Travel. The Earth. Together.

Bound International champions international educational mobility as well as environmental sustainability. Bound International provides the higher education community critical awareness and solutions on how to mitigate the impact of travel on climate. Their innovative approach reflects the belief that the physical mobility of students and academics across borders provides an unparalleled psychological and educational experience but acknowledges the impact physical travel has on the climate and at-risk communities, spurring the need to take appropriate Climate Action for Climate Justice.

Bound International will help colleges and universities achieve capacity in sustainability education and performance within education abroad while continuing to champion physical academic travel.

Bound International will assist with critical capacity-building in Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) opportunities that includes faculty training, assessment data and international partnership cultivation.

Bound International and its partner, Earth Deeds, are providing a critical sustainability snapshot of the field via the Survey of Sustainability in Education Abroad (next release: March 2023)!

About Bound International

President & Founder of Bound International, Karen McBride, EdD, served as an editor for Sustainable Education Abroad: Striving for Change published by the Forum on Education Abroad.

In this volume, scholars and practitioners from around the globe come together to identify the role global student mobility plays in climate impact and identify promising practices that can be implemented to make change. Conveying both urgency, as well as a sense of hope and opportunity, this volume will help the field of education abroad familiarize stakeholders with the sustainability challenges we face as a field and take the necessary steps forward to do better. Place your pre-sale order here.

Bound International services include:

Climate Impact Education: Bound International will use contemporary scientific methods to educate institutions and individual travelers about the environmental impact associated with their international educational travel activities.

Technology Solutions: Bound International will identify academic partners abroad and offer a custom-made, integrative, culturally-appropriate platform by which universities can execute effective Collaborative Online International Learning, complete with intercultural assessment of learning and teaching outcomes.

Community Resources: Bound International will source research opportunities abroad for students and faculty and engage with communities and organizations abroad that are in support of Climate Action and Climate Justice.

Partnerships: Bound International will assist colleges and universities increase critical capacity in online learning, sustainability initiatives, international travel, and intercultural engagement to sustain their commitment to developing global citizenship.

Sustainability Consulting

Below is a list of services and inclusions that track and meaningfully account for unavoidable travel emissions, educates students about the impact of travel and embeds sustainability practices into core aspects of management. These may vary depending on the scope of the project.

Custom Self-Assessment

One-on-One Consulting (est. 4-6 hours)

Home Office and Branch Office(s) Performance

Data Analysis

Certificate of Achievement Rating

Customized Roadmap to Success

Accelerating Virtual Exchange Full Program

Bound International offers specialized programs by which universities can execute effective online international learning. This is done via a full-service, high support Full Program, a short-term Faculty Training Only Program and Customized COIL Consulting services for individual institutions and organizations. There is an emphasis on faculty and staff development with the expectation that their students will receive high quality virtual intercultural engagement.

What are faculty saying:

"Despite my experience offering COIL, I did not have all the knowledge about the multiple possibilities of a COIL. During the Bound International COIL program, I learned more and I discovered other methodologies and useful tools (I wish I had known them before) and I met colleagues who shared great experiences and even with whom I might offer COILS in the near future".

Professor, Management, EIA University (Colombia)

"With years of taking students abroad, the thing that has been missing is interaction with their peers. COIL offers an opportunity for students to have valuable intercultural experiences by working on projects with students from another culture… Bound International matched me with a partner, provided valuable training in intercultural learning and learning technologies and provided a coach to work with us as we developed our course".

Professor, Sociology, University of Tulsa (U.S.A.)

"The program was great in almost all aspects. However, the best one is that the materials provide information and knowledge we need."

Professor, Business, Jenderal Soedirman University (Indonesia)

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Gateway Resources

Episode 29: Cultural Lens on U.S. Higher Education: Analyzing International Perceptions of 'Anti-Woke’ Discourse

Dive into a nuanced exploration of the global discourse surrounding higher education in the United States. Join us for a panel discussion with esteemed international educators as we embark on a journey through the lenses of culture and international perspective, examining how global audiences interpret and engage with the ‘anti-woke’ discourse within the context of U.S. higher education. This engaging panel discussion will delve into the intersections of culture, ideology, and education, and the complex landscape of how international audiences perceive the ‘anti-woke’ narrative that has emerged within U.S. academia.

Whether you’re a senior international officer, or simply curious about the diverse viewpoints shaping U.S. higher education, this podcast episode will provide an invaluable space for critical analysis and insightful conversations.

Speaker Biography:

Fanta Aw is a distinguished leader in international education, renowned for her extensive contributions to global learning, cross-cultural understanding, and educational equity. With a deep commitment to fostering connections between diverse cultures and promoting educational excellence, she has significantly impacted the international education community.

Fanta Aw’s career has been characterized by her dedication to advancing global education initiatives, promoting diversity and inclusion, and nurturing partnerships that transcend borders. She has held influential roles in various organizations, advocating for the importance of international collaboration and learning experiences that empower individuals to navigate an increasingly interconnected world.

As a thought leader and visionary, Fanta Aw’s insights and expertise have shaped discussions on the future of international education, emphasizing the significance of equitable access, cultural exchange, and lifelong learning. Her work has not only elevated institutions but has also inspired countless individuals to embrace the transformative power of global education.

Date: September 14th, 2023
Time: 12 noon ET

Sponsored by:

Mark Beirn


An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development


Stephen Appiah-Padi​


Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

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Rosa Almoguera


Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.