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).
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.[/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2369″ img_size=”300×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”custom_link” link=”http://www.gc-cc.org/programs/international-friendship/” img_caption=”International Friendship Program”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_toggle title=”About”]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).[/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”570″ img_size=”300×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”custom_link” link=”http://www.gc-cc.org/programs/english-as-second-language-esl-classe/” img_caption=”English Language Classes”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_toggle title=”About”]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.[/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vcex_divider color=”#7bb757″ width=”100%” height=”2px” icon_color=”#000000″ icon_size=”14px” margin_bottom=”25px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”5538″ img_size=”400×300″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”custom_link” link=”http://www.gc-cc.org/gc-programs/small-groups” img_caption=”Colorful Conversations for Adults”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_toggle title=”About”]This fun and interactive program brings together local residents and internationals to meet new people, practice English, and create beautiful things![/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3435″ img_size=”300×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”custom_link” link=”http://www.gc-cc.org/programs/conversation-crafts-group/” img_caption=”Conversation & Crafts Group”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_toggle title=”About”]Local artist and wonderful volunteers Lisa and Kelly lead this friendly and fun crafting group where participants can chat in English while engaging in creative projects. Participants gather twice each month to create something beautiful and meet people from all over the world.[/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”207″ img_size=”300×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”custom_link” link=”http://www.gc-cc.org/programs/womens-intercultural-book-group/” img_caption=”Women’s Intercultural Book Groups”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_toggle title=”About”]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.[/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2481″ img_size=”300×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”custom_link” link=”http://www.gc-cc.org/programs/tax-assistance/” img_caption=”Tax Assistance Program”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_toggle title=”About”]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.[/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3433″ img_size=”300×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”custom_link” link=”http://www.gc-cc.org/programs/international-speakers/” img_caption=”International Speakers Program”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_toggle title=”About”]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.[/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3445″ img_size=”300×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”custom_link” link=”http://www.gc-cc.org/programs/cultural-competency-trainings/” img_caption=”Cultural Competency Workshops”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_toggle title=”About”]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.[/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vcex_divider color=”#7bb757″ width=”100%” height=”2px” icon_color=”#000000″ icon_size=”14px” margin_bottom=”25px”][vc_row_inner disable_element=”yes”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”5885″ img_size=”300×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”custom_link” link=”http://www.gc-cc.org/programs/tax-assistance/” img_caption=”Translator/ Interpreter Service”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_toggle title=”About”]The Translator/Interpreter Service allows community members to assist others requesting translation services. Our translators have diverse backgrounds, but they all share a desire to use language to connect non-native English speakers with American culture. We have volunteers fluent in Mandarin, French, Arabic and more. To sign up as a translator/interpreter or to request services, contact [email protected] or call (814) 863-3927.[/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]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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