Celebrating Diwali

Celebrating Diwali

Pooja Das, India, St. Ambrose University Last month I celebrated Diwali, a very important Hindu festival which is celebrated with great enthusiasm by many around the world. I had a wonderful Diwali at St. Ambrose University with my friends, including my Global UGRAD friends! We all dressed in our traditional clothes and had dinner together. Additionally, I was invited by a …

Teaching American Youth About Cambodia

Teaching American Youth About Cambodia

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), my host institution, provided me the opportunity to present about Cambodia to a number of primary school students, high school students, and teachers at St. Peter School in San Antonio. I first provided some general facts about Cambodia including the geographical area, overview of lives in urban and rural areas, religions, currency, and …

Democracy in Action

Democracy in Action

As the U.S. mid-term elections are just around the corner, Global UGRAD students are also participating in democracy by running for office at their host universities and registering people to vote! Kenza Beladel from Morocco at the University of the Incarnate Word Kenza was recently elected as the Senator of International Students for the Student Government Association. As Senator, Kenza …

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service from Around the World – Part I

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service from Around the World – Part I

Community service is an integral part of the Global UGRAD experience. Beyond being a program requirement, Global UGRAD participants embrace civic engagement as one of the most valuable, enjoyable, and rewarding parts of their semester in the U.S. As the spring semester students gear up to begin their own service activities, we would like to highlight the outstanding volunteer work …