Get Involved

Whether it's organizing or attending an alumni event, serving as a contact for potential students, writing an article for The Owl, or making a much-appreciated donation of any size, there are many important ways for alumni to remain involved with current students, fellow alums, and the life of CYA

CYA is seeking volunteer Class Agents Volunteers are one of our greatest assets and they are a critical link between alumni and CYA. If you are interested in keeping up with the latest at CYA and in serving as the connecting hub netween your classmates, learn more about the class agent role below!

Classes 1962 to 1990: we are looking for one class agent per academic year.
Classes 1990 to 2017: we are seeking a class agent for each semester.

NOW SEEKING AGENTS FOR THE FOLLOWING YEARS: 1963, 1964, 1971, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017.

Feel free to contact Erica Huffman, CYA ‘93 (alumni@cyathens.org) Director of Alumni Relations, with any questions or to sign up.
  • What’s a Class Agent?
  • What's the role?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the time commitments?
  • For more information

What's a Class Agent?

Class Agents serve as important communication ambassadors between CYA and fellow classmates after studying at CYA. Class agents, who work with the Director of Alumni Relations, are kept up-to-date about alumni events & campus news and help disseminate the information. Likewise, they help keep CYA connected to alumni by keeping in touch with classmates and sharing news & updates with the Director of Alumni Relations. Note: Class Agents are not the same as Alum Ambassadors.

What's the role?

• Keep in touch with classmates via letter, email, social media, and phone
• Help promote Alumni participation and support by networking
• Keep classmates up-to-date on CYA events and news
• Support CYA’s Alumni fundraising efforts by spreading the word and encouraging class participation
• Attend and promote local area events when possible
• Post (or participate) on social media; including the CYA ALUMNI GROUP on Facebook
• Communicate to CYA any updates (eg. email bounce-backs) regarding alumni contact info
• Assist in tracking down Lost Alumni • Submit updates and accomplishments for the class notes section of The Owl
• Give CYA feedback and input
• Brainstorm additional ways to keep your class connected. Some class agents create newsletters for their classes, create class Facebook pages, collect photos for an online slideshow, host mini reunions, etc.

What are the benefits?

Great way to keep in touch with CYAers—classmates, and friends through the years
• Fantastic volunteer and networking experience!
• Class agents are often first to know about news from CYA and about events being planned
• It’s a resume booster! Class agents can note experience networking & communication skills
• For alumni who cannot donate money, this is a great way to “give back” to CYA

What's the time commitment?

Class agents spend a few hours each month connecting with classmates and touching base with the Director of Alumni Relations. Many of our class agents take on this role and hold it for decades finding the great value of this position and the ongoing benefits of their connections with fellow alumni and the CYA community.

What if I still have questions?

If you have questions regarding the commitment or would like to discuss the role further, please contact Erica Huffman at alumni@cyathens.org or 617.909.4536. Thank you for your interest in becoming a CYA Class Agent!

So, You Want to be a CYA Ambassador?

Our student Ambassadors want to share their CYA experience and encourage others on their home campuses to consider the life-changing beauty of Greece and its inhabitants.

 

Read our Ambassador profiles and contact them directly to find out more about the CYA experience

 

  • Who can be an Ambassador?
  • What is a Student Ambassador?
  • What is required?
  • What are the perks?
  • Contact us

Who can be an Ambassador?

The CYA Student Ambassador Program is for alums, just like you, who want to share their experience and encourage others to consider the life-changing beauty of Greece and its inhabitants. Life happens, and memory of your time abroad can fade, but we want you to remember that you always have a home at CYA. By participating in the ambassador program you will continue to feel a part of Greece and your CYA family!

The CYA Ambassador position is open to all current students, as most responsibilities involve doing outreach for CYA on a home campus. If you are an alum who has already graduated but still want to be involved, please contact Erica Huffman (erica@cyathens.org), Director of Alumni Relations, to learn about becoming a Class Agent or participating in other alumni activities!

What is a Student Ambassador?

Ambassadors are passionate alumni of CYA programs who primarily share their CYA experience with those back on their home campuses. Ambassador duties may include things like: sitting with a rep at the study abroad fair, giving an info session/presentation to students presenting in classes, hanging up posters, handing out flyers, serving as a contact for prospective CYA students, etc. We also ask that you share your experience through reviews on our online listings, as that is the best way to share your stories with a wide audience! Honestly, we can market until we are blue in the face, but when you share your experience of Greece, your authentic voice carries the most impact.

What is required?

This is a remote position that requires internet access and timely responses to emails. While there is no set hourly commitment, we ask that Ambassadors commit to completing at least 1 activity per month - though you are welcome to do more! - which will be recorded in a monthly
report that you submit during the school year (excluding school breaks). We will provide you with any CYA materials you need, and we will do our best to support you in making your activities happen!

What are the perks?

In addition to the benefits of being able to spread your CYA story and help support future CYA students, all Ambassadors will be compensated with a free stay in CYA apartments for up to 2 weeks next time you’re in Greece*, an official CYA Ambassador t-shirt, professional development resources, access to the Ambassador Facebook group, and more! Additionally, CYA has partnered with STA Travel to award

 a $500 flight voucher each semester to the Ambassador who has been the most active/effective in sharing their CYA story that term! The voucher is awarded based on evaluation of your monthly reports. We have found that experiencing Greece and CYA tends to leave alumni with an even greater desire to engage cross-culturally, and we hope that this opportunity can be a way to help you do that - whether it is returning to your “home away from home” in Greece or traveling elsewhere in the world! 
*Please keep in mind that you must provide us with dates well in advance so we can confirm apartment availability. Apartments may not be available while CYA summer programs are in session each year.

Contact Us

Keep an eye out for emails from the following 2 people:
➔Ambassador Program Manager: Alexia Lingaas, Senior Campus Representative (alingaas@cyathens.org)
Ambassador Program Logistics Coordinator: Lauren Chow, Administrative Support Coordinator - (lchow@cyathens.org )

Feel free to reach out to either of us with questions or comments at any time. We’re here to support you in continuing your CYA journey as an Ambassador! We hope you will take this opportunity to tell your CYA story.

Many alumni ask us how they can keep their CYA experience alive and give back to the program. Here are some simple ways you can help:
 

  1. Write a review on StudyAbroad101, Go Abroad, StudyAbroad.com, and/orGoOverseas.
  2. Spread the word on your campus to your advisors, professors, fellow classmates.
  3. Organize your own alumni event. We are able to provide some logistical support for these gatherings, so please contact Erica Huffman at alumni@cyathens.org help!