Epsilon Sigma Phi
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Epsilon Sigma Phi Handbook


Global Relations Committee

(Reviewed and Adopted October 2016)

The Epsilon Sigma Phi National Global Relations Committee  

The International Committee was started in 1981 as a standing committee of the national ESP organization. In 1992 the name of the committee was changed to Global Relations. The committee is composed of two ESP members from each of the four regions and a National Board Member as appointed by the ESP President.. 

Role of the Global Relations Committee :  

1.  Make contact and promote affiliations with ESP and International professionals through: 

  • Their representative(s) in the U.S.  
  • U.S. personnel (ESP members on international assignments)  
  • Provide suggestions for strengthening Extension’s International programming.  
  • Promote international enthusiasm within state ESP Chapters and the national ESP organization.  
  • Recommend international recognition on a state or national basis.  
  • Develop proposals for international orientation and program development support in Epsilon Sigma Phi. 

2.    Gaining an Understanding of Extension International Programs  

To Gain a better Understanding of Extension International Programs in your Chapter: 

  • Sponsor an ESP international dinner with an authentic meal. Invite a citizen of another country to speak about their work in their native country.  
  • Become a friend or host for international students on your campus and find out if Extension work is being done in their country.  
  • Invite someone who has been on an international Extension assignment to come and share ideas with your chapter.  .

3.    International Program Opportunities  

To Find Out About International Program Opportunities Check Out:  
  • USDA/CSREES International Office. Consider filling out forms for the USDA data bank.  If a position comes along for which you are qualified, the USDA/CSREES office will notify your state international program contact.  
  • University International Programs Office or Consortia.  
  • Private consulting firms.  
  • Foreign students on campus.  

4. What Types of International Opportunities Exist for Extension Personnel?

Short Term Programs: These are usually one week to six months and written for specific skills needed on a project. You can participate:   
    • To gain international extension programming understanding.   
    • By taking release time or annual leave time.   
    • By assisting with work directed by others.   
    • Utilizing subject matter expertise as well as knowledge of program development and evaluation.  
Long Term Programs: These are usually six months or longer. A typical assignment is two years.   
    • Federal retirement credits can be earned while serving on an international assignment.   
    • U.S. Federal tax exemptions are available.   
    • Education allowances are available for school age children  

5.    Before Going on an International Assignment: 

  • Discuss in some depth the nature of the assignment(s) with a person from the agency sponsoring the assignment. 
  • Determine the goals desired by the sponsor, by the Nationals desiring assistance and the specific agency being worked with in the country. 
  • Study the country thoroughly…its location, people, culture, language, and society in which programs operate. 
  • Become as fluent as possible in the language of the country. 
  • Discuss with students and visiting professionals from the county any unique features of the country and what they think might be accomplished on an assignment. 
  • Establish a link with any universities, USAID, USDA Foundations, World Bank, etc. which have worked in the country in the past. 
  • If possible visit the country for a short get acquainted experience to establish professional and personal relationships, especially if the assignment is for more than one year. 
  • Make contact with your ESP state officers and national Global Relations Committee to secure ideas for international programming which you could use while on the international assignment. 
  • Once you have returned, share your learning, and experiences with others interested in international work.           

ESP Global Relations Projects

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