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Alumni Update - May 2018




CIEE Launches Entrepreneurship Crash Course for Post-Graduates

Today, one in five university graduates starts their own business – and 95% are doomed to fail. We’re out to change that, and more, with eLab, the Entrepreneur Lab by CIEE. With intensive certificate programs in Berlin and London, eLab fosters entrepreneurship and gives recent graduates from all over the globe access to the world’s most vibrant startup hubs. Our programs engage experienced entrepreneurs with startup experience to deliver key skills that save participants time and money, including idea generation, validation, digital marketing, and funding. With mentoring, hands-on practice, international networking, and inspiring environments, participants are primed for success in just six weeks. Intrigued? Learn more about eLab.


CIEE Celebrates 5 Years of the Civic Leadership Summit

This summer, the CIEE Civic Leadership Summit will start its sixth year of inspiring young leaders from the CIEE Work & Travel USA program to make a positive impact on their community, country, and the world at large. Alumni from the past 5 years of CLS shared with us the amazing accomplishments they've had since participating in the program. From pursuing higher education to starting organizations, their stories are sure to inspire you. Read more.

CIEE's Passport Caravan Close to Fulfilling 2020 Pledge

As of April 25, the Passport Caravan has sponsored 5,904 passports - more than halfway to fulfilling the pledge we made as part of the Generation Study Abroad Initiative to fund passports for 10,000 students around the U.S. by 2020. Passport Caravan visits college campuses to provide free passports for students who have demonstrated financial need or come from a population of students typically not represented in study abroad. The initiative makes it free and easy to obtain a passport so that any student who wants to study abroad has access to that life-changing experience. Learn more about Passport Caravan.


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The Alum of the Month for May is Priya Charry. Seeking a lesser-known study abroad destination and wanting to learn about her family's Indian heritage, Priya embarked on a semester abroad with CIEE in Hyderabad, India. Almost five years later, Priya returned to Hyderabad as a participant in the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India - a ten-month service fellowship through the American India Foundation. Priya has been reconnecting with the community, and her host family, and making change through her work at the nonprofit Youth4Jobs. Learn more about Priya's return to India

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Excerpts from recently published alumni stories:

"The best part of coming back has been being able to meet new people and experience a different culture within the same country. Despite sharing a similar American identity, the cultures within the U.S. are definitely not the same, and having the opportunity to experience those differences has been the best part of my experience." -Bang Tran (CIEE High School USA, 2016, 2017, 2018)

"The HAESF internship was a life-changing experience, which still determines my daily activities. I learnt quite a bit about high-end scientific research, research and education management, laboratory project management, scientific paper and grant writing, and picked up various other soft skills. Also, the professional relationships lasted: I have sent numerous students to the U.S., having joint grants with Johns Hopkins University and an active working relationship with numerous groups I got to know during my stay." -Tamas Haidegger (Hungarian American Enterprise Scholarship Fund, 2007)



From left: Taking a look back at the American winter adventures that CIEE Work & Travel USA participants had; celebrating National Park Week by sharing alumni's favorite national parks they visited while on exchange in the U.S.; throwback to this group of adventurous CIEE Study Abroad students on a field trip in Dakar, Senegal.

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