Alumni Ambassadors: Engaging Alumni in Reentry and Recruitment

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Who are Alumni Ambassadors?

Alumni Ambassadors are program alumni selected to represent BestSemester on their home campus.To be eligible, you must have completed at least one semester/summer term on a BestSemester program and be returning to your college/university campus for at least one more semester. 

We are looking for alumni who truly had a great experience and can't wait to share their excitement with their peers!

Here's what some of our recent ambassadors have to say...

"My best semester experience not only allowed me to travel to a country I only dreamed of going to but it allowed me to learn about a new culture. In addition, it stretched me and helped me really learn about issues in this world and made me think."

Sophia Shafer, ASC Spring 2012
Alumni Ambassador, John Brown University

"BestSemester gives college students the real world experience they can't wait until graduation to get. That's what it did for me so they are easy programs to support by becoming an alumni ambassador."

Jenny Miner, WJC Spring 2011
Former Alumni Ambassador, California Baptist University

"I enjoyed my experience so much, while also grasping how much it changed my outlook and perspective that I would want to give everyone of my college that opportunity."

Connor Dealy, SSO Spring 2012
Alumni Ambassador, Palm Beach Atlantic University


"BestSemester was one of the most formative experiences of my time in college. Now, a year removed, and through participating in the Alumni Ambassador Program, I'm finding a unique place to unpack many significant lessons and experiences and connect with others about my beautiful four and half months in Uganda through the Uganda Studies Program."

Marybeth Conlon, USP Spring 2011
Former Alumni Ambassador, Gordon College


What do Alumni Ambassadors Do?

  • Be the BestSemester student spokesperson for off-campus studies at your campus
  • Speak in classes and set up tables to reach students on campus
  • Plan, promote, and host on-campus event(s) with the help of BestSemester resources
  • Promote BestSemester programs using online tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.
  • Connect and coordinate with BestSemester alumni on your campus
  • Follow up with interested students after events
  • Participate in training and conference calls with BestSemester staff and other Alumni Ambassadors
  • And HAVE FUN getting other students excited about the BestSemester programs!

For more information or to apply to the program, please contact Leah Mullen, BestSemester Campus Relations & Marketing Manager at 202.548.5201 or

Spring 2014 BestSemester Alumni Ambassadors
Campus Alumni Ambassador
Asbury University Jarrod Ingles
Biola University Shayla Wakumoto
California Baptist University Carli Sprague
Cedarville University Rachel Yutzy
East Texas Baptist University Sarah Diffie
Franciscan University of Steubenville Jordan Otero
Gordon College Emily DenBleyker
Messiah College Casey Uhrin
Mount Vernon Nazarene University Megan Morgan
Olivet Nazarene University Brittany Booth & Katelynn Soendlin
Oral Roberts University Lauren Stanley
Palm Beach Atlantic University Johanna Wolz
Roberts Wesleyan College Anna Lind
Seattle Pacific University Meagan Dooley
Spring Arbor University Stephen Husk
Trinity International University Benita Thorat