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.

2023 Survey of Sustainability in Education Abroad

Given the inherent global nature of education abroad, professionals in the field face unique challenges and opportunities with regards to how we respond to climate change and other environmental and social crises. The 2023 Survey of Sustainability in Education Abroad will provide vital insights into how the field is evolving and how Bound International might best address these and other critical challenges. All coordinators or administrators who have knowledge about these aspects of their institution’s, or organization’s, education abroad/student mobility programs are encouraged to participate in the survey.

These services are also a part of the Certificate of Achievement for Professional Sustainability Members.

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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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.

Specialization Areas:

– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages

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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.

Specialization Areas:

– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training