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
Santiago, Chile (WFU Chile Honors)
Havana, Cuba (WFU Summer)
SPA, PHI & LAS
I am a Wilmington, NC native with a double major in Philosophy and Spanish and a minor in Latin American Studies. I was first immersed in the study abroad experience when I spent the summer after my freshman year in Havana, Cuba with the WFU Cuba program. My interest in Latin America stemmed from there, and after two more semesters of studying the region from on-campus, I spent the fall of my junior year in Santiago, Chile with the WFU Chile Honors program, defending a thesis on the cause of similarities between the Chilean Nueva Canción and Cuban Nueva Trova musical movements of the mid- 20th century. I am constantly looking for the opportunity to travel to, learn about, and discuss Latin America, so I’m always available to talk to anyone with questions about the study abroad experience!
Isla Colón, Panama (SFS)
BEM & ENV
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.
Copenhagen, Denmark (DIS)
BIO, NEU & JOU
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.
Athens, Greece (College Year in Athens)
POL, BIO, ENV, MST
I loved getting to intimately know my host country (Greece), while also visiting many other countries during my semester! I feel my knowledge of and appreciation for the places I visited has made me a better global citizen – for which I’m so thankful to Study Abroad. My advice for other study abroad students is to learn as much as you can, resist falling into a routine, and screenshot your maps! You never know when the next adventure-saving Wifi will be. Ask me about maximizing your travel budget, how to fit everything into one suitcase, and weird things you’d never think to pack!
Vietnam, Argentina and South Africa (IHP)
SOC & HES
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!
Barcelona, Spain (WFU)
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.
Vienna, Austria (WFU Summer)
Salamanca, Spain (WFU)
ANT, COM & SPA
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.
Tokyo, Japan (Temple University)
Traveling to Japan was a lifelong ambition. I wanted to explore and learn more about a place I had only been able to experience through popular culture and within the classroom. Once there, I found a unique yet familiar sense of belonging. When abroad, take advantage of program-sponsored outings and embark on some of your own. Also, don’t overlook your immediate surroundings. Find places you never knew about or had only seen in books, movies, or television. Engage in cultural exchange and embrace your experiences to enrich yourself, your education, and future endeavors. Even though English can be found in abundance throughout Tokyo, I strongly encourage anyone studying abroad to learn as much of the host country’s language as they can, prior to and during their time abroad.
Vienna, Austria (IES)
Tours, France (WFU Summer)
PSY, FRH & MUS
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.
POL, FRH, ART
My name is Kira and my most prized possession is my passport. I am a sophomore; however, this year will be my first on campus as a Wake Forest student. I had the incredible opportunity to be a part of the inaugural Global AWAKEnings cohort which allowed me to spend the entirety of the 2017-2018 academic year in Copenhagen, Denmark. I truly consider myself a member of a global community and want more than anything to encourage others to step outside their comfort zone to experience their world in an entirely new way. The best part of an extended experience abroad is seeing what you learn in the classroom come to life before your eyes and establishing connections with people who will allow you to see another perspective. Copenhagen served as my home base and throughout the year I travelled extensively both for academic exploration and for personal growth. Immediately following my year in Copenhagen, I studied intensive French with the WFU summer in Tours, France program. My time abroad will without a doubt shape the rest of my life, and for that I am very thankful. If you have any questions about anything (travel tips, budgeting, how to survive the cold, Danish hygge, living with a host family etc.) please email me and I would be more than happy to share more!
Venice, Italy (WFU Casa Artom)
I am a senior Health and Exercise Science major and Health Policy and Administration minor. I spent the spring of my junior year studying in the one of a kind city of Venice, Italy. In my four months there I ate my body weight in gelato, learned to row Venetian style on the Grand Canal, and lived in the lovely Casa Artom with my fellow demon deacons. I loved getting to learn the language, form relationships with locals, and eat a ridiculous amount of pizza and pasta. If you’re thinking of studying abroad, I’d love to chat about balling abroad on a budget, spontaneous weekend trips, or how to make a foreign city truly feel like home.
London School of Economics & Political Science (IFSA)
My name is Mollie Rouan, and I’m a rising senior majoring in Politics and International Affairs with a Middle East and South Asia Studies minor. I spent my entire junior year studying abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and I had an amazing study abroad experience! I chose to study at LSE because I was fully immersed in an entirely new academic culture, and I was surrounded by some of the brightest students and professors in my field of study. While living in London, I enjoyed frequenting the British museum, which was only a short six-minute walk from my dorm, and I also managed to maintain my coffee addiction at local cafes throughout the city. Since London is a major hub city for flights, I took the opportunity to travel on weekends as often as possible, visiting cities across Europe from Budapest to Porto. Studying at LSE and living in London was an unforgettable experience, but I’m so excited to be back at Wake for my senior year. I would love to talk to other students about all things study abroad, so please feel free to contact me!
South Caicos, Turks and Caicos (SFS)
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!
Vienna, Austria (WFU Flow House)
I am from Winston Salem and have been around Wake Forest for about 15 years. In the summer of 2017, I spent 5 weeks in Vienna, Austria taking an International Finance Course. This was my first time flying so the entire experience from getting on the plane to wandering around Europe was brand new for me. During my time in Europe I learned how to navigate, communicate and budget in different environments. I enjoyed biking around Vienna, going to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and cruising on the river in Amsterdam. Studying abroad forced me to step out of my comfort zone and appreciate the discomfort of being away from home. College flies by and I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to travel the world. As a senior I want to use my experiences to prepare you for your trip. If you have any questions about studying abroad feel free to contact me through email.
Victoria University of Wellington (IFSA)
My name is Timeri, and I’m a junior at Wake Forest. I studied abroad at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand (Aotearoa in Maori) during spring 2018. I chose NZ because I’m a very active and outdoorsy person, so naturally it was on my bucket list, being known for adventure and extreme sports. I chose the IFSA program at Vic because Wellington is the capital and I had heard of its fun, quirky, united community in the heart of a big city. All of my classes and lectures were amazing, especially the human rights course, which inspired my idea for my gap year before medical school. I met so many amazing people from all over the world. I tramped (kiwi word for backpacking) several of the hundreds of great walks and tracks Aotearoa has to offer, and made several firsts in adventurous undertakings. New Zealand is a place for adventure, community, understanding, and discovery of things you didn’t know existed but now might not be able to live without.
Otago, New Zealand (IFSA)
FIN & PHI
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.
Jena, Germany (WFU Summer)
I am a rising junior at Wake and have gone on two WFU study abroad programs. My first was in Jena, Germany for 5 weeks during summer 2017 where I lived with an only German speaking host family and took a German literature course. There I saw much of beautiful eastern Germany, which has come a long way since the reunification in 1990. In spring 2018 I studied at the Flow House in Vienna, Austria where I took business and German courses. I traveled to many places in central, western, and eastern Europe almost every other weekend. Vienna was amazing because of its rich history of culture, like the opera, music halls, art museums, and formal balls. In summer 2018, I worked in a small town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. I’d say I feel like an expert on German-speaking cultures by now after all my travels.
Delhi, India (WFU Summer)
Vienna, Austria (WFU Flow House)
Chang Mai, Thailand (WFU Community Based Global Learning)
POL & MESAS
My name is Yabsera Bekele which means “God’s Work” in my native tongue. I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for seven years of my life before immigrating to the United States. I am a Junior majoring in Political Science & International Affairs with a minor in Middle East and South Asia Studies. I studied abroad in India the summer after my freshmen year (Summer 2017). I also studied abroad in Vienna, Austria during Fall 2017 and traveled to 8 different countries within Europe. During summer 2018, I was took part in a Community Based Global Learning trip in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Since my move to the United States at a young age, I had not left the country, so being able to learn abroad in three contrasting countries was absolutely enriching and eye-opening. I have always been passionate about intercultural exchange and learning, so I found myself completely entranced by the beauty of the world and everything that it had to offer including the various languages, cultures, foods and most importantly, the people. On campus I serve as the Vice President of AfriCaSA, work for the Ticket Office and conduct research with the Engineering Department. In my spare time, I work on documenting my abroad experiences through writing and photo journaling and would love to give advice and tips on studying abroad for anyone interested!
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. The application is now closed and will reopen in April 2019.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.