What’s New in 2012

It’s a new year and we’re excited to announce some of the upcoming programs we’ll be launching in 2012. With initiatives in youth leadership development, health education, and international capacity development, we’ve got a busy year ahead. Here are some of the latest additions to World Learning’s efforts around the world.

Brazilian Youth Ambassadors arrive in the US. Photo courtesy of US Embassy Brazil.

World Learning will host hundreds of Latin American youth in the United States this year, as part of huge expansion of educational exchange programs featuring new programs with Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. The first group of 45 students arrived in early January from Brazil to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Brazil Youth Ambassadors Program.  Participants learn about responsible citizenship, leadership, and community service, as well as social justice and volunteerism. They will also build ties with Americans through mentoring by business and civil society leaders. The US State Department and the US Embassy in Brazil sponsor the program in cooperation with Brazil’s Council of State Secretariats of Education, the US-Brazil Bi-national Centers Network, and private sector partners.

In 2012 World Learning will help Mozambique take a critical step forward in fighting its HIV/AIDS epidemic. The new project aims to strengthen the country’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Women and Social Action so they will be able to  independently manage millions of dollars in potential funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). World Learning will help the ministries self-identify gaps in administration and financial management and design a custom training program to aid in compliance with PEPFAR regulations. The organization will work in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ICF International on this program.

Frustration with Egypt’s stagnant economy and high youth unemployment fueled the country’s recent revolution. Now World Learning is partnering with Egypt’s Ministry of Education to strengthen teaching, curricula, and management at a new high school in Cairo focused on science, technology, and math—subjects vital for competing in the global marketplace. The goal is to create a successful model for specialized schools across Egypt. The project grew out of 2011 exchange hosted by World Learning that brought Egyptian education authorities to the United States to learn about innovations and best practices in the US educational system. The US Agency for International Development funded that exchange, as well as the current project.

Field work is a key component of the new study abroad program in Argentina.

To meet growing student interest in global health, SIT Study Abroad is launching a new program in Argentina this fall, which will include coursework on the country’s epidemiological profile, chronic diseases in urban environments, health equity, and social determinants of health. This health program will join other SIT Study Abroad programs based in Buenos Aires. SIT Study Abroad will also return to Cuba this fall with its History, Culture, and Identity program. Students will participate in an immersive cultural examination of Cuba’s rich artistic traditions, ethnic heritages and identity, and historical developments. The program will be based in the political and cultural capital of Havana with field-based learning throughout the country to give students a chance to experience Cuba’s geographic and cultural diversity.

SIT Professor Jeff Unsicker works with partner organization BRAC in Bangladesh.

Over the past few years, SIT Graduate Institute has expanded its intensive field course offerings to provide students more experiential learning opportunities. This year it will offer a Policy Advocacy Course in Bangladesh through a partnership with BRAC, a development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor. In addition, students in the Leadership, Community, and Coalition Building course are currently in the field in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. These short courses offer current graduate students a chance to study theory and at the same time observe and work with organizations in the field.

Explore Baja’s marine ecosystem with a new Experiment trip to Mexico.

Finally, The Experiment in International Living celebrates its 80th anniversary this year and continues to offer extraordinary summer programs in 30 countries. This year The Experiment is adding a program in Mexico on Marine Biology on the Baja Peninsula. High school students will work with local marine biologists to explore Baja’s unique marine ecosystems, swim with sea lions, and snorkel along the reefs. Students will also improve their Spanish language skills and experience local customs with their host families.

We hope you’re as excited about our new endeavors as we are. Check back here for updates on these programs and information about more projects and offerings we’ll be debuting in 2012.

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