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Halloween Party 2013

“Global Connections programs helped me to better understand American culture and people, and gave me the chance to explain my own country and culture to Americans. There’s so much misunderstanding and prejudice between our cultures. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share an authentic perspective…”

~ An international student from Iran

“Thank you, Global Connections. Because of you, my baby and I have a beautiful furnished apartment we can call home, and so many friends… You’ve helped us to feel safe and to feel at home in our new country.”

~ A refugee from Rwanda

Conversation Partners, Kaiming and Salewa!

Conversation Partners, Kaiming and Salewa, 2014


“Things could not be going any better with (my conversation partner). What a great match! We meet twice a week to converse, shop, or read… She is such a sweet lady and I love meeting with her. She comes to our meeting with a lot of practical questions about the world around her… Our relationship is quickly developing into a friendship. What a rewarding experience. Thanks for the opportunity!”

~ An American volunteer in the Conversation Partners Program


“I have invited Global Connections volunteers to visit my Spanish classes each year for the past three years. The interaction with someone native to a Spanish-speaking country gives my students an experience difficult to provide otherwise in a community with few Spanish-speakers. They learn firsthand about some of the history, culture, traditions, and social issues in the volunteer’s native country, which is very different from reading about it in a book or seeing it in a video.  The volunteers help the information to come alive.”

~ A high school teacher in State College (International Speakers Program)

“Yesterday, I had so great time at the Crafts class. It’s was so wonderful that I could talk with many people who was born in the other countries. Also I enjoyed making the Christmas wreath. After I get home , I could complete the wreath. I felt so happy. I look forward to taking part in the class next time.”

~ An international spouse from Japan (Conversation and Crafts group)

Convo & Crafts group 2015

Conversation & Crafts 2015