Global Welcome Volunteer

Interested in earning volunteer hours while meeting & interacting with international students from all over the world? Our Global Welcome Volunteers help the Center for Global Learning & Engagement carry out all the events and sessions planned during our new international student orientation week, Global Welcome. We recruit volunteers at the beginning of each semester: Fall, Spring, & Summer terms.

Spring 2024 Applications Are Currently: OPEN DEADLINE TO APPLY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH BY 4:00 PM  Apply Here

Help welcome new international students to the UCA campus & Conway community!

Developing cross-cultural communication skills is vital for success in today’s interconnected world, whether you have considerable international experience or never plan to travel outside of the United States. Helping with Global Welcome Orientation is a fantastic way to meet new international students, make friends, and share culture!

Benefits of Becoming Global Welcome Volunteer

  • FREE admission to Center for Global Learning and Engagement trips
  • FREE early housing move-in (shared room rate ONLY)
  • FREE meals at the UCA cafeteria for the duration of Global Welcome
  • FREE swag & goodies
  • Increase your cross-cultural communication skills
  • Volunteer involvement on your resume
  • Connect with international students and help them through their transition!

Please review our requirements & positions available before applying:

  • Be a current UCA student with at least one semester completed
  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Be respectful of cultural, religious, political, and sexual orientation differences
  • Have effective communication skills
  • Be motivated and welcoming
  • Be enthusiastic and outgoing
  • Attend ALL training sessions
  • Be available to work throughout the full duration of Global Welcome Orientation. View dates here →

We are looking for Global Welcome Volunteers in the following positions. Volunteers don’t have to apply for every position but it is required to assist in a minimum of two (2) areas:

  • Team Leader — New international students are divided into teams of 12-15 students based on their student classification. Each team will have up to 3 team leaders. Team Leaders will make sure students get to each of their events during Global Welcome. Team leaders are also responsible for connecting with their students, building relationships with them, and ideally becoming one of the first friends they make at UCA. Team Leaders are REQUIRED to be available throughout the FULL duration of Global Welcome Orientation.
  • Airport Greeters — Airport greeters will take a UCA shuttle to the airport, then greet students as their planes land. Your role is to assist students with their arrival at Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport during the first day(s) of Global Welcome. You will help greet students and guide them to baggage claim, answer questions, and bring the students back safely to UCA.
  • Floaters — Floaters are in charge of providing additional assistance to CGLE staff throughout check-in day or Global Welcome Week. They handle logistics for paperwork like passports, Visas, I-20s, checklists, and more. Office floaters will hang out at the CGLE office in McCastlain Hall and will be provided with instructions on how to help us with new students periodically. No set schedule in place. Floaters are REQUIRED to be available throughout the FULL duration of Global Welcome Orientation
  • Shuttle Volunteers — Several shuttles are provided throughout Global Welcome for new students to buy supplies they were not able to bring with them or visit bank & cell phone providers. Each shuttle will have a Global Welcome Leader on it to help students find items in Walmart or assist them with paperwork at banks. They’ll help students get to their destination safely and keep track of their schedule. Make sure students understand the times they’re due to be back at the shuttle to get back to UCA.
If you are interested in applying to be a Global Welcome Volunteer, complete the application online. You will be notified before the end of the semester of whether you have been selected as a volunteer for the following semester.