Become an International Speaker for ISSB

Visit local public schools, civic groups, retirement communities and organizations!
Speak about your home country! Meet other international students!
Practice the English language!

The International Student Speakers Bureau (ISSB) is a group of international and study abroad students who volunteer to speak in the community about their home countries. The goal of the program is to promote global awareness.

"Going to present your country to American students may sound strange and scary at first, but it is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had so far. You rediscover your country, you directly interact with American students who are usually very friendly and interested, you meet with new people, and above all you have a lot of FUN." --Nelly, ISSB speaker from France


“It is very interesting to know the thoughts of small kids/school students as I believe that today’s students are tomorrows’ citizens. This program also gave me a chance to know about different cultures of people who attended from different countries with different backgrounds. So I really enjoy this program, nice idea!!!"
-- Roop, ISSB speaker from India

If you are an international or returned study abroad student who would like to share your culture with American school children,we invite you to join ISSB! We will provide you with the training necessary for you to interact in a classroom setting comfortably and effectively.

We make it easy to participate!

  • Events occur throughout the semester, so volunteers may choose event dates that fit their schedules.
  • The UF International Center provides transportation to and from the event location.
  • Training is the provided at the beginning of the semester and assistance with
    presentations is available.

If you are interested in joining, please contact:

Giselle Navarro
ISSB Student Coordinator
1765 Stadium Road, Suite 170 HUB
PO Box 113225
Gainesville, FL 32611-3225
Phone: (352) 273-1520, 273-1515
Fax: (352) 392-5575