Experience America: Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Beyond the delightful spread across the table during the Thanksgiving holiday and time with loved ones, this time of year calls for meaningful reflections. Taking the time to think about who and what we are grateful for provides us with a moment to pause, step back, and gently think again, and affords us a fresh perspective for a new year …

Reflections on the Virtual End of Program Summit

World Learning held its virtual End of Program (EoP) summit from November 8 -12. Global UGRAD students from all over the United States tuned into Zoom sessions hosted by facilitator Si Norton on topics ranging from building leadership capabilities to action planning/ community mapping. Traditionally held in Washington, DC, the virtual format of the summit served as a constant reminder …

Democracy and Human Rights Highlight: Edison Broce

Democracy and Human Rights Highlight: Edison Broce

With the kickoff of the first Summit for Democracy this week, the U.S. Department of State and World Learning are celebrating human rights and democracy this December. We checked in with Global UGRAD alumnus Edison Broce who sees and practices democracy in action every day as a Member of Parliament in Panama. Edison elaborates on why democracy and human rights …

The Global UGRAD Application is Now Live! November 1 to January 6, 2022

The Global UGRAD student application is now available! You can check the eligibility requirements and start your application here on our website. Submissions are due before January 6, 2022 at 12 midnight Eastern Standard Time. For this application cycle, selected finalists should expect to travel to the United States in August 2022 or January 2023. Stay tuned to our Facebook account for reminders …

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

Alumni Update – Nicaragua

My name is Fernanda Alina Polanco Avendaño, and I am from Nicaragua. I had the chance to be part of the Global UGRAD Program around 2015-2016 in Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU). Thanks to my Global UGRAD journey, my life became more fruitful and significant in all aspects. I got to meet other Global UGRAD friends from my home country, …

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 …

Alumni Update: Moldova

My name is Radu Marian and I’m from Republic of Moldova. I’ve completed my Global UGRAD Program in 2013 at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). I am currently a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, as vice president of the Economic, Budget and Finance Parliament Committee.  I am also the vice president (business & economy portfolio) …

Halloween with Global UGRAD

Halloween with Global UGRAD

To celebrate the Halloween holiday, we asked the Global UGRAD participants to send us pictures from their Halloween experiences. There were a lot of festive and spooky pumpkins, and some lovely costumes. Some of the students had never carved a pumpkin or gone trick-or-treating before, and it was nice to see them experience some firsts! Halloween Costumes “For Halloween, the …

Partner Feature: Utica College

Partner Feature: Utica College

We are proud to feature our host institution partner, Utica College, and Ms. Deborah Wilson-Allam (she/her). Ms. Wilson-Allam is currently the Executive Director of International Education and has been in this role since 2017. She was first hired as the college’s Intensive English Language Program Director in 2014, and then later became Director of International Programs in 2016. Ms. Wilson-Allam …