Carla has taken her love for learning, her gift for teaching, and her passion for traveling and combined them into a wonderful program that creates life-changing growth experiences for young people. She is an outstanding educator and the world is her classroom!

John Davies - Headmaster, Miami Country Day School

Carla's passion and enthusiasm are contagious and inspiring. Over the course of the program she brought out the best in me as an 18-year-old student.

Sam P - former Siena student

Director’s Bio

Carla Fabian: Bel Camino Founder/ Resident Director

An avid traveler and passionate teacher, Carla has mentored youth in foreign settings for over 20 years and has worked on every aspect of travel and study abroad, from the research and creation of new programs to their administration, from the leading of trips to the day-to-day running of 25 successful programs in Europe, Africa, Central and South America.

With a B.A. in Literature from Duke University, Carla spent her mid-twenties teaching English at Miami Country Day School. She also led their student trips abroad, trips that quickly opened her eyes to the virtues of experiential learning – taking students out of the classroom and introducing them directly to foreign surroundings and cultures.

She spent the next four years in South America and Africa working as a resident director for Global Routes. She traveled extensively in this capacity and coordinated numerous community service projects and teaching internships for American high school, gap year and college students in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Zimbabwe and Kenya.  That was followed by a three-year stint as the coordinator of gap year programs in Latin America, India and the South Pacific for LeapNow, an organization based in Northern California.

In 2004, Carla realized a life-long dream when she moved to Italy, the country of her Fabiani ancestors. During her five years as co-designer and resident director of Siena Sojourn, a study abroad program in Tuscany, Carla became fluent in the ways of the Italian people, in their customs and their language. In addition, 1,000 miles of Italian countryside covered on foot has given her an appreciation shared by few visitors for the beauties of this country.

Carla has sojourned in over 60 countries on six continents and her experiences abroad have been transformative. Living with indigenous families on four continents has deepened her appreciation for cultural diversity and the generosity of strangers. Immersion in the arts of various cultures has expanded Carla’s aesthetic range, enabling her to find beauty in unexpected places. Hiking in the Sierras, Andes, Alps and Himalayas, climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, and walking for months on pilgrimage routes in Spain and Italy have heightened her love of nature and sense of wonder and have taught her the importance of savoring life’s simple pleasures.

It is these last, above all, the love and wonder, that she wishes to inspire in, and share with, all those who join her in Italy for a Bel Camino – a beautiful journey.