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Celebrate cultural diversity, connect locally and globally!

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.

—A Conversation Partners Program volunteer

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. Each year, thousands of international students, scholars, visitors, and their families benefited from Global Connections programs, while many more local American residents had a cultural learning or immersion experience at one of Global Connections events

The impact that Global Connections makes exemplifies leveraging a small operating budget to make a huge difference.

Below are several ways you can become part of our effort to continue fostering intercultural understanding and building a strong, inclusive community across Centre Country and beyond. Read more testimonials to understand why it is important to support Global Connections!

Give Your Time

Volunteers are always welcome in our programs and events. Register today to join over one thousand Global Connections community volunteers.

Attend our Events, from Cultural Luncheons to poetry readings! To receive notifications about our events, please request  to add your name to our email list. You may also check for updates on our home page and Global Connections Facebook page.

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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

Donate Money

Many of our free programs and events would not be possible if not for the generous financial support from Global Connections friends. Donations are not only appreciated, but essential to this organization’s functioning and growth. Click on the buttons to the right to donate via PayPal or credit cards.

You may also send a check, payable to Global Connections, to our address at 314 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802.

If you or your organization/company are interested in becoming a sponsor, please call (814)867-4223 or email xxs114@psu.edu.

 via PayPal or credit cards

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

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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

Support a Fundraiser

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 participate in Centre Gives each May and just piloted an on-line benefit auction—Everything But the Kitchen Sink Auction in the summer of 2017.

All proceeds from these fundraisers go to support various Global Connections programs that help and connect international and American residents.

POP Gala 2017 Guests

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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