Alumni Class Secretary Updates: Guatemala & Haiti

Guatemala Ana Lorena Barrios Calderon (11-12) is in her fourth year of college in Business Administration, after which she plans to apply for a Master’s Degree. She has volunteered with a church by collecting clothes for the needy and often lends her voluntary support in a business consultancy. Renato Jose Conedera Navas (11-12) received a scholarship to continue his Mechanical …

Happy 2013!

The rush of the holidays is over, and it is now time to refocus and energize for the spring semester. Welcome to the 14 students from East Asia and the Pacific and the Western Hemisphere who start their Global UGRAD journey this month. We recommend that you hit the ground running in order to take full advantage of the experience. …

A Semester Full of Service

Global UGRAD students collectively contributed thousands of hours of community service  across the United States during the fall 2012 semester. The World Learning team was impressed with the amount of time, energy and dedication Global UGRAD students put into their community service activities. Their volunteer work included volunteering at: community gardens, animal shelters, convalescent homes, homeless shelters, schools, and public libraries. …

UGRAD Post

Dear UGRAD Post, I’m thankful for the Dees family, my friendship family in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They have been taking care of me during my UGRAD experience and I had the opportunity to enjoy several special events around Thanksgiving with them. In this photo we are visiting a sample house, which they found interesting and took me there to look at …

Alumni Class Secretaries: Cambodia & El Salvador

Alumni Class Secretaries Cambodia After returning to Cambodia from Rochester, New York, Sophina Neang (11-12) finished her TEFL degree and graduated last September. From January to September 2012, she interned at the International Republican Institute (IRI), helping with the U.S. alumni projects and participating in some political and youth events abroad and locally. Now, she is in Riga, Latvia on the Erasmus …

Warm Winter Wishes

With the fall semester drawing to a close and a new year quickly approaching, the World Learning team has looked back at some of the UGRAD students’ amazing and transformative experiences of the past four months, including including those of students like Simon Jean Francois from Panama who joined the rugby team at Juniata College in Pennsylvania and traveled throughout the …

Farewell UGRADers!

Working with the Global UGRAD program these past nine months has been a fantastic experience. I’ve met some of the brightest minds from around the globe, and am amazed at the courage and confidence you UGRADers show in becoming leaders on your campuses and in your communities. Although you often refer to me as an advisor or mentor, I have learned …

Makin' It Count!

The end of the fall semester can be a stressful, hectic time for all undergraduates but there’s no need to fret because your next opportunity to relax and unwind is only a few weeks away.  Now that Thanksgiving break is over, some UGRADers might be looking ahead and thinking about what to do over the upcoming winter break. For those …

UGRAD Post

Dear UGRAD Post, It was a memorable birthday for me here in the U.S. as I had a chance to watch an ice hockey game in Vermont. The first impression for me when the game started was “fast”. Not only were the players fast but the Zamboni also did its job quickly. This sport is fascinating to me because it …

UGRAD Alumni Innovate in DC

Panamanian UGRAD Alumni Denisse Gonzalez (University of Wyoming 2011) and Franklin Gomez (University of Missouri-Columbia 2010) are in Washington, D.C. this fall as participants in The U.S. – Panama Innovation and Competitiveness Program.  This honors program is funded by the Panamanian government in cooperation with The Washington Center in Washington, DC and aims to promote local leadership through the ideals of responsible …