Alumni Update: Lessons Learned from the Hurricanes in Nicaragua

Alumni Update: Lessons Learned from the Hurricanes in Nicaragua

In this highly uncertain time, I am encouraging myself to become more resilient. Journaling has helped me accomplish this goal, which is what got me to write this article. As it turns out, if you give yourself the chance to listen and embrace your thoughts (as irrelevant as they seem to be), you can get to know yourself a little …

Virtual English Language Training Wrap-Up

Virtual English Language Training Wrap-Up

Last month, Global UGRAD participants in our pilot of the Virtual English Language Training (ELT) program completed their final coursework and assessments. The Global UGRAD and TESOL teams at World Learning are immensely proud of these students for successfully completing their virtual program and for the hard work and enthusiasm they brought to their virtual classrooms, overcoming the challenges presented …

From Where I Stand: December 2020 Edition

From Where I Stand: December 2020 Edition

Augusto Barón, Honduras, West Virginia University, Global UGRAD 2017-2018 Back when I returned to my country, I was just in time to retake my university duties. Quite literally, the next day after my landing I was in a health clinic working. Back to the old grind, but with fresh perspectives on what I could do and would do. A mindset …

International Education: A Virtual ELT Perspective

International Education: A Virtual ELT Perspective

Last month, our Virtual English Language Training (ELT) participants were asked to consider the importance of international exchange and what it means to them. Some observed International Education Week, taking part in online U.S. Department of State-organized events. Two current Virtual ELT students, Aung Khant Ko and Heidy Molina, shared their experiences at virtual IEW events and how international education …

Winter Holidays and Celebrations

Winter Holidays and Celebrations

This month, we asked our 2020-2021 Global UGRAD finalists to share a bit about winter celebrations in their home countries. While the holidays throughout this year have been very different, read on to learn more about how this time of year is traditionally celebrated across the world. Virgilio Roi C. Adaptar, Philippines Dubbed as the longest yuletide celebration in the …

Virtual ELT Responses: Indigenous Peoples Around the World

Virtual ELT Responses: Indigenous Peoples Around the World

November is Native American Heritage Month, in which we honor the diverse cultures, histories, and traditions of indigenous peoples in the United States. After reading about Native American history in their course, our Virtual English Language Training (ELT) students told us about indigenous peoples in their home countries. We’ve featured some of their responses below. Gilbert Kandaya, Malawi One of …

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 …