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Experience UGA Ambassadors are the first people to greet Clarke County School District students as they arrive on campus, and they are instrumental in the overall success of the Experience UGA program. The ambassador program is designed to enhance students leadership and critical thinking skills, and is recognized as a high impact experiential learning opportunity. Ambassadors assist Experience UGA staff in coordinating and providing logistical support to over 100 field trips annually, and they take part in a year-long leadership development curriculum as well. 

In addition to hands on experience facilitating field trips, students who participate in the ambassador program gain a deeper understanding of the PreK-12th grade educational experience and issues surrounding access to higher education. Ambassadors also strengthen multiple skills, including public speaking, event coordination, and program management.

Interested in joining our team of ambassadors? Applications for our ambassador program are now open!

Applicants must meet these qualifications:

  • Must be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Georgia
  • Must attend and participate at all retreats and all Wednesday weekly meetings
  • Will commit to 50 hours minimum per semester facilitating Experience UGA trips (trips occur Tuesday through Friday starting at 9 a.m. and ending between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. depending on the age group)
  • Must be free at least two days per week (Tuesday-Friday) from at least 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Will actively participate in all Experience UGA events and projects,
  • Develop community outreach projects that will enhance the mission of Experience UGA and support the school district communities,
  • Assist with marketing efforts and support Experience UGA media,
  • Assist with general volunteer recruitment and Ambassador recruitment programming,
  • And assist in other duties as assigned

A detailed overview of the Ambassador program and a sample application can be found here.

The Experience UGA Ambassadors will serve from the beginning of spring to the end of fall semester as ambassadors for the University of Georgia to the Clarke County School District. They will create a presence in the community through their participation in Experience UGA trips and events as well as School District and community events. Furthermore, they will study issues surrounding education and the history of education in Athens-Clarke County to understand the perceptions and stigmas surrounding higher education and work to destigmatize these perceptions of higher education for Clarke County students.

Serving as an Experience UGA Ambassador will also be included on your Experiential Learning Transcript and meets the requirement for students in the College of Education, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and College of Arts and Sciences. Experience UGA Ambassadors will enhance their leadership competency by developing their skills in civic engagement, critical thinking, communication, ethical reasoning, and reflection. All Experience UGA Ambassadors will support initiatives in the following areas: Community Engagement & Outreach, Fundraising & Events, Marketing & Public Relations, and Recruitment & Orientation, and work to enhance Experience UGA’s connection with the Clarke County School District. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to take on further leadership roles if desired during their second year in the program.

If you have questions, or would like to learn more about the ambassador program, please email: Aiyana Egins, Experience UGA Coordinator.

Read about some of last year’s Experience UGA Ambassadors

Program Highlights:

  • Over 170 students have participated in the Ambassador program since its inception in 2016.
  • Last year, 18 undergraduate students completed the Experience UGA Ambassador Experiential Learning opportunity (Jan-Dec 2022).
  • We currently have 25 undergraduate & graduate students in our 2023 program who will complete their Experiential Learning opportunity.
  • Experience UGA Ambassadors collected over 100 boxes for Campus Kitchen’s 2022 TurkeyPalooza donation.
  • Ambassadors also volunteered at Clarke County’s School District’s Family Fun Day, Clark County’s Sheriff Department’s Fall Festival, and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s Questival event. 
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