Global gator guides
what is the global gator guide program?
The Global Gator Guide program is an award-winning program within Global Business Society. In order to be selected to be a Global Gator Guide, those interested must go through an application process that takes place in the semester prior to the one in which they wish to be a global gator guide.
The main focus of the program is to match a UF student, a Global Gator Guide, with an incoming exchange student to help the student transition to life on campus.
The goal of the program is to create lasting connections with international business students while they learn and grow here at the University of Florida.
Global Gator Guide responsibilities
The Global Gator Guide Program is highly involved program that requires committed members in order to ensure the program runs smoothly and allows for the best experience possible for all members.
Interested applicants should look into the responsibilities of being a Global Gator Guide before applying in order to ensure they are able to dedicate the time required to being a Global Gator Guide.
Attend bi-weekly Global Business Society General Body Meetings on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm
Attend bi-weekly Gator Guide Committee Meetings on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (alternating weeks with GBMs)
Attend all mandatory Global Business Society events and excursions
Maintain regular contact with your assigned exchange student
Regularly check on your points in order to ensure your standing in the organization
Attend as many possible GBS social events throughout the semester
1. APPLY TO THE PROGRAM
Apply around February for Fall semester and October for Spring semester.
3. ATTEND THE INTERVIEW
Attend the time that you selected and make sure to arrive around 10 minutes early. Remember to bring your resume, and business professional attire is required.
2. CHECK YOUR EMAIL
Check for an email letting you know if you made it past the first round and then set up an interview time for us to get to know you better.
4. PARTICIPATE IN GGG training
If chosen as a guide, you'll be invited to orientation at the end of the semester. At this point you are in our program for the following semester, so this will serve as an introduction to our academic advisor, the executive board, and the other students who will be guides with you.
Testimonials from our global gator guides
I’m Russell Liao and I am a first-year accounting major from Shenzhen, China. My fun fact is I have traveled to 15 countries around the world! Being a gator guide is meaningful for me because I had experiences as an exchange student before and I know how they feel in a different environment. I want to help them adapt to new lives better. Also, it is just a great way to meet new friends!
Hi everyone, my name is Mia Garcia. I am a senior in the school of business and this my last semester at UF. I have been a gator guide for two years and the impact this club has made on me is life changing. From never really meeting anyone from the outside of the United States, to making such good friendships with exchange students and visiting them in their home countries, this club has really made my UF experience and I am so grateful for that.
"Hi! My name is Carly Rutigliano, and I am a second-year Marketing major here at UF. After traveling to Brazil, I knew I wanted to join a club that allowed me to interact with other cultures and make lasting friendships! This was my first year as a Gator Guide, and I am forever grateful for the relationships I made and for my exchange student! GBS is an amazing part of my time as a Gator and I cannot recommend it enough!"