As a volunteer with the Conversation Partners Program says, Global Connections helps people “get to know, value, and respect cultures other than their own,” and “appreciate the contributions of all groups and the joy and wisdom they bring to our global community.” Among all similar organizations in Big Ten university towns, Global Connections is the flagship community nonprofit committed to fostering this intercultural understanding, thanks to the volume of people we serve and the number of programs and services we provide. In 2016, over 1800 international students, scholars, visitors, and their families benefited from our programs and more than 1560 local American residents had a cultural learning or immersion experience at one of our events. The impact that Global Connections makes exemplifies how leveraging a small operating budget to make a huge difference. There are many ways you can help Global Connections continue to work to foster intercultural understanding and build a strong, inclusive and diverse community across Centre Country. See below to learn more about how you can support us, and read more testimonials to learn about why your support is important!
“She is much more than a partner for me. She is my family here. […] The weekly meeting is my favorite part of the week and it helped me to settle in, to understand the culture and the environment I’m living in. That’s a gift for life.”
– A Conversation Partner from Israel
Global Connections always looking for volunteers for our programs at our events. Register to join over one thousand Global Connections community volunteers by clicking on the button to the right.
All community members are invited to attend our events, from Cultural Luncheons to international poetry readings! Visit our Events page for details on specific events. To receive notifications about our events, please contact us to add your name to our email list. For information on upcoming events, please like the Global Connections Facebook page, and check our home page.
“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
Our many programs, events, and community opportunities would not be possible without financial support. Donations are not only appreciated, but essential to Global Connections’ functioning and growth. To donate using your PayPal account, click the first button to the right. To donate using a major credit card, click the second button. You may also send a check made out to Global Connections to the Global Connections Office, 314 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16801.
Please call or visit our office if you or your organization or company are interested becoming an event sponsor.
“Global Connections is an invaluable resource for our international students and our community.”
– A volunteer host for the International Friendship Program
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“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
Alongside our annual and bi-annual fundraising events, like the Women’s International Night, the Passport on a Plate Gala, and the Passport on a Plate: Home Edition Dinners, Global Connections has several ongoing fundraisers. Click on a button to the right to learn more about Centre Gives and the Everything But the Kitchen Sink Auction.
“I don’t have a lot of extra money and cannot travel as much as I would like. […] I love the Cultural Luncheons. […] Going to Global Connections functions is a lot cheaper than buying an airline ticket!”
— A local resident on the Cultural Luncheons
Since Global Connections began organizing Cultural Luncheons in 2006, these celebrations of food and culture have become our most popular events! If you have attended, hosted, or otherwise volunteered at a Cultural Luncheon, take a moment to inform the community about how special these events are! Help us reach more State College area residents, students, and visitors and cast your vote for Global Connections’ Cultural Luncheons as the “Best Community Event” on the State College Magazine website by August 15!