tell us why you are excited for this year’s trip!
I’m excited for the mixture of unique cultures and places that the Panama trip explores, from the coast to the mountains the trip integrates with indigenous, urban and rural populations