The Go Global Okanagan Team

Welcome! And thanks for stopping by to check out your Go Global team!

Photo taken on the Great Wall, Mutianyu, China

Dana Lowton, Go Global Manager 

I am in my 11th year with Go Global and have loved watching it grow over the past decade. I am a BA graduate from UBC Okanagan and an MEd graduate from UBC Vancouver and spent part of that degree in Copenhagen. I’m currently working on my PhD with a focus in overseas short-term programs. I have a serious love of traveling, reading, and lifelong learning. 

I have learned an incredible amount while abroad and I’ve taken quite a few solo adventures. I highly recommend traveling alone at least once as it squashes fears and will boost your confidence to continue exploring. I fully believe that studying overseas is what you make it, so go abroad with an open mind and say yes to experiences no matter how scary they might sound at first. Introduce yourself to new people and don’t hide in your dorm room!


MattPhoto taken near Henningsvær, Norway

Matt Harling, Go Global Advisor

As a frequent traveller and dual-citizen of Canada and the United Kingdom, I am well aware of some of the unique challenges and obstacles that students may encounter when considering whether to go on exchange, as well as those while on exchange. Having completed two degrees at UBC Okanagan, I am well aware of how easy it is to not go on exchange and am passionate about encouraging students to take advantage of the opportunity to go on exchange while they can.

My goal as your Go Global Advisor is to help you have the best exchange experience possible while ensuring you meet all requirements for graduation. No matter where you decide to Go Global, it is a life-changing decision that you will never regret in life!

My passions include playing & watching football (soccer), supporting Liverpool FC, travel, and continued learning/development. My most recent travels were to England, Scotland, and Norway (where I was above the 68th parallel north) in May 2017 and to Berlin in June 2018.

Photo taken in the Anaga Mountains in
 Tenerife, Canary Islands

Allison Brown, Go Global Ambassador

Živjo! I am in my fourth and final year of my bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in gender and women studies. While I do love what I study, my true passion is travelling and Go Global allowed me to do both! I am no stranger to exchanges; after graduating high school, I did a year-long exchange to Naples, Italy, where I learned Italian and lived with a host family. After that experience, I knew I had to do another year abroad whilst in university. I chose the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia because it has a great Political Science program, is located in a beautiful city, and is central to Europe allowing me to easily travel. My exchange was a full, fantastic year. 

What did exchange do for me? It introduced me to my best friends. It took me to 15 new countries. It allowed me to discover my new favourite food: pizza burek. It taught me how to catch scorpions. It let me fall in love. Being abroad does not feel like home, it is a feeling that I never could have imagined, only experienced, and cannot fully put into words.

Photo taken below the
Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, UK

Siara Less, Go Global Ambassador

Hi! I am going into the fourth year of my history degree. I spent the second semester of my third year in Edinburgh, Scotland, and it was the best decision I ever made! I loved every piece of Edinburgh, from its cobblestones to its castles and even the winter rain. In this picture I am in front of the Edinburgh castle. Of course, my journey had its ups and downs, but I loved every part of my journey (as cheesy as that may sound!).

Being born and raised in Kelowna and living at home during university made studying abroad seem like an almost unreachable and romanticized goal. However, with the Go Global program, I was able to live independently and travel out of the continent for the first time. Someone once told me that if I had any inclination to study abroad that I had to pursue that dream so that I didn’t regret not taking this opportunity. As a Go Global Ambassador I fully support this statement and hope to help others on their journey to studying abroad!


Photo Taken at
Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, Korea

Thishani Rajapakshe, Go Global Ambassador

Hello! My name is Thish, and I am in my 4th year returning from a year abroad from the amazing Seoul, South Korea! I am very excited to be a Go Global ambassador this year. Korea was filled with countless adventures, warm people and engaging coursework. From the street markets to the nightlife to the spectacular mountains, my year in Seoul was never dull. I made great friends from all over the world and was able to try all sorts of delicious food. 

Through Go Global, I got to experience first hand total immersion in a different culture. You will be surprised how quickly you are able to pick up a new language when you are constantly challenged to speak it! Exchange is one of the most valuable things you can do during your degree for both personal and professional reasons, and I do not regret a single minute of it. 

As a Biochemistry and Philosophy student, exchange was a great way for me to explore new fields of interest and take courses I had never considered before. I encourage everyone who may be interested to come find out how Go Global can fit into your degree planning!

Photo taken at the
East Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Kitty Deng, Go Global Ambassador

Hello! I am a 4th year science student majoring in Chemistry. I just finished my year-long Go Global exchange at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. I loved living in Lancaster, it was the perfect location for me to both focus on my studies and explore the UK and Europe. Also I grew up in Vancouver so the UK weather made me feel at home. 

This is the first time I have ever travelled to Europe and the first time I have travelled by myself, so this was a brand new adventure for me. Because of exchange, I was given the opportunity to take classes that I would not have been able to back at UBCO due to my major requirements such as German and Criminology. I also got to immerse myself in the Lancaster student life by joining the competitive dance team LUDans and meeting some amazing friends. Studying abroad has always been my dream ever since I was very little and I am so grateful that I decided to take the leap and go. It's an experience that I will be eternally grateful for having and I will never forget. 

Photo taken in
Thira on the island of Santorini, Greece

Jayden Craigie, Go Global Ambassador

Hi! I am in my fourth year of Psychology, planning on continuing my education by going to Law School next year. I love to travel, but also value my learning – so I combined both by spending my third year at Durham University in England. Between my life in Durham and my travels around Europe, it was an amazing 9 months!
Going on exchange was one of the best decisions I could have ever made. It has challenged me as a person and allowed me to experience so much – I spent 9 months living on my own. I visited 20 different places in 10 different countries. I now have many friends for life from all over the world. I travelled for weeks by myself. I am a new me that is really still the old me, but now also someone who has lived so much more than I ever would have thought to be possible.
My goal in being a Go Global Ambassador is to help other people experience something as amazing as what I experienced by going on this exchange – a truly great opportunity!


Nezar El Kassai, Go Global Ambassador

Hi my name is Nezar and I am going into the fourth and final year of my BA in International Relations. I spent my third year on exchange at Durham University in the UK. As an international student at UBC, I did not originally consider taking the opportunity to go aboard because I was already "aboard." However, I am so glad I went on exchange as it taught me a lot personally and academically. The teaching style in the UK was very different to what I was used to at UBC. At Durham, I had much less lecture hours, classes required much more independent studying outside of class, and another big difference was the university culture. 

Studying in the UK presented me with the opportunity to travel extensively. I was able to visit London, Oxford, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Lisbon. After I finished the academic year in Durham, I was also able to spend 6 weeks in the summer working in London which allowed me to gain international work experience in the financial capital of the world. The Go Global program provides more than just an academic opportunity; it provides students with an opportunity to travel, experience different ways of lives, and gain international work experience.  

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