Meet Jordan!

Jordan Randall

Jordan RandallJordan graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in interior design and a minor in theatre. She first caught the travel bug in high school on a senior trip to France, and later returned for a full semester during her sophomore year of college. Unable to rid herself of deep wanderlust, she spent her first few years in the professional world with CISabroad, traveling domestically and overseas. In 2013, Jordan left her (incredibly awesome) job with CISabroad to pursue her dream of acting full-time. She now resides in New Orleans, LA, where she can be found eating local cuisine, working in her herb garden, reading, drinking coffee, and enjoying her favorite city in the world. In between acting Jordan continues to work for CISabroad by leading programs internationally. She returned June 10th after leading a group of 20 students through NYC, London, Paris and Milan – and is excited to be heading back to two of the cities she’s grown to love so much after living and working in each on multiple occasions.

What’s an OPC? 

As part of your customized faculty-led program abroad, you will be led and supported by a CISabroad On-Site Program Coordinator (OPC). OPCs are experienced and well trained staff members, there to ensure the schedule goes according to plan. Each OPC attends an extensive training program that involves a range of modules – risk management, emergency response, safety, logistics’, cultural awareness, communication, culture shock, budgeting, social media, La Vida Local and customer service.

The primary role of the OPC is to facilitate the in-country implementation of the assigned customized program, by providing safety / emergency response and logistical support. During the program, the OPC is responsible for managing the day-to-day logistics of the assigned customized program and providing in-country support to both the faculty and students. Using personal travel experience, professional work experience (and where possible language knowledge), the OPC will help create a program environment that is safe and culturally engaging. The CISabroad OPC may or may not be an in country local. The majority of CISabroad OPCs are expats from the US, who have travelled, lived, volunteered, or worked abroad in the program destination.

The OPC is not a registered tour guide nor expected to provide tours of sites visited during the program. If the program is one that requires specific guided tours of various sites, these will be provided separately. The OPC provides a general neighborhood walking tour to help the group identify the nearest bank/ATM, pharmacy, laundry-mat, grocery store and other similar conveniences.

The OPC’s role allows Faculty to focus on the academic objectives and the students to make the most of their time overseas!