March Online Engagement: Alumni Q&A Panels and Academic Writing

March Online Engagement: Alumni Q&A Panels and Academic Writing

This March, the Global UGRAD team dove deeper into the academic world with the introduction of two new activities in our spring virtual programming: our Alumni Q&A Panels and Professional Development series. For our first installment of the Alumni Q&A Panel, Global UGRAD alumni shared their experiences on the subject of All Things Academics! Next, the topic of this month’s edition of …

February Social Media Challenge: #MyIdentity

February Social Media Challenge: #MyIdentity

Continuing with our monthly social media challenges, we recently asked the incoming Global UGRADs to share with us a little about themselves in the #MyIdentity challenge. We’ve spotlighted a few entries below so that you can learn more about who our Global UGRADs are and where they come from, too! The world is full of colors and hues that every …

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 …

Michael Ncube on Finding Inspiration

Michael Ncube on Finding Inspiration

I have been humbled and blessed to have been selected for the Global UGRAD scholarship program which sent three finalists from Zimbabwe to study in the United States of America for a semester during the 2019-2020 academic year. This experience was an eye opener to how brilliantly the United States of America functions and the capacity to which resources are …

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 …

Celebrating International Women’s Day: The Woman Who Inspires Me the Most

Celebrating International Women’s Day: The Woman Who Inspires Me the Most

Thinking about this article had me browsing the internet, looking for famous, great women to inspire me. I looked at Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Serena Williams, Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg….but deep down, I already knew who my inspiration is: my mother (let me explain–I don’t want to sound cliche!). In 2008, Zimbabwe went through a serious economic meltdown. …

Winter Break Travel, Part I

Winter Break Travel, Part I

Every year, English Language Training (ELT) students take advantage of their winter break to explore the United States and deepen their American connections. Please find excerpts from their adventures below (and stay tuned for part two of this series in February). Francisco Aquirre (Nicaragua) at Wright State University “We visited the United Nations. Our guide explained the different kinds of …

Hello from Bowling Green, Kentucky!

Hello from Bowling Green, Kentucky!

My name is Blessing Phiri, and I’m a Mechatronics major from Zimbabwe. Coming into the U.S. has really been a dream come true, and I am seizing every opportunity to learn new things about American culture. Besides enhancing my leadership skills and learning about American culture, I really looked forward to learning about emerging technologies and how we can use …

OPAL Self Care: Phone-Free Adventures

OPAL Self Care: Phone-Free Adventures

Before arriving at their host institutions in the United States, Global UGRAD participants take part in World Learning’s Online Professional and Academic Learning (OPAL) course that covers topics like self-care, intercultural competency, and successful academic writing. This year’s self-care module included a challenge to gather a group of friends for a “phone-free adventure”. The goal of the assignment was to …