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Operating for more than a decade in Japan, Hawaii, and other destinations around the world, LbE  has created life changing moments not only for the participating members, but also for the LbE Global Leaders.

LbE is proud to have touched the lives of over 100,000 people to date, and aims to create a bright future through collaboration amongst the world. 

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Experience
over
1,300
Programs held
over
10,000
LbE Global Leaders
Leadership
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over
140,000
participants
Inspiration

As of August 2023

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THE TEAMS BEHIND THE TEAM

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LbE is powered by four regional offices throughout Japan and Hawaii in the United States with over a dozen passionate employees. LbE's offices are located in Fukuoka (headquarters), Tokyo, and Honolulu (Hawaii). 

Programs often expand to other regions of Japan including Hokkaido, Kansai, Hiroshima, and Kyushu. Likewise, in Hawaii, programs also occur on the islands of Kauai and the Big Island. 

In an effort to streamline the ultimate leadership experience, a group of LbE professionals make up the Global Leader Team.

 

Led by Kevin Ching, the Global Leader Team is responsible for the overall management and well-being of the LbE Global Leaders across the world.

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Mr. Kevin Ching

Global Leader Team Director

Kevin, born and raised in Hawaiʻi, USA, has been directing the Global Leader Team since the fourth quarter of 2021. As a fourth-generation Japanese American with additional ties to China and Korea, Kevin's heritage and upbringing in a Japanese family ignited his interest in connecting with Japan.

 

He holds a B.A. in "Teaching English as a Second Language Studies to Japanese ESL Learners" from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and has over 15 years of experience in education and hospitality. Notably, Kevin even spent a few years as a Flight Attendant for a local airline in Hawaiʻi.

 

His journey with LbE began in 2008, participating in annual Summer programs. Over the years, he has progressed from roles like "Global Leader" to "Supporter," "Facilitator," "Project Director," to his current positions as "Chief Operations Officer of LbE Hawaii" and "Global Leader Team Director."

 

In his leisure, Kevin enjoys playing piano, composing music, karaoke, hiking, traveling, and spending time with his dog. He is committed to enhancing the success of LbE programs and fostering global peace.

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Ms. Cláudia Gâmbaro

Quality Assurance Specialist

Originally from Brazil, Cláudia brings over a decade of teaching experience, educating students from kindergarten through university levels in her home country.

 

She holds an MBA in School Management from the University of São Paulo (USP) and is a specialist in Bilingualism from Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP). Her primary research interests are in language acquisition and intercultural communication.

 

Having joined LbE as a "Global Leader," "Supporter," and "Facilitator," Cláudia is now tasked with ensuring the quality of LbE Programs and the development of the Global Leaders, contributing to curriculum design, workbook creation, and professional development of staff.

True to her family name "GAMBARO," which means "Let's try our best" in Japanese, she is dedicated to delivering and inspiring excellence within the LbE community.

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Ms. Liv Peralta

Administrative Assistant

Liv, a native of Hawaiʻi, USA is of half-Filipino and half-Japanese descent and identifies deeply with her fifth-generation Japanese roots, thanks to her grandmother's influence in maintaining traditional practices like mochitsuki (mochi pounding) and hatsumode (first temple visit).

 

She earned her B.A. in Japanese and Linguistics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she also focused on second language learning and socialization. Her time studying abroad at Keio University in Tokyo deepened her connection with her heritage and sparked a desire to eventually move back to Japan for work.

 

Liv's previous roles at LbE Hawaiʻi as a Global Leader have equipped her to continue supporting students and the Global Leader Community effectively. Now, she is responsible for the successful recruitment of LbE Global Leaders in all programs. 

 

During her downtime, Liv enjoys journaling, seeking fashion inspiration online, and relaxing in quaint cafes with an iced latte.

THE LbE GLOBAL LEADER COMMUNITY

The LbE Global Leader Community consists of over 10,000 members around the world! While it may vary from region to region, the majority of the LbE Global Leaders are current or recently graduated university students, from undergrads to masters to doctorates and researchers. 

In Japan, LbE Global Leaders primarily consist of international students studying in Japan from countless countries around the world! Hawaii's LbE Global Leaders are a mix of local, US mainland, and international students. Together, the LbE Global Leader Community is easily considered one of the most globally diverse communities in the world!

In order to develop a sense of LbE pride and the feeling of "family," the LbE Global Leaders are all considered to be a part of one tight-knit community. 

Thousands of Global Leaders around the world have the opportunity to network, grow together, and support each other, while maintaining a close relationship and communication with the LbE operating organizations.

It is not uncommon for LbE Global Leaders to remain with the LbE companies for the full duration of their college life and beyond. Working with LbE is an excellent way to grow and learn by experience.

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GLOBAL AMBASSADORS

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LbE Global Leaders represent more than 100 countries around the world, becoming ambassadors of their country.

Types of LbE Global Leaders

In each program, we have an LbE Global Leader team. Each member of the team has a different role with its own responsibilities and expectations. Each role is indispensable for the success of the program.

The ratio participants / Leader / Supporter varies depending on the size and length of the program, but also the activities in the schedule.

Global Leaders with exceptional experience, reliability, and dedication can climb the ladder to experience the positions of "Supporter" or "Facilitator," which pays more due to the added responsibilities. 

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FACILITATOR

Facilitates the activities of a program with efficient time management, while looking after the whole LbE program team.

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SUPPORTERS

Supports multiple leaders, bridging between leaders and the facilitator. Supporters sometimes facilitate some activities / rooms.

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JAPANESE SUPPORTERS

Fluent in both Japanese and English, and a bridge between Global Leaders and the participants in ensuring the understanding the program content.

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LEADERS

Responsible for leading a group of participants in various activities, escorts groups during fieldwork, and sometimes presents about their country to participants.

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