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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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Federation EIL: The Experiment’s Global Family

Founded in 1954 as an international network of autonomous national organizations participating in The Experiment in International Living, Federation EIL now has members in 23 countries. Every year, its members meet at the General Assembly (GA) to acknowledge accomplishments, identify challenges, and develop new strategies to ensure The Experiment continues to be a leader in providing unique study abroad experiences that also meet the needs of today. This April, Executive Director of The Experiment US Aaron Morehouse and Executive Director of The Experiment Germany Bettina Wiedmann met at the GA in Cork, Ireland. Weeks later they made time to discuss the Federation’s future and its strong ties to tradition. How has the “youth travel” market changed? Wiedmann: From a German point of view we’ve seen a huge change in study abroad. “Expect the unexpected” was our motto for a while, … Continue reading

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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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The Experiment in Focus: 2013 Group Leaders

Since 1932, all Experiment programs have been guided by group leaders, chosen for their youth leadership skills, experience abroad, and language competency. After attending a leadership training workshop in Vermont, group leaders meet their Experimenters at their departure airports in the United States, and collaborate with both in-country partners and US staff throughout the program. Learn more about this exceptional group of young leaders in the infographic profile below.

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Reunion Conference in Mexico: My Top Three Favorite Moments

by Samantha Pantoja, 2012 Jóvenes en Acción alumna From April 18–20, 2013, the Reunion Conference of the Jovenes en Accion Program took place in Mexico City, where the 2012 generation of youths, reunited in order to receive their participation award for the program. After almost nine months of knowing each other, the participants of this program have become positive leaders and change agents in each of their communities by developing projects in which they try to reduce social issues by teaching arts or sports, raising awareness of social problems, or giving solutions and accomplishing them. This program, brought together by the Secretaría de Educación Pública (Public Education Secretary), United States Embassy in Mexico, and various private sector representatives, gave me the extraordinary opportunity to become part of a great family of Mexican leaders and improve a community in Mexicali, Baja California, with the project Cultura Joven (Youth Culture). … Continue reading

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Easter with a Host Family

Currently, 24 youth and four adults of are in the US participating in activities and site visits to build leadership and civic participation skills as Youth Ambassadors for Argentina and Chile. They were also lucky enough to celebrate Easter Sunday with their host families in Kansas City, KS and Dallas, TX. Hello everyone, my name is Marco, and I belong to the Chilean delegation of Youth Ambassadors (YAs). I am from Punta Arenas, I am 15 years old, and I am with the YAs in Kansas City. I will start by telling you how I feel about being here in America. The truth is that I feel very happy because I have been given this opportunity to participate in a great program with great people and above all, to help me improve my leadership and English language skills for the … Continue reading

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Alumni Critique Obama\’s Mideast Policy

How did Middle Eastern youth respond to President Obama’s May 19 speech to the Arab world in which he highlighted self-determination and human rights? A new article on the World Learning website features the opinions of four Middle Eastern alumni of World Learning exchange programs to the US who share their reactions to Obama’s speech, their region’s democratic movements, and US foreign policy. Saleem Alhashedy, a Yemeni alumnus of World Learning’s MENA Peace Scholarship Program, writes, “There are times in the course of history when the actions of ordinary citizens spark movements for change because they speak to a longing for freedom that has been building up for years.” Among the lines of President Obama’s speech to the Middle East and North Africa, this one speaks to millions in the region and encourages them to continue on the road of … 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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Experts Raise Concern about Mideast Youth Unemployment

World Learning recently hosted more than 70 development professionals in Washington who gathered to examine the growing problem of youth unemployment in the Middle East. The event on January 20 featured Navtej Dhillon from Middle East Youth Initiative, Nidhi Patel from Education for Employment Foundation and Adaku Uche Ekpo from INJAZ al-Arab. World Learning staff Hiba Khalil and Chris Allio organized the event as part of their involvement with the Society for International Development Middle East Workgroup. Dhillon who is the Senior Adviser of International Development Policy at the United States Department of the Treasury and co-author of the recent publication, Generation in Waiting: The Unfulfilled Promise of Young People in the Middle East, gave a broad overview of the political, economic, and social landscape in the Middle East and North Africa where 25 percent of youth between the ages … Continue reading

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