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CARE Ambassador Program

CARE Application Information

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What does CARE Do?

Cultural Ambassador for Resident Enrichment (CARE), a new program at The Ohio State University’s Office of Residence Life, is primarily organized and run by committed undergraduate students in residence halls at The Ohio State University. This cohort is comprised of students from each residence hall and the Program Coordinator for International Students at the Office of Student Life. CARE Ambassadors are essential for the transition, well-being, and success of international students. As a representative of the international students in their residence hall, CARE Ambassadors exercise leadership and strive to build a welcoming and strong community among both international students and domestic students. They also offer social, academic, and educational support to residential international students by building bridges across campus between international and domestic students as well as faculty and staff members.


  • Keen interest in learning about different cultures and enhancing personal intercultural experience and competence;
  • Enthusiasm about helping others with a high sense of responsibility;
  • Willingness to take initiatives and exercise leadership;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage academic workload;
  • MUST be residential students.


  • Communicate with students from different countries in your residence hall, and communicate their thoughts and concerns to Hall Council, Hall Director, and Program Coordinator of Residential International Students at the Office of Student Life;
  • Assist Hall Director and RAs in promoting cultural understanding and learning between domestic and international students, as well as advertising on-campus cultural events;
  • Exercise leadership in coaching international students, designing programs, and organizing workshops in your residence hall;
  • Take initiative to reach out to international students in your residence hall before their arrival, and facilitate their adjustment;
  • Build a solid knowledge of existing programs, resources, and services and provide information for international students;
  • Maintain a supportive and cohesive network with CARE Ambassadors in other residence halls through attending monthly group meetings and planning team-building activities.


CARE Ambassadors will receive centralized training and specialized training to upgrade their skillset. The training package we provide includes


  • Enrichment of global perspectives and connections throughout the world;
  • Enhancement of a powerful employable skill set for future professional opportunities, including StrengthsQuest, interview skills, resume building, career advising, leadership development, cross-cultural communication, event planning, financial skills, etc.;
  • Available budget for programming upon request and consultation;
  • Membership in a lasting network with an inspiring cohort of global leaders;
  • Influence on Ohio State’s course of globalization;
  • Certificate of participation as a token of appreciation in recognition of contribution
  • Recognition event at the end of the year.


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