Athena’s 2nd Annual Global Give NAFSA Fundraiser Powered by Athena Study Abroad benefiting the GoAbroad Foundation

Setting up countless meetings. Highlighting your must-go-to sessions & receptions. Booking flights to LA. It’s that time of year again….NAFSA is upon us! As we at Athena are preparing for the conference, we wanted to officially announce our 2nd Annual Global Give Fundraiser which will take place during the conference in LA this year!

Last year our Global Give Fundraiser was so popular among NAFSAites that we decided to make it a permanent part of Athena’s charitable arm, S.O.S. (hence adding ‘annual’ to the title!). Giving back is a core mission of Athena Study Abroad and through the various branches of our S.O.S. program we, and our students, have been able to join countless charitable organizations to bring about change we want to see in the world. From service-based scholarships, to donations of proceeds & services, to staff service to our own community, we do all that we can to make the world a better place for everyone because we feel as global citizens, it is our duty to do so.

With the donations raised last year at NAFSA through our First Annual Global Give Fundraiser as well as Athena’s dollar-for-dollar donation match, we were able to donate enough to the GoAbroad Foundation to result in the creation of a new GoAbroad Annual Scholarship that supports a student in the Philippines to go to school for an entire academic year! We were beyond thrilled with the support we received last year from our fellow international educators and are very excited to continue giving to this amazing charity this year.

James C., the recipient of last year’s Global Give/GoAbroad Foundation Scholarship


This year, for our Global Give fundraiser will be giving out stylish map bracelets for donations. But that’s not all! We want to hear from you too.

As our team was planning and strategizing this year’s fundraiser over lunch, we found ourselves in a discussion about the current state of the world and what we all thought the world could use more of. Now, it goes without saying that the world could use a lot more of a bunch of things, but we want to know what you think the world needs the most right now:

  • Compassion
  • Self Awareness
  • Tolerance or
  • Wisdom

We as international educators have a lot of thoughts on the subject, so we encourage you to stop by our booth, cast your vote, and tell us why you think the world needs more of one of these virtues the most.



Not only do we want to have stimulating conversation with you at our NAFSA booth, but we also want to hear what students have to say about the topic! Therefore, whichever virtue receives the most votes will become a part of the scholarship essay prompt for the GoAbroad Foundation’s new Annual Scholarship Program in the Philippines! You will be able to follow along with the adventure of choosing the scholarship recipient, hearing what the recipient has to say about the top chosen virtue (as selected by the int’l ed community), and how it relates to education.  Follow along as Athena Study Abroad and the GoAbroad Foundation provide updates after the conference.


We look forward to seeing you at Athena’s NAFSA booth #1831 (right next to the NAFSA commons)!

The Athena Team

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