In The News

Read articles about World Learning from sources all over the world.

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.

The Times of India
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.

Thehill.com
January 8, 2016
The Legislative Fellowship Experience

Laila Rubab Jaskani recounts her experience as a Legislative Fellow in the U.S.

Pakistan- U.S. Alumni Network
January 3, 2016
SIT participant reflects on Conflict Transformation Across Cultures

Arup Barua, an SIT participant relects on his two-week training as part of the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) program in Kathmandu.

Pressenza
December 17, 2015
World Learning Alumna Taking on Boko Haram in Nigeria

Hafsat Mohammed, an alumna of the International Visitor Leadership Program, is working to counter extremist narratives in Nigeria through interfaith dialogue and women's advocacy initiatives. 

Al Jazeera
December 11, 2015
Not Everyone Needs to Win a Nobel Prize

World Learning Program Officer Marilyn Saks-McMillion writes about the impact she's seen the International Visitor Leadership Program have on participants, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman.

The Foreign Service Journal
December 11, 2015
Education means stability, Carol Jenkins says at World Affairs Council of Greater Reading

In a world plagued with terrorism that prompts reactions of anger and fear, Carol Jenkins took the high road and stressed the importance of education to help ensure global stability.

Reading Eagle
November 24, 2015
Expanding Horizons through Academic Exchange

Saryal Saeed from Pakistan reflects on his experiences in the United States living with a host family, attending high school, and learning about local culture, through the State Department’s Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program.

Fairfax County Times
November 24, 2015
A heartfelt statement echos in a young American's ears

A simple but heartfelt statement shared by a Syrian woman with nothing to give but a promise forever changed the landscape of a young American's life.

The Huffington Post
November 24, 2015
Sai Aung Thein on VOA

Sai Aung Thein, iPACE Advocacy and Training Advisor joins Voice of America in Washington, D.C. to discuss the program and the elections in Burma.

VOA
November 20, 2015
Who becomes a terrorist?

Tara Sonenshine, a member of World Learning's Global Advisory Council analyzes how and why civilians are joining the ranks of radical extremism.

The Hill

November 13, 2015
The Experiment pays Keys students a visit

Florida Keys students were paid a visit on Thursday by Dr. Aaron Morehouse, the executive director of The Experiment in International Living. The Vermont-based program has experienced a lot of interest and success in the Keys over the last decade.

The Key West Citizen
November 11, 2015
The Tortoise Revolution

World Learning's Senior Writer/Editor, Rose Foran describes the slow, but steady progression towards a more democratized Myanmar.

The Huffington Post
November 6, 2015
Fear and Rumor in Myanmar

The people of Myanmar are facing not-so-subtle threats ahead of Sunday's elections.

US News
November 4, 2015
Colleges, others try to interest more HBCU students in study abroad

Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU) try to garner interest in study abroad programs for students in hopes it will expand their world view.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 29, 2015
Making a difference

World Learning President & CEO Donald Steinberg is profiled in the Lakeshore Weekly News.

Lakeshore Weekly News
October 26, 2015
Women's rights and their access on internet

Aisha Sarwari, World Learning’s Communications Specialist on the FORECAST II – Training for Pakistan Project in Islamabad, explains why women's rights and Internet access are more closely tied than you might think.

Express Tribune
October 22, 2015
Willing to Break

Hajar Chaiboub is making a name for herself as one of the few women participating in breakdancing competitions across Morocco. JP Keenan and Sutton Raphael filed this story while on the SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program, which is run in collaboration with Round Earth Media.

USA Today
October 20, 2015
Youth Peacebuilding Dialogue in Vermont

John Ungerleider, Professor of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation reflects on the School for International Training's (SIT) afternoon of trust-building and dialogue activities for participants from three youth empowerment programs: World Learning’s Iraq Youth Leadership and Exchange Program (IYLEP); Windsor Fellowship’s UK-US Youth Dialogue Programme; and Journey East, based out of Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School in Townsend, Vermont.

Alliance for Peacebuilding
October 16, 2015
Young leaders learn globally, grow communities locally

Four Chicago students travel to India and South Africa with the Experiment Leadership Institute.

ABC7 Chicago
October 13, 2015
Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence

Tara Sonenshine, a World Learning Global Advisory Council member, reviews Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' new book, Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence.

New York Journal of Books
October 8, 2015
Broken Promises: The fight to educate children with disabilities in the Middle East and North Africa

Despite laws and international treaties intended to protect their basic rights, children with disabilities across the Middle East and North Africa often still struggle to obtain even a basic education. Sarah Ford and Emma Hohenstein filed this story while on the SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program, which is run in collaboration with Round Earth Media.

Global Health Hub
October 6, 2015
Students Protests for Western Sahara Independence Draw Crackdowns

Some students in Morocco are determined to continue their protests for Western Sahara's independence despite the risk of police crackdowns, arrests, and beatings. Brennan Weiss and Julia Levine filed this story while on the SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program, which is run in collaboration with Round Earth Media.

Al-Fanar Media
October 1, 2015
Tara Sonenshine: Putin's Power Play

Tara Sonenshine, executive director of World Learning's Global Advisory Council, analyzes Russia's latest actions in the Syrian conflict.

The Hill
September 30, 2015
Christians in Morocco: A Crisis of Faith

Kacie Graves reports on the challenges facing Christians in Morocco. Kacie and photographer Julia Levine produced the story for U.S. News and World Report as part of a Round Earth Media and SIT Study Abroad program in Morocco.

U.S. News
September 28, 2015
World leaders set up efforts to ensure gender equality

Rachelle Akuffo of CCTV America reports on the impact of the original Beijing conference on women.

CCTV America
September 16, 2015
Gender Equality in Politics Still Far Away

Mary Ann Peters, CEO of The Carter Center, and Mark P. Lagon, president of Freedom House, write that although gains have been made, political gender equality does not yet exist and the United States and others still need to focus on advancing women's political participation worldwide. The Carter Center and Freedom House are part of the Advancing Democratic Elections and Political Participation consortium, of which World Learning is also a member.

The Baltimore Sun
September 12, 2015
Women in Foreign Policy Examined by Gloria Steinem, Policymakers at Bush School Conference

World Learning President and CEO Donald Steinberg participated in a panel discussion on women and security, which also featured Gloria Steinum; Valerie Hudson of the Bush School of Government; Patricia Leidl, co-author of The Hillary Doctrine; Robin Morgan of The Women's Media Center, and Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Eagle
September 4, 2015
Chicago youth finds common ground in India

Traveling to India with the Experiment Leadership Institute, Cameron found social divisions both like and unlike those he knew in Chicago.

PBS Newshour
September 1, 2015
SIT Brings Together Youth from China, Great Britain, and Iraq

This summer the School for International Training worked with Journey East's English Language and Culture Camp participants from China to facilitate cross-cultural exchange activities with other youth from Great Britain and Iraqi visiting Vermont on World Learning exchanges.

Brattleboro Reformer
August 31, 2015
International Visitors Learn Importance of Protecting Whistleblowers

World Learning recently hosted a round table discussion on the role whistleblowers play in good governance and whistleblower protections featuring National Whistleblower Center’s Executive Director Stephen Kohn as part of an International Visitor Leadership Program exchange to the United States.

Whistleblowers Protection Blog
August 27, 2015
Middle School Leadership Program in its Seventh Year

SIT Graduate Institute is partnering with Windham Southeast Supervisory Union schools for the seventh  Middle School Leadership Program, which teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students skills that will help them create a positive school environment.

Brattleboro Reformer
August 20, 2015
Pueblo Teen Creates Connections During Trip to Asia

After taking Mandarin classes in high school, Azaria Segall from Pueblo, Colorado, was inspired to spend her summer in China with The Experiment in International Living immersed in the language and local cultures.

The Pueblo Chieftain
August 19, 2015
Morocco's Teachers Battle Urban-Rural Education Divide

Teachers in rural Morocco are fighting to keep children in school despite the economic and social barriers to education students face. Kiannah Sepeda-Miller and Julia Barstow filed this story while on the SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program, which is run in collaboration with Round Earth Media.

News 24
August 19, 2015
Gap Year Programs for College Bound Students

The Experiment in International Living provides summer travel abroad opportunities to students before they enter college. Programs allow students to explore the host country through hands-on experiences and homestays in local communities.

Newsday
August 19, 2015
Mysuru Girl Selected for US Academic Program

A student from Bhanumaiah's College of Commerce in India has been selected to participate in the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program for the 2015-2016 academic year. Haseena Banu will study business management and administration at the University of Missouri.

The Times of India
August 19, 2015
Iraqi Students Experience Wolfpack Community at North Carolina State University

Fourteen students on the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program met with members of students government and student media during their visit North Carolina State University in Raleigh as part of their four-week trip to the United States.

Technician
August 17, 2015
Exchanging Ideas, Building Bonds: Iraqi Students Study Environmental Stewardship in Helena

Students on the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program spent time in Helena, Mont., learning about US culture and environmental issues, such as water management and fracking, while living with host families in the local community.

Independent Record

August 17, 2015
Travel to India Builds Solidarity Between Women

Rachel Armany, a student on the Experiment in International Living Leadership Institute, writes for PBS NewsHour about the difficulties many young women face in rural India and what she learned from their resilience

PBS NewsHour
August 13, 2015
These Three Egyptian Girls Are Among the Smartest Teens in the World

Mona El Sayet, Sara Ezat, and Hoda Mamdouh, students at the Maadi STEM School for Girls in Egypt, won third place in their category at last year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles for developing a more energy efficient water purification process. The school was established as part of a World Learning project to improve STEM education in the country.

Frontlines
August 12, 2015
Morocco Moves to Legalize Abortion in Cases of Rape and Incest

The Moroccan parliament is expected to soon approve changes to the country's abortion laws after King Mohammed VI ordered they should be eased in cases of rape and incest. Jessica Morris filed this story while on the SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program, which is run in collaboration with Round Earth Media.

USA Today
July 27, 2015
Tara Sonenshine: Imagine, A Good News Story on Pakistan

According to Tara Sonenshine, executive director of World Learning's Global Advisory Council, despite all of the negative news about Pakistan, some areas of the country, such as the Hunza Valley, are experiencing positive change.

The Hill
July 27, 2015
Chicago to India: Finding hope in Delhi's slums

Dominic Smith, a student at the Experiment in International Living Leadership Institute, writes for PBS NewsHour about his experience visiting the slums of New Delhi, India and how he found hope in the unity and solidarity people have despite living in extreme poverty.

PBS NewsHour
July 23, 2015
An interview with Joosje Grevers - 2015 SIT Study Abroad to Argentina Program Participant

Joosje Grevers decided to apply to an international program so that she could gain a perspective totally different from what she had grown up with.

GoAbroad
July 20, 2015
Meet a Resident Director: Christiane

Christine Magnido, Resident Director of SIT Study Abroad's Cameroon program, spoke to OSU Abroad about what it is like to study abroad in Africa and tips on how to succeed in another culture.

OSU Abroad
July 16, 2015
Jezebel: Finding Caitlyn Jenner in Burma

World Learning's iPACE program in Burma is empowering activists in Burmese civil society, including members of the transgender community who were inspired by Caitlyn Jenner after seeing her on the cover of Vanity Fair.

Jezebel
July 14, 2015
Iran deal is one worth signing

Tara Sonenshine, Executive Director of World Learning’s Global Advisory Council, weighs in on the Iran nuclear deal

The Hill
July 13, 2015
For Vermont Teens, Activism is Sign of the Times

World Learning's Brattleboro campus recently hosted 50 high school students for the Governor’s Institute on Current Issues & Youth Activism.

VTDigger.org
July 6, 2015
Ebony: Study Abroad Prepares Students to Compete in the Global Economy

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox writes that study abroad helps students develop the skills they need in today's international job market and discusses SIT's efforts to help more young African Americans pursue educational opportunities overseas.

Ebony
July 2, 2015
Tara Sonenshine: To Counter Violent Extremism, Focus on the Young

Tara Sonenshine, executive director of World Learning's Global Advisory Council, writes that empowering young people around the world to create their own futures is the best way to prevent radicalization and violence.

The Hill
June 26, 2015
World Learning Statement on SCOTUS Decision

World Learning welcomes the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court today holding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, and striking down laws that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Medium
June, 24, 2015
SIT Alumna Helping Children Across the Globe

Beth Bradford, a 2008 alumna of SIT Graduate Institute, has spent more than 20 years working to improve the lives of children in countries from Kosovo to Rwanda.

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
June 23, 2015
Mary Stucky--a Woman Who's Making a Difference

Mary Stucky,director SIT Study Abroad's journalism program in Morocco and founder of Round Earth Media, is training the next generation of foreign correspondents.

Women's Voices for Change
June 22, 2015
Greenwald '16 Honored for Study of 'Street Boys' in Nepal

An independent study project by Wesleyan student Michael Greenwald ’16 was chosen as one of two winners of the 2015 SIT Study Abroad Undergraduate Research Award.

News @ Wesleyan

June 19, 2015
SIT and Spelman College Partner to Expand Study Abroad Access

African-American students only represent about five percent of all Americans who study overseas. Laurie Black, dean of external relations and strategic enrollment management, discusses the barriers African Americans face in study abroad and how an SIT Study Abroad initiative with Spelman College and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities is working to expand access to international education opportunities.

rolling out

June 19, 2015
Local Photographer Gathers Impressions of Morocco in Words and Pictures

SIT Study Abroad student Julia Barstow recounts her experience photographing Morocco during her study abroad experience there.

Montpelier Bridge
June 2, 2015
Christian Science Monitor: Kelly Pajak combines an Army career with a passion for sustainable development

Unbeknownst to her at the time, Maj. Kelly Pajak’s burgeoning career in development would be inspired by how she dealt with Iraq’s garbage.

The Christian Science Monitor
May 18, 2015
Experiment Leadership Institute Participants Featured on Chicago Radio

Cameron Woods and Khary Armster, who will participate in this summer's Experiment Leadership Institute spoke with "Robin's Next" host Robin Robinson about their upcoming programs to India and South Africa respectively. They were joined by Dr. Aaron Morehouse, executive director of The Experiment in International Living, and SIT and World Learning alumnus Cortez Alexander.

WVON AM 1690
May 17, 2015
New Youth Employability Portal Launched in Algeria

In Algeria, World Learning is helping implement a new online employment portal to improve economic opportunities for young people by provide them with access to career advisors, online training, job openings, and information on entrepreneurship.

Zawya
May 14, 2015
Crouse students serve as garden ambassadors to Kuwaiti doctors

Kuwaiti doctors on a World Learning International Visitor Leadership Program in the United States visited an elementary school in Akron, Ohio, where students helped them raise money for the Malala Fund.

Akron.com
May 14, 2015
World Learning Alumna Prepares to Return to Iraq After Studying in the US

Shan Sherwan Hussein, an alumna of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, spent three years at the University of Southern Indiana earning an undergraduate degree in economics and a Master of Business Administration. Now Hussein getting ready for the challenges and opportunities she will face when she returns to Iraq.

Evansville Courier and Press

May 14, 2015
Improving English Language Education in Morocco

AMIDEAST will use the Professional Certificate in English Language Teaching program it developed in partnership with SIT Graduate Institute to implement a training program to improve English language education in Morocco.

AMIDEAST
May 9, 2015
McDaniel student survives Nepal earthquake, prompts fundraising effort

SIT Study Abroad Nepal student Leigh Brownell discussed her experience during the country's devastating earthquake last month and how she and others are fundraising to support the relief efforts.

Carroll County Times
May 7, 2015
Beloved Cheesemaker's Cart A Secret Moroccan Treat

Abdelatif Reda's cheese cart is an institution in the Rabat medina, drawing customers from all over town and even other cities. Zoë Hue and Eloise Schiefrdecker filed this report while on the SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program, which is run in collaboration with Round Earth Media.

Zester Daily

May 7, 2015
Urban Prep Student From Chatham 'Ecstatic' After Winning Trip to India

Chicago high school-student Dominic Smith was "ecstatic" and "grateful" to find out he'd been selected to participate in World Learning's new Experiment Leadership Institute to India this summer through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

DNAinfo
May 6, 2015
SIT Alumnus Returns to Uganda to Study Microfinance

SIT alumnus Jacob Eichengreen is returning to Uganda on a Fulbright Program scholarship to test a new lending model that would encourage vertical integration in local economies.

Intermountain Jewish News
May 6, 2015
Children affected by HIV/AIDS to benefit from $8-million programme

In partnership with the US Agency for International Development, World Learning is implementing a $70,000 grant assistance program in Jamaica to provide children affected by HIV/AIDS with psychological, educational and social support. The four-month initiative will be carried out by three Jamaican nongovernmental organizations.

Jamaica Observer
May 4, 2015
Aging Adventurer Runs and Runs – To Show He Still Can

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who has been called the “greatest living explorer,” competed in the most recent Morocco ultramarathon at age 71. Ben Bartenstein filed this profile on him while on the SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program, which is run in collaboration with Round Earth Media. 

McClatchy DC
April 30, 2015
Vermont Students Survive Earthquake in Nepal

SIT Study Abroad students were among those in Nepal when the earthquake struck. Laurie Black, dean of external relations and enrollment management, said all are accounted for and safe. SIT is in the process of evacuating them from the country.

Rutland Herald
April 15, 2015
Why One Iraqi Youth Turned Away From Violence

After being shot outside his Baghdad home at age 17, Dr. Al-Nasir Bellah Al-Nasiry could have chosen to seek revenge and continue the cycle of violence in his community. Instead he chose to be a peacemaker and participated in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, which helped him build the skills he needed to become an advocate for peace.

Christian Science Monitor
April 10, 2015
Agents of Change: Why visit Serbia? Aaron Brazelton's Serbia Fellowship Experience bridges cultural gaps

World Learning alumnus Aaron Brazelton is leading a program to send fellow students from the University of Alabama to Serbia for a partnership exchange with the University of Nis to promote mutual understanding between the two countries and foster intercultural dialogue.

AL.com

April 6, 2015
Why the Future of American Intellectualism Depends on Study Abroad

SIT Study Abroad Argentina student Jordan Houston writes about how spending time abroad helps young people expand their worldview, better understand other cultures, and build relationships with people from other countries.

Huffington Post
April 6, 2015
Preparing Students for the World

Priscilla Stone, SIT Study Abroad vice provost, explains how experiential and reflective study abroad programs will help US students build the skills and outlooks of global citizens.

NOW Blog
April 2, 2015
In Morocco, Illegitimate Children Struggle for Rights

Children born out of wedlock in Morocco can face life-long discrimination and many difficulties, including obtaining government documents to prove they exist. Lauren Kopchik and Rachel Woolf filed this report while on the SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program, which is run in collaboration with Round Earth Media.

Thompson Reuters Foundation

March 29, 2015
Univ. Of Alabama Student Brings Peers To Serbia To Give Them The World

Looking to share his own transformational experience traveling in Serbia as a high schooler, University of Alabama student Aaron Brazelton is pioneering an undergraduate exchange with the University of Novi Sad.

BBN
March 19, 2015
Sara Rahim: Champion for Interfaith Dialogue

SIT Study Abroad Morocco alumna Sara Rahim is dedicated to promoting mutual understanding between people of different faiths and cultures and finding ways individuals from different backgrounds can work together for the common good.

The Muslim Observer
March 11, 2015
SIT Study Abroad Mongolia Program Named One of the Most Adventurous

Go Abroad just included SIT Study Abroad's Mongolia: Geopolitics and the Environment program, which features a homestay in a rural nomadic community, in its list of the Top 5 Most Adventurous Study Abroad Programs.

Go Abroad
February 27, 2015
Morocco's Tcharmils 'Consider Jail Home'

Frustrated with a lack of opportunities, a youth group known as the Tcharmils have turned to weapons and petty crime. Frankie Stiles filed this profile on him while on the SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program, which is run in collaboration with Round Earth Media. 

Al Jazeera
Jan 30, 2015
Another shore: Morocco's child migrants

When there is no school or work, migration presents a literal way out, even for the country's children. Zoë Hu and Eloise Schieferdecker filed this report while on the SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program, which is run in collaboration with Round Earth Media.

Al Jazeera
January 15, 2015
Saving Morocco's Endangered Barbary Macaques

Government and local groups are working together to prevent the extinction of the Barbary macaques that live in mountainous regions of Morocco. Olivia Poblacion and Devdharm Khalsa filed this report while on the SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program, which is run in collaboration with Round Earth Media.

Ensia
Dec 27, 2014
Morocco's young entrepreneurs face barriers

A lack of an entrepreneurship culture is among key challenges facing young entrepreneurs in Morocco. Hannah Norman filed this report while on the SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program, which is run in collaboration with Round Earth Media.

Al Jazeera
Oct 2, 2014
Ones to Watch | Jelena Bulajic

Jelena Bulajic, a young Serbian artist, is already making a big splash with her gigantic, incredibly detailed images of aging faces. 

CNN
July 21, 2014
Underage Moroccan girls married off with judges' consent

Salima Dakani is just one of many young girls married under the legal age of consent in Morocco, about twice as many as 10 years ago. Hannah Rehak and William Matsuda filed this report while on the SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program, which is run in collaboration with Round Earth Media.

GlobalPost
June 25, 2014
Morocco's Children of the Moon Suffer in the Dark of Poor Health Care

About 800 children in Morocco suffer from xeroderma pigmentosum, a rare and fatal skin disease. Due to poverty and poor access to health care, most of these children, teenagers and young adults will die before they reach 30. Francine Krieger filed this report while on the SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program, which is run in collaboration with Round Earth Media.

Global Health Hub
May 7, 2015
Meet a Resident Director: Fabián

Fabián Espinosa, Resident Director of SIT Study Abroad's Ecuador program, spoke to OSU Abroad about his passion for teaching and travel.

OSU Abroad