Briana Nowak

Madagascar Instructor

B.A Business Management (Magna Cum Laude) from Georgia College & State University

Briana has spent the better part of the past five years working, living and traveling abroad. Her global education exposed her to new people, languages, cultures, and ways of life. She has enjoyed instructing for Where There Be Dragons courses in both Madagascar and India.

Briana’s most influential learning experiences took place while serving as an agriculture and community development volunteer in Peace Corps Madagascar. It was during her two-year service in a small, rural community called Analavory that Briana developed a unique passion for community development and food sustainability practices. While in Madagascar, Briana spent a lot of time alongside farmers in rice fields and partnering with various Malagasy non-profit organizations focused on topics from food security issues to health education. Briana first discovered her passion for experiential education during her time in Madagascar, when she designed and led a girls camp for students from rural villages in the southeastern region of Madagascar. As camp director and a youth mentor in her community, Briana developed curriculum and designed programs which focused on leadership skills, life skills and the importance of education.

Briana believes that exposure to international communities and the learning opportunities that emerge within these environments create more compassionate global citizens. Briana is grateful for the unique perspectives she’s gained through her international work and the learning that comes from venturing off the map. She is passionate about sharing these experiences with students and helping them create their own.

Briana enjoys exploring the outdoors, practicing yoga, connecting across cultures through laughter and encouraging others to dance.