Get to Know the World Learning Advisors

Get to Know the World Learning Advisors

As Global UGRAD participants both past and present already know, you each interact with your World Learning advisors numerous times via email and video calls throughout the semester. Now that the majority of the Fall 2022 cohort is settling into life in the U.S., we wanted to take this opportunity to more formally introduce every member of the advising team. …

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 …

New Team Member Announcement

New Team Member Announcement

Global UGRAD is excited to announce a new addition to our team! On April 18th, Michelle Bolourchi joined as the Program Manager: “I grew up in a bicultural household where my interest in international education and languages blossomed. My first time living abroad was during my junior year in college when I had the opportunity to study in Germany. I’m …

Meet Our New Teammates

Jacob Waddell is joining the Global UGRAD Program working with students from East Asia and Pacific and South Asia. He is originally from St. Louis, Missouri but now lives in Washington, DC and is studying for an MA in International Affairs at American University. Prior to joining World Learning, Jacob taught English in Hiroshima, Japan from 2016-2018 and served as …

Meet Our New Teammates, Amy, Annie, and Sarah!

Meet Our New Teammates, Amy, Annie, and Sarah!

Amy Broome is joining the Global UGRAD team as the Program Officer for the Western Hemisphere and Middle East/North Africa regions. She is currently living in Austin, TX, but originally hails from Vermont. Amy has a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies from UT Austin, where she studied Arabic and Hebrew. She is very much inspired to work with World Learning because …

Meet Our New Teammates, Susan and Cara

Meet Our New Teammates, Susan and Cara

Susan Yang currently serves as a Global UGRAD Program Officer for the East Asia Pacific and South Asia regions. Prior to this, she helped administer the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and conducted research, data, and evaluation projects for the Girl Scouts River Valleys. Susan has a strong background in education including teaching abroad in South Korea …

Meet our New Teammate, Ellie Kiger

Meet our New Teammate, Ellie Kiger

Ellie Kiger joins the Global UGRAD team as a Program Associate for the East Asia, the Pacific, and Southeast Asia regions. She just relocated from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Washington, DC to join World Learning. Her background is in education, spending the past three years at a nonprofit developing youth programs that encouraged global citizenship, literacy, and environmental stewardship. Ellie has …

Meet our New Teammate, Vitalie Diaconu

Meet our New Teammate, Vitalie Diaconu

Vitalie Diaconu joins the Global UGRAD team as the Program Officer for Eurasia and Central Asia. Originally from Moldova, Vitalie moved to the United States two years ago and worked with Eurasia Foundation, managing the Young Professionals Network program. Prior to that, he worked with the Permanent Mission of Moldova to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and …

Meet our new teammate, Molly Varoga!

Molly Varoga has joined the Global UGRAD team as a Program Associate for the East Asia & the Pacific and South Asia regions. Molly is currently studying at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, earning an M.A. in the Global Communication program. She completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University, majoring in International Relations with a minor …