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Diversity in Floura and Fauna, and in People: A Marine Biologist Sees the World

"I didn't realize how big the world was until I started spending time abroad."

Samantha Farquhar, CIEE Study Abroad alumna and former program leader for the CIEE Global Navigator High School Study Abroad program in Bonaire, is off to explore more of the world. In January, Samantha embarked on a new adventure to Nepal to work on an aquaculture project. As a marine biologist and humanitarian, the field of international sustainable development came naturally to her. Based in Rampur, Nepal, Samantha traveled to rural communities to collaborate on implementing new aquaculture technology to empower and nourish women. Largely, this involved researching the socioeconomic impacts of an aquaculture initiative started to empower women in rural communities by teaching them to maintain fishponds to benefit economics and nutrition of local families.

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In her article on “Pink Pangea”, an online community for women who love to travel, Samantha describes how she came to this role in Nepal, fusing science and humanitarian work:

“I have always known I wanted to help people, but I never really knew how I was going to go about it. My strengths were always science-based, but I didn’t want to become a doctor. I liked the idea of teaching, but I didn’t want to be stuck in a bureaucratic school system. By the time my senior year of college rolled around, I was doing some serious soul searching. My double major in International Studies and Marine Biology seemed liked an odd combination to many, including myself, but after working with the nonprofit The Full Belly Project, I began to forge my own future endeavors. This organization innovates and distributes tools to rural communities based on the resources available. This sparked my own interests in sustainable development. I decided that I wanted to use my education to help communities protect, utilize, and sustainably manage their environmental resources to help develop and advance the community as a whole.”

In an interview with Samantha, we learned more about the role that CIEE Study Abroad played in shaping who she is today – an aspiring scientist and humanitarian!

What interested you in the CIEE Study Abroad program in Bonaire?

The ability to become trained as a scientific diver was a huge incentive. I was majoring in marine biology so I knew that the training would be beneficial to my career. That, combined with opportunity to live and learn on a beautiful Caribbean Island made it an ideal choice.

What was it like to live and study in Bonaire?

Bonaire was so inspiring for many reasons. The island community is close-knit and really care about preserving their beautiful home so you learn from professors and locals alike. You and your classmates become this big family and support system. You will spend evenings and meals talking about what cool thing happened on the dive or how you are all going to change the world.

I was also surprised with how diverse it was. On this one small island, you can find coral reefs, deserts, mangrove forests, and caves. Wild donkeys roam free, rare jelly fish are constantly being discovered, and thousands of flamingos migrate there every year. I was even able to pick up a little Papiamentu and Dutch while there in addition to improving my salsa dancing. The only negative thing about Bonaire is that the all the beautiful sunsets, diving, and starry nights will spoil you; your standards for such things in the future will be so high that eventually you will realize nothing compares to Bonaire.

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How did studying abroad open your eyes to the world?

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.  

How did studying abroad contribute to your education?

I didn't realize how big the world was until I started spending time abroad. Studying abroad broke me out of this bubble I didn't even know I had. Once I broke the bubble, I learned how small the world was. I found that there are always more similarities with people than differences. This has ultimately inspired me to apply my education to tackle global international issues.

What motivated you to return to Bonaire as a program leader?

I enjoy helping others and teaching. I also had developed a special place in my heart for Bonaire and wanted others to feel the same. So, the opportunity to return there and guide high schoolers through a study abroad experience of their own seemed meant to be.  

What plans do you have for the future?

Well, in the near future, I'm happy to say will be working as a program leader again this summer! This time in Lisbon, Portugal for the Aquatic Ecosystems and Sustainability program. After that, I hope to attend graduate school in the fall to study environmental management or marine affairs.

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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.



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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)

 


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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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Learning to Embrace Different Cultures: Irish Student Experiences Life in the U.S.

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CIEE Work & Travel USA alumnus Andrew Ralph from Ireland spent the summer of 2015 working at CIEE’s global headquarters in Portland, Maine. During his time at CIEE, Andrew had the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the very program he was on and gain a deeper understanding of the J-1 Visa process in the United States. We saw on Twitter that Andrew is a proud CIEE alum so we interviewed him to find out what gives him pride in the CIEE Work & Travel USA program and hear what he’s doing now!

What makes you proud to be a CIEE Work & Travel USA alumnus?

I am extremely and vocally proud to be a CIEE Work & Travel USA alumnus because CIEE profoundly benefited me. The three-and-a-half months I spent in Portland, Maine on the program and working for CIEE were three of the best months of my life – I do not want to praise CIEE and the work that it does in just words – I want to do what I can do for CIEE in practical and active ways too. Looking back on my time at CIEE and on the program, the pride that I have has manifested itself into motivating me to be an ambassador for CIEE and for the program to my peers and to my fellow countryman and countrywomen here in Ireland.

What inspired you to apply for the CIEE Work & Travel USA program?

I applied for the CIEE Work & Travel USA program because I wanted to immerse myself in the American cultural experience; I wanted to truly discover what it is like to work and live in the United States and how that differs to my own country and culture, I wanted to get the opportunity to travel within the United States and see the sights, meet the people, try out the cuisine, and experience all the things that help shape what the United States represents and the image it projects around the world. I was 18 years old when I enrolled in the CIEE Work & Travel USA program. The United States had dominated my life up to that point, and since. Coming from the Anglosphere, or English-speaking world, the United States had an indelible cultural impact on my upbringing, from pop culture to politics to the economy. I was very keen, eager, and interested to finally visit and finally see it and, most importantly, to finally experience it.

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What did you do for work at CIEE’s global headquarters in Portland, Maine?

In Portland, Maine, I was a Work & Travel USA participant services coordinator for CIEE and this was an extremely exciting job. I had the opportunity to use the Salesforce customer relationship management (CRM) system, register visa participants on the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) database, assist visa participants that had employment issues or healthcare problems that were required to make insurance claims, chaperoned high school exchange program participants in the New York/New Jersey area, and more. Working in the participant services department at CIEE offered me a great deal of valuable insights into the workforce, educational exchange programs, and providing with top quality customer service.

What else did you learn from your experience?

From my experience, I learned to embrace and open my eyes as well as my mind to different cultures, to different ways of doing things, and to people of various nationalities, races, and creeds. After participating in the CIEE Work & Travel USA program, I returned to Ireland in September 2015 having developed and improved my interpersonal skills, my education and knowledge on the world (especially the United States), and my workplace skills. My exchange experience was holistic and multifaceted. It wasn't just about the work that I did – it was also about the people I met, the places I visited, and the lessons I learned. They all positively improved my attitude to life and rendered me a better, stronger, wiser, and more well-rounded person at the end of it.

What are you doing now and what are your plans for the future?

I have just completed my undergraduate degree in journalism. I’m currently working for the “Dublin People” newspaper and I am pursuing a master’s degree in politics and international relations. I hope to have a career in the media or politics someday!

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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

 


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:

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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.


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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)

 


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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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Passing on a Love for Travel: CIEE Study Abroad Alumna and HI USA Staffer Kassi Oliver

"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."

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CIEE Study Abroad alumna Kassi Oliver with her world-traveling daughter.

Kassi Oliver, from the University of Texas at Austin, studied abroad with CIEE in Legon, Ghana back in 2001. Sixteen years later, she still has a passion for international travel. Kassi currently serves as the national director of volunteer services for Hostelling International USA (HI USA) based out of Austin, Texas. She has worked for HI USA for six years now, pursuing their mission “to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hosteling.” HI USA runs hostels throughout the U.S. and also offers educational and engagement programs to hostel guests and community members in the local areas they serve, utilizing volunteers to help lead their programs. 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:

What is your favorite memory of living in Ghana?

I have so many good memories of living in Ghana. I arrived to Accra a day early before the other CIEE students arrived. I remember staying at a beachside hotel where the staff were incredibly friendly. The hotel had windows open where the ocean breeze cooled off the room. I heard the waves crashing as I went to bed and I remember literally pinching myself asking, “Am I really here?” I just couldn't believe this dream was a reality.

Other great memories include:

  • Taking African drumming class at the university. Our class sat outside under a very large tree – we would sit in a circle and play.
  • We didn’t have classes on Fridays so every weekend my two new friends and I would travel and explore. We traveled all throughout Ghana and also went to all the surrounding countries: Togo, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. We were able to see it all!
  • The food: not everyone loved the food, but I LOVED it. Fried plantains were amazing and I loved the fufu and banku. While some of my classmates were losing weight, I was gaining it!

How did studying abroad with CIEE impact your life?

Ever since I was in junior high school, I dreamed of traveling to Africa. Going to college and choosing to study abroad with CIEE made that dream a reality. The experience taught me that if you really want to do something you can make it happen. I was able to find a great supportive program through CIEE and even received a travel scholarship through my local university. Traveling to Ghana definitely gave me the confidence to go on and do more traveling abroad – some on my own and some with friends. Now that I am a mom of a 3-year-old little girl, I want her to have the same zest for travel. She has been to 10 states and also left the country once. She even has her own Southwest Airlines miles account!

What are you doing now?

I am the director of volunteer services for Hostelling International USA (HI USA), a non-profit organization that operates over 50 hostels nationwide. Each year, we welcome travelers from more than 100 countries, and more than 1,600 volunteers play a big role in helping fulfill our purpose to create a more tolerant world.

In my role, I help support and grow our volunteer program and volunteer experience. A lot of our volunteers love volunteering with us because it allows them to be part of a diverse community of travelers and be alongside fellow travel enthusiasts. To learn more about volunteering with HI USA, check out www.hiusa.org/volunteer or email me at volunteer@hiusa.org. We always are looking for great new volunteers!

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What do you like the most about working in the tourism industry?

I feel very lucky that my job mixes my love of travel and my love of being a part of something bigger – something that is trying to make the world a better place. I love that at HI USA we help provide travel experiences for others through our travel scholarships programs.

How do you think studying abroad, travelling, and staying in community housing like hostels helps create a more tolerant world?

Travel leads to world peace. It’s easy to judge and hate when you don’t know someone or don’t understand their culture. If you travel to a different country and become a traveler (not a tourist) and immerse yourself in their culture through talking with people, eating their food, listening to their music (you know, all the good stuff!), you gain a respect and understanding for a new culture. 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.

The same things happen every day in our hostels as people from different counties either sit down to share a meal, grab a beer, or go on a bike tour together. Conversations start to flow. There are laughs. There are plans made to hang out later that day and friendships are formed. Ultimately tolerance and respect are created.

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CIVIC LEADERSHIP ALUM FINDS FUN IN DIVERSITY

*This post originally appeared on the CIEE Exchange Programs blog

This year marks the 5th annual CIEE Work & Travel USA Civic Leadership Summit, an opportunity for 60 participants from all over the world to gather and increase cultural understanding and leadership skills. We asked Surosh Esmatullah, a 2014 Civic Leadership fellow from Afghanistan, to reflect back on his experience and share his goals for the future.

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Surosh, I am originally from Afghanistan, but I am living in Turkey. I am doing my Master’s program at Uludağ University in International Relations. I was in the United States in 2014 for the Work and Travel Program, and I also attended the CIEE Civic Leadership Summit in Washington DC. It was a very exciting program for me!

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How has the Civic Leadership Summit impacted your life?

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.

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The biggest lesson I have taken from CIEE’s Civic Leadership Summit is that more variety means more fun. For example, assume that all of those students were from the same country. I believe it wouldn’t be as exciting as it was, because we were coming from different countries and different cultures, and there was many things to share with each other, to talk to each other about.

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What are your dreams for the future?

I am studying for a Master’s degree in International Relations at Uludağ University in Turkey. I hope to do a PhD program after my Master’s, and it will be great if I can do it in the U.S. I have a plan to work with the UN if possible, or if I stay in Turkey, I have a plan to create my own student exchange agency.

For the short term I would say I do not plan to return to Afghanistan, because first I have some plans to fulfil, but then yes [I would like to return]. As I said I have always believed myself to be a world citizen: no matter who you are if you need my help I will help you, or at least I will try. I believe the people in Afghanistan need me more than anyone and I can help because I know the society [there].

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What advice do you have for CIEE Work & Travel USA participants?

What I recommend to all those students who are doing the Work and Travel program currently is to travel and explore America, because there are a lot of great places to see and there are also a lot of things to learn about US society and US culture. My other advice is to live with an American family instead of living with foreigners if it’s possible, because it can help you to learn better about American family structure and relationships between family's members also it can help you to improve your English better as well.

Event Recap: Happy Hour at Crocodile Lounge

"The CIEE Alumni New York City Chapter met up in March for a casual happy hour at the Crocodile Lounge to enjoy an evening of networking and Bingo. The alumni came from a variety of career backgrounds - non-profit, fashion, education, finance - and some were students as well. It was a great turnout for our first event of the new year as the chapter also discussed what they would like to see in upcoming events and how to make the chapter thrive.

As per usual, the group had very different experiences with CIEE; some were teachers, some studied abroad, and others were part of a work exchange program.

Hope to see you at the next chapter event! If you want to get involved and have any ideas for upcoming events, feel free to email us." - Ibby Hussain, chapter vice president

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