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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


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.

Int'l Friendship Picnic Sept 14 2014 International Friendship Program


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


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.

adult coloring Colorful Conversations for Adults


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


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.

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


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.

Tax Assistance Program Tax Assistance Program


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


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.

Cultural Competancy Workshop 2 Cultural Competency Workshops


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.

Translation for Natl Penn Bank Translator/ Interpreter Service


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.

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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