Matt’s passion to bridge global cultures began with a trip to China just after high school on a trip led by one of his teachers. The trip provided lifelong friendships with both fellow students and Chinese cultural partners. Since that experience, Matt has lived, studied and worked in Spain, Chile, France, and the United States. Matt’s three host family experiences and numerous global friendships are an irreplaceable part of his life. With CIEE, Matt provides experiences that expand students’ horizons and open their minds to new possibilities. Matt dreams about helping future students overcome cultural barriers to create a more understanding, friendly, peaceful and productive world.