Education Abroad Ambassador Program
Weekdays from noon-4pm, our office offers walk-in advising with staff members and ambassadors. The Education Abroad Ambassadors team is composed of students returning from their academic and internship experiences abroad. Ambassadors are trained to provide advice to students beginning their education abroad plans or facing the challenges of pre-departure before leaving Binghamton.The Ambassador program fosters the professional development of students recently returned from an education abroad experience. The program specifically offers these students an opportunity to volunteer their time to assist in education abroad advising for students who are thinking about studying abroad. Each ambassador is required to hold 1 to 2 walk-in advising hours per week. During this advising hour, the ambassador is located in the main office area and helps any students that walk in for education abroad related needs.
Ambassadors also spend approximately 1 hour per week to help with promotion of education abroad in general on main campus and/or the University Downtown Center by giving presentations, tabling and attending other university events. Experience as an ambassador offers returning students with an opportunity to enhance their resumes through learned skills such as communication, team work, and accountability. The program also provides for continued learning and development as Ambassadors reflect and articulate their experiences abroad.
The Ambassadors are a highly enthusiastic group of students with a shared passion for education abroad. Ambassadors build community through monthly meetings, which provide continued training and the opportunity to get to know members of the Education Abroad staff. Education Abroad Ambassadors are required to commit one full academic year to the position.
APPLICATIONS FOR 2017-2018 ARE NOW OPEN!!!!
Meet the 2016 - 2017 Education Abroad Ambassadors:
Megan Andrews - Megan is a senior majoring in Human Development with a double minor in Sociology and Education. She studied at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland during the summer 2016. She plans on pursuing a career in Student Affairs after she graduates.
Rachel Blaifeder - Rachel is a senior majoring in History with a double minor in Economics and Education. This past summer, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and had the "time of my life." She is also the Vice President and a proud member of the Binghamton University Glee Club.
Ben Chen - Ben is a Financial Economics major with a minor in Russian. He studied at Saint Petersburg University in Russia over the summer 2016. Ben is also a brother of Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity.
Jessica D'Elia - Jessica is an Integrative Neuroscience major on the pre-health track with a minor in Global Studies. She studied abroad during the spring 2016 semester in Florence, Italy. During her time abroad, she traveled within Italy, as well as 7 other countries.
Florencia Gamonal - Flo is a senior majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish and Global Studies. She was fortunate enough to study in Barcelona, Spain in spring 2016 and travel throughout Europe. She hopes to to go back and live in Barcelona one day.
Nicole Mellone - Nicole is a junior majoring in Spanish Language and Literature. She studied abroad in Spain during the summer 2016 session. During her time abroad, she also traveled to London and Paris.
Raven Pitarra - Raven is double majoring in Linguistics and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. She is also minoring in Global Studies and Education. Raven participated in Binghamton University's Service Learning in Cusco, Peru program this past summer. During her time abroad, she also traveled to Bolivia and other regions in Peru.
Caitlin Sullivan - Caitlin is a Nursing major with a double minor in Education and Global Studies. This past spring semester, she studied abroad in London, UK. While abroad, she traveled to five different countries, and was able to see much of England: a highlight from her trip was going to see an Arsenal game!
Hannah Thaler - Hannah is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Planning. She also has double minors in Spanish and Global Studies. She studied abroad at Universidad Veritas in San Jose, Costa Rica during the spring 2016 semester. During her time abroad, she traveled to Nicaragua and Panama.
Scott Waldon - Scott is a Finance major in the School of Management. This past summer, he studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France for five weeks. While there, Scott attended a Euro 2016 soccer match and went on a day trip to Germany.
Sylvie Yudin - Sylvie is a senior who is double majoring in Global Affairs and Interactions, and Geography. She spent the spring semester of 2016 studying in Barcelona, Spain. She loved being able to travel all throughout Europe during her time abroad.