Alumni Update: Raushan Zhandayeva, Kazakhstan, CSUB

One of the most important lessons that I received during my Global UGRAD experience back in 2016 was the importance of cross-cultural communication. Today, starting my Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program at the University of Notre Dame, I cannot underestimate this invaluable message. The Keough School of Global Affairs, my new home for the next two years, is the …

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service – Part II

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service – Part II

A few months ago, we shared inspiring stories about the volunteer work of several of our fall semester participants. Now, as the spring semester rapidly draws to a close, we’re excited to highlight our current Global UGRAD participants and how they’re getting on with their community service hours. From tutoring and after-school care to event coordination and more, Global UGRADs …

Global UGRAD Students’ Favorite Places

Global UGRAD Students’ Favorite Places

This month we asked our Global UGRAD students to share with us their favorite places in their U.S. communities. We received responses ranging from river walks to libraries, all special in their own way. Please read on to get a glimpse of where our Global UGRAD students’ daily lives take place. Zhanna Ateibek from Kazakhstan at University of Wisconsin – Green …

Global UGRAD’s Favorite Words

Global UGRAD’s Favorite Words

  This month we asked the Global UGRAD students what some of their favorite words are in both English and their own languages. Some love words because of the way they sound; others because there is no translation. Certain words inspire the Global UGRAD students to aim for their goals or feel good about their experiences. Zhanna Ateibek’s (University of …

Global UGRAD Alumni Meet Up in Almaty, Kazakhstan by Will O’Roark

I had the opportunity to travel to Almaty, Kazakhstan and Dushanbe, Tajikistan at the end of September. Prior to joining World Learning, I spent several years living and working in Central Asia and Eurasia. I had worked as a university administrator at a number of institutions in Kazakhstan, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in central Kazakhstan, and …