Global Ambassador Program

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.

  1. Presentations will be scheduled directly between you and the requestor, ideally a few weeks ahead of time.
  2. 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.
  3. Presenters are encouraged to present to as many classes as practical (combined or separate) on each school visit.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Application Requirements

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.

General Responsibilities

  • 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.

Application Requirements

Please complete the Global Ambassador Application form.


Helpful Tips

  1. Complete a Pre-Presentation form and return it to Cara Gilpin ( or bring it by the Study Abroad Office after you confirm presentation time/date.
  2. 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.).
  3. 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?
  4. Include at least one media file on each slide and keep the text to a minimum. Personal pictures are the best!
  5. 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!
  6. 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?
  7. Think about timing. Is your presentation long enough? Short enough?
  8. 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.
  9. Leave a copy of your presentation, evaluation form, and your contact information.