The International Programs Center (IPC) created the position of Internatinal Ambassador (IA) to unify and organize efforts to recruit more UNCG students to study abroad. Before the IA
position existed, it was mainly IPC staff members, and the occasional recently returned study abroad student, who gavepresentations about what makes studying abroad so great and how to take advantage of the programs IPC offers.
While IPC staff are more than capable of delivering a compelling presentation about the benefits of studying abroad, it is difficult for them to provide the same personal experience and student perspective the International mbassadors can. Conversely, a randomly selected returning student may be able to draw an audience of students in with the exciting stories and quirky anecdotes associated with studying abroad, but lack the training necessary to answer logistical questions. The International Ambassador position creates a hybrid of these two perspectives by training students returning from studying abroad as knowledgeable representatives of the IPC office and facilitating the preparation of an effective presentation to be given to classes and student groups on campus.
In addition to the various presentations given and facilitated by the International Ambassadors, they also work with IPC to create a support group for students returning from studying abroad and dealing with reverse culture shock.