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SIT Celebrates 50 Years

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of SIT, founded as the School for International Training in 1964 by The Experiment in International Living’s first president, Gordon Boyce, and executive vice president John Wallace. A celebration for alumni, students, staff, and faculty will take place in August 8-10, 2014 at SIT’s Brattleboro, Vermont, campus, with smaller events planned in other areas throughout the year, said Bea Fantini, chair of the SIT 50th anniversary celebration committee and  director of SIT’s Language and Culture Department. “It is very exciting for SIT to reach this milestone anniversary which reflects half a century of achievement by so many to build this strong, vibrant and vital educational center,” said John Lucas, executive vice president of academic affairs and SIT provost.  “SIT remains firmly committed to experiential education and rooted in the values of social justice, diversity, and … 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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SIT alum finds education scholarships for Kenyan youth

Written by Lydia Spitalny, a SIT Study Abroad Kenya alum. She is currently the Co-Executive Director of Education for the Future Foundation, an education nonprofit organization in Kenya that is partnering with SIT Study Abroad Kenya. Lydia has also completed the SIT Graduate Institute CONTACT course in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. The greatest lesson I have taken from my experiences with SIT and World Learning is the necessity of community.  I first came to Kenya in 2007 on the SIT Study Abroad Kenya program. I enrolled in the program in order to practice my Kiswahili, explore a continent that I felt was deeply misunderstood, and to visit a country I had studied for several years. When I left Kenya, I left as a member of a community with promises made and relationships formed that would continue to deepen over the … Continue reading

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CONTACT South Asia inaugurated in February in Kathmandu

In February, 48 participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka gathered in Kathmandu to take part in the first CONTACT (Conflict Transformation Across Cultures) South Asia Program in Kathmandu. The program was started in response to requests from South Asian students participating in the US program, as well as to the escalating tensions within the region. The program draws together South Asian emerging leaders and helps them develop professional affiliations while pushing them to work together towards building a strong and safe region. The program was led by SIT’s experienced CONTACT faculty with over 13 years of experience with refining the CONTACT curriculum and methodology in Vermont and Africa. Faculty included Tatsushi Arai, Kevin Clements, Paula Green, Shweta Sing, and CONTACT graduate, Juan Armando Diaz. “Alone, each facilitator is a powerhouse in their own right, but together … Continue reading

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2008 Experiment in Chile Slideshow

In the summer of 2008, Laura McConaghy, now Outreach Manager for the Experiment in International Living, served as an adult group leader on the Experiment program in Chile. She recently shared her experience and that of her students through a beautiful audio slideshow, complete with local Chilean folk music. Enjoy Laura’s slideshow below and visit World Learning’s YouTube Channel to explore more videos of World Learning programs. Or follow this link to view a higher quality version.

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