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International Women’s Day 2014

March 8 is International Women’s Day, which celebrates “the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present, and future.” World Learning is dedicated to empowering women and girls worldwide. We promote the advancement of women as leaders across civil society, government, and business sectors and work to improve economic, political, social, and other opportunities for women. Here are just a few of the ways World Learning’s staff, participants, and alumni are contributing to women’s empowerment: Pau Sian Lian, E Pleeth Baung, and Mai Len Nei Cer, are using the knowledge and skills they gained at World Learning’s Institute for Civil and Political Engagement in Burma, to improve gender equality across the country. Experiment alumna and writer Amy Logan conducted years of research before publishing her new novel The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice, which aims to raise awareness of honor … Continue reading

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Father’s Day: Son Honors Sargent Shriver in New Book

By Marilyn Saks-McMillion, Program Officer, World Learning Exchanges & Training Unit On one of those rare, humidity-free early summer evenings, I took the Metro from downtown Washington, DC into Maryland and walked half a mile to a special book signing. The occasion was the publication of A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver. Written by his fourth child, it was an early book tour stop for Mark Kennedy Shriver, hosted at his brother’s and sister-in-law’s home. Scores of people gathered for the garden party held to celebrate the book’s debut and to hear from the author, who generously signed, dated and personalized each copy. Mine reads, To Marilyn, Hope you enjoy Dad’s story. Mark K Shriver. Sargent Shriver was a remarkable individual, who accomplished many great things during his career that impacted the lives of so many in the … Continue reading

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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. 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 … Continue reading

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Rwanda Symposium to Offer Perspectives, Inspiration

A renowned Argentine collective memory scholar and the executive secretary of the Rwanda Governance Advisory Council will be the keynote speakers for SIT’s upcoming interdisciplinary symposium on Conflict, Memory, and Reconciliation: Bridging past, present, and future in Kigali, Rwanda, January 10-13, 2012. Practitioners and scholars in the fields of memory, reconciliation, conflict transformation, peace and conflict studies, and human rights have been invited to the event. SIT Study Abroad and SIT Graduate Institute, programs of World Learning, are sponsoring the symposium in partnership with the Center for Conflict Management at the National University of Rwanda. Keynoter Elizabeth Jelin, PhD, is a sociologist and senior researcher at Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council. She is also academic director of the Center for Memory Studies at the Institute for Economic and Social Development in Buenos Aires. Rwanda Governance Advisory Council Executive … Continue reading

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Celebrating teachers around the world

As I sat down to write this blog post on World Teachers’ Day, I started thinking of my favorite teachers and the qualities that made them so special. Some presented controversial ideas, others guided me in my interests, some were inspirational, and others were simply kind. They all made a difference in their own way. World Learning is fortunate to have world-class educators and trainers working for us. Our graduate faculty are creating a new generation of interculturally effective leaders, professionals, and citizens. At the same time, our development team helps countries worldwide reform their educational systems, train future English teachers, and meet the needs of vulnerable children. Here are a few of the teachers in World Learning’s community who are making a difference:   Influential wisdom. Hubert Decleer has been leading SIT Study Abroad programs for 25 years. Last year, … Continue reading

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Recovering from Hurricane Irene

By Adam Weinberg, World Learning President and CEO As you may know, the Brattleboro community was devastated by Hurricane Irene, one of the worst natural disasters in Vermont’s history. Fortunately, our campus sustained no damage and our remarkable employees ensured that incoming SIT Graduate Institute and Study Abroad students could begin their programs. World Learning is dedicated to helping our community–which has enriched our organization for more than 80 years–recover from this disaster. Our staff, students and other members of our family are serving as volunteers in the clean-up effort. In the immediate aftermath, our campus was used by the Red Cross as a distribution center to get thousands of lunches to flood victims and relief workers. We are also in touch with Governor Shumlin’s office to discuss ways that World Learning can assist in the long-term rebuilding efforts. Photo Gallery: … Continue reading

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World Learning Community Convenes for Cultural Evening in Ethiopia

Members of the World Learning community gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 21 to get to know each other better while enjoying traditional food, music and dance. The group included three SIT Graduate Institute alumni, an SIT Study Abroad in Chile alumna, representatives of the World Learning Ethiopia office, and a team visiting from World Learning’s International Development and Exchange unit in Washington, DC. World Learning has worked in Ethiopia since 1996 and currently runs four US-government funded programs in basic education, HIV prevention, and capacity building/grants management for more than 20 local nongovernmental organizations. “I was very happy to see there was an SIT alumni network here in Addis. Please do keep this network active and I hope it will grow,” said Akemi Yonemura, an SIT international management graduate working with UNESCO as an education specialist. Gülce Aşkın, a … Continue reading

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Remembering James Leck 1962-2011

By Prof. Linda Drake Gobbo I learned last week of the death of one of our dearest alums, James Leck, who was the associate director of international students and scholars at Boston University. This obituary from the university’s newspaper is far too modest in describing what the man meant to the international education field and many of us who work here at SIT Graduate Institute.   James was a member of the PIM 50 (graduate program in intercultural service, leadership, and management) cohort, and was always spoken of fondly as the “personality and spokesperson” of the group. He was the epitome of a professional in the international education field. He understood the connections between increasing intercultural communication and knowledge and social justice in the world. He deeply believed in helping others to achieve more in their own lives and those … Continue reading

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Connecting and Reconnecting in Cairo

More than 30 alumni of World Learning programs attended  a reception at the Marriott Hotel in Cairo, Egypt June 14, including alumni from USAID-funded training and exchange programs and SIT master’s programs. A team from World Learning’s International Development and Exchange unit hosted the event. More than 250 Egyptians have participated in World Learning training and exchange programs since 2001. Alumni and staff said they appreciated the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet people from other World learning programs. “It was inspiring to see what all our alumni are accomplishing and the ideas that they are pursing because of what they learned and experienced on World Learning programs,” said Eric Corens, World Learning senior program officer. Did you attend the reception? Tell us below about your experience with World Learning.

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Honoring Proud World Learning Papas

In recognition of Father’s Day June 19, we are highlighting two fathers who encouraged their children to explore the world and themselves through World Learning programs. Twins Nungshi and Tashi Malik from India are celebrating this Father’s Day by following in their dad’s peacebuilding footsteps. They are among the nearly 60 peacebuilders attending SIT Graduate Institute’s Conflict Transformation Across Cultures, or CONTACT, program which marks its 15th anniversary this summer. Their father, an Indian army colonel deployed in the disputed northern states of Manipur and Nagaland, attended the program in 2008. Another father, World Learning President Adam Weinberg, writes about the profound impact that The Experiment in International Living program in China had on his teenage daughter Margaret last summer. “My daughter was given the experience of a lifetime, while I was able to experience our programs as a parent, coming to understand the profoundness of … Continue reading

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