Alumni Spotlight: Zimbabwe

Alumni Spotlight: Zimbabwe

Hi all, I’m Leonard Mushunje, a Fall 2021 Global UGRAD student from Zimbabwe. I recently graduated from Midlands State University with a distinction in Mathematics and Statistics. When I was selected as a Global UGRAD finalist and was placed at the University of Montevallo in Alabama, I had mixed feelings. On reflection, being a Global UGRAD student was one of …

Virtual End-of-Program Workshop & Take the Stage!

Virtual End-of-Program Workshop & Take the Stage!

This month, World Learning held its virtual End-of-Program Workshop for current Global UGRAD participants. Global UGRAD participants joined from across the United States to participate in daily sessions hosted primarily by facilitator Si Norton, as well as Tim Rivera (Senior Advisor for Innovation and Strategy at World Learning). Topics ranged from diversity, equity, and inclusion to action planning and community …

Alumni Update: Montenegro

Alumni Update: Montenegro

I am Edina Osmanovic from Montenegro. I consider myself a hardworking, diligent, optimistic, and reliable person with quite a unique set of skills that inspire, and I truly hope this article will inspire you as well. Studying at Chatham University at Pittsburgh PA, on the Global UGRAD Program in 2019 significantly contributed to the development of particular skills as well …

Democracy and Human Rights Highlight: Edison Broce

Democracy and Human Rights Highlight: Edison Broce

With the kickoff of the first Summit for Democracy this week, the U.S. Department of State and World Learning are celebrating human rights and democracy this December. We checked in with Global UGRAD alumnus Edison Broce who sees and practices democracy in action every day as a Member of Parliament in Panama. Edison elaborates on why democracy and human rights …

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

My name is Fernanda Alina Polanco Avendaño, and I am from Nicaragua. I had the chance to be part of the Global UGRAD Program around 2015-2016 in Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU). Thanks to my Global UGRAD journey, my life became more fruitful and significant in all aspects. I got to meet other Global UGRAD friends from my home country, …

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

One Career, Multiple Paths The Global UGRAD Program boosted my confidence and helped me to open up to multiple possibilities. My experience abroad made me realize how flexible my skills and abilities are, and I became aware of the value of adapting to different environments. After my Global UGRAD experience, I started to feel braver to explore beyond one strict …

Alumni Update: Cambodia

Alumni Update: Cambodia

I am very humbled and grateful to say that my life is not the only one that has changed after the Global UGRAD Program. Since June 2015 when I returned to my home country, Cambodia, I began to understand my purpose and my capability to make a substantial impact in my home community as a media practitioner. My academic experiences, …

Alumni Reflections: Advocating for Inclusion

Alumni Reflections: Advocating for Inclusion

I am an alumnus of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program where I attended the University of Southern Indiana in 2010. The Global UGRAD Program brought me out of my comfort zone. As a disabled person with limited independent living skills, I had to force myself to become self-reliant during the program. For instance, my first trip on my own, without …