Culture to Culture Ambassadors

The Culture to Culture Ambassador Program (CCAP) is designed to support new international students in transitioning to life at NC State University. “Ambassadors” act as friends and mentors to new students, organizing monthly social events, as well as offering one-on-one peer mentorship for those new students who request it. While ambassadors are offering their support, they are also seeking to learn from new students. Ultimately, CCAP is working to create a community of cultural exchange and connection at NC State.

How the program works

New international students are invited to request a peer mentor. Those students will be matched with mentors throughout the summer, the pairs will have an opportunity to meet at a CCAP social soon after arrival, and they will continue meeting once each month throughout the first semester. Additionally, CCAP Ambassadors will host monthly group activities for all new international students (not just those with mentors), which are opportunities for students to develop closer connections with each other and the NCSU community.

For new students

  • What you will gain. Participating in CCAP will give you information and advice from peer mentors invested in your success, opportunities to develop close connections and share cultures with new friends, introductions to valuable campus resources, and support to help you feel more at home at NCSU.
  • Commitment. Requesting a peer mentor through CCAP does involve more of a time commitment than connecting with CCAP through the monthly social activities only. When requesting a mentor, you commit to meet with your mentor once per month for your first semester at NCSU. Partners will compare schedules and decide when to meet throughout the semester.  
  • Sign up here! All new Fall 2019 international students will automatically be put on the CCAP mailing list to receive invitations to monthly events. If you would also like to be paired with a CCAP ambassador for one-on-one mentorship for your first semester, SIGN UP HERE! 

For prospective ambassadors

  • What you will gainParticipating in CCAP will give you an opportunity to develop your intercultural leadership and communication skills, better understand your role in a global community, connect with and receive specialized training from various Global Engagement units, have a positive impact and make a difference in the lives of new international students, and develop connections with students from all over the world (new students and fellow Ambassadors)!
  • Commitment and responsibilitiesTowards the goals of supporting new international students in their transition to life at NCSU and building a cultural exchange community on campus, ambassadors commit to:
    • Training retreat. Must commit to attending the NC State Global Leader Training on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 10am to 3pm.
    • Orientation.Must commit to attending an orientation preparation meeting on Tuesday, August 13 from 4 to 6pm and then helping with/participating in New International Student Orientation on Wednesday, August 14 from 8am to 8pm. Additional opportunities to help and connect will be available during orientation week, but are not mandatory.
    • Peer Mentorship. Ambassadors will be assigned no more than 5 mentees each. Must commit to sending an introductory email to each mentee upon pairing and attending the Mentor Meet Up event mid-day on Monday, August 19 to meet mentees. Throughout the semester, the commitment is to meet with each mentee once/month and maintain communication.
    • Monthly Programming. Must commit to helping to plan (along with a small committee of other ambassadors) one of the monthly CCAP socials for all new international students. Past socials have included soccer games, picnic/barbeques, movie nights, NCSU athletic events, etc.
    • Ongoing Support and Communication. OIS will be available to ambassadors throughout the semester and will reach out regularly. Must commit to being responsive/staying in contact so OIS can best support you and your mentees.
  • Apply hereTo apply to be a CCAP Ambassador, current students must complete an online application, including submitting a resume and contact information for a personal reference. The application for Fall 2019 has now closed. Please check back next year!

What students are saying

During my time as a CCAP ambassador, I befriended not only the international students I was assigned, but several students I met at international orientation and other events. Throughout the semester, I invited my international friends to American events, acted as their American tour guide, and we even traveled around the USA together. This was a wonderful, life-changing opportunity, because now I am studying abroad in France and my European friends have invited me to visit them in their home countries and be my tour guide. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to be a CCAP ambassador in affording me friendships that I will cross oceans for.” Christina Coomer, United States, 2018

“Moving to a new place is always difficult and exciting. There are tons of new things to learn and people to meet. The CCAP activities have helped me with all that. In fact, I met most of my best friends at NC State through these events. Also, the orientation day was really useful to learn how to move around campus. Thank y’all for the help and the wonderful moments!” David Juan, Spain, 2018  

“This program helped me to get through simple procedures and gave me the chance to meet new people. The program eased my transition to the USA and was a go-to place for any questions or problems.” New student, 2018 

Questions?

Contact oisprograms@ncsu.edu with subject line CCAP.