International Student Ambassador Volunteer Program

International Student Ambassador Volunteer Program

The International Student Ambassadors (ISA) Program is designed to connect incoming international students with a group of current Global Falcons who can help new students learn about the life at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). The mission of the program is to help incoming students during their transition to the college life and American culture, as well as, provide guidance, support and resources to new students as the arrive to BGSU.   

The International Student Ambassadors at BGSU are a select group of knowledgeable, motivated, and enthusiastic international student leaders that assist International Programs & Partnerships in promoting BGSU and advocating for international student engagement on campus and in the greater Bowling Green community.  The ISA volunteers participate in events involving students, faculty, high-level administrators, and national and local community members.

What are the Benefits?

The benefits of being an International Student Ambassador at BGSU include:

  • Interacting with International Programs & Partnerships leadership
  • Interacting with BGSU leadership and faculty
  • Interacting with BGSU student groups
  • Completing training in areas such as BGSU programs, application and admission processes, campus community, and digital and face-to face communication
  • Expanding your network of professionals by meeting prominent BGSU alumni, community members and international officials
  • “Giving back” to the community and the University and helping recruit future international students to BGSU
  • Participating in the International Student Orientation program to mentor and guide new students
  • Receiving a certificate of participation and letter of reference from International Programs & Partnerships Executive Director

An ISA volunteer who has successfully fulfilled his/her duties and continues as a BGSU student but chooses not to reapply as an ambassador may be selected as an Honorary International Student Ambassador by the decision of International Programs & Partnerships staff

Criteria

International Student Ambassadors must meet the following criteria:

1.      Must be a current international student who has completed at least one academic year at BGSU

2.      Be a student in good academic and immigration standing at BGSU

3.      Must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher

4.      Must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills

5.      Must possess a high level of enthusiasm for BGSU

6.      Be available for various campus and community events throughout the year

7.      Must commit to participate in all the International Student Orientation programming during the fall and spring semesters

8.      Be knowledgeable about his/her home country

9.      Demonstrate motivation and professionalism

10.   Be outgoing and actively involved in campus activities and/or community activities

Application

The application process for ISA volunteers is selective and completed during the spring semester for a term that begins the subsequent academic year. Ambassadors serve one-year terms and are welcome to reapply for additional terms throughout their degree program at BGSU. The selection committee for ambassadors will be comprised of International Programs & Partnerships staff, as well as one outgoing ISA who is selected from the current ISA volunteers. Students who apply but are not selected are encouraged to participate as a member of the World Student Association (WSA), a student group devoted to promoting cultural exchange and awareness at BGSU. Experience with WSA or other student organizations can improve a student’s chances of being selected in the future as an ISA.

Expectations/Responsibilities

International Student Ambassadors are expected to:

1.      Ambassadors are expected to hold this role for one academic year with the opportunity to re-apply for subsequent terms provided that all the qualifications and expectations have been successfully met by the student

2.      Attend the ISA meetings with the International Programs & Partnerships advisor

3.      Participate in the Ambassador training prior to International Student Orientation

4.      Participate in the orientation program for new students each fall and spring semester

5.      Participate in the International Student Ambassador Panel by sharing experiences of adjusting to the new culture to new international students during orientation

6.      Engage with new international students during Orientation and throughout the academic year

7.      Advocate for international student engagement on campus and in the greater Bowling Green community

8.      Maintain a positive attitude and reflect the model behavior of a campus leader

9.      Assist International Programs & Partnerships in promoting BGSU

10.   Assist International Programs and Partnerships with events programming during International Student Orientation and throughout the academic year

11.   Attend a minimum of three events affiliated with International Programs & Partnership each semester and attend events such as the annual International Dinner and others upon invitation by International Programs & Partnerships

12.   Encourage international students to reach out to our office with their questions or concerns

  1. Attend monthly one-hour meeting with the International Programs & Partnerships advisor
  2. Participate in mandatory one-hour training session prior to International Student Orientation
  3. Be available for major events
        a. International Student Orientation (both in the fall and spring semester)
        b.    International Student Ambassador Panel (both in the fall and spring semester)
        c.     International Education Week (mid- November and may involve after 5 p.m. and weekend)
        d.    Homecoming weekend (which may involve after 5 p.m. and weekend)

Meet our Ambassadors

Contact an ambassador at ambassadors@bgsu.edu. As these students are active with their studies and extracurricular activities, please allow at least two business days for them to reply. Thank you!

    Ask Us!
      

Udhari

Udhari Deshapriya

FULL NAME: Beligala Palithage Udhari Maheshika Deshapriya

CLASS LEVEL:  3rd year Grad student

DEGREE PROGRAM: PhD in Photochemical Sciences

HOMETOWN: Kegalle, Sri Lanka

LANGUAGES: Sinhalese & English

ACTIVITIES & HONORS: President's guide(Girl Gilding) and a Karate black belt holder(Shotokan style)

WORK EXPERIENCE:  Teaching assistant in Department of Chemistry

FUN FACT: I have five names as most of the Sri Lankans.

What activities are you involved in? I volunteer whenever I have the chance.

Why did you want to be an International Student Ambassador? I want to give all new International Students the support we received.

Favorite BGSU Memory: International Student Orientation!

Yukiya

Yukiya Takahashi

FULL NAME: YUKIYA TAKAHASHI

CLASS LEVEL:  Undergraduate / Senior

DEGREE PROGRAM: Exercise Science – Specialization in Exercise Programming

HOME COUNTRY: Japan & Australia

LANGUAGES: Japanese & English

ACTIVITIES & HONORS:  Student Exercise Science Association (SESA) Vice President, Robert and Wrey Barber Scholarship Recipient, and Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)

WORK EXPERIENCE: Internship at National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Human Performance Centre

FUN FACT: 2 Japanese parents, but have an American Passport, and learnt English in Australia (have an Aussie accent!)

Why did you want to be an International Student Ambassador?

Thinking back to my first semester, the ISA’s have helped me in so many ways I cannot express. Going overseas is intimidating and especially for incoming freshmen’s travelling abroad, it can be scary at times. In addition, with the pandemic this year. I really cannot imagine how students will be feeling right now. As a student who currently is taking online classes from Japan, due to the pandemic. I know the struggles students have faced and would like to make new and returning International students feel welcome as possible when they arrive in the US. It is a hard time for everyone, and I would like to be the one to bring some smile to these students!

FAVORITE BGSU MEMORY:  2021-2022 year being my last year at BGSU, my favorite memory at BGSU is still the memory I have with my first group of international students I arrived with. We went to Niagara Falls, Chicago, and New Orleans together and made some unforgettable memories. Driving to Chicago and spending a day there on a normal weekend, getting fined for parking, and getting caught in traffic on the way back just before class starts. Very busy day but was a memorable day for sure :) Hope I am able to see them soon!

Ioanna

Ioanna Tsadari

NAME: Ioanna Dimitra Tsadari

CLASS LEVEL: Undergraduate, Junior

MAJOR/MINOR: Marketing major/Media Productions minor

HOMETOWN: Athens, Greece

LANGUAGES: Greek & English

ACTIVITIES: BGSU Women’s tennis team- Women in Leadership

WORK EXPERIENCE: Worked as an assistant coach in a tennis academy for 2017&2018 summer camps

FUN FACT: I love everything that has to do with arts!

Why did you want to be an International Student Ambassador?: I wanted to be an ISA this year because I loved the experience last year that it was all online and now I would love to experience it in person!

Favorite BGSU memory:  is every time my team and I beat Toledo.

Julius

Julius Ngugi

FULL NAME: Julius Muigai Ngugi

CLASS LEVEL: PhD

DEGREE PROGRAM: Doctorate in Mathematics

HOMETOWN: Gatanga, Kenya

LANGUAGES: English, Kiswahili and Kikuyu (Vernacular language)

ACTIVITIES & HONORS: was awarded a fully funded scholarship

 

WORK EXPERIENCE: Graduate Instructor in an Emporium at BGSU

FUN FACTS: I am a family person, I love exploring new environments and so I love travelling and taking pictures. I am a Chelsea soccer fan and  I like talking about anything in general be it politics, games or even comedies.

Why did you want to be an international student ambassador?
The key important thing which made me apply for this position is to serve people and the community at large. Interacting with other people from different backgrounds is something that I really appreciate and this makes us to become one family where I would champion for diversity and do anything to help everyone considering race, gender, religion and skin color immaterial when doing this noble --  -----   activity.

Favorite BGSU memory:
The Starbucks Robots delivering food to me and the fact that they stop to give you the right of path.

Amonia

Amonia Tolofari

FULL NAME: Amonia Tolofari

CLASS LEVEL: Graduate Student (Ph.D.)

DEGREE PROGRAM: Media and Communication

HOMETOWN: Grand Bonny Kingdom, Nigeria

LANGUAGES: English, Ibani, Nigerian Pidgin English

ACTIVITIES AND HONORS: I love cooking and testing new recipes. I enjoy crafting especially working with fabric and paper. I love volunteering, I spent a few years volunteering with Court Assigned Special Advocate (CASA), and presently part of a volunteer group of Christian ministers. I received the Phi Kappa Phi honors awards during my master’s program. I enjoy spending time with my son and seeing the world all over again through his eyes.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Graduate Teaching Assistant (School of Media and Communication) here at BGSU and I presently teach Introduction to Public Speaking.

FUN FACTS:  My name is 13 letters long, I only adopted the middle part of it. I love watching Korean dramas and movies.

Why did you want to be an International Student Ambassador?  As a non-traditional student who is also a parent, I want to help other students like me to feel part of the BGSU family. Having a representative that is of similar circumstance can be very beneficial. I want to provide information and resources to graduate students who are also parents. I want to provide a sense of community for these students and their families, noting how sharing experiences, information and resources can help alleviate the challenges these may face.

Favorite BGSU Memory:  When some members of my family in the US paid me and my son a visit and I gave them an unofficial tour of the campus. I felt so happy sharing my community with my family.

The application is now open!

Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 11th at 11:59pm in Presence.  

https://bgsu.presence.io/form/international-student-ambassador-volunteer-program-application.

If you have questions before applying, there will be one virtual drop-in informational session on Friday, February 25th at 4:30PM.

Meeting link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_YjE1ZjM1OTYtMjI5NC00YjE5LTg4ZGQtYjg3ZDMwNGFiNWEy%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22cdcb729d-5106-4d7c-b75b-a30c455d5b0a%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%2263ff42bd-482f-482b-98e1-3966b3fc6714%22%7d

Updated: 02/09/2022 03:42PM