Sporting Events & School Spirit

Sporting Events & School Spirit

Global UGRAD participants across the country are exceptionally busy taking in all of the Fall festivities in their local communities and campuses. With football and homecoming season in full swing, many UGRADs are experiencing these quintessential U.S. college events for the first time and sparing no energy in displaying their school pride.   “Tailgate is a big deal here and …

Community Service Spotlight: Fall 2022

Community Service Spotlight: Fall 2022

As part of their program requirements, Global UGRADs complete at least 20 hours of community service. While at first, this might seem like another requirement to complete, this often ends up being the highlight and most meaningful part of the program for many of the participants. Below are several highlights from community service events that current UGRADs have completed so …

Hispanic Heritage Month

Across the U.S., many Global UGRADs took part in various events, celebrations, and exhibitions for Hispanic Heritage Month. Elian Gonzalez is a student from Panama at Keuka College who shared about his participation in one of the panel discussions on campus: “During this week we had a lot of activities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The most outstanding thing was a panel …

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: Zimbabwe

Alumni Update: Zimbabwe

Hello, this is Michael Mbulelo Ncube from Zimbabwe. I was a Global UGRAD student in the fall of 2019, and I studied at Georgia College and State University. Ever since I got back home, I’ve hit the ground running. From my time in the U.S., I was incredibly inspired by the infrastructural development of the U.S. public education system, particularly …

Reflections on the Virtual End of Program Summit

World Learning held its virtual End of Program (EoP) summit from November 8 -12. Global UGRAD students from all over the United States tuned into Zoom sessions hosted by facilitator Si Norton on topics ranging from building leadership capabilities to action planning/ community mapping. Traditionally held in Washington, DC, the virtual format of the summit served as a constant reminder …

My Second Family: How Friendship Families Impact Worldviews

My Second Family: How Friendship Families Impact Worldviews

At many universities across the United States, Global UGRAD students have been able to participate in Friendship Family programs. Whether through group trips together or cooking traditional meals, these types of programs are a great opportunity for students to share their culture with Americans outside of campus and to learn about their community in unique ways. Continue reading to see …

Fall 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Fall 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Check out the winners of the Global UGRAD Fall 2019 Photo Contest! This semester’s categories were: American Experiences, Community Service, Best School Spirit, Sharing Culture, and Best Halloween Costume. American Experiences Community Service Best School Spirit Sharing Culture Best Halloween Costume