The next step is to do something about it. Once you feel empowered and you find something you’re passionate about and you feel there’s a need and a purpose, it’s just the obvious next step.
Katherine Lorenz, SIT Study Abroad, Chile 2000
After 80 years, there are more than 100,000 alumni of World Learning programs, and each year this number grows by thousands. Alumni will find here resources to help build connections and lead social change through services, tools, and opportunities that include career services, fellowships, and trainings.
World Learning sponsors two signature fellowship programs—Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowships and The Advancing Leaders Fellowship—that provide mentoring, training, and seed funding to a new generation of social innovators, leaders, and change agents. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We believe that study abroad provides an important platform for transforming global perspectives and individual lives. The resources below will help returned students to maximize their study abroad experiences and continue their journeys to becoming global citizens.
After studying abroad, the transition to life at home is full of exciting possibilities. This toolkit is a starting point for students as they readjust to home life. It provides students with the resources to integrate their experiences into their academic and professional lives and to help them take action as engaged global citizens.
This manual, written by an SIT Academic Director, guides parents through the re-integration process that students experience after studying abroad. The handbook examines why reverse culture shock occurs, lays out some of the typical concerns of students going through re-entry, and discusses what parents can do to assist their children during this process.
If you have questions, comments, or input, or would simply like to talk to someone who can help guide and support you through your next steps, send an email to email@example.com.
Whether you are an alum of SIT, the Experiment, or another World Learning program, participating in a World Learning program is just the beginning of lifelong engagement with a global network of contacts, resources, and opportunities. World Learning and its family of programs offer a number of ways to stay up-to-date with us and to connect with alumni and current students from across the organization.
Use the resources below to stay engaged after your program ends.
Connect with World Learning
- Sign up today for our newsletter with updates on programs and alumni.
- Check out World Learning NOW, our blog featuring posts by staff, students, alumni, and others. The blog is an open discussion, welcoming ideas, thoughts, and comments on a wide range of pressing global themes and issues.
- For more frequent updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or another social network.
- Check your program’s page for information on its social media presence.
Connect with Alumni and Students
- Find old classmates or make new connections by joining World Learning’s LinkedIn alumni group, or for specific requests, such as class lists, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- There are also many opportunities to become a recruiter and share your experiences with prospective participants. Alumni can offer to mentor students and other alumni, host a dinner for a study abroad student, or volunteer at events. To become an alumni contact, send an email to email@example.com.
Give back in a meaningful way
SIT Study Abroad is deeply engaged in local communities worldwide. Our students spend their terms abroad as part of a local community: studying with local faculty, living with homestay families, and gaining a deep understanding of the culture, language, and critical issues relevant to the host country or region of their program. During their time, they also realize the importance of reciprocity. Many SIT alumni describe their experiences as transformational and wish to give back to their host communities in a meaningful way.
The SIT Global Reciprocity Fund is a unique opportunity for reciprocity in SIT host communities. The fund supports sustainable, community-supported projects that foster an ongoing collaboration among students, program staff, and the community. By giving back, alumni and supporters can continue to support these local initiatives that benefit marginalized communities and change lives.
Read on to find out more about each project:
The Al-Hashemiya Youth Orphanage Center
The Al-Hashemiya Youth Orphanage Center is a place where disadvantaged children can seek refuge in a safe and positive environment, and it has a long-standing relationship with the Jordan: Health and Community Development program. The center plays a key role in the community, serving approximately 70–100 vulnerable children and women on a weekly basis.
The Al-Hashemiya Youth Orphanage Center uses all contributions to support the expansion of its services and infrastructure. Support the Al-Hashemiya Youth Orphanage Center.
Few for Change
Few for Change is a project to increase the educational opportunities in the Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé, one of five autonomous indigenous territories in the mountains of Panama. The territory suffers from high levels of chronic malnutrition and a lack of basic needs. Each semester, students visit the Comarca Ngöbe-Bugle for a homestay as part of the SIT Study Abroad Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation program.
We attempted to come up with a solution to escaping these difficulties; we decided the best way was through education.
SIT Study Abroad Panama Alumni
This reciprocity project is committed to increasing the educational opportunities for high-achieving students in less developed parts of Panama and to supporting future community leaders.
Few for Change uses all contributions to cover tuition fees and associated costs for children living in the Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé who otherwise would not be able to continue their education. Support Few for Change.
Photo: Few for Change scholars with board members and SIT Study Abroad Panama alumni Brooks Winner, Ariadne Prior-Grosch, Katie Clay, and Tim Soo at the scholarship award ceremony in Panama in February 2014.
Kids' Books Bolivia
I had an obligation to give back to the community that welcomed me as a stranger.
SIT Study Abroad Bolivia Alumna
Kids' Books Bolivia is a series of bilingual children's books written by undergraduate students of the SIT Study Abroad Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change program. This reciprocity project contributes to the production of affordable books celebrating Bolivian reality and serves to raise international awareness about Bolivia's rich cultures and pressing social issues.
Kids' Books Bolivia uses all contributions to subsidize low-cost books and book donations to Bolivian children, schools, libraries, community organizations, and literacy programs. Support Kids’ Books Bolivia.
World Learning provides recent student alumni of its inbound exchange programs to the United States opportunities to build on their experiences through training, mentorship, and community service projects in their home communities.
Alumni Engagement Initiative: Social Innovation Project
The Alumni Engagement Initiative Social Innovation Project supported by Newman’s Own Foundation provides alumni from World Learning’s exchange programs with technical and funding resources to help turn program experiences into effective community change.
Selected World Learning alumni begin by enrolling in an online training program with three, one-month long modules: Design & Proposal Writing, Report Writing & Grant Management, and Impact Assessment of Civil Society. Each module, readings, and homework assignments are monitored by the World Learning staff and are conducted on an online training site. Participants who successfully complete the three-month online small grants management training program will be invited to submit proposals for a $3,000 grant for small-scale community engagement projects.
Thirty World Learning program alumni were selected to participate in the program during the 2014 summer. The participants are from all over the world, representing countries such as Algeria, Argentina, Chile, India, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Malawi, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sudan, the United States, and Venezuela. The participants completed their online small grants management training program and 10 finalists were awarded grants to implement small-scale community engagement projects.
The following projects were awarded funding in September 2014:
- Motivating Childhood Well-Being: A Wellness Education Initiative (Maracaibo, Venezuela)
- Plotting out Hunger: Food Insecurity Awareness (Arlington, Virginia, United States)
- Shine Bright: Building Academic Success for Elementary Students (Seattle, Washington, United States)
- Cavity Free Generation (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
- Human Rights Education: Teacher Training Tutorials (Cordoba, Argentina)
- Beacon Bearers: Basic Education for Child Laborers (Quetta, Pakistan)
- Collective Action for Counterterrorism: Dialogues on the Impact of Terrorism in the World (Geneva, Switzerland)
- Reading Opens Your Mind (Valdivia, Chile)
- Breast Cancer Awareness in the Madurai District (Tamilandu, India)
- Tailoring Skills Training (Misesa, Malawi)
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Career Services include an alumni mentorship network, connection to a database of hundreds of employers whose work aligns with the World Learning mission, and current job and internship postings. Additionally, a number of online tools and videos are available to World Learning alumni to aid in their professional development.