A living page of my international travels, sorted chronologically. For a more casual look at all of my recent global studies related endeavors, please visit my twitter, @GSOwenChambers, also linked in the contact section of my website.
In March of 2019, I travelled to Sweden with my mom for one of her research trips. She is currently studying the Somali diaspora. We spent time in Stockholm and Gothenburg, meeting with Somalis to learn about their experiences in Sweden. Notably, we met with a Somali member of the Swedish Parliament, Leila Ali Elmi. Additionally, we met up with a Swedish family who live in one of the suburbs outside of Stockholm. We were able to share a meal at their home, and I was also able to catch a soccer game at a sports club with their son who is around my age. Being able to see the country through the eyes of foreigners, immigrants and native Swedes was an incredible experience that I'll never forget.
Costa Rica 2018
In June of 2018, I traveled to the beautiful country of Costa Rica with my school on a trip of both service and leisure. We traveled all around the nation, stopping at each province to learn more about the country. On the trip, we did a two-night homestay in a rural community, where we repaired a bus stop and were invited to a party with all of the locals. We white water rafted to an off-the-grid lodge in the rainforest, where we hiked for two hours up a mountain into an indigenous village to help transport lumber in order to build a new schoolhouse for the children of the village. The trip was extremely rewarding, as it was a perfect mix of fun and the gratifying feeling of helping others.
Trinidad and Tobago 2018
In March of 2018, I travelled with my dad, uncle, and cousin to Trinidad and Tobago. My dad was doing research for an environmental policy class he has been teaching at Trinity College, and my uncle, a marine biologist, was there doing consulting work for a non-governmental organization. In Trinidad, we stayed at the PAX Guest House on the grounds of the Benedictine Monastery, which is operated by a family friend. We also explored the Caroni and Nariva Swamp, both national wildlife preserves. In Tobago, stayed at the Man-O-War bay cottages in the traditional fishing village of Charlotteville. We went scuba diving with ERIC, the environmental research institution of Charlotteville, who both my dad and uncle were working with. We had a cookout with our friends in Charlotteville, in which we ate delicious, traditional food, a theme present on the entire trip. My most enduring memory of the trip was an excruciating boat ride in twenty foot waves, after which my cousin and I were dropped off on a cove with nothing but our bathing suits. We befriended the security guard at the cove, who kindly took us in for the rest of the day until we were finally picked up by our fathers, who mysteriously arrived by car instead of boat.