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Global Opportunities Abroad Leader Program (also known as GOALies)
Did you recently return from studying, teaching, interning or volunteering abroad? Did you love your experience so much that you want to help others to do the same? Become a Global Opportunities Abroad Leader (GOALie). We need your help to encourage more UCR students to learn abroad. By being a GOALie, you will help UCR students experience cultural enrichment, offer guidance and support during the application process, and enhance your leadership skills as a peer advisor.
As a GOALie, you can:
- Conduct information sessions, application workshops, and class visits
- Host information tables during noon-time events, on-campus activities, fairs and other special events
- Help with club and dorm visits
- Assist with Education Abroad activities and community outreach
- Participate in our social media projects by sharing your photos and stories from abroad
If you are a UCEAP Reciprocity student studying at UCR and you would like to serve as a GOALie, click here to apply.
Jumping back into life at UCR
When you return from studying or working abroad, you may be surprised to experience reverse culture shock. This is completely normal. Perhaps you left some favorite places and hobbies behind. Maybe you fell in love with someone from your host country. Or perhaps you had the opportunity to grow in profound ways.
Just as you may have had a hard time adapting to your host country, you may need to get used to things in the U.S. Here are some tips to help you get with “re-entry”—readapting to the realities of home—once you return.
- Be patient. Readapting takes time. Realize you may feel disengaged from your friends at home. Remember that a lot changed for you while you were abroad. A lot may have changed for your friends at home, too. Most importantly, remember that you are not alone! Difficulty with re-entry happens to many students who return from studying or working abroad. In fact, this phase may be more challenging than the culture shock of moving to the host country.
- Manage your expectations. Because you may miss your host country, you’ll be tempted to talk about your experiences with your friends and family members. Don’t take it personally if they are not as excited to hear about your memories or seem like they don’t care. Remember that what you experienced abroad is truly your own and will have a tremendous impact on the rest of your life.
- Talk to someone. If re-entry is too difficult to go through alone, talk to a counselor who can help you through whatever you’re feeling, whether it’s irritability, frustration or sadness. Remember, you’re part of our education abroad family! We are here for you. We’re here to talk it through with you or help point you to other resources.
- Seek like-minded individuals. At home, look for ways you can enjoy the culture of your host country. Look for local groups who also have an affinity for your host country and have lived there themselves. You may even make new friends!
- Give back and get involved. You may also find it extremely satisfying to help others have similar experiences by sharing your stories, volunteering, or working with us.
- Submit photos and blogs to share on our website. We’ll help you polish them so they’re ready to publish. These are a great opportunity for you to showcase your leadership and initiative to potential employers and graduate programs.
- Volunteer or work with Education Abroad. Positions are available throughout the year. Look into the Global Opportunities Abroad Leader program.
Check in with the Education Abroad office. Schedule an appointment with your education abroad advisor so they can update your contact info. Use this opportunity to share feedback about your program and overall experience. Remember, we’re here for you to help with readjusting back to life at home, too.
Complete the Education Abroad Survey. Register on Abroad101 and complete our Education Abroad Survey.
For OAP and UCEAP students:
Look for your transcripts. Confirm that you’ve received your overseas transcripts or order them if you haven’t.
Verify credit transfer. Make sure your overseas course credit are recorded online.
Check in with your academic advisor or department. Meet with your academic advisor or department about fulfilling your general education or department requirements after you’ve received overseas credit.
As a UCR Education Abroad alumn, you can order a special sash to wear at graduation to show everyone you had an incredible international experience. Order forms will be emailed to returned education abroad students early in the spring quarter and sashes will be ready for graduation in June.
Marketing Your Experiences
In addition to featuring any stories and photos you share with us on our site, we will help you speak to your international experience on resumes, Linkedin, and graduate applications. We regularly host workshops with the UCR Career Center.
We have found that many students feel so passionate about their experience, they want to share it with others by volunteering or working with Education Abroad. Future employers and graduate programs look for this type of initiative.