By Kaitlyn Webster, Marketing Associate & Zach Muskin, Senior Alumni Relations Coordinator
You’ve just returned from a life-changing semester abroad and, of course, you can’t wait to share your experience with anyone who will listen. You have tons of photos and videos documenting your trip and begin every story with, “That One Time In….” You also want to start saving some money so you can go abroad again because there’s no cure for your wanderlust. You love meeting new people, sharing your study abroad stories, and adding valuable experiences to your resume. Does this sound like you? If so, you should become an ISA Global Ambassador.
The ISA Global Ambassador Program is designed to connect your experience abroad to your life back home. You will have the chance to globalize your campus by sharing your stories and encouraging others to study abroad. Still not convinced? Here are five (more) reasons why you should become an ISA Global Ambassador:
It’s a Paid Position
It can be tough trying to save up money to travel when you’re in school and working as an unpaid intern. With ISA’s Global Ambassador Program, you have the chance to talk about what you love to do (study abroad) and make money while doing it! GA’s are paid for all approved and documented work. Duties include presenting to a class, organization, or club, participating in study abroad fairs, assisting your ISA Regional Director, and more.
*Note: Global Ambassadors are required to put in ten unpaid hours of work during their first semester before they are eligible for compensation.
You’ll Gain Valuable Work Experience
During your time as a Global Ambassador, you’ll receive valuable work experience. You’ll have the opportunity to practice your public speaking skills, marketing chops, and can even add International Education to your resume. The Global Ambassador program is just one more way studying abroad with ISA can genuinely help you get a job after you graduate.
You’ll Get to Talk About Your Time Abroad
Returning home after studying abroad can have its challenges. Your friends may not want to hear all about your incredible experiences, and you may miss your exciting life abroad. One of the best ways to combat reverse culture shock is to share your stories with people who want to listen and advocate for others to find their adventure abroad just like you did. As a Global Ambassador, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to showcase your stunning travel photos and talk with people who want to hear about “That One Time In…”
You’ll Receive a Grant if You Want to Study Abroad Again
If you could study abroad again, where would you go? ISA gives Global Ambassadors the chance to save money on a second study abroad experience, so they can find new adventures abroad. GA’s will receive a summer, semester or year-long grant to go toward future ISA programs if they decide to study abroad again. With programs in more than 30 countries, ISA has plenty of options for you to choose from, including some new programs for 2019.
You Could Earn a Trip to the ISA Headquarters in Austin
A few of our top performing Global Ambassadors will earn an all-expense paid two-day professional development workshop in Austin, Texas. Go behind the scenes at ISA headquarters in Austin, “the Live Music Capital of the World” and learn more about ISA and the Global Ambassador Program and receive invaluable professional development for your future career. You’ll attend workshops that will enhance your skills and meet fellow GA’s from around the country. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss!
Become a Global Ambassador Today!
Our application is currently open until September 15, 2018, and you can apply via your Student Portal (PREFERRED) or fill out the paper application. Both options are available here.
If you have questions about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be a pleasure hearing more about your study abroad experience! And check out our YouTube video to learn more about the Global Ambassador Workshop, a 2-day development opportunity for our top performing GA’s throughout the year: