Press Room

Informing a wider public debate on our core issues is important to us at World Learning. We welcome inquiries from members of the press and citizen journalists.

Donald Steinberg in the World Learning studio.

Our experts are available to speak about World Learning’s projects and programs, as well as a wide range of topics, including international education, study abroad, international development issues, and citizen diplomacy. Our staff is on the ground in over 60 countries and is readily available for commentary and analysis on breaking news and world events. 

Media Contact

Kathryn Schoenberger
Senior Communications Officer
(202) 464-6979

World Learning is a nonprofit organization advancing leadership in more than 60 countries. We envision a just world, driven by engaged citizens and thriving communities. Our mission is to empower people and strengthen institutions through education, development, and exchange programs. Learn more.

World Learning was conceived from the simple notion that if American students are sent abroad to expand their own worldviews, understanding across cultures and nations will follow suit. Founded as The Experiment in International Living by Dr. Donald Watt in 1932, the organization’s mission was “to foster peace through understanding, communication, and cooperation.”

The Experiment was the first of its kind in that it offered “homestay” experiences, which would become the very embodiment of its mission. As American students were paired with host families, they were given first-hand, authentic insight into a new culture and were completely immersed in the lives of real people and communities they would call home for their time abroad.

From the first Experiment delegation to Germany in 1932, the organization evolved over decades at the forefront of international exchange. Almost thirty years later, after the creation of the Peace Corps with Sargent Shriver (an Experiment alum) at its helm, the Experiment began to apply its teaching methods to train Corps volunteers prior to their deployments, emphasizing cultural nuances and preparing them to adapt to radically different environments.

Further cementing this special bond, in 1964, the Experiment founded the School for International Training (now SIT Graduate Institute) to educate returning Peace Corps volunteers to channel their new knowledge, priorities, and skills in ways that would impact society and advance meaningful change around the world.

As Experiment students began to shift their focus towards developing countries, they witnessed the ills of refugee crises, poverty, and conflict, and wanted to insert themselves as trailblazers in finding sustainable solutions. In 1992, the Experiment in International Living changed its name to World Learning to reflect its growing leadership role in international development, language training, exchange, and higher education.

Today, World Learning advances leadership in more than 60 countries, providing education, exchange, and sustainable development programs that empower people and strengthen institutions. The organization is on the ground in developing countries worldwide, working with AIDS orphans, trafficked children, women’s groups, and others, to build local capacity for change.

World Learning envisions a just world driven by engaged citizens and thriving communities. Through forging lasting bonds in cultural exchange and encouraging global exposure and communication, we begin to see this vision turn into reality.

World Learning’s Global Advisory Council champions its mission to empower a new generation of global citizens who will build peaceful, prosperous, inclusive, and responsible institutions through international development, education and exchanges.

The Global Advisory Council brings together leaders from the arenas of development, education, government, civil society, business, foundations, and international organizations from more than a dozen countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. This group will help further the organization’s work building leadership around the world and confronting critical global challenges. 

Meet our Global Advisory Council.

October, 12, 2015
"Stepping Into a Minefield" Book Launch

Presentation by Donald Steinberg, President and CEO of World Learning, at the Swiss Embassy to the United States, October 12, 2015.

September 11, 2015
Building on Success: A New Agenda on Women, Peace, and Security

Presentation by Donald Steinberg, President and CEO of World Learning, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, September 11, 2015.

August 5, 2015
USAID Diversity and Inclusion

Presentation by Donald Steinberg, President and CEO of World Learning, at the Inaugural USAID Diversity Day and Summit, Washington, D.C., August 5, 2015.

July 21, 2015
Beijing+20: Progress on Article E on Gender and Armed Conflict

Presentation by Donald Steinberg, President and CEO of World Learning, at the SID Conference

Press Releases (view all)

January 22, 2016
World Learning Announce Senior Leadership Team Changes

World Learning today announced staff changes for several members of its senior leadership team, which will help position the organization for greater growth and impact. Bethaney LaClair was named chief of staff, Rachel Henry will advance to vice president of operations, and Tom Navin will become the vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement.

January 12, 2016
On the Passing of Former Experiment in International Living President Alfredo Perez

World Learning was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the organization’s former president and CEO Alfredo Perez.

December 3, 2015
On the Passing of Sandy Berger

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sandy Berger, former national security advisor to President Bill Clinton. Our hearts go out to his wife, Susan, and his children. 

December 1, 2015
World Learning Welcomes Confirmation of Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator

World Learning warmly congratulates Gayle E. Smith on her confirmation by the United States Senate as the seventeenth administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

In The News (view all)

January 20, 2016
SIT students study civil society development in Ahmedabad

Students from World Learning's SIT Graduate Institute, traveled to Ahmedabad to study civil society development.

January 18, 2016
An American journalist finally comes home

World Learning's Global Advisory Council member, Tara Sonenshine writes about the release of American journalist Jason Rezaian from imprisonment in Iran.

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