Welcome to the GoBeyond India trip logs! Below is a little bit about the staff that will be leading this summer. Enjoy!
JAMES PURCELL – James was born and raised in North Carolina and graduated from the UNC Wilmington in 2007 with degrees in International Business and Spanish. After college, James set off to explore the world backpacking throughout South and Central America, hiking 500 miles along the Camino de Santiago in Spain, working on farms in California and even managing an indoor urban aquaponics farm in Chicago, IL. He currently calls New Orleans, LA home and will be finishing up a degree in nursing by the end of 2017. James has lead GoBeyond programs in Peru, Ecuador/Galapagos, and Costa Rica, and he loves seeing students grow and evolve on GoBeyond trips. He’s also a freelance videographer, an aspiring polyglot, and loves music, travel and raw honey.
LOBSANG RABSEL – Rabsel received his formal monastic education in Sera, Tibet. He went to India in 1993 and joined the Tibetan Transit School for two years before working at Khana Nirvana, restaurant and community hub, in Dharamsala for four years. In 1998, Rabsel handled the layout of Contact Magazine and also became the volunteer coordinator for Volunteer Tibet, where he remained until 2001. In 2003, he took full charge of Contact Magazine. Currently, he serves as the Lha Charitable Trusts Deputy Director and Volunteer Coordinator.
JACQUELINE MCCLATCHY – Jack is a full-time traveler currently living in New Zealand. While studying Cultural Anthropology at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, Jack volunteered with the local refugee population. Her work with refugees is where her passion for service learning developed. After a service trip to Peru in 2014, Jack was determined to explore more of our wonderful world and its countless cultures. Since January 2016, she has been living on the road out of her trusty backpack. Besides traveling, Jack loves to practice yoga, dive, read and write Haikus. She is excited to share her passion for travel and service with others!