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WFU GLOBAL ABROAD AMBASSADORS

Global Abroad Ambassadors are current students who studied abroad on WFU approved programs. They are student representatives of the Center for Global Programs and Studies, sharing their experience and knowledge of study abroad. They meet with interested students and groups, and act as guides throughout the study abroad preparation process.

 

CONTACT THE GLOBAL ABROAD AMBASSADORS

Know that you want to go abroad but not sure where? Want to know what courses are like in other countries? Need travel tips? For answers to these questions, speak to one of our Global Abroad Ambassadors. Ambassadors welcome the opportunity to talk to students looking to study abroad. To connect with a Global Abroad Ambassador, please e-mail them directly or set up a time to meet. You can also connect with Global Ambassadors at pre-departure workshops, information sessions and study abroad fairs.

Global Ambassadors also have a Tumblr: Global Ambassadors on Tumblr.


MEET OUR 2017-2018 GLOBAL ABROAD AMBASSADORS

 

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Blake Wynveen

Isla Colón, Panama (SFS)

BEM, REL & ENV

wynvbj15@wfu.edu

I am a rising Senior for the 2018-2019 academic year, and returned from my Spring semester abroad in Panama. I went on a Tropical Island and Biodiversity studies program through the School for Field Studies (SFS). While there, I dove into the abundant natural and human landscapes of the country in his marine ecology, terrestrial ecology, and environmental policy courses. I also completed a one-month research assignment in the field. I chose the SFS Panama program for the environmental focus, paired with the unique environment of the tropics. I loved hanging out in the SFS center on Isla Colon, the most populated island in the Bocas del Toro archipelago, where a boat dock was the classroom and the ocean was just outside his room. I would love to talk to students about their future abroad experiences, specifically those going on an Environmental and/or Latin American program.

 

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Brenderia Cameron

Argentina & Chile (WFU Southern Cone)

SPA, BIO & CHM

cameba15@wfu.edu

I spent my Spring 2017 semester abroad in Argentina and Chile as part of Wake’s Southern Cone program. Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine, so when I found a program that taught chemistry classes abroad I was hooked. I am a Spanish and Biology double-major on the pre-med track, and my program allowed me to take classes toward my majors while abroad. The homestay experience also improved my Spanish and was a great way to immerse myself in South American culture. I’ll never forget going horseback riding in Argentina or seeing the world’s driest desert in Chile. It was a true learning experience I believe every student should have. Please, reach out to me for tips about getting started or packing for a trip, so you too can have an unforgettable experience abroad!

 

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Christian Green

Copenhagen, Denmark (DIS)

BIO, NEU & JOU

greecm15@wfu.edu

I studied abroad in Copenhagen during the Spring of 2017. My maternal grandparents emigrated from Denmark to America after World War 2, so since I was young I had grown up hearing stories of Denmark. Naturally, there was no other place for me to study abroad when the time came. While at DIS Copenhagen, I studied neuroscience and photography while I did my best to become one with the Danes by joining a local soccer club, frequenting as many unique coffee shops as possible, traveling with my Danish visiting host family, and eventually understanding the special feeling that is hygge.

 

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Daniel Chan

Vietnam, Argentina and South Africa (IHP)

SOC & HES

chandm15@wfu.edu

My name is Daniel, and I am a senior, currently majoring in HES and Sociology. During the spring semester of 2017, I studied abroad with the International Honors Program (IHP) to Washington D.C., Vietnam, South Africa and Argentina. Our program was titled “Health and Community,” and my group took courses in public health and anthropology. The opportunity to travel to these different ends of the Earth was a major draw for me to enroll in this program. The design of our curriculum included many opportunities for learning that was outside of the classroom. I would be more than happy and willing to talk to anybody interested in my program, the places I went and/or the topics I studied. Just send me an email!

 

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Gavin Bonas

Barcelona, Spain (WFU)

FIN

bonaga15@wfu.edu

My name is Gavin Bonas and I a senior Finance major in the business school. I studied abroad in Barcelona in the spring of 2017 (spring of my sophomore year). There are so many reasons to study abroad in Barcelona, but I chose Barcelona primarily to learn about the Spanish culture, and take business classes. My favorite hangout spots include: the beach, Las Ramblas, and Placa de Catalunya. I would be happy to serve as a resource for any student that has questions about the abroad process. I feel that my experience would be especially helpful for students who are in the business school or thinking about applying to the business school.

 

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Kalyn Epps

Vienna, Austria (WFU Summer)

Salamanca, Spain (WFU)

ANT, COM & SPA

eppskr15@wfu.edu

I am a Bay Area native double majoring in Anthropology and Communication with a minor in Spanish. In the summer of 2016, I took my learning outside the classroom and conducted research on social stratification in Vienna, Austria in addition to learning about the effect of harmful stereotypes on the Roma community of Budapest, Hungary. I am excited to be going abroad again and I’ll be studying Spanish in Salamanca, Spain during the Fall of 2017. On campus, I also serve as a Student Coordinator for the Intercultural Center, work in the Anthropology Lab, and for MRKT. I aspire to use travel as a way to connect across cultural boundaries and dispel stereotypes. I am always excited to discuss travel — anything from embracing culture shock and uncertainty to budgeting and host families.

 

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Keru Luo

Vienna, Austria (IES)

Tours, France (WFU Summer)

PSY, FRH & MUS

luok15@wfu.edu

I spent a Spring semester in Vienna, Austria with IES Abroad and six weeks in Tours, France with Wake Forest. As the hometown of psychoanalysis, Vienna was my first option since I study psychology. The musical and artistic atmosphere in Vienna also supported my great interests. In Vienna, I loved visiting historic museums, having coffee and cakes at Cafés and going to concerts or operas. Wandering around the city with a monthly transportation ticket is always surprising and fun. In Tours, I searched for lots of good restaurants and tried different dishes of French cuisine. During weekends and holidays, I traveled, not only in Vienna and Tours, but also to other cities in Europe. In total, I traveled to 22 cities in 9 European countries in half a year. As an international student, “Studying abroad-abroad” was an unforgettable experience. Any questions are welcome including tips about traveling and living in Europe.

 

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Noah Eggers

South Caicos, Turks and Caicos (SFS)

BMB

eggene15@wfu.edu

I am a senior at Wake Forest this year and I studied abroad in the spring of 2017 in the Turks and Caicos Islands through the School for Field Studies (SFS). I chose this program because it was an environmental science-based, which complements my interest in biology, and because it was such a beautiful location. This program allowed me to step out of my comfort zone for a few months, learn about a new culture, learn about protecting marine ecosystems in a specific case study, and learn how to SCUBA dive while making a few new friends along the way. If you are interested in SFS programs, programs in the Caribbean, or science programs in general, feel free to contact me!

 

 

Tyler Boucher

Tyler Boucher

Otago, New Zealand (IFSA)

FIN & PHI

boucjt15@wfu.edu

I am thankful I took advantage of the once in a lifetime opportunity to travel across the world and experience the nature, food, people, arts, and academia of another country. I chose to study at the University of Otago in New Zealand because I’ve always been a big Lord of the Rings fan and I was excited to explore a land known for its beauty. During my semester abroad, I took up backpacking, a hobby I’ve never even considered, and witnessed nature unlike I ever have before. We often camped in tents and pretty much ate peanut butter and jelly for every meal, but the rewards were simply breath-taking. The best part was that nearly everyone studying in New Zealand was looking to explore the same trails and destinations, making it always easy to find friends to go adventure and share an Airbnb with. My time in New Zealand was unforgettable and I would encourage everyone to seize the opportunity to study abroad. If you have any questions about New Zealand or studying abroad in general, I am best reached by e-mail.


APPLY TO BE A GLOBAL ABROAD AMBASSADOR

Are you interested in applying to be a Global Abroad Ambassador? Please read the Global Ambassador Program Description: Global Abroad Ambassador Program 2018-2019 and apply here: Global Ambassador Application.

 

The application deadline July 1st and Students are notified in August. Ambassadors are required to commit for an academic year.

 

If you are interested in being a Global Ambassador or have any questions about the position, please contact Anna Marter, Study Abroad advisor at martera@wfu.edu.