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
kathryn.schoenberger@worldlearning.org

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.

May 21, 2016
Education
Welcome Remarks: 2016 Commencement of the School for International Training

Welcome Remarks by Donald Steinberg, World Learning CEO and President of the School for International Training at the 2016 Commencement of the School for International Training, May 21, 2016.

May 21, 2016
Education
Remarks Upon Granting of Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Beatriz Fantini from the School for International Training

Remarks Upon Granting of Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Beatriz Fantini from the School for International Training by Donald Steinberg, World Learning CEO and President of the School for International Training, May 21, 2016.

May 21, 2016
Education
Remarks upon Granting Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Stephen Lowey from the School for International Training

Remarks upon Granting of Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Stephen Lowey from the School for International Training by Donald Steinberg, CEO of World Learning and President of the School for International Training, May 21, 2016.

May 9, 2016
Development
Trading Places: A Partner's Perspective USAID Forward and Global Development

Presentation by Donald Steinberg, CEO, World Learning, at the USAID Alumni Association in Washington, DC, May 9, 2016.

 

In The News (view all)

July 29, 2016
Teenage girl comes up with solutions to some of Egypt's big environmental challenges

Yasmine Yehia Moustafa has already invented a system to produce clean water and biodiesel using rice straw, won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), and, most recently, had asteroid 31910 Moustafa named in her honor by NASA.

July 28, 2016
Kimberly Abbott On Her Career in Journalism and Communications

Kimberly Abbott, World Learning's vice president of communications and marketing, discusses her career in journalism and international NGO communications, and what she's learned along the way.

Press Releases (view all)

July 13, 2016
Carla Lineback Named Director of Alumni Engagement

World Learning is proud to announce Carla Lineback has been named director of alumni engagement. She most recently served as associate dean for academic affairs for the School for International Training. Carla has a strong connection to the organization as her family has been involved with World Learning/SIT for more than 60 years.

July 5, 2016
On the Passing of Elie Wiesel

World Learning joins the world in mourning the loss of Elie Wiesel, who survived the Holocaust and dedicated the rest of his life to giving voice to the voiceless and defending human rights. 

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).

Connect with us

Join our global network of alumni, partners, and supporters. Help us build a more peaceful and just world.

Connect Now