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Celebrate cultural diversity, connect locally and globally!

Global Connections offers a variety of programs throughout the year. These programs are both fun and purposeful, and help connect people from different backgrounds for enriching experiences and meaningful relationships. All programs are free of charge, unless otherwise indicated. We welcome all area residents, including but not limited to students, scholars,  immigrants, their families, and community residents, to participate by volunteering in these programs.

Click on the links below to learn more each program. To join,  sign up today to volunteer (all participants are considered volunteers).

Conversation Partners Conversation Partners Program

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Our English Language Classes (also called ESL) are offered weekly for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of English practice and are comprised of international students, community members, refugees, and immigrants.

Int'l Friendship Picnic Sept 14 2014 International Friendship Program

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The International Friendship Program, our oldest program, provides local citizens with an opportunity to extend friendship and hospitality to international people who are new to our community. This program has matched as many as 300 internationals a year with American families for cultural exchange and friendship (no housing is involved).

ESL Class English Language Classes

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Our International Speakers Program provides opportunities for cross-cultural sharing and learning by bringing international speakers into classrooms, civic groups, and youth programs throughout Centre County.

adult coloring Colorful Conversations for Adults

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This fun and interactive program brings together local residents and internationals to meet new people, practice English, and create beautiful things!

A 2015 Conversation and Crafts Group gathers to showcase their artwork. Conversation & Crafts Group

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The Conversation Partners Program matches internationals with native English speakers for the purpose of language practice and cultural exchange in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Women's Intercultural Book Groups Women’s Intercultural Book Groups

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Help your school or workplace grow in cultural understanding with a Cultural Competency Workshop through Global Connections! Participants explore what cultural differences mean, how they define us, and how to better welcome cultural diversity as an organization and community.

Tax Assistance Program Tax Assistance Program

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The Tax Assistance Program helps international students and scholars to file their federal, state, and local income tax forms. International students and scholars are able to make appointments to meet with trained volunteer tax advisors. Appointments are made available to non-resident individuals or non-resident married couples.

Ephraim from Zimbabwe with students International Speakers Program

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Our Women’s Intercultural Book Groups match native English speakers with small groups of international women to read and discuss literature. These book group meetings offer internationals opportunities to read varied materials in English, practice English informally, and provide a forum for intercultural dialogue and social interaction.

Cultural Competancy Workshop 2 Cultural Competency Workshops

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Our Women’s Intercultural Book Groups match native English speakers with small groups of international women to read and discuss literature. These book group meetings offer internationals opportunities to read varied materials in English, practice English informally, and provide a forum for intercultural dialogue and social interaction.

Disclaimer: By participating in Global Connections programs and events, you agree to the following—Global Connections programs and events are provided with no special warranty either express or implied. Global Connections, its employees, and its board members assume no liability for any loss, theft, damage, or injury to property or persons whether arising in contract, negligence, equity, or otherwise. Participation in Global Connections programs and events is considered “at your own risk.” All participants must use due care to ensure personal safety.

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