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Alumna Recognized for Inspiring Social Change

Chloe Maxmin, a current student at Harvard University and a CIEE alumna who attend the CIEE Gap program in Shanghai, China in 2011 was recently awarded the Samantha Smith Award by Maine Women’s Fund. This award "recognizes a young woman who works to promote social change in her school or community, inspires girls to become active in supporting lasting changes, and makes a difference in the community." Learn more.

In 2013, Chloe was featured in Rolling Stone magazine for her devotion and passion for environmental activism as founder of First, Here, Then Everywhere . Watch the video from the 2013 Brower Youth Awards below:




Alumni Fellows from the CIEE Civic Leadership Summit Reunite Online

Alumni Fellows from the CIEE Civic Leadership Summit Class of 2013 gathered together online this week for their six-month virtual reunion. After working together to learn about democracy and driving change during four days in Washington, D.C. last summer, the group, joining from nine countries spanning 13 time zones, logged in to reconnect with each other and share how they’re putting lessons from the Summit into action in their home countries. 


One alumnus from Cairo, Egypt, is engaged in a legal defense organization to aid jailed students, while another from Ningbo, China, is studying educational policy to increase educational opportunities in rural China. Many alumni have supported CIEE’s partnership with Girl Rising, including a medical student from Brasov, Romania, who worked with the European Medical Students Association to show the film at all medical faculty member organizations across Europe.

“The people who I've met [at the Summit] inspired me by who they are, and their dedication for believing in a better life, together,” noted one from Timisoara, Romania.

 CIEE Civic Leadership Summit alumni continue to forge ahead with mission-driven internships, international exchange work, and studies that range from computer science to hotel management, showing their emergence as promising young leaders.  

Kersti Bayne ('14) Driven to Serve Others

Kersti Bayne, a senior at Freeport High School and a 2014 alumna from the CIEE Leadership Academy in Dakar, Senegal, was recently highlighted by her local newspaper for her committment to serving others.


 Photo Caption: Kersti in her local neighborhood in Senegal

CIEE High School USA Alumnus Earns National High School Award in Spain

CIEE High School USA Alumni Alberto Excobar Rivas was given Premio Nacional de Bachillerato from the Ministry of Education in Spain.  Please click here to watch his acceptance speech. 

Alberto wil be studying law at the Universidade de Santiago de Comspostela and is a engaged member of the Embassy Youth Council at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid.

For additional information about the award please visit the following link: