Scholar Ambassador Blog    

A behind-the-scenes journey through academic life abroad.

About The Blog

The Scholar Ambassador Blog is a volunteer storytelling project, which aims to share experiences among students, faculty and administrators who have benefited from Laspau-administered educational programs. The blog is an opportunity for scholars to express their journey of studying and living abroad, make new connections with one another, and open doors to a world of possibilities to those who dream of following a similar academic path.



We will be learning about the motivations, challenges, and successes through stories on topics related to:

  • Studying English-language
  • Exploring a new country and culture
  • Spending holidays in a new country
  • Studying abroad with family
  • Pursuing doctoral studies in the United States
  • Experiencing diversity and inclusion at host institution
  • Returning to home country after graduation
  • Looking back on an academic experience abroad after several decades

Join us on this journey! We will be posting new stories that illustrate the transformative power of education and international exchange.


Become A Scholar Ambassador

Community is at our core. We are comprised of over 18,000 individuals throughout the Americas who have pursued educational opportunities for the betterment of their home country. Altogether, we are part of a circle that brings experiences and lessons learned from every individual’s trajectory. We will be posting new narratives that will take you to a transformational change through the power of education.

If you are a former or current Laspau-administered scholar keen to blog for us, consider becoming a Scholar Ambassador. As a volunteered blogger, you will receive support in developing topics to write on as well as editing assistance.

Submit your story!

For more information or any questions, please email Gláucia Ribeiro

Recent Stories

March 2, 2018
How to be an international PhD student… and survive it!
By: Deyanira Sindy Moya Chaves – Fulbright Becas Colciencias scholar from Colombia and currently a PhD fellow in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at Pennsylvania State University.
February 21, 2018
Looking back at why it took me ten years to apply to Fulbright
By: Magaly Preciado Reyes – Fulbright COMEXUS scholar from Mexico and currently a Master’s degree candidate in International Development and Social Change at Clark University.
February 14, 2018
From a cornfield in El Salvador to New York City: How learning English took me overseas
By: Pedro Alexander Vasquez Jimenez – Fulbright Faculty Development Program scholar from El Salvador and currently a Master’s degree candidate in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor (TESOL) at Binghamton University.
February 6, 2018
Life is an opportunity, take it
By: Gabriela María Fretes Centurión – BECAL scholar from Paraguay and current PhD fellow in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.