Today’s blog post comes to us from API practicum Alumni Coordinator, Erika Kotroba. She & other members of our API team recently hosted our 2019/20 Academic Year Global Leaders in Austin for our annual Global Leadership Academy Training. If you’re wondering what this alumni program is all about (& how you can get involved), read more below!
We welcomed incoming participants of the API Global Leadership Academy to our headquarters for a weekend of training and professional development before their tenure began!
The Global Leaders were able to explore the unique city of Austin, Texas, reflect on their experiences abroad, build professional competencies, and meet members of API staff.
This academic year, they will be building core competencies in global leadership, reflecting on the impact of their international experiences, and engaging with their campuses and communities to promote international education. API Global Leaders leave the program with an edge in the global marketplace and a strong contribution to their résumés.
From the first meal shared by the Global Leaders and the alumni team, there were moments of reflection on their API study abroad experience and its meaningful impact on them.
Opportunities to recognize skills developed during their time abroad and how to discuss them with others were a core part of their weekend training. The Global Leaders were also able to speak with many of our staff members who made their experiences possible, and who were thrilled to meet them!
There was also some time to enjoy the eclectic neighborhoods, fantastic local culinary spots, and famous landmarks that make Austin like no other city!
While the Academic Year Global Leaders’ training has passed, there is still time to apply to be part of the fall and spring semester of the Global Leadership Academy!