5 Ways to Find Remote Global Learning Experiences This Summer

A bird's eye view of the London skyline. (Getty)
A bird's eye view of the London skyline. (Getty)

By Bineti Vitta and Paula Levitt

Despite travel and physical distance restrictions implemented during this coronavirus pandemic, opportunities to take part in global learning this summer still abound, and the Global Learning Hub within Global Affairs at UC Davis is here to help.

Remote and virtual learning opportunities were already becoming a more commonplace practice, and more organizations have joined the trend. Consider a virtual internship, remote community-engaged learning experience, or online course to stay globally engaged while improving your skills and employability. Keep reading for tools you can use to find a global summer learning experience that will connect you with communities and organizations all over the world.

1. UC Davis Global Learning Hub Search Tool

Keith David Watenpaugh, a professor and director of the UC Davis Human Rights program, lead a trip to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon for the Article 26 Backpack. (Joe Proudman/UC Davis)
Keith David Watenpaugh, a professor and director of the UC Davis Human Rights program, lead a trip to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon for the Article 26 Backpack. (Joe Proudman/UC Davis) 

Browse a curated list of virtual global learning experiences that includes internships, volunteer opportunities and other online content related to global learning. Opportunities highlighted within the Global Learning Hub are often in partnership with a third-party organization which provides, for example, internship placement in the country of your choice, career coach, online language classes, online curriculum, weekly group discussions, project supervision, certificate of completion and/or digital badging. Many opportunities are free, but some organizations do charge a fee for participation. Be sure to check what is included when you are comparing programs.

2. UC Davis Global Learning Hub, Virtual Global Learning Opportunities

Colorful Mexican piñata on a street in Oaxaca, Mexico. (Getty)
Colorful Mexican piñata on a street in Oaxaca, Mexico. (Getty)

Explore online programs and opportunities that further your global learning and connect you with organizations all over the globe. In addition to remote internships and community-engaged learning opportunities, you will find free remote global learning modules and trainings. For example, you can search through over 1,200 downloadable lectures and modules through the United Nations SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Academy, and UN’s UNITAR and eLearn sites).

3. GoinGlobal

Machu Picchu in Peru. (Getty)
Machu Picchu in Peru. (Getty)

Use your UC Davis Kerberos authentication to access a database of millions of global internship and job postings on GoinGlobal. Check out how to conduct an internship search in GoinGlobal. To identify remote opportunities, conduct different searches using “remote”, “virtual”, “work from home” or “telework” as exact phrases in the keyword search or advanced search under “Jobs.” In addition to a searchable job and internship database by country, GoinGlobal has career guides with country- and city-specific information to help you prepare for working, even remotely, in a new cultural setting. 

4. Handshake

A small group of African elephants move in the plains of the Serengeti. (Getty)
A small group of African elephants move in the plains of the Serengeti. (Getty)

Take advantage of your UC Davis Handshake account with the Internship and Career Center to find a remote internship that is right for you. Skim the list of remote internships to find a match. Once you find a remote opportunity you are interested in applying for, be sure to check out the Internship and Career Center’s helpful short video tutorials. Topics include: formatting and tailoring your resume, job searching in uncertain times, transferable skills, informational interviews, artificial intelligence interviews and acing your video interview — to name a few.

5. Other online search engines

Spice vendor in the streets of Marrakech, Morocco. (Getty)
Spice vendor in the streets of Marrakech, Morocco. (Getty)

Expand your search for online opportunities by using Chegg InternshipsVirtual Internships, and WayUp to locate remote internships; and CatchafireOmprakash, and VolunteerMatch to pinpoint virtual community-engaged or volunteer opportunities. To keep from feeling overwhelmed by all of the options and results, use filters and keywords to narrow your search results, and save your searches and/or sign up for updates to stay informed of new opportunities."

This story is originally from the UC Davis What Can I Do With My Major? Blog.

About Global Affairs at UC Davis

Global Affairs brings the world to UC Davis, welcoming more than 10,000 international students, scholars and leaders, and hosting programs that inspire global curiosity, understanding and engagement. Compelled by the valuable outcomes of thinking globally, we make transformative opportunities a reality by supporting the thousands of students and faculty learning and researching globally—and by facilitating collaborations that tackle the world's most pressing challenges through more than 150 global partnerships.

Putting our vision of a UC Davis community that engages, thrives, and leads in this interconnected world into action, Global Affairs is in pursuit of an ambitious goal: Global Education for All.

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