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4 posts from May 2017

Event Recap: Chapter Meeting & Brunch in D.C.

After the cherry blossom viewing event in March, alumni in the D.C. area were excited to reunite in May at TONIC to catch up and discuss ideas for the upcoming year over brunch and cups of coffee. The meeting brought in alumni from CIEE Study Abroad and CIEE Teach Abroad programs, ranging from the 1980's to the past few years. During the meeting, everyone introduced themselves and shared an idea for the CIEE Alumni Washington D.C. Chapter. Ideas ranged from cultural exchange to cooking classes to volunteering to helping new immigrants settle in the D.C. area. As it was also the day of the European Union Open House, a small group went to check out the E.U. office in D.C., where they celebrated the 60th anniversary of the E.U. by learning more about the history and picking up "E.U. pride" accessories. They were even featured on the European Union in the United States Facebook page!






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Event Recap: Volunteering at the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

April is known as cherry blossom season in Japan, but CIEE alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area got to experience the special season for themselves at a recent alumni event. On April 15, members of the CIEE Alumni San Francisco Bay Area Chapter volunteered together at the 50th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, one of California's most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions with over 200,000 attendees. Alumni supported the event by managing the back stage gate of one of the performance stages, where they could see artists and performers from all over Japan prepare and perform their acts. Afterwards, they enjoyed coffee and lunch to celebrate a great day of volunteering together. It was the perfect way to give back to the community and celebrate  Japanese and Japanese-American culture in San Francisco's Japantown!




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Alumni Update - May 2017



Enter to Win Big in the CIEE Alumni Storytelling Contest!

In celebration of CIEE’s 70th Anniversary, we invite alumni of all of CIEE’s family of programs to share their stories with us, and with the world. Until June 8, submit your story about your exchange experience with CIEE following the theme, “The Journey & The Coming Home.” There are three ways to submit your story to the Alumni Storytelling Contest: essay, photo, and video. A winner will be selected in each category to receive a $500 Visa gift card for future travel and exploration. Learn more and enter the contest.

Vote for CIEE Study Abroad Alum to Win Innovative Student Video Award

CIEE Study Abroad alumna Sarah Berry was nominated to receive the Innovative Student Video Award in the 2017 GoAbroad Innovation Awards, and has officially been announced as a finalist! Sarah created a video that shows us the experience of studying in Rabat, Morocco from the lively markets to the beautiful architecture and everything in between. An online vote will determine the winner of the award. Please take a moment to watch Sarah’s video and vote to support a fellow CIEE alum!

Newsmakers: CIEE Alumni in Magazines and More

Last month, CIEE Study Abroad alum Rachel Malone was featured in SPORTS 'N SPOKES, a magazine for wheelchair sports and recreation. The article highlights some of Rachel's travels to places like Haiti, Iceland, and Barcelona, and the creative thinking she's employed while traveling to more than 13 countries using a wheelchair. Her most recent trip was CIEE Study Abroad in Dublin, Ireland with a CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship. Rachel is a strong advocate for disabilities rights with insatiable wanderlust and goals to compete in the Paralympics someday. Read her Spoke Spotlight.

CIEE Study Abroad alum Amanda Machado is interested in all things travel, social justice, and education. After studying abroad with CIEE in Cape Town, South Africa, Amanda wasn't done seeing the world. She's backpacked in South America, South Asia, Western Europe, and the U.S., and now works as a "digital nomad" offering clients writing, content strategy, and facilitation services. Amanda has written for publications like The Atlantic and Quartz. Most recently, her work appeared on Vox, where she talks about rethinking work/life balance. Read her article on Vox.

CIEE Work & Travel USA Alumni Meet with CIEE Study Abroad Students in Moscow

The CIEE Alumni Russia Chapter organized an event in partnership with the CIEE Study Center in Moscow, Russia to have an evening of American/Russian cultural exchange. CIEE Work & Travel USA alumni and current CIEE Study Abroad students met at Razvedka in Moscow for food, drinks, and a challenging pub quiz about American and Russian traditions. Read about it on the blog.


Chapter Meeting & Brunch in Washington, D.C. 

Join the CIEE Alumni Washington, D.C. Chapter for a meeting and brunch at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café on Saturday, May 13 at 1 p.m. Learn more and RSVP.

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The Alum of the Month for May is Kassi Oliver, who studied abroad with CIEE in Ghana in 2001 and currently serves as the national director of volunteer services for Hostelling International USA (HI USA). Working for HI USA, Kassi gets to ‘pay it forward’ to provide fun and welcoming environments that support international travelers’ cultural experiences, just like CIEE Study Abroad offered her in Ghana. We interviewed Kassi to learn more about her career and what she thinks about her CIEE Study Abroad experience now, sixteen years later. Read her story.

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Excerpts from recently published alumni stories: 

"Well, through the Summit, I recognized a lot of problems in my own society in Afghanistan. Afghanistan contains many ethnicities, and the biggest problem right now is those ethnicities are sometimes fighting with each other. I recognized the problem, and I was so inspired. I think that, like American people, we can also live in peace although we are coming from different ethnicities." -Surosh Esmatullah (CIEE Work & Travel USA, 2014, Civic Leadership Summit fellow)

"In the United States, to me, you can find a huge number of different cultures and people living in the same spot.This is what makes the U.S. so great... My employer was a small example representing the whole. Morey’s Piers was like a small international village. I met not only Americans, but people from all over the world. You don’t have to travel to these places, they are all in Wildwood!" -Ebrahim Sabry (CIEE Work & Travel USA, 2016)



From left: The CIEE Alumni Washington, D.C. Chapter celebrates Japanese culture by tasting Japanese cuisine and taking a stroll along the Tidal Basin to view the cherry blossoms during peak bloom; alumni in Chicago discuss upcoming events for the CIEE Alumni Chicago Chapter while enjoying tapas together; the CIEE Alumni New York City Chapter hosts a happy hour networking event for alumni in the area.

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Event Recap: American/Russian Exchange at Razvedka

CIEE Alumni Russia Chapter president Dasha describes the most recent chapter event held in Moscow, Russia in partnership with the CIEE study center in Moscow:

"On April 21, a group of CIEE Study Abroad students from the U.S. met up with CIEE alumni (mostly CIEE Work & Travel USA alumni) in Moscow for a fun game of pub quiz at the Razvedka bar! It was a perfect evening where we got together and talked, shared tasty food, and shared ideas about our future. It's amazing how travel to the U.S. united us and, despite the fact that some time has passed, we still have a lot to discuss. I hope that our CIEE family in Russia will grow and more people will participate in our gatherings!"

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