Global UGRAD 2018-19 Alumni Class Secretaries

The Global UGRAD team at World Learning would like to congratulate all the 2018-19 Global UGRAD participants on successfully completing their international exchange experience in the United States. As Global UGRAD alumni, World Learning strives to keep in contact and continue to support you even after you’ve left the program. Every year one participant from each country is selected to …

Alumni Update: Yacoub Dahah, Mauritania

Alumni Update: Yacoub Dahah, Mauritania

I was first introduced to the Bin Bayyah Foundation in 2015 by ECNU (the English Club of Nouakchott University) because they needed interpreters for the Starkey Hearing Foundation mission that they were sponsoring, which lasted for a week. I went back to volunteering for them during their second mission with the American Starkey Hearing Foundation early in 2017, but this …

From Where I Stand 2019 Part II | The Global UGRAD Photojournalism Project

From Where I Stand 2019 Part II | The Global UGRAD Photojournalism Project

Last month, we published Part I of our 2019 From Where I Stand series, the Global UGRAD photo project that creatively shows what our alumni have accomplished since returning home. If you did not have a chance to read last month’s installment, you can find it here. We are thrilled to share even more stories of volunteerism, academics, and growth with you this month. …

Spring 2019 Photo Contest

Spring 2019 Photo Contest

Each spring, we ask current Global UGRAD participants to share photos of their experiences in the U.S. through a photo contest. This year, we asked students to submit photos in five categories: Community Service, American Experiences, Sharing Your Culture, School Spirit, and Travel & Leisure. See below the winner(s) for each category. Best Community Service Jyoti Karki from Nepal studying …

From Where I Stand 2019 Part I | The Global UGRAD Photojournalism Project

From Where I Stand 2019 Part I | The Global UGRAD Photojournalism Project

One of our favorite sayings is “Once a UGRAD, always a UGRAD.” Even when the U.S. portion of the Global UGRAD experience is over, alumni are always a part of this big and talented family. The lessons learned and knowledge gained during the exchange live on as alumni share their stories and dedicate efforts to shine brightly in their home …

Global UGRAD and the Love of Language

Global UGRAD and the Love of Language

February 21st marked International Mother Language Day. In celebration of the diversity of languages, two Global UGRAD participants share their passion for learning and speaking multiple languages. Their interest in the study of language has propelled them to continue learning new words, cultures, and ways of thinking about the world around them. We hope you will enjoy reading their perspectives …

2018 Fall Semester Honor Roll

Once again, our Global UGRAD students have surpassed expectations. The fall academic semester participants connected with host communities through cultural events and volunteerism while at the same time immersing themselves in U.S. academic culture. All of our students are impressive; however, the following went above and beyond by making the Global UGRAD honor roll for the fall term with a …

Global UGRAD Students Participate in Celebrating Black History

Global UGRAD Students Participate in Celebrating Black History

February is Black History Month – a time set aside to collect, preserve, and celebrate the accomplishments of black Americans across all fields. This month we are pleased to share reflections from two Global UGRAD participants on African American history. Madeline Hernandez, Nicaragua, Emporia State University: On January 21st in Emporia, Kansas, many students, including me, commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. …

Alumni Update: Xana Maunze, Mozambique

Alumni Update: Xana Maunze, Mozambique

Life can sometimes feel like a fight. From time to time we’re faced with punches, kicks, fish hooks or jabs, that come in the form of challenges, obstacles, and sometimes failures. Growing up in a low-income country, I made myself through education in our public schools, in a classroom with over 60 classmates, sometimes sitting on the floor or sharing …

Fall 2018 Site Visits

Fall 2018 Site Visits

The World Learning staff have been busy traveling coast to coast visiting current Global UGRAD students and university partners. Continue reading below to hear about their visits. Thank you to the universities and students for hosting us! Himani Reddy at Indiana State University and INTERLINK Himani visited Indiana State University (ISU) and INTERLINK—both first-time Global UGRAD partners located in Terre Haute, …