Student Program Presenters, in most cases, will only be available during the semester (not between semesters or during university holiday breaks).
Step 1: Arrange a Visit
The Global Ambassador Program serves the Buncombe and neighboring counties by connecting UNC Asheville students with local community members and area schools as a free public service. Student Program presenters use their international knowledge, experiences and talents to engage pupils in interactive learning experiences designed to be grade-appropriate and to complement textbook and classroom instruction.
Schedules for Student Program Presenters are listed in the View Available Presenters section below. Student Program Presenters, in most cases, will only be available during the semester (not between semesters or during university holiday breaks).
Submitting a Request
To schedule a student speaker, contact the student you are interested in directly (see contact information listed under "Meet our Global Ambassadors". Provide them with the following information:
- SCHOOL NAME
- SCHOOL ADDRESS
- CONTACT PERSON
- PHONE NUMBER
- BEST TIME TO CALL
- DATE(S) REQUESTED
- TIME(S) REQUESTED
- LENGTH OF TALK
- NUMBER IN EACH CLASS OR GROUP
- DATE OF REQUEST
- AGE, GRADE OR ACADEMIC LEVEL
- Q & A (yes/no)
- BRING DISPLAY ITEMS?
Please indicate to the student(s) you prefer if there are specific topics you’d like to be addressed during the presentation:
Schedule a student presenter - find form in the forms section.
Step 2: Student Presenters
Presenter’s Name: Carson Lehmann
Carson is currently a senior at UNC Asheville, studying Spanish and Political Science. He is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge of Ecuador and its culture from his learning of development and indigenous language. Carson focuses on international migration in Ecuador and Latin America. His study abroad experience has allowed him to understand the core values of life; happiness, family relations and friendship. He hopes to encourage others to consider the options available to study abroad and to make the most out of their experiences.
Country or region to present on: Ecuador
Special Topics: Politics, Globalization, Migration and Refugees
Languages: English, Spanish
Undergraduate Studies: Political Studies, Spanish, Latin American Studies
Availability: Every Friday 12pm-3pm. If any specific time is needed, my schedule can be flexible.
Presenter’s Name: Riley Judge
Riley is a senior at UNC Asheville who is looking forward to sharing their knowledge of Italy and its culture to others. Their study abroad experience gave them the unique opportunity to gain a wider perspective of other cultures and a new one on the United States. Riley was able to gain more confidence and a better understanding of their place in the world through studying abroad. They hope to be able to encourage others to go abroad.
Country or region to present on: Italy, China
Special Topics: Chinese Culture, Art, Art Conservation, Pigments, Languages
Languages: English, Mandarin, Some Italian
Undergraduate Studies: Art, Chemistry
Availability: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 12-5pm.
Presenter’s Name: Liv Pattimore
Liv is an English exchange student at UNC Asheville who is in her third year at university. She is super excited to share her experiences of her time in China, Spain and of course, England. Liv has a vast amount of travel experience and is excited to help encourage others to travel and experiencing places and cultures that are unlike their everyday.’
Country or region to present on: England, China
Special Topics: the current royal family, the titanic, English culture, Travelling (China, Spain (lived there for a year), France, Belgium, United States, Tanzania (a volunteering project)).
Languages: English, Some Mandarin
Undergraduate Studies: Law with American Studies
Availability: TR 10:30am-2:45pm / MWF After 2:00 pm
Presenter’s Name: Charis McDowall
Charis is a British exchange student at UNCA from the University of Sussex, Brighton, England. She is in her third year of university, studying American Studies, and is excited to help educate others about the UK and London.
Country to present on: United Kingdom/England
Special Topics: London, Teaching children
Undergrad Studies : American Studies
Availability: MWF 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Presenter’s Name: Lily Anderson
Lily is an exchange student at UNC Asheville who is in her third university year of her undergraduate degree. She is originally from England and studies American Literature and Creative Writing as at her home university in Norwich. While Lily has travelled pretty much her entire life, living in Russia and Spain, and spending copious amounts of time in the Middle East – her family comes from Ireland, and she lived there for a bit when she was younger, so while she studies literature from America, she has a special interest in Irish Myths and Legends, as well as Original Fairy Tales. She hopes to write novels one day for a living – or teach English and Creative Writing.
Country or region to present on: United Kingdom
Special Topics: English and American Literature, Irish Mythology (Legends and History), Fairy Tales, Creative Writing (poetry and fiction)
Undergraduate Studies: American Literature/ Creative Writing
Availability: MW 10:00 am- 4:00 pm/ TR 8:00 am – 12:00 pm/ 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm/ F All day
Presenter’s Name: Victoria Ernest
Victoria is an exchange student at UNC Asheville who is in her third university year of her undergraduate degree. She is originally from La Rēunion, a French island off the coast of Madagascar. Victoria loves travel, and wishes to share what she has experienced with others. Victoria has experience working with children and teenagers. She enjoys dancing, cooking, music, and volleyball.
Country or region to present on: United Kingdom, La Rēunion, France, Madagascar, Germany
Special Topics: Dancing, music, volleyball, cooking, reading
Languages: French-Creole, some German
Undergraduate Studies: English
Availability: MW 9:30 am – 12:30 pm/ TR 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm / F 3:30 pm – 5:30pm
Presenter’s Name: Mara Gevaudan (She/Her)
Mara is a Scottish exchange student from the United Kingdom and is in her 3rd year of university, where she studies animation. She's been all over her home country of Scotland and enjoys mythbusting and talking about it with people from other countries. Being Scottish and French, Mara is filled with the warmth and friendliness that her home is known for. She hopes to work in the film industry after she graduates.
Country or region to present on: Scotland
Special Topics: Scottish culture, music, scottish politics, travelling; France, Ireland, Japan
Languages: English, conversational French and Japanese
Undergraduate Studies: Film
Availability: MWF 10:00 am- 3:00pm
Presenter’s Name: Sabrina Irizarry
Sabrina is currently a senior at UNCA and spent a semester abroad in The Netherlands. While there, she continued her major studies. She also had the opportunity to travel and experience many different cultures. She would like to share the knowledge she has acquired and help others navigate their study abroad decisions and semesters.
Country or region to present on: The NetherlandsSpecial Topics: Dutch culture, Traveling (Western and Central Europe), Biology, Chemistry
Undergraduate studies: Biology, Chemistry
Availability: M 12:30 pm- 5:00 pm/ TR 2:00 pm- 6:00pm
Step 3: Teacher Preparation Suggestions
Suggestions to help K-12 teachers & other groups prepare for a Global Ambassador visitor:
- Determine the topics you want the student to discuss. Specifying family life, environment, religion, holidays, celebrations, political system, education, changing traditions, etc. provides a focus for the student's preparation.
- Please allow 2 weeks advance notice of requests, to ensure availability. Please note that if you must change the date of your request less than 2 weeks prior to the event, the students may not be able to re-schedule.
- Provide accurate driving directions. Transportation will be provided by the students themselves when possible. If schools can provide transportation, this would be greatly appreciated, though we realize this is not often possible.
- In order to make the visit as meaningful and accessible as possible for the guest speaker and audience, K-12 classes should have no more than 40 (and preferably fewer) students.
- Have the necessary audio-visual equipment set up and in working order (a malfunctioning LCD projector or laptop can waste precious time.)
- Arrange a display table for display items.
- Even though each student has been carefully screened and chosen for the Global Ambassador program, they are not teachers and therefore, should be expected to give no more than two presentations in a row.
- If several talks are scheduled, please see that the student is given a short break and water.
- If students speak to several classes, it is best to have the school children change rooms so that display items already set up do not have to be moved. Having to move and set up twice cuts into the limited time scheduled for the guest speaker.
- Please stay in the classroom, or ensure that a responsible adult is present, to discipline when needed. Showing an active interest in the speaker helps make the student feel welcome.
- If possible, debrief your students after the presentation to assess the impact of the speaker and reinforce lesson goals. Guest speakers are delighted to receive thank you cards from students.
SCHEDULING a Presentation: Please contact the student(s)directly if you are interested in them presenting in your classroom. Let Cara (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you have trouble contacting a particular student.
AFTER a Presentation: Please complete and return an evaluation form in the forms section.
Constructive comments let the speaker know what aspects of the talk were most valuable and what might be improved. Evaluation forms are available from the speaker, online, or pdf version in the forms section.
Thank you for your support of the Global Ambassador Program. We hope this is a rewarding experience for you and these uniquely qualified students. Let us know what you think!