Halloween with Global UGRAD

Halloween with Global UGRAD

To celebrate the Halloween holiday, we asked the Global UGRAD participants to send us pictures from their Halloween experiences. There were a lot of festive and spooky pumpkins, and some lovely costumes. Some of the students had never carved a pumpkin or gone trick-or-treating before, and it was nice to see them experience some firsts! Halloween Costumes “For Halloween, the …

First Look: Community Service

First Look: Community Service

Global UGRAD students are required to complete at least 20 hours of community service while they are in the United States in order to give back and make meaningful connections to their local communications. Many students have already started volunteering in their local host community. Please read below about the volunteering experiences written by current Global UGRAD students:   “As …

Fall Photo Montage

Fall Photo Montage

Fall Photo Montage We asked the Global UGRAD students to send us photos of some of the adventures they have been on this fall. Many are spending their time away from campus to explore new cities and nature. They are also busy participating in community service projects and making new friends. Their pictures serve as a nice reminder of how …

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 …

Alumni Update: Yacoub Dahah, Mauritania

Alumni Update: Yacoub Dahah, Mauritania

I was first introduced to the Bin Bayyah Foundation in 2015 by ECNU (the English Club of Nouakchott University) because they needed interpreters for the Starkey Hearing Foundation mission that they were sponsoring, which lasted for a week. I went back to volunteering for them during their second mission with the American Starkey Hearing Foundation early in 2017, but this …

The Impact of Diverse Community Service Experiences

The Impact of Diverse Community Service Experiences

I have been in the U.S.A. for 8 months and I have had amazing experiences. One of the most important things that I have done in my life is community service. Through all this time I have realized that students who get involved in community service not only help others, but also expand their abilities, develop empathy, leadership skills, problem-solving, …