About the Trip Leaders

Noah Bopp is SEGL’s Founder and Head of School. He has considerable experience leading international summer experiences, having co-founded and co-led the Duke University TIP in Paris program (2001, 2003-06) and traveled with SEGL to Rwanda in 2012 and 2015 and to Paris in 2013. In 2002, he founded the Duke TIP Global Dialogues Institute, where he met Carl Wilkens.  He has also taught at St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island and the Mountain School of Milton Academy in Vershire, Vermont.  He holds a BA in Philosophy and Law & Society from Oberlin College, an MAT from Duke University, and an Ed.M. in Private School Leadership from the Klingenstein Program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Mairéad O’Grady is Associate Head of School for External Affairs. Her love of French earned her a French Consulate grant to attend the “Festival des Francofolies” in southwestern France in 2007 and took her to Senegal for a semester abroad in 2008. After graduation, she spent more than a year in Thailand, where she worked officially as a Global Ambassador and English teacher at Payap University while unofficially leading bicycle tours and hiking trips and directing a high school musical.  Mairéad has also served as an international program leader for Walking Tree Travel (Senegal and Thailand) and SEGL (South Africa).  She holds a BA with Honors in French and Music from Grinnell College.

About Carl Wilkens

As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide began in April 1994, he refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, his church and the United States government. Thousands of expatriates evacuated and the United Nations pulled out most of its troops. He was the only American to remain in the country. Carl returned to the United States in 1996, and for many years served as pastor at Milo Adventist Academy in Milo, Oregon. After being featured in the 2004 PBS Frontline documentary Ghosts of Rwanda, he began to receive letters, phone calls and offers from teachers around the country to come and share his experiences. In January 2008, with no end in sight to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan, he decided to quit his job and dedicate himself full time to accepting these invitations. Carl and his wife Teresa formed WOMS to facilitate this work. He is the author of I’m Not Leaving, his Rwanda memoirs.

Founded by Carl and Teresa Wilkens, World Outside My Shoes (WOMS) is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to inspire, educate, and equip people to enter the world of “the other.”  The Wilkenses travel widely to promote this mission and are favorite guest speakers at schools, universities, and organizations around the world.  Learn more at World Outside My Shoes.

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