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November Alumni Update

 



NEWS THIS MONTH

Update on #SaveJ1 Campaign

Last week, Executive Vice President of International Exchange Programs at CIEE, Meghann Curtis, was featured in "The Pie News" discussing the challenges facing J-1 Visa programs in the United States. Read the exciting interview for more information about the recent #SaveJ1 campaign that CIEE supported and the potential impact on businesses and international students that cutting these programs would have. Read the interview.

CIEE Alumni Speak to Current Students in Paris About Expat Life

CIEE Study Abroad alumni Winnie Andrews and Michael LoJacono spoke alongside other American expats for a lecture at CIEE Paris last month. They presented about their own career paths that brought them to Paris, the challenges and advantages to living and working in France, whether they feel like they belong in France and if they belong anymore in the U.S., and the differences between being an expat and an immigrant. Current CIEE Study Abroad students asked the alumni a range of questions to paint their own picture about expat life in France, such as different types of work contracts, navigating the French healthcare system, and what to pack for a move abroad! It was an excellent opportunity for current students to learn about building a career in France after studying abroad there.

An Opportunity for CIEE Global Navigator High School Study Abroad Alumni

It's the time of the year for giving thanks, and CIEE is giving thanks to our High School Study Abroad alumni with the Season of Thanks contest. Tell us, what study abroad experience are you most thankful for? From now until December 15, share a special study abroad memory (photo/video and caption) for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. It's our way of giving thanks for our amazing Global Navigators! Learn more and enter.

Thailand Needs Teachers

English competency is becoming increasingly important in our global economy. This creates a need for more English teachers to provide Thai students educational opportunities so that they are prepared for the competitive job search and don’t get left behind. Thailand is focused on improving their students’ proficiency, and they need smart driven people like you to do it. As a CIEE alum, you already know the importance of intercultural exchange and education. Join us in educating Thailand’s future generation of leaders. 

Travel, get paid, make a difference – Teach in Thailand. 

Three CIEE Study Abroad Alumni Participated in IIE Summit

Last month, we had three study abroad alumni participate as Alumni Voices in the 2017 IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington, D.C. The theme for this year's Summit was "Navigating a Changing World: Building Talent with Global Experience." As Alumni Voices, our alumni contributed their experiences, thoughts, and ideas based on their personal experience transitioning from a study abroad student to a member of a global workforce. Hear about their experience at the Summit, the people they met, and more on the blog.


UPCOMING EVENTS 

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Read about the most recent CIEE Alumni Local Chapter events on the blog.

 

 


 

ALUM OF THE MONTH 

The Alumni of the Month for November are Hannah Rafkin and Meg Robbins, CIEE Study Abroad alumni and recent Bowdoin College graduates who studied in Cape Town, South Africa in 2015. After an amazing experience abroad, the two friends fantasized about returning to Cape Town in a meaningful way. Two years later, they are back in South Africa, working on a documentary about the stand-up comedy scene and how it’s bringing new means of expression for speakers of lesser-known languages in the country. Learn more about this creative duo and their project. 


Do you have your own story to share? Email us: alumni@ciee.org


ALUMNI VOICES

Excerpts from recently published alumni stories:

"My experience in Ghana shifted my college and career path. I chose to move from Vermont to Florida to be around a more diverse population. I also started my college career as a journalism major, but quickly added an international and cultural studies major to allow myself to learn about where different people come from and the roots of their cultures." -Kaylee Haskell (CIEE Global Navigator High School Study Abroad 2013, current CIEE Study Abroad participant)

 


@CIEEALUMNI 


From left: Representatives from CIEE and U.S. Senator Angus King from Maine in Washington, D.C. at J-1 visa educational session for congressional members as part of continued support to #SaveJ1; CIEE Teach Abroad alumna remembers good times in Thailand on World Teachers' Day; CIEE Work & Travel USA alum visits CIEE's office in Portland, Maine all the way from Siberia to see staff and share her beautiful paintings that were inspired by her time on exchange in Maine.

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October Alumni Update

 



NEWS THIS MONTH

Thank You For Supporting J-1 Visa Exchange Programs

Thank you to everyone who participated in the #SaveJ1 advocacy campaign last month by sharing photos of your J-1 experience on social media, sharing stories about why J-1 visa exchange programs matter, and calling your elected officials. Your voice was powerful in spreading the word about helping others see how important this program is for global diplomacy. In fact, this campaign, conducted by CIEE as a part of a larger advocacy effort by Americans for Cultural Exchange, has reached over 5.7 million people! Thank you for being a part of this amazing effort. As of now, the J-1 program has not been eliminated and CIEE will continue efforts to advocate for and protect this program. Follow us on social media @cieealumni for more updates on the outcome of this ongoing advocacy work.

Enter to Win A Free Destination TEFL Course

You’re going places. TEFL can help. Ready to go abroad again? CIEE Destination TEFL combines our 130-hour online TEFL Certification course with a 2 week practicum abroad in Barcelona, Rome, Bangkok, or Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Get certified to Teach English as a Foreign Language – a valuable credential to add to your resume and skill set to add to your back pocket – and then spend 2 weeks practicing your teaching skills and gaining work experience abroad. Plus, if you win, you could do all of this for FREE. Enter Now.

CIEE Study Abroad Alumnus Wins Emmy Award

CIEE Study Abroad alumnus and producer Jason Kane, who studied in Cape Town, South Africa in 2006, won an Emmy Award on October 5 for his work on the series "The End of AIDS?" - a six-part broadcast and digital series on worldwide efforts to lessen the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Keep your eye on the CIEE Alumni blog next month for an interview with Jason!

 

Alumni Meet in St. Petersburg for an Anniversary Celebration

Program faculty and staff, CIEE Study Abroad alumni, and current students recently commemorated the 50th anniversary of CIEE’s Study Center in St. Petersburg, Russia during a series of celebratory events in September. From watching a Russian ballet to experiencing famous opera arias at their own costume ball and learning how to dance the Russian folk dances, the weekend was packed with cultural events. During the opening reception at the Grand Hotel Europe, opening remarks were made by CIEE President & CEO Jim Pellow; Mary Kruger, 1969 and 1970 CIEE Study Abroad alumna and the former U.S. Consul General in St. Petersburg (2005-2008); and Thomas Leary, the current U.S. Consul General in St. Petersburg. The anniversary celebration also featured a keynote presentation by John R. Beyrle ’76, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, as well as panel presentations with Britta Bjornlund ’88, branch chief, U.S. Department of State; Jill Dougherty ’69 ’71, former CNN correspondent and Moscow bureau chief; Mark Teeter, columnist at “The Moscow Times"; Eric Naiman, Professor of UC Berkeley and alumnus of 1978; and Larry Sherwin, Deputy Director of Communications at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and alumnus of 1975. Learn more about the anniversary, read the DW news feature, and hear alumni stories from St. Petersburg.

Scholarships, Fellowships, Awards, and More!

From supporting scholars to receiving awards, CIEE continues to show commitment to increasing access to international exchange opportunities and providing extraordinary experiences for people around the globe. Here are a few highlights of what CIEE has celebrated in recent months:


UPCOMING EVENTS 

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ALUM OF THE MONTH 

The Alum of the Month for October is Alyssa O'Connor. Alyssa taught English in Chanthaburi, Thailand in 2013 to first, second, and third grade children through CIEE Teach Abroad. She is about to embark on her next journey abroad as a girls' health management project leader in Kenya, providing educational workshops and sanitary products to empower girls to make healthy decisions for their bodies. Read her story.



Do you have your own story to share? Email us: alumni@ciee.org


ALUMNI VOICES

Excerpts from recently published alumni stories:

"This exchange experience has been life changing for us. It helped us be more independent and shaped our personalities for the better. We were able to take the good examples of the United States and bring and implement them in our country." -Guxim & Grese (CIEE Work & Travel USA, 2016)

"...I value travelling more than anything, it’s a great way to learn about the world you live in. There is no way they [university teachers] would teach you how people behave themselves in the U.S. and why they are always friendly... you have to go the country by yourself and figure it out. ONLY then you will be able to understand life in another country." -Nikita Bazhenov (CIEE High School USA 2012, CIEE Work & Travel USA 2017)

 


@CIEEALUMNI 

From left: CIEE High School USA alumnus and current CIEE Work and Travel USA participant shares his adventures across America through vlogging; #SaveJ1 trends on social media as alumni and other supporters share photos from their experiences on exchange programs in the U.S.; alumni and guests show off their name tags at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the CIEE Study Center in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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August Alumni Update

 


NEWS THIS MONTH

Let TEFL Take You Places & Win a $500 Airbnb Gift Card

Have you been thinking about going abroad again but don't know where to begin? Start by getting TEFL certified with CIEE - the first step to teaching English abroad. You can even travel as you complete your certification by taking part in CIEE Destination TEFL's teaching practicum options in Italy, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam. What more could you ask for? We know - a $500 Airbnb gift card so that you can travel in comfort and style! Enter now for your chance to win a $500 Airbnb gift card and a free 150-hour TEFL Certification Course so you can go abroad again, soon!

Reflecting on a Summer at CIEE as an Alumni Intern

A great group of interns joined CIEE this summer to work on strategic projects in Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts through the Alumni Internship Program. They engaged in research, professional development, networking, and exploration of local culture while working on their strategic projects. Before they left, the interns reflected on their experience to share their main takeaways with you. Read all about it. 

 

The U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania Visits CIEE

CIEE’s Portland Global Entrepreneurship Program, in partnership with the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation, was in full swing this past month with students from Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania joining American students to learn about entrepreneurship in Portland, Maine. Participants are challenged with hands-on curriculum, a case study project with a local minor league baseball team, mentorship from local business owners, and a culminating “Shark Tank”-style business competition judged by a panel of Maine entrepreneurs.

This year the program also welcomed Ambassador Anne Hall, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania, to CIEE’s headquarters to hear the students present on their program experience. Ambassador Hall shared her international experience with the students and answered their questions about global entrepreneurship and diplomacy. The participants were inspired by her words, as well as by the many innovative Maine entrepreneurs and business leaders who gave their advice and time to our passionate students. Learn more about the program.

Open Your Home, and Heart, to an Exchange Student

The CIEE High School USA team is looking for U.S.-based families to host international exchange students. Families of all shapes and sizes are invited to host – the primary requirement is kindness and willingness to learn about a foreign culture. Can’t host but know someone who might want to? Refer them to us and receive a $100 referral bonus for each family who ends up hosting a CIEE student. Students are placed in all 50 states, so don’t feel limited by your local network! Learn more.


UPCOMING EVENTS 

A NIGHT AT THE CHICAGO RIVERWALK

WHEN: Thursday, August 17 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Chicago Riverwalk (Between Wells St & Franklin St)

Join fellow CIEE alumni in the Chicago area for a night of culture along the Chicago Riverwalk. Unifest Chicago is putting on their last event of the summer so come check it out, meet other globally-minded people, and enjoy music, food, and drinks from around the world! Learn more and RSVP.

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ALUM OF THE MONTH 

The Alum of the Month for August is Thomas Austin Rose, who studied abroad with CIEE in Lisbon, Portugal in 2016. During an art history class, he befriended an Austrian creative with a bold idea to document the culinary wonders of their host city. The result? “Salt & Wonder” – a passionate print magazine exploring the culinary startup culture of Lisbon. They have proudly released their first issue and Thomas continues to serve as the editorial voice for the magazine while back in the United States. Thomas’ study abroad experience is an example of the unique, life-changing opportunities that studying abroad offers to intimately discover a new city, country, and culture. Read Salt & Wonder.



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From left: CIEE Work & Travel USA alumnus receives the Thomas Jefferson Scholarship through IREX and will be studying Business Administration in the U.S. for the 2017-2018 academic year; the Alumni Summer Interns from Boston gather with Portland interns for a successful day of presenting their summer project findings; students enjoying pastries in France as our glimpse into the CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad program.

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Alumni Update - July 2017

 


NEWS THIS MONTH

Announcing the Winners of CIEE's 70th Anniversary Alumni Storytelling Contest

In celebration of CIEE’s 70th Anniversary, we invited alumni of all of CIEE’s family of programs to share their stories with us, and the world, by entering the Alumni Storytelling Contest. It was an honor to hear so many inspiring stories that represent a wide variety of CIEE programs and experiences. Congratulations to our winners Charles Lee (Essay), Erin Ruff (Essay), Francesca Perticarini (Photo), and Atenea Rios Buezo (Video) who each receive a $500 prize. Because there were so many amazing entries, we've recognized a number of honorable mentions as well. Learn more about the contest winners and see the top entries on the blog. 

Celebrating CIEE's 70th Anniversary

In addition to the Alumni Storytelling Contest, CIEE celebrated its 70th Anniversary with an evening of conversation and fun at CIEE headquarters in Portland, Maine on June 8. Staff, members of the Board of Directors, and other special guests shared stories of our history and sentiments for the future. Read more about the event and enjoy this special video celebrating a rich history of international exchange:

CIEE - Celebrating 70 Years

Glimpse Into CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad

Did you know that there's a growing number of students studying abroad with CIEE during or after high school? Take a look at how current American students are seizing the summer on CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad programs around the world by following @cieealumni on Instagram and Twitter. Next week, we'll be featuring social posts from the program so you can learn about this exciting opportunity for high school-aged students. Follow us on social media today so you don't miss the feature!

Introducing the 2017 Alumni Summer Interns

Summertime means internship time at CIEE! The Alumni Summer Internship Program is in full swing right now in Portland, Maine at CIEE's global headquarters and at the Boston, Massachusetts office. Ten CIEE Study Abroad alumni are working in a variety of departments on challenging strategic projects while enjoying a summer in a new city. Learn more about the interns.


UPCOMING EVENTS

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Read about the most recent CIEE Alumni Local Chapter events on the blog.

 

 


 

ALUM OF THE MONTH 

The Alum of the Month for July is Wilka Nascimento. Wilka participated in the CIEE Work & Travel USA and Internship USA programs, where she learned about the hospitality industry and gained international work experience. Read Wilka's story to learn how she turned an internship into a rewarding career in sales management for hotels. 



Do you have your own story to share? Email us: alumni@ciee.org


ALUMNI VOICES

Excerpts from recently published alumni stories: 

"My job was in a restaurant as a busser. I worked with many international students, and I met my friend Martin from Russia. Every time we finished work we would sit down by the lake and chat. Martin asked me once about my religion, Islam. He had a very negative perception of Muslims because of depictions in the media. I told him that Islam is all about love, peace and compassion, and that we are open to all religions and accept them as they are. My friend apologized to me and told me that he is more eager to know more about Islam and will never believe something without proof anymore. He said he will say proudly that he has a Muslim friend, and that’s something that really touched my heart. -Amir Ammar (CIEE Work & Travel USA, 2016)

"Studying abroad showed me how diverse the world is – in flora and fauna of course, but especially with people. It was building relationships with the people I met abroad, turning strangers to friends, which allowed me to gain perspective I otherwise wouldn't have." -Samantha Farquhar (CIEE Study Abroad, Kralendijk, Bonaire, 2014)

 


@CIEEALUMNI 

From left: CIEE Study Abroad alumni volunteer with the NGO Guestbook Project in Portugal; celebrating the Fourth of July (Independence Day in the United States) with a throwback photo of a CIEE Work & Travel USA participant experiencing the holiday while on program; a glimpse at the winning photo entry in the 70th Anniversary CIEE Alumni Storytelling Contest.

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Alumni Update - June 2017

 


NEWS THIS MONTH

Last Chance to Enter the Alumni Storytelling Contest

In celebration of CIEE’s 70th Anniversary, we invited alumni of all of CIEE’s family of programs to share their stories with us, and with the world, by entering the Alumni Storytelling Contest. The deadline is approaching but there's still time to participate! Submit your essay, photo series, or video by June 8 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Daylight Time) to be in the running to win a $500 Visa gift card. Don't miss your chance! Enter the contest.

Keep an eye on your email and on the @cieealumni social channels for the announcement of winners at the end of the month. Good luck!

CIEE Alumni in Washington, D.C. Featured on European Union Social Page

After a productive brunch meeting at Tonic, several members of the CIEE Alumni Washington, D.C. Chapter went to check out the cultural events happening in celebration of European Union Open House day and the 60th anniversary of the E.U. While decked out in "E.U. pride" accessories, their photo was snapped and featured on the European Union in the United States Facebook page, as well as in their email newsletter! See the feature.

Remembering Last Year's CIEE Civic Leadership Summit

It's summer time, and that means the start of a new CIEE Work & Travel USA season and another impactful CIEE Civic Leadership Summit! Year after year, the CIEE Civic Leadership Summit brings together young leaders from around the world to learn about intercultural awareness, civics, social entrepreneurship, and how to make their communities, and the world, better places. To celebrate another inspiring upcoming Summit, the CIEE Exchange Programs blog featured some highlights from the 2016 Summit. Read the blog post.

"I’ll never forget the incredible people who empowered me to believe change is possible." -Saray Quirant


UPCOMING EVENTS

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ALUM OF THE MONTH 

The Alum of the Month for June is Andrew Ralph, who participated in the CIEE Work & Travel USA program in the summer of 2015. Andrew's summer work placement was at CIEE's global headquarters in Portland, Maine, where he learned the ins and outs of the J-1 Visa process in the Unites States. Since he has been back in Ireland, he completed an undergraduate degree in journalism and currently works for the "Dublin People" newspaper while pursuing further education. Read his story.



Do you have your own story to share? Email us: alumni@ciee.org


ALUMNI VOICES

Excerpts from recently published alumni stories: 

"Travel leads to world peace...You learn to appreciate and not judge. And it’s not even a forced process; building tolerance and being a less prejudiced person just starts to happen naturally while traveling." -Kassi Oliver (CIEE Study Abroad, 2001)

 


@CIEEALUMNI 


From left: CIEE Work & Travel USA alumni living in Russia met up with current CIEE Study Abroad students in Moscow for an evening of cultural exchange; members of the CIEE Alumni San Francisco Bay Area Chapter volunteered at the 50th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, where they got to see visiting Japanese performers up close and personal; exciting ideas for future events were shared at a brunch meeting for the CIEE Alumni Washington, D.C. Chapter.

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Alumni Update - May 2017

 


NEWS THIS MONTH

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.


UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

Stay up-to-date with alumni events by:

Read about the most recent CIEE Alumni Local Chapter events on the blog.

 

 


 

ALUM OF THE MONTH 

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.


Do you have your own story to share? Email us: alumni@ciee.org


ALUMNI VOICES

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)

 


@CIEEALUMNI 

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.

On social media? So are we! Follow us on Twitter or Instagram @CIEEalumni, and join over 20,000 alumni on our LinkedIn group

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Alumni Update - April 2017



NEWS THIS MONTH

New Blog Showcases CIEE Exchange Programs

There's a new blog on the CIEE website that highlights stories of current participants, alumni, and initiatives from a variety of CIEE exchange programs such as Work & Travel USA, Internship USA, and Professional Career Training USA. Visit the CIEE Exchange Programs blog to read all about it. Here are a few highlights from featured stories:

"I feel very lucky to be working in my field, clothing manufacturing and fashion industry management. People I meet at my work are remarkably inspiring. I see how hard they work and how much they sacrifice to succeed. This feeling and the environment pushes me every day to be a better person and never give up on my own dreams." from Expanding Horizons in New York City

"International experience enriches someone who has lived abroad, especially if you are in close contact with the locals and other foreigners. Tasting the culture, enjoying the adventure of something unknown. Then, leaving the place that has been your home for several months or years, you always leave and take something, so at the end your home is everywhere." from Love at Third Sight, Deep in the Heart of Texas

Bring the World to Your Home - Host an International Exchange Student

Every year, hundreds of international exchange students travel to the U.S. for CIEE's High School USA programs in search of academic and cultural exchange experiences. When you host an international exchange student, you do much more than provide a place for a student to eat and sleep. You make it possible for a young person who is curious about life in the U.S. to experience the opportunity of a lifetime. Host families come in all shapes and sizes - with or without kids, single parents, couples, retirees - almost anyone. All that is required is an open mind and an open heart. Learn more. 

Not interested in hosting, but know someone who would be great? Refer them to CIEE, and if they end up hosting a student, you receive $100!




UPCOMING EVENTS

Stay up-to-date with alumni events by:

Read about the most recent CIEE Alumni Local Chapter events on the blog.


ALUM OF THE MONTH 

The Alum of the Month for April is Kristin Aquilino. Kristin studied abroad with CIEE in Monteverde, Costa Rica to get outside her comfort zone, experience the incredible biodiversity of the environment, and grow as a scientist and person. The experience had a great impact on her education and career. She says, "My study abroad experience gave me a much more holistic appreciation of the earth and the way humans interact with it, which broadened my scope of interest when applying for graduate programs and pursuing future research questions." She now works in the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory to save what she calls a "delicious and adorable" marine snail - the white abalone. Read her story.



Do you have your own story to share? Email us: alumni@ciee.org


ALUMNI VOICES

Excerpts from recently published alumni stories: 

"Overall, the impact this program had on my life was huge. I can say I’m not the same person I was before going to the United States. Now, I’m more interested in joining groups where I can take action to help people." -Viviana González (CIEE Work & Travel USA, 2015)

"Through workshops and activities, I was pleased to discover many kind-hearted young people which galvanized me in continuing my work to make a difference in my country. Back in France, I am proud I did that experience as it made me grow as a person, and gave me professional experience that I already see is making a difference on the job market." -Safia Dworjack (CIEE Internship USA, 2016)


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From left: Children learn computer literacy at Lumen Labs in rural Kenya, an organization founded by CIEE Study Abroad alum Ruby Au; CIEE Work & Travel USA alumni reunite in Romania and reminisce about their time working at Yellowstone National Park together; we celebrate International Day of Happiness with a photo of two CIEE Work & Travel USA alumni who had fun working at an ice cream shop for the summer.

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Alumni Update - March 2017

 


NEWS THIS MONTH

Alumni and Interns Meet in Washington, D.C.

On February 9, the CIEE Alumni Washington, D.C. Chapter and CIEE J-1 Professional Exchange Programs co-hosted a happy hour on Capitol Hill to bring together alumni of all CIEE programs and current participants of the CIEE Internship USA and Professional Career Training USA programs for a night of networking. Over 40 alumni and interns, including many participants of the Australian Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Programme (UCWIP), gathered at Capitol Lounge to exchange stories of their travels and talk about international politics. Learn more. 

CIEE Study Abroad Alumna Creates Social Enterprise in Kenya

CIEE Study Abroad and University of Southern California alumna Ruby Au traveled to Cape Town, South Africa in 2015 to pursue her interests in social enterprise and environmental issues. The semester abroad studying and working in a Western Cape township inspired her to keep traveling and solving problems. Ruby now lives in Nairobi, Kenya and operates a social enterprise that she co-founded. The organization, Lumen, is a market survey company that enables information gathering in rural communities while providing data and computer literary to children. Read her story and support Lumen's campaign

Global Navigators in Seville Create Video of Study Abroad Experience

Did you study abroad in Spain? Are you longing for summer in Seville? If so, then we've got a video for you! Students in the CIEE Global Navigator High School Study Abroad Digital Filmmaking and Documentary program in Seville, Spain created a video documenting their adventures, featuring interviews with students on the theme of "what made you want to study abroad?" Watch the video to be transported to beautiful beaches, open markets, Islamic architecture, and other scenic spots in Spain.

Do you have a great #throwbackthursday photo or video from your time abroad? Share with us on Twitter and Instagram by tagging @cieealumni or using #cieealumni.

New Gap Year Programs & Scholarships

A gap year abroad is a unique opportunity to discover the world and find the right path for your future – at your own pace. If you or someone you know is considering a gap year abroad, customize the experience with CIEE by choosing a theme, focus, time frame, and destination. Furthermore, try three new types of programs – Language & Culture, Service & Leadership, and Global Internship – to make the most of your experience. And don't forget, CIEE offers $100,000 in Gap Year Abroad scholarships and grants, giving you opportunities to apply for merit, financial need, or blogging/social media awards. Open to graduating high school students around the world.

Start planning your dream gap year abroad with CIEE now – applications are open for Fall 2017! Learn more.


UPCOMING EVENTS

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ALUM OF THE MONTH 

The Alum of the Month for March is Elviss Straupenieks, CIEE alumnus and former Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF) participant. This young entrepreneur defied the odds in Latvia to start his company, AirBoard, at age sixteen. For Elviss, participating in the BAFF program was an opportunity to gain experience practicing and understanding the relational aspects of leadership on the path to pursuing his personal and business goals. "Learning how to focus on gaining concrete leadership tools enabled me to create transparency and direction while at the same time involving individuals and groups of people in meaningful dialogues about goals associated with my business,” he says. Coming to Portland, Maine on the BAFF program offered Elviss an opportunity to make connections and gain the leadership skills needed to take his inventive idea one step further. But that’s not where his story begins. Read his story.


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ALUMNI VOICES

Excerpts from recently published alumni stories: 

"By the time you’re done with your program and return home, everything may go back to normal but something in your mind will have changed – that’s the experience you need in this life. That will change everything around you." -Nathan Musah (CIEE Work & Travel USA, 2008)

 


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From left: Staff at the CIEE St. Petersburg Study Center prepare for their upcoming anniversary by conducting alumni interviews; CIEE Global Navigator High School Study Abroad program alumna writes about experience in Chile for Nomad Hill; and staff at the CIEE Lisbon Study Center are pleasantly surprised by a visit from an alumna.

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Alumni Update - February 2017

 



NEWS THIS MONTH

CIEE Statement on Executive Order on Immigrants and Refugees

Since 1947, CIEE has brought together people from different backgrounds to humanize international relations, increase global harmony, and nurture peace around the world. International exchange is an enduring American institution, and CIEE is committed to protecting and advancing its long and strong legacy. Read the full statement. 

CIEE Work & Travel USA Participants Show Us Their American Winter

It's winter program season for CIEE Work & Travel USA, and time for the My American Winter photo and video contest. Participants from all over the world are using social media to share how they're experiencing winter in America. See some of the inspiring submissions on the CIEE Work & Travel USA Facebook page (click "View Gallery") or by following the hashtag #cieeworktravelers.

CIEE's TEFL Certification Course Helps Alumni with Career Transitions

CIEE’s Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification courses are offered at a variety of levels online with in-person coursework options to give participants the skills needed to teach abroad. The courses help prepare students for a new life and a new job abroad - teaching English! Tanur Badgley describes how his TEFL course was “my bridge from Topeka to Thailand” and helped him transition from a career in digital media to teaching with success: 

“This course has given me the confidence to step into my classroom in Thailand. The practicum gave me first-hand experience with teaching so I could better understand what was to come. [...] Now I'm in Thailand teaching English to 6th grade students and I use the skills I learned from my course every day. I have an awareness of how to build my lessons in a way that brings the learners along with me to eventually create projects using the English skills I taught them. I know many games and have access to many resources to keep English learning exciting. I'm able to blend together my new learnings from the teachers here in Thailand with my understanding of TEFL theory I learned in the course.”

Visit the CIEE TEFL website for more information.

Japanese and Chinese Language Teachers Wanted

Do you have a passion for supporting high school students in their pursuit to study abroad? Use your language and teaching skills abroad next summer with CIEE! We are hiring Global Navigator High School Program Leaders committed to the process of education, cross-cultural learning, and leadership development for the Global Navigator High School Summer programs in summer 2017. Apply to be based in one of 20+ countries where you will facilitate intercultural, experiential opportunities for high school students visiting the host country. Applicants with Japanese and Chinese language skills are especially encouraged to apply. Apply online.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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ALUM OF THE MONTH 

The Alum of the Month for February is Virginijus Sinkevicius, CIEE alumnus and former Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF) intern. Virginijus participated in the BAFF program from 2013-2014, working in Washington, D.C. at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). Two years later, he's elected to Lithuanian Parliament. Read his story to learn more.




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ALUMNI VOICES

"Living in a homestay was the perfect option for me, since it was a chance to speak in Japanese to native speakers. Even when I wasn’t speaking, I was listening. My listening comprehension, arguably more than my speaking, improved tenfold just because I was surrounded by people who only spoke that language." from Studying Abroad in Tokyo: Moving Forward by Ria Jagasia (CIEE Study Abroad, Tokyo, Japan, 2016)

"Going to the USA is a memory I will always cherish. I met people from all over the world. People that now, after two years of being apart, I am still friends with."  - Andreea Cucos (CIEE Work & Travel USA, 2015)

 


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From left: CIEE Work & Travel USA joins Snapchat; Alumna Amy Sininger tells us about her CIEE Teach Abroad and TEFL experience in a video interview for the CIEE Alumni blog; and the CIEE Study Center in St. Petersburg prepares for another semester of new students.

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Alumni Update - December 2016

 



NEWS THIS MONTH

A Message from CIEE on the U.S. Presidential Election

Following the U.S. presidential election, there have been many questions about the future of J-1 visa programs. Two statements were released by CIEE that address those questions and frame expectations for the future:

"Reflections on the U.S. Presidential Election"Read here.
"CIEE Statement on Status of J-1 Visa Programs"Read here.

Destination TEFL Debuts in Vietnam

The CIEE TEFL team facilitated the inaugural cohort of their newest travel practicum program, Destination TEFL, this November in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Five trainees spent two eventful weeks honing their English teaching skills, exploring intercultural theories, and working with mentor teachers at YOLA, CIEE TEFL’s partner school. The program offers participants the opportunity to complete two weeks of practice teaching in another country after 11 weeks of online training. CIEE TEFL plans to facilitate three more cohorts this spring in Vietnam, Thailand, and Spain. Learn more.


Job Opportunity for Arabic, Japanese, Italian, and German Language Teachers

Do you have a passion for supporting high school students in their pursuit to study abroad? Use your language and teaching skills abroad next summer with CIEE! We are hiring Global Navigator High School Program Leaders committed to the process of education, cross-cultural learning, and leadership development for the Global Navigator High School Summer programs in summer 2017. Apply to be based in one of 20+ countries where you will facilitate intercultural, experiential opportunities for high school students visiting the host country. Applicants with Japanese, Italian, Arabic, and German language skills are especially encouraged to apply. Apply online.

Teach in Spain Fall 2017 Applications & Portugal Program Now Open

Applications are now open to teach in Spain with CIEE in fall 2017. Expand your Spanish language skills by living and working in the pueblo, urban, and rural areas in the Community of Madrid and Castilla y León. Learn more and apply.

Also, CIEE now offers a short-term three-month volunteer teaching opportunity in Portugal. Serve as a Language and Culture Assistant helping local teachers in a public school while living in cost-free accommodations and engaging in meaningful cultural exchange with your host family. Be a part of Portugal's nationwide initiative to expand bilingual education as an English teacher and learn Portuguese yourself as you explore this beautiful country. Learn more and apply.

Not sure if teaching abroad is right for you? Hear from CIEE Teach Abroad and CIEE TEFL alum Amy Sininger about her experience in both programs:

CIEE Alumni Interview: Amy Sininger


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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ALUM OF THE MONTH 

The Alum of the Month for December is Alexandria Polanosky. Alexandria studied abroad in 2015 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The Ohio University student, who studies photojournalism and environmental studies, spent her semester exploring the area and blogging about her adventures. She continued to share stories about study abroad as a summer travel blogger for College Tourist, writing about topics like sustainable travel, financing study abroad, and travelling with dietary restrictions.

We interviewed Alexandria to learn more about her article on the challenges of reentry, titled "It's Okay to Come Home", which encourages study abroad returnees to find beautiful moments anywhere they go. Read her story.




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ALUMNI VOICES

Excerpts from recently published alumni stories:

“My Peace Corps experience thus far has been an incredible roller coaster, but overall so worth it and one of the greater experiences of my life." -Anna Poruks (CIEE Study Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, 2014) Read her story.

"It is only years later, after being immersed in post-graduation life, that I have come to appreciate the lessons I learned and the long-term impact that living in Ghana had on me. [...] Going abroad changes you; no matter where you go or what career you end up pursuing, you will be a better employee, co-worker, and leader for having had to push your boundaries and learn to adapt while abroad." -Hannah Smalley (CIEE Study Abroad in Legon, Ghana, 2011) Read her story.

 


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From left: CIEE Work & Travel USA alumni gather at CheckPoint Café in Moscow for food and conversation with the CIEE Alumni Russia Chapter; Former CIEE Alumni New York City Chapter vice president and CIEE Study Abroad alum Anna Poruks tells us about life in Senegal as a Peace Corps volunteer; and CIEE Alumni Washington, D.C. Chapter members enjoy a networking picnic on the National Mall.

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