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Give Back Projects

Continue the Journey
Time spent studying abroad is only the beginning of the process. Phillips Ambassadors are expected to share their experience and extend its impact through a collective or individual give back component.

Upon accepting the Phillips Ambassadors scholarship, students agree to give back to the Carolina community and to their hometowns through a variety of outreach opportunities designed to share their experience in Asia with others.

Max Conley lectures on the floods in Japan and meteorology for his Give Back project.

Exchange students from Asia enjoy Chinese lanterns after a meal prepared by ambassadors.

Students have found a variety of ways to give back in person or virtually including:

  • leading a tour and discussion of Asian art at the Ackland Art Museum
  • hosting a 2 hour radio show on WXYC focusing on Asian music interspersed with stories from time abroad as a Phillips Ambassador
  • organizing virtual or in-person outreach presentations about their study abroad experience at their hometown high school or community organization
  • coordinating a photo exhibit with images from Asia
  • writing an article for their hometown newspaper or a campus publication
  • participating in UNC Pearl Hacks, a female coding conference designed to promote women in computer science
  • presenting hands-on techniques for Traditional Chinese Medicine to high school students
  • teaching a C-START class with Asia content
  • inviting a guest speaker, virtual or in-person, to discuss a topic of interest and relevance to their study abroad experience
  • giving a group presentation on interning in Asia to Kenan-Flagler Business School students
  • individual or collective projects are accepted. Projects are developed by students, but must be approved by the Phillips Ambassadors Program to meet the give back requirement.

Lydia Field shares her immersive Chinese language experience with students at her alma mater, Cary Academy.

Ambassadors prepare a meal for an evening of food and fellowship with exchange students from Asia.

Students are also required to participate in one study abroad fair, held each September and January, or other similar event, virtual or in-person, as part of their commitment to the program.