Alumni Gatherings in Panama and China

Alumni Gatherings in Panama and China

Recently, World Learning asked the Alumni Class Secretaries from 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 to organize a meet and greet with their fellow Global UGRADs in their home countries. Global UGRAD alumni in Panama and China were able to gather discussing their experiences with the Global UGRAD, current adventures, and future plans. Once a UGRAD – Always a UGRAD! Alumni Gathering in …

Visiting Global UGRAD Alumni in Malaysia

In late August, a World Learning colleague, Jessica Mead, had the opportunity to meet with several Global UGRAD alumni in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Jessica works on the Alumni TIES program and was in Kuala Lumpur to implement a seminar for 40 alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs on “Strengthening Environments for Civic Participation and Public Engagement.” During the seminar, participants …

Alumni Update: Jordan

Life after Global UGRAD: Jordan With no doubt the Global UGRAD exchange program enhanced my leadership skills and helped me find better opportunities. Earning this scholarship actually made me a more attractive candidate in Jordan. People who understand the competitive nature of the scholarship will recognize it as an accomplishment. Competitive scholarships like this one are accomplishments worth listing on …

Alumni Update: Raushan Zhandayeva, Kazakhstan, CSUB

One of the most important lessons that I received during my Global UGRAD experience back in 2016 was the importance of cross-cultural communication. Today, starting my Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program at the University of Notre Dame, I cannot underestimate this invaluable message. The Keough School of Global Affairs, my new home for the next two years, is the …

Thailand Alumni Update: Chai Saelee Celebrates 200 Years of US-Thai Friendship

Thailand Alumni Update: Chai Saelee Celebrates 200 Years of US-Thai Friendship

“Great and Good Friends: 200 Years of U.S.-Thai Friendship” This year is the year that we celebrate the 200 years of friendship between the United States and the Kingdom of Thailand. The U.S. Embassy in Thailand and Mae Fah Luang University held a special presentation called “Great and Good Friends: 200 Years of U.S.-Thai Friendship” to commemorate the bicentennial of …

Cambodia Alumni Update by Maneth Nay

Cambodia Alumni Update by Maneth Nay

“Cambodia Science and Engineering Festival 4,” is the largest STEM festival in Cambodia initiated by Mr. Allen Tan, Managing Director at STEM Cambodia Organization. As a board director at STEM Cambodia Organization, my team and I organized the Cambodia Science and Engineering Festival 4, which is known as CSEF4 on March 1-3, 2018 at the Olympic National Stadium in Cambodia …

Friendships: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Friendships: Looking Back and Looking Forward

When first arriving in the United States, it can be hard to breakthrough those superficial boundaries and develop deep connections with Americans. Of course as our Global UGRAD students have found, the effort is always worth it. Each semester our students forge beautiful, rewarding friendships. Now, as another semester comes to an end, and our Global UGRAD students wave goodbye …

Alumni Edition: Where is my UGRAD Post Now?

Alumni Edition: Where is my UGRAD Post Now?

Johanny Amaya Melgar, Honduras, Global UGRAD 2015-16 at Emporia State University From where I stand today – at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras – I help to empower the most vulnerable youth in my community through English language, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills. It’s incredible to see these youth actually smiling and dreaming of a better future, with them in it. …