Making the Case for Cultural Exchange

Making the Case for Cultural Exchange

In September, the American Corner in Banja Luka hosted an event entitled “Why Cultural Exchange Programs are Important.” The director of the American Corner talked about all the exchange opportunities that students in Bosnia and Herzegovina have in the U.S., and I as a Global UGRAD Alumni Class Secretary for Bosnia and Herzegovina spoke more about the Global UGRAD Program. …

Becoming an American Educational Ambassador in Ukraine

Becoming an American Educational Ambassador in Ukraine

Sitting on the beach by the light blue sea watching the sunset, I suddenly realize that this beautiful view does not inspire me as much as my Global UGRAD experience. As a Global UGRAD alumna, I can say that those ten months of volunteering, traveling, and exploring a new system of education were tremendously important for my personal growth. While …

An Alumni Reunion Three Years in the Making

An Alumni Reunion Three Years in the Making

Abdessadeq, Sofiia, and Michelle met at Marymount University on August 23rd, 2016. We instantly clicked since that first day and our friendship has been flourishing ever since. Together, we got to experience what I’d call an authentic U.S. exchange experience as we shared memories not only on campus, but also while traveling along the East Coast and through the Midwest. …

Alumni Summit: Algeria

Alumni Summit: Algeria

Last month, the U.S. Embassy in Algiers hosted the DZ Alumni Summit. This one-day event provided exchange alumni from across Algeria with the opportunity to participate in various presentations, workshops, and leadership skills trainings. The Summit also provided participants the opportunity to network with each other and to brainstorm service initiatives for the future. Below, you can read the reflections of …

Alumni Update: Rosely Meredith, Guatemala

Alumni Update: Rosely Meredith, Guatemala

My name is Rosely Maurín Arana Meredith and I was a Global UGRAD participant in 2013. I had the amazing opportunity to study at Murray State University in Kentucky. Since that time, I feel part of a wonderful group of people whose values and desires have always been to help others in different areas with the tools learned through the …