Virtual ELT Responses: American Society and the Meaning of Freedom

Virtual ELT Responses: American Society and the Meaning of Freedom

Our Virtual English Language Training students recently completed the first module of their online English courses. These past few weeks, Global UGRADs have examined historical figures and cultural movements to discuss what freedom means in the United States, in their home communities, and to us as individuals. Meet George Washington Carver by Aigerim Myrzakhmet (Kazakhstan) I was amazed and inspired by …

Global UGRADs Take the Stage (Virtually)

Global UGRADs Take the Stage (Virtually)

Presenting spring 2020’s edition of Take the Stage! While we were unable to host our biannual Take the Stage show in person this year, some of our talented spring participants submitted videos of their performances representing their home countries and cultures. Check out this video compilation to see this past semester’s performances: In Order of Appearance Tajikistan: Sitora Sufijinova, Alisher Siddiqov, …

My Second Family: How Friendship Families Impact Worldviews

My Second Family: How Friendship Families Impact Worldviews

At many universities across the United States, Global UGRAD students have been able to participate in Friendship Family programs. Whether through group trips together or cooking traditional meals, these types of programs are a great opportunity for students to share their culture with Americans outside of campus and to learn about their community in unique ways. Continue reading to see …

Global UGRAD Students Reflect on Thanksgiving

Global UGRAD Students Reflect on Thanksgiving

This November, many of the Global UGRAD students had the opportunity to experience their first Thanksgiving. Below you can read some of their reflections about spending the day with friends, university staff, and their friendship families! This year instead of repeating Season 5 episode 1 from Friends “The One with All the Thanksgivings,” I had the opportunity to experience it …

Meet Our New Teammates, Susan and Cara

Meet Our New Teammates, Susan and Cara

Susan Yang currently serves as a Global UGRAD Program Officer for the East Asia Pacific and South Asia regions. Prior to this, she helped administer the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and conducted research, data, and evaluation projects for the Girl Scouts River Valleys. Susan has a strong background in education including teaching abroad in South Korea …

Alumni Reunion: From Central Asia to Central America

Alumni Reunion: From Central Asia to Central America

My name is Nursuluu, and I am a Global UGRAD alumna from Kyrgyzstan. This year I graduated university in Kyrgyzstan, and I am currently working for a youth NGO called Novi Ritm as a Project Coordinator. I have also been volunteering with the MediAct project, which has youth workshops in three different countries, and one of those countries is El Salvador. …

Global UGRAD Student Spotlight: Hadyatulloi Azimzoda

Global UGRAD Student Spotlight: Hadyatulloi Azimzoda

World Learning is proud to feature in this month’s Global Gazette the story of Hadyatulloi Azimzoda. Hadyatulloi is a 2019-2020 Global UGRAD participant from Tajikistan studying at Georgia State College and University who was featured prominently in an article on his host university’s website. As the semester progresses, we are thrilled to be showcasing the experiences, goals, and accomplishments of Global …

Fall 2019 Community Service Spotlight

Fall 2019 Community Service Spotlight

Throughout their semester in the United States, students on the Global UGRAD Program become increasingly involved in their host communities through a variety of volunteer activities. Here are some highlights from community service events that they have completed so far! I would like to share my volunteering experience with the Islamic Center of Victoria, Texas. I had the pleasure to …

Experiencing America: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Experiencing America: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Now about halfway into their program, our Global UGRADs from Europe and Central Asia have had many opportunities to engage with their host communities. Their experiences have helped them gain insight into American life and build connections between their host communities and their communities back home. Check out some of their favorite experiences below! Dilnaz Imeramzayeva, Kazakhstan, SUNY – Plattsburgh:  On …