Tag Archives: International Development Program

Diversity and Global Citizenship: Thoughts from a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and World Learning Employee

Written by Veleka Burrell. Continuing the trajectory towards global citizenship she began during her Peace Corps service, Veleka works in the International Development Programs division of World Learning. In this capacity, she identifies new business opportunities and supports development initiatives that fund World Learing’s international development programs. As the moderator introduced me to the crowd of students, my heart began to race and my throat went dry. I’m not big on public speaking or having lots of eyes watching me talk about myself. Still, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sit on a panel and talk to the nearly 200 University of the District of Columbia students about my Peace Corps experience and the life-changing opportunities that await them if they choose to study or volunteer abroad. Although I’d lived and traveled abroad before then, the two years I … Continue reading

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Comparative International Education Society Conference

Charleston, SC, March 22 – March 26th, 2009 By Jen Durben, Programs Officer, Child and Youth Programs, World Learning  This week, World Learning’s Child and Youth team are attending the Comparative International Education Society Conference, in Charleston, SC.  Members from the Child and Youth team are giving presentations based upon our work in Ecuador and Ethiopia.  On Sunday, March 22, Azra Kacapor, Director of Child and Youth Programs presented at a panel addressing the Preservation and Promotion of Indigenous Communities in Latin America: Politics, Language and Policy.  The panelist discussed issues of bilingual and indigenous education in Central and South America.  Azra discussed World Learning’s work with indigenous children in Ecuador who are involved in hazardous child labor. World Learning’s presentation was distinguished as the practitioner perspective among panelists representing different universities in the US including Michigan State, Vanderbilt, University … Continue reading

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Theory to Practice: Two SIT Graduate Institute Students Put Their Education to Work with World Learning’s Development Program in Northern Uganda

by Megan McBride, SIT Graduate Student/World Learning Americorps VISTA Those who attend SIT Graduate Institute attest to its strength in field-based learning.  Current graduate students Demba Diallo and Rachel Unkovic had the opportunity to apply this learning when they completed their practicum in Northern Uganda with the International Development section of World Learning. Rachel and Diallo spent three month working in the Kitgum district of northern Uganda on the Kacel Watwero project, which seeks to assist vulnerable children through youth leadership training.  In December, the members of the Kacel Watwero project produced a needs assessment, entitled “Speaking for Ourselves: An Assessment of the Needs, Resources, and Gaps in Services Available to Children and Youth in Kitgum District, Northern Uganda.”       The strength of the Kacel Watwero project lies in the community-focused approached, called participatory project design, which World Learning and its … Continue reading

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World Day Against Child Labor 2008 – Education: The right response to child labor

World Learning joins the international community in supporting World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL), an annual event hosted by the International Labor Organization (ILO). This year’s theme, Education: The Right Response to Child Labor, strikes at the core of World Learning’s work in removing children from the worst forms of child labor. There are an estimated 165 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 who are involved in child labor, often working long hours in hazardous conditions. For these 165 million children, the answer to their future is access to adequate education. World Learning has a long history of combating child labor through education. Our projects aim to provide children with access to quality and relevant education as a means to remove them from the worst forms of child labor. Maria Gloria Barreiro, Project Director for Wiñari, World … Continue reading

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NAFSA 2008

Written by Jessica Smyser The NAFSA 60th Annual Conference and International Education Expo took place in Washington, D.C. May 25-30th 2008. NAFSA reports that more than 9,000 registrants from more than 100 countries attended this year. As a leader in the International Education field World Learning had a strong presence in the committee room, in the presentations, and on the exhibit hall floor. Potential students, sending school partners and alums all came by to visit World Learning in the Expo hall where representatives from SIT Study Abroad, SIT Graduate Institute, International Development Programs and Constituent Relations were all in attendance to talk about World Learning’s programs. World Learning’s annual (and highly-anticipated!) NAFSA reception was held on Tuesday, May 27. This year’s reception was co-hosted by National Geographic-Glimpse at the National Geographic Society Headquarters. Over 400 sending school representatives, alums, partners … Continue reading

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