Category Archives: Youth

English Language for Economic Opportunities in El Salvador

In El Salvador, higher education and English language competency can be the key to economic opportunity. Vice President of Communications Kimberly Abbott speaks to Paola Gonzalez Angulo about World Learning’s work in El Salvador, training teachers to improve university instruction [full transcript below]. Paola Gonzalez Angulo, World Learning’s language coordinator in El Salvador, is a national educationist with 19 years’ experience working on English language programs and a teacher training specialist in El Salvador and Central America. Gonzalez was awarded her bachelor’s degree in education from the Francisco Gavidia University in El Salvador. She started working with World Learning for the USAID Project of Productivity through Higher Education last year. ​​ Read more about World Learning’s higher education work in El Salvador: bit.ly/EnglishElSalvador Transcript Kimberly Abbott: Today I’m speaking with Paola Gonzales director of World Learning Education program in El … Continue reading

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Honoring a Libyan Human Rights and Democracy Champion: Salwa Bugaighis

By Scott Lansell On the evening of July 16, I had the honor of participating in a gathering of friends and family of Salwa Bugaighis, a lifelong advocate for democracy and human rights in Libya. She was assassinated in her home on June 26 in Bengazi soon after voting in her home town in the parliamentary elections. In the well-attended reception at Vital Voices’ office, where participants joined together to share their stories of Salwa, I spoke of my chance to meet this great woman two years ago alongside my daughter, who was only 10 years old at the time. Despite our brief meeting, Salwa left a great impression on our lives. This became most apparent when after hearing of Salwa’s assassination less than a month ago, I told my daughter the tragic news. This was the very first time (and hopefully the last) … Continue reading

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[Photo Essay] Facing the War: Voices of Liberian Women

In early 2014, SIT Graduate Institute professor Charlie Curry-Smithson led a three-week field course in Liberia focused on post-war societal change. Mathilde Simon, a photographer and student of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from Paris, France attended the course and  focused her camera on the ways women were adjusting to life after Liberia’s civil war. Scroll through her photo essay below, and learn more about the women she met while traveling in Liberia and Monrovia.

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The Experiment in Focus: An Echoing Impact

Connie Xu was an Experimenter to Switzerland last summer. My favorite place in Switzerland was the Motel des Sports, the charming four-star hotel we called home during our stay in Martigny. Apart from its comfortable lodgings and decadent dinners, what fascinated me most about the motel was its location: directly across a soccer field and beach volleyball court, and a few blocks away from an abandoned Roman amphitheater. Whenever I think of the word “amphitheater,” I picture the Colosseum, bathing in all its former glory in spite of its deteriorated facade. Since I had never visited an amphitheater before, I roiled over in excitement when our leader Lynn decided to take us there after our last group dinner. I had no idea what to expect, but I imagined the amphitheater to be an exact replica of the Colosseum – the … Continue reading

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Mentoring a New Generation of Peace Builders

A Washington Nationals baseball game isn’t the most likely place to begin a peacebuilding process, but that’s exactly where SIT Graduate Institute alumni Jaime Horn and Kim Massey saw two young women from Syria and the United States put their differences behind them. Horn and Massey are the founders and sole staff members of the Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women (ALI), a new organization that brings together women from the United States and abroad for short-term peacebuilding and leadership workshops. The first ALI group, which included participants from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, spent three weeks in Washington, DC, and New York City this past August, where they engaged in dialogue sessions, met with prominent peace builders, and bonded during backyard barbecues and sporting events. While ALI is a new organization, Horn and Massey have been friends since 2008, when … Continue reading

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CONTACT Alumni Become First Twins to Summit Mt. Everest

For many athletes, summiting Mt. Everest is the ultimate challenge; but Tashi and Nungshi Malik see their achievement as just the beginning of careers that meld outdoor sports with the larger challenge of conflict transformation. Earlier this year, the Maliks, alumni of SIT Graduate Institute’s Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) program, became the first-ever twin sisters to summit Everest, marking the end of nearly four years of training that included a summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. At the peak, the Indian twins celebrated with their climbing partner, Samina Baig of Pakistan, by hoisting the flags of India and Pakistan as a symbol of peace between their two nations. While India and Pakistan’s relationship has been marked by a long history of violence and conflict, the three climbers believe that gender inequality is a challenge that is common to … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation: World Learning Youth Programs’ Style

What did you do for summer vacation? More than 270 young people who participated in World Learning’s summer Youth Programs have a great answer to that perennial question. They traveled from across the world and around the United States to spend several weeks developing their leadership skills, engaging in discussions about critical issues, and building friendships with youth from other countries and cultures. Check out our new infographic below to find out more about the summer programs and the young people who participate in them. In addition to these summer programs, World Learning runs a number of other youth programs throughout the year, such as the Youth Ambassadors programs for Brazil, Chile & Argentina, and Bolivia & Peru; the Youth Leadership Programs, and the Future Leaders Exchange Program that each promote civic engagement and cross-cultural understanding among young people.  

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Announcing the Winners of the 2013 SIT Photo Contest

This year we received over 1,000 entries for the SIT Study Abroad and SIT Graduate Institute photo contest. A group of SIT staff chose their three favorites, and then whittled down the rest of the entries to just 18 finalists for the viewers’ choice category. See the winning photographs below, with descriptions from the photographers. Heidi Strike, SIT Study Abroad, IHP/Comparative: Health and Community – 1st Place, Viewers’ Choice During the IHP/Comparative: Health and Community program, we spent a week in the beautiful town of Sa Pa, Vietnam, surrounded by mountains, rice paddies, and wildlife. The water buffalo work side by side with the Hmong and Dao people in the fields, so they weren’t afraid of getting close to us. It was such a peaceful place. Jennifer Bangoura, SIT Graduate Institute, Master of Arts in International Education – 1st Place, … Continue reading

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The Experiment in Focus: Tea Ceremonies in South Korea

Ariana Chomitz is a group leader for The Experiment in International Living‘s program in Korea this summer. How do you drink tea? Does your process involve a microwave and a teabag? Maybe you’re a bit fancier, and use a teakettle and loose leaves. Perhaps there are some of you who don’t drink tea at all, not seeing the point of life beyond coffee. No matter what your take on tea is, I would be surprised if any American could pull off their first traditional Korean tea ceremony without a misstep. At our Buddhist retreat, a three-day foray into the misty mountaintops of Buseoksan Temple marked by 4 AM wake up gongs and a vegan diet, our introduction to tea ceremony etiquette was only one of the many cultural challenges that our group navigated. The head monk of the temple presides over … Continue reading

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Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams Speaks to Youth at SIT

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and SIT Graduate Institute alumna Jody Williams spoke to young participants from the Governor’s Institute on Current Issues & Youth Activism on SIT’s Brattleboro campus last week. An activist for international human rights, Williams described her early life and career and emphasized the global impact that one person can make. She said it is important to help youth understand “. . .  that we have rights, but we also have responsibilities to create the type of world we want to live in.” Williams’ career as an activist began when she publicly protested the Vietnam War in 1970. After earning her master’s degree from SIT in 1976, she went on to teach for two years in Mexico. “I had not left Vermont,” she said. “SIT got me out to a country that is fabulous and fascinating and … Continue reading

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