Celebrating Cultures from Around the World

A Holi Away from Home: Smita Dhungana (Nepal) at Augustana University For the first time I was celebrating holi away from my home. This made me experience Holi here with Indian and Nepali people living in Sioux Falls, and I got to know their thoughts about celebrating it in a new place. Though this Holi was away from my family, I …

Alumni Empowering Women

Alumni Empowering Women

March is National Women’s History Month in the United States, and International Women’s Day fell on March 8th. This month, we’ve asked Global UGRAD alumni to share with us what they’re doing to empower women and why it is important. Meerim Nurlanbekova, Kyrgyzstan, Global UGRAD 2016-17 at East Tennessee State University I believe every ending leads to new beginnings. Global UGRAD …

National Braille Literacy Month by Inho Seo

Braille helps me become independent. The first time when I knew about Braille was at a special school for the blind. I became totally blind when I was seven. My parents didn’t know about how to educate me because they hadn’t thought of any disabilities in their life before. I couldn’t go to local school because they also hadn’t taught …

Malaysia Alumni Update by Justice Khor

Malaysia Alumni Update by Justice Khor

Flashback to almost a half year ago, when I was sitting in the LGBTQ safe zone training class at California State University Monterey Bay. I saw people coming from different walks of life, but mainly young people coming together to learn about the LGBTQ community. But suddenly there’s an elderly man. He drags a chair and joins the class. To …

HBCU Conference – October 25th

Two members of the World Learning Global UGRAD team, Roya Zahed and Will O’Roark, had the chance to attend the Historically Black College and University Conference on Tuesday, October 25th. The annual HBCU Conference was held at the Residence Inn in Crystal City, Virginia and brought together all the historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States to discuss …

Alumni Update – Costa Rica

Alumni Update – Costa Rica

 My Journey to the United Nations  Jean Pierre Mora Casasola (Costa Rica), Global UGRAD 2014-2015, Emporia State University That awkward moment when you are asked to write down your goals on a piece of paper. No matter if they are short, medium or long term goals, the truth is that we do not always know where we are going. This situation …

AEIF Project Competition Winners

Each year, the U.S. Department of State hosts its Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) project competition which supports alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. This year, out of 1,014 project submissions, 68 teams have been selected as finalists. The coolest part? Four of these teams are composed of Global UGRAD Alumni! Read on to learn more …

EducationUSA Reception

Each summer in Washington, DC, the EducationUSA Forum brings together international educators looking to improve their international student recruitment practices and better support student engagement and success. EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State resource which provides comprehensive information to international students aspiring to study in the United States, as well as supporting the internationalization of campuses. World Learning currently administers the …

Nonviolence Training: Changing Lives

Omar Awwad, Global UGRAD 2016-2017, Keene State College This spring break I had the opportunity to volunteer with Something New, an organization that helps welcome refugees and immigrants to the States. Part of the program was receiving training that would help us understand what we were doing in order to offer more help to people who need it the most. The one training …