Making world travelers

By Corinna Thornton | Evergreen reporter

Students came to learn about opportunities abroad at the Global Learning Fair Wednesday afternoon at the CUE Atrium.

Mayra Villegas, global learning adviser for the college of arts and sciences, said they are able to draw in several hundred people each year for the fall and spring global learning fairs.

“We plan it so the fall fair is two weeks after students get to school and the spring fair is right before spring break,” Villegas said.

This way students learn about the opportunities at the beginning of the year, Villegas said, and can think on it over the semester and through spring break.

Villegas said they try to draw students to the fair through several methods, such as the pink passport raffle they have in which students can get four signatures from different program providers at the event and enter for the chance to win half off their application fee.

There are several different resources available to students, including program providers, faculty led programs, global leadership certificates and the Peace Corps, Villegas said.

The Peace Corps is different from study abroad programs in that it is a non-educational experience abroad, lasting two years.

Kyla Allen-Grant, 2013 WSU graduate and Peace Corps representative and recruiter, said the program is a great way to give back and volunteer.

“It is a governmental agency program so it is paid,” Allen-Grant said. “People who participate get free housing, settling in allowance, stipends each month to cover basic needs and living expenses.”

She said volunteers get medical and dental coverage so they are fully covered.

“Volunteers after their two years are over also get competitive eligibility advantage when hunting for federal jobs for the first year they are back,” Allen-Grant said.

She said April 19 is the bon voyage celebration for the WSU students that were invited to join the program and are getting ready for departure.

The Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC) was a part of the event as well and was there to give students any information they might need.

“We want to help the students look better for study abroad programs,” said Marti L. Reese, academic coordinator and advisor for the center

She said the center is dedicated to helping students make the most of planning their four years at WSU and also make the most of their study abroad experience.

“We want to help students maximize their study abroad experience on their resumes and help them look good to future employers,” said Adrienne Fayola Muldrow, staff assistant-institutional work study for the center.