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 …

Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2019 Application is Open!

Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2019 Application is Open!

The Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) is a U.S. Department of State initiative that provides grant money to alumni who want to carry out projects in their home communities. Since its inception, AEIF has supported over 300 alumni-led initiatives worldwide. AEIF has reached millions of people through training, awareness campaigns, and leadership initiatives. In 2018, out of more than 1,300 project …

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 …

Alumni Update: Christine Grace Meneses Catindig, Philippines

Alumni Update: Christine Grace Meneses Catindig, Philippines

A Full Circle: Two Years of Paying it Forward Two years have passed since I received the Global UGRAD award from the Philippine Fulbright Commission and, although perhaps cliché, the program changed my life. In my opinion, Global UGRAD is unique because it is holistic. In addition to experiencing the rigor of U.S. coursework and the diversity of American culture, …

Summer Camp America in Tajikistan

Summer Camp America in Tajikistan

For the past three years, I spent my summer doing my favorite job: working with kids at Summer Camp America. This year, Summer Camp America was different. The application was open just for U.S. Government (USG)-sponsored programs alumni. Luckily, this year, I became a Global UGRAD alum and was accepted to participate. This year’s Summer Camp was in Sarband and Khovaling, Tajikistan. At Summer Camp …

Alumni Gathering: Albania

Alumni Gathering: Albania

Once a UGRAD, always a UGRAD! On 20th of October, Albanian Global UGRAD alumni organized a meet-up. Although we have been talking with each other constantly, it was the first time that all of us, two generations (2016-17, 2017-18) of Global UGRADs in Albania, came together to share our own experiences in the U.S. We found many similarities in our …