ISSB Speakers

What Speakers Do

The International Student Speakers' Bureau is a group of international students who volunteer to teach local public school students about their home countries. The goal of the program is to promote global awareness among elementary, middle, and high school students.

How Hard Is It?

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 provided at the beginning of the semester and assistance with presentations is available.

Student Speaker Quotes

"While preparing our presentation, we came across and were fascinated by many aspects of our culture which even we weren't aware of. Meeting other international students, we were introduced to so many different customs, cultures and lifestyles and that changed for the better our views about the world. While giving the presentation we realized that so many things that we take for granted and assume to be so common are so very uncommon in other parts of the world. To summarize, this experience helped me get a global perspective and some very good friends. It was one of the best experiences I had at UF!!"
---Chaitali Lawande, ISSB Speaker from India

"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