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World Learning Supports Inclusion

In our new video, World Learning staff demonstrate their support for and commitment to inclusion. We seek to create a more inclusive world by addressing the needs of and drawing on the contributions of all members of society.

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The Fantinis Celebrate 50 Years with a New SIT Scholarship

In 1954, Alvino Fantini received a scholarship to attend The Experiment in International Living in Mexico. “I was transformed totally,” he said. “All I wanted to do was come back.” Fantini did come back to The Experiment in 1963 to lead Experiment groups of his own. By that time, he had met his future wife, Bea, and the two soon settled in the Brattleboro area. Alvino became a language coordinator for the Peace Corps, which sent all of its volunteers to The Experiment for language training and orientation at the time. Bea, a native of Bolivia, graded Spanish tests for college-aged Experimenters taking six-credit language courses. The Experiment’s work with the Peace Corps led to the founding of SIT (then School for International Training) in 1964. Though SIT sought higher education accreditation, and the language training programs were taking off, … Continue reading

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World Learning Alumnus Discusses Venezuela Protests

Carlos Rojas is originally from Venezuela and participated in an International Visitor Leadership Program exchange to the United States, administered by World Learning. He is currently a student in the master’s in policy management program at Georgetown University. Previously, Rojas was the general coordinator for the Committee of Citizen Security and Human Rights in the mayor’s office in Caracas. He also is an elected member of the political party Voluntad Popular. On February 24, 2014 he participated in a Google Hangout with World Learning to discuss the protests in Venezuela and the opposition party perspective. Watch the hangout below and scroll down to read background information on the conflict.   Background Information Venezuela is on the northern coast of South America and shares a border with Colombia, Brazil, and Guyana. The oil-rich nation has been the stage of several protests … Continue reading

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Council on Foreign Relations Launches Interactive Guide on Child Marriage

The Council on Foreign Relations’ new interactive project investigates the prevalence, causes, and effects of child marriage in countries around the world. The organization interviewed a number of experts on the issue, including World Learning President and CEO Donald Steinberg, who explained that the negative impacts of child marriage reach far beyond the girls and their families. “Issues related to human security, issues like child marriage, are not simply soft issues,” Steinberg said in his interview. “They are issues that can affect the stability of countries, they are issues that can affect the economic development of these countries. They are every bit as dangerous as wars over natural resources or wars that result from cultural differences.” The publication features videos, interactive maps, profiles of countries where child marriage is common, details of policy options that could help curb the practice, … Continue reading

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Back to School with World Learning

This semester more than 1,400 students will head back to the classroom on a variety of World Learning programs. Students on SIT Study Abroad programs will travel to foreign countries to immerse themselves in other cultures and do fieldwork. At SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and Washington, DC, master’s degree candidates will pursue advanced studies in subjects ranging from international education to sustainable development. Through the Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, college students from dozens of countries will spend a semester or a year at colleges and universities across the United States. High school students from Eurasia will also spend a year in the United States through the State Department’s Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program, attending local schools, living with host families, and learning about American culture. Watch our video below to find out … Continue reading

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Documenting the Ganges, From Start to Finish

Alex Cunningham is a filmmaker and alumnus of SIT Study Abroad India. His newest film, Rose Tree Apple Island, was an official selection at the 2012 Raindance Film Festival and the 2013 Victoria Film Festival. It is my birthday, a Saturday in April 2011, and I squat down on a rock and dip my cupped hands into an ice cold river in northern India. This water has only been in liquid form for a few moments now.  I am at the glacial source. As I watch my hands turn purple from the freezing water it, strikes me that these drops of water will eventually make their way downhill and support hundreds of millions of people throughout the Indian subcontinent. I had seen the holy Ganges River before on several occasions without making the connection. The river did not look anything … Continue reading

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SIT Student Gives Meaning to Words in Thailand

When Jaime Durham enrolled in the Master of Arts in TESOL program at SIT Graduate Institute last September, she knew she wanted to complete her two-month teaching internship, which began in January of this year, abroad. After applying to programs in Morocco and Spain through SIT, she accepted an internship in Mae Sot, Thailand with World Education. Durham had never taught primary school, but she quickly adapted to her new students, primarily Burmese refugees who knew only the most basic English, thanks to the guidance and support of a local mentor who was supervising her during her internship. “They had all studied English before, they just didn’t have a lot of meaning attached to their words,” said Durham, who challenged the students to more deeply reflect on word choice and language each day. Though the internship provided her a with … Continue reading

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School-Community Partnerships for a Better Tomorrow

Nearly one million children in Ethiopia are affected by the AIDS epidemic. Through the School-Community Partnership Serving HIV-Affected Orphans and Vulnerable Children (SCOPSO) program, World Learning has provided comprehensive care and support for at least 52,000 children in need across the country. Sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the program also empowers schools and communities to improve the wellbeing of children affected by HIV/AIDS and lessen the local impact of the AIDS epidemic. World Learning is in the process of completing a documentary about the program, which showcases some of the students who benefit from the program and hard-working staff who make it possible. We’ll be posting the new video soon. In the meantime get an overview of the SCOPSO program by watching this short video … Continue reading

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SIT Still Life: Creating Family

Last fall we gave SIT Graduate Institute students disposable cameras and set them free on campus. We told them to take photographs around a theme that interested them, and the only limitations were those imposed by the simple film cameras. At the end of the project, we asked the students to describe their photographs, and their time at SIT, and we turned their photographs and stories into short videos. Student Christophre Woods captured Thanksgiving at SIT, and the students living far from home who created a new family and community to celebrate the holiday in Vermont.

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A Summer to Remember at the Start of World War II

The summer of 1939 marked a turning point in world history—and in Jocelyn Gutchess’ life. In June of that year, Gutchess traveled with a small group of college students to Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, with The Experiment in International Living on an adventure that took her group to the heart of the growing conflict in Western Europe. Though the trip ended in a series of hasty retreats from Gothenburg, Oslo, and Copenhagen amidst air raid drills and preparations for war, the first month was idyllic. Gutchess stayed with a host family from Stockholm who spent their summers on a small island just south of the city. She and her three host siblings spent the month of July swimming, fishing, playing tennis, and having long meal-time conversations in French, German, and English—languages they all shared. The focus of the trip was … Continue reading

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