The Global Ambassador Program serves the Buncombe and neighboring counties by connecting UNC Asheville students with local community members and area schools as a free public service. Student Program presenters use their international knowledge, experiences and talents to engage pupils in interactive learning experiences designed to be grade-appropriate and to complement textbook and classroom instruction. Teachers can request a global ambassador.
How to Become a Global Ambassador
- Student deadline to apply to be a Global Ambassador for Fall: Last working day of August
- Student deadline to apply to be a Global Ambassador for Spring: Last working day of January
We select presenters who are self-motivated to share their international experiences with school children. In exchange, we appreciate your cooperation and commitment to work within the established guidelines.
- Presentations will be scheduled directly between you and the requestor, ideally a few weeks ahead of time.
- If a teacher expresses interest in the program, or in a presentation you offer, refer him or her to the website to complete a request form before you confirm the date.
- Presenters are encouraged to present to as many classes as practical (combined or separate) on each school visit.
- Presenters must attend and complete an informational training session within the first semester of their involvement in the program and have their presentation approved by our staff.
- All email contacts/phone calls should be returned within 24 hours.
Presenters who began last year can start presentations as early as September.
- Last working day of August: Global Ambassador application due
- Early September: Training time and location TBD
- Mid September: Optional Review/Approval of student presentations
- September through November: Students make presentations
- End of Nov: Mandatory meeting/celebration for presenters
Presenters who began Fall semester can start presentations as early as January
- Last working day in January: Global Ambassador application due
- Early February: Training time and location TBD
- Mid February: Optional Review/Approval of student presentations
- February through April: Students make presentations
- End of April: Mandatory meeting/celebration for presenters
Study Abroad in partnership with the Center for Diversity Education are seeking Global Ambassadors for the 2017-18 Academic Year. This is a voluntary position focused on preparing all North Carolina students to become more informed members of our global community.
- Talk positively about your study abroad/international experience to people whenever you can.
- Attend a training (mandatory) and have your presentation reviewed (optional).
- Attend an end of semester meeting.
- Make presentations to K-12 students, and (optional) campus audiences including residence halls, serve on Study Abroad orientation panels, student organizations, the annual Study Abroad Fair, selected classes, special events, etc.
- Other duties as assigned or as suggested by you!
- Previous participation in a study abroad program, current international student at UNCA or have experience living overseas.
- A positive attitude, enthusiasm for study abroad, and a willingness to share your international experience with interested students.
- Ability to use oral and written communication effectively and creatively.
- Complete a Pre-Presentation form and return it to Cara Gilpin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or bring it by the Study Abroad Office after you confirm presentation time/date.
- Your introduction should include your name, the culture and how you experienced it, and your relationship to UNC Asheville (ex: what you study, extracurricular activities, etc.).
- Introduce the culture: Where is it experienced? Include a map of where it is in the world. How long does it take to travel there?
- Include at least one media file on each slide and keep the text to a minimum. Personal pictures are the best!
- Include at least one activity per 15 minutes. Get the kids moving, talking, singing, or making something. Or, have your whole presentation based around an activity!
- In relation to specific requests, consider the following: is it age appropriate, can you incorporate what the teacher is teaching or what the Standard Course of Study requires?
- Think about timing. Is your presentation long enough? Short enough?
- Let the teacher know what kind of materials you may need: technology equipment, etc. For special cultural items, contact the Center for Diversity Education least two weeks before you need them.
- Leave a copy of your presentation, evaluation form, and your contact information.