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Alumni Update - June 2015

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Generation Study Abroad Video Challenge

Together with the New York Times in Education, the Institute of International Education (IIE) has launched the Generation Study Abroad Voices Video Challenge. This is an opportunity to create a digital storytelling piece about your study abroad experience - for the chance to win prizes, including a trip to D.C. for the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad! Learn more here

Pay It Forward - Host a High School Exchange Student

For U.S.-based CIEE alumni, hosting an international exchange student is a great way to remain in touch with a different culture from your own. Host a high school student from another country this year and continue your global experience! Interested in giving back and learning more? Learn more by visiting

Can't host but still interested in helping out with international students once they arrive in the U.S.? We have several part-time Local Coordinator positions available across the country as well. 

Summer Work & Travel USA

June marks the start of the summer season for the CIEE Work & Travel USA program! This month, over 18,000 participants will travel to the United States - many of whom are already alumni of Work & Travel USA or another CIEE program. These participants will gain international work experience, learn about other cultures, and explore America.

Meet a CIEE Work & Travel USA alum who will be working at the CIEE global headquarters in Portland, Maine this summer. 


Ireland Chapter Event: Saturday, June 13, 12-2 p.m.

Join us for brunch in Dublin to kick off the first official event of the CIEE Alumni Ireland Chapter. Meet other CIEE alumni in Dublin, as well as CIEE staff involved in J-1 Visa Exchange programs. 

Boston Chapter Event: Friday, June 26, 6-8 p.m.

Meet fellow CIEE alums in Boston, as well as the leaders of the CIEE Alumni Boston Chapter, at this happy hour event at The Brahmin in Back Bay. Food and drink will be provided. 

Chicago Chapter Event: Late June (details to come) 

The CIEE Alumni Chicago Chapter is planning its first event to take place in late June. Details coming soon - stay tuned! 

See all events >>


Armen Kassabian, CIEE Study Abroad in Santiago, Dominican Republic

While studying abroad with CIEE in Santiago in 2008, Armen Kassabian discovered his passion for Creole culture, language learning, and international education. After his semester abroad, he pursued English teaching abroad in Martinique for the French Government and as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Brazil. His recent book, Beyond the 'To Be' Syndrome: An Alternative Method to Teaching English,' looks at innovative approaches to language learning. 

Related: Interested in learning about applying to a Fulbright scholarship? Check out our Q&A with CIEE alum and Fulbright alum Stephen Okin.


Photo Essay: Teaching at Anucanchonburi School

- A chilena de corazon: Perspectives from a Study Abroad Alicante and Teach in Chile alum

- How to impress employers with your study abroad experience

Do you have a story to share about your CIEE experience? Email 


“I've learned that in a world that seems so immense, we still have the same basic values. We are still family." - Michael M., CIEE USA High School host parent

On social media? So are we! Follow us on Twitter or Instagram @CIEEAlumni, and join over 18,000 alumni in our LinkedIn group. 



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