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The Study Abroad Ambassador Program is one of the most recent initiatives from the Office of International Programs (OIP) that offers returning students a space to complete their intercultural learning by becoming a peer advisor and assisting the study abroad office in the recruitment of prospective students. The Ambassador Program, opens a direct dialogue among students who share similar study abroad experiences. Ambassadors work to encourage their peers on campus to participate in study abroad programs. Currently, the program accepts 15 participants for each academic school year. While the program is a form of participation for students post study abroad it was noted throughout the year that ambassadors were unable to fulfill their responsibilities due to a range of reasons. This research identifies the factors that effect the ambassadors’ varying engagement levels and recommendations for improvement.

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volunteer engagement, Study Abroad


Community College Leadership

Increasing volunteer engagement in the OIP's Study Abroad Ambassador Program