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. …

Alumni Gathering: South Korea

Alumni Gathering: South Korea

We Korean Global UGRADs had a Skype meeting. Actually, we tried to meet each other face-to-face, but everyone was too busy to find available time. So we finally made it on Skype. This meeting was for Global UGRAD 2016-17 and 2017-18 participants from Korea. Two members, Inho and Seongeun, from 2017-18 cohort joined the meeting, and four members, Chessy, Yunyi, …

Alumni Summit: Algeria

Alumni Summit: Algeria

Last month, the U.S. Embassy in Algiers hosted the DZ Alumni Summit. This one-day event provided exchange alumni from across Algeria with the opportunity to participate in various presentations, workshops, and leadership skills trainings. The Summit also provided participants the opportunity to network with each other and to brainstorm service initiatives for the future. Below, you can read the reflections of …

Alumni Gathering: Cambodia

Alumni Gathering: Cambodia

We all know that when Global UGRAD alumni from the same cohort gather together in their home country after returning from the U.S., it is absolutely fun. Yet, when two cohorts meet, that is even more amazing. The Global UGRAD alumni in Cambodia from cohorts 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 met together for a dinner in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The alumni of …

Alumni Gathering: Azerbaijan

Alumni Gathering: Azerbaijan

After Global UGRAD, the six of us – Sabina, Zeynab, Elgun, Maleyka, Sevda and I (Pasha) – met for the first time on a chilly October day to catch up with each other. Of course, our reunion had to be somewhere resembling the U.S. – Starbucks! We started sharing our impressions of the exchange program and what we’ve done since …

Alumni Gathering: Albania

Alumni Gathering: Albania

Once a UGRAD, always a UGRAD! On 20th of October, Albanian Global UGRAD alumni organized a meet-up. Although we have been talking with each other constantly, it was the first time that all of us, two generations (2016-17, 2017-18) of Global UGRADs in Albania, came together to share our own experiences in the U.S. We found many similarities in our …