1. Befriend an international student. Now that you’ve studied or interned abroad, you know what it’s like to be an international student. Now’s your chance to be a friend to someone going through the same thing. Here are some simple ways you can make a big impact:
Start with the International Student Services Office at SPU. Ask for ways to get connected with students or become a language partner with an international student.
Invite an international student to spend the holidays with you
Offer to take them grocery shopping or help them learn how to navigate public transportation
Host an exchange student
2. Become a Global Ambassador with the Study Abroad Office. This opportunity is for students who have studied abroad and are now back on campus. If you are passionate about sharing your experience, this volunteer position will give you the chance to work directly with the study abroad staff participating in events, classroom presentations, administrative tasks, and more! If you're interested in becoming a Global Ambassador, please contact Karen Eisenhut at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
5. Explore your own city like it was a foreign destination
Visit cultural districts like Little Italy, China Town, or the International District
Go to museums and learn about the founding and history of your city
6.. Borrow an ethnic cookbook from the library and have your friends over for an international dinner
7. Stay current on world events, especially those of your host country.
Ways to Go Abroad Again
1. Teach Abroad
Teaching English abroad can be an affordable way to live abroad again after graduation, and there are dozens of organizations for these kinds of programs! Check out these highlighted programs below to get started!
API has launched a new Teach in Italy program! Participants will teach 15 hours a week in a middle school in northern Italy in exchange for reduced room and board with a local Italian host family. This is a great opportunity to live in Europe for 3 months and enjoy both cultural and linguistic exchange in a fully immersive environment. This program is open to any current college student or graduate who is 20-30 years old, and offers a budget-friendly way for study abroad alumni, non-traditional students, or cost-conscious travelers to enrich their personal lives while gaining professional experience abroad. For more information and for all of API's Teach Abroad locations, please contact API.
JET Program: The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program for US citizens