Press Releases

2016 Press Releases

September 22, 2016
World Learning Launches Project in Support of Mongolia's Young, Emerging Leaders

World Learning officially launched the Leaders Advancing Democracy-Mongolia Project, which supports the country's next generation of democratic leaders, with an event in Ulaanbaatar.

August 2, 2016
World Learning Wins Five Telly Awards

Five World Learning videos have earned prestigious Silver and Bronze prizes in the 37th Annual Telly Awards. With more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

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. 

June 14, 2016
World Learning and USAID Launch New Program to Support Democratic Development in Mongolia

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded World Learning a new $2.5 million Mongolian Young Leaders Program. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the program during his June 5 visit to Ulaanbaatar. It supports U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Jennifer Zimdahl Galt’s initiative to help build the country’s next generation of democratic leaders.

April 25, 2016
Statement on the Ecuador earthquake

We at World Learning were deeply saddened by this month’s devastating earthquake in Ecuador. We are grateful and relieved to report that all students, staff and partners of our SIT Study Abroad and The Experiment in International Living programs are unhurt and safe. Our thoughts remain with the many victims and their families.

April 4, 2016
World Learning Launches the STEAM Program in Algeria

On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, The Boeing Company, DOW Chemical, Anadarko Petroleum and World Learning will gather with select guests to inaugurate the Algiers STEAM Resource and Training Center—the first of its kind in Algeria.

April 4, 2016
World Learning to Receive Grant from the Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative to Administer Virtual Exchange Between High School Youth in Iraq and the United States

The Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative today announced the award of a two-year grant to World Learning, one of 10 new projects funded through a national competition to use virtual exchange to increase cross-cultural understanding and equip young people to participate in a global economy.

March 29, 2016
World Learning Hosts 2016 International Women of Courage

World Learning is proud to host the 2016 International Women of Courage as part of an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The group of 14 extraordinary women received their awards from Secretary of State John Kerry in a ceremony at the State Department on March 29.

February 29, 2016
On the Passing of Ambassador John Reinhardt

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ambassador John Reinhardt, who served as head of the U.S. Information Agency and was an Experiment in International Living trustee.

January 22, 2016
World Learning Announces 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.

January 12, 2016
Carol Jenkins Named President of World Learning

World Learning has named Carol Jenkins as president of World Learning’s global development and exchange programs, overseeing a portfolio with development operations in 22 countries and professional, academic and youth exchanges with more than 140 countries.

2015 Press Releases

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).

November 18, 2015
John Lucas to Step Down as SIT Provost

World Learning announced that John Lucas will step down as provost of the School for International Training (SIT) at the end of the year to become the next president and CEO of International Student Exchange Program, in Virginia.

November 3, 2015
New Alice Rowan Swanson Fellow to Address Women's and Girls' Health and Education in India

World Learning and its School for International Training (SIT) congratulates Divya Bhatia, the newest recipient of the Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowship, which returns alumni of its undergraduate study abroad programs to their host countries to conduct human rights projects.

August 31, 2015
Major International Development Organizations Recommit to Advancing Democracy Worldwide

Leaders of The Asia Foundation, The Carter Center, Democracy International, Freedom House, IREX, and World Learning met in Washington today to discuss their enhanced cooperation in programs worldwide to advance democratic elections and political transitions.

August 24, 2015
SIT Graduate Institute Honors Washington, DC Center Class of 2015

World Learning congratulates SIT Graduate Institute's Washington, DC Center class of 2015, a group of leaders ready to put their knowledge and skills in sustainable development into practice to create positive change at home and abroad.

June 5, 2015
SIT Study Abroad and Spelman College Host Summit on Improving Access to Study Abroad for HBCU Students

SIT Study Abroad and Spelman College will host a summit focused on expanding access to high-impact study abroad opportunities for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities on June 9. The first-of-its-kind event will include representatives from the White House Initiative on HBCUs, the U.S. Department of State, HBCUs and major foundations.

May 29, 2015
World Learning’s Global Advisory Council Expands to Include Leading Change Agents

World Learning’s Global Advisory Council is pleased to announce the recent additions of three leading innovators bringing unique experiences in global education and development to the work of the organization: Alex Arriaga, Jeanne Bourgault, and Abby Falik.

May 27, 2015
SIT Graduate Institute Honors Class of 2015

World Learning congratulates SIT Graduate Institute’s class of 2015, a group of exceptional individuals poised to use their skills and passion to make positive contributions to communities around the world.

May 13, 2015
World Learning Strengthens its Commitment to Reducing its Carbon Footprint

The World Learning Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to strengthen its commitment to reducing the impact of climate change, which disproportionately affects the communities where World Learning works and strives to create a more peaceful and just world. The Board reaffirmed its belief that global climate change is a critical global issue by committing to five new initiatives.

May 13, 2015
New Alice Rowan Swanson Fellow Plans to Implement Sexual Health and Well-being Camps for Girls in Uganda

World Learning congratulates Annie Weber, the newest recipient of the Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowship, which returns alumni of its undergraduate study abroad programs to their host countries to conduct human rights projects.

May 4, 2015
World Learning President Donald Steinberg Receives Global Impact Award

World Learning President and CEO Donald Steinberg was recognized last week by Futures Without Violence with their 2015 Global Impact Award for his work as an advocate for the rights of women and girls and to reduce gender-based violence globally.

April 30, 2015
World Learning Welcomes Nomination of Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator

President Obama has nominated Gayle Smith to head the United States Agency for International Development.

President Obama said he was “proud” to nominate Smith for the position and noted the vital role she has played in international development.

April 9, 2015
President Obama’s Visit to Jamaica: An Opportunity for Youth Civic Engagement

President Obama’s visit to Jamaica during April 8–9, 2015 marks a crucial event. Not only is this the first presidential trip to Jamaica since 1982, but with the visit comes the opportunity for the nation to discuss the ways in which youth civic engagement can be an enabler for political, social and economic participation, as well as to examine current opportunities and challenges for youth development.

February 18, 2015
New Alice Rowan Swanson Fellow Plans to Create Clean Energy From Waste in Mongolia

World Learning congratulates Charlotte Munson, the newest recipient of the Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowship, which returns alumni of its undergraduate study abroad programs to their host countries to conduct human rights projects.

January 16, 2015
SIT Graduate Institute Welcomes Visiting Scholar Chen Jianrong

SIT Graduate Institute’s Vermont campus is pleased to welcome Chen Jianrong from Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, as visiting scholar of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from February 2015 through January 2016.

January 16, 2015
Daniel Cantor Yalowitz Named Vice Provost and Dean of SIT Graduate Institute

SIT Graduate Institute is proud to announce that Daniel Cantor Yalowitz, Ed.D., has been appointed vice provost of graduate education and dean of SIT Graduate Institute. He previously served as dean of SIT Graduate Institute’s Vermont Campus.

January 16, 2015
World Deborah Robinson Appointed Academic Director of SIT Graduate Institute Washington, DC Center

SIT Graduate Institute is proud to announce Deborah Robinson, Ph.D., has been appointed academic director for the Washington, DC Center.

January 14, 2015
The Experiment in International Living Launches Netherlands Program on LGBTQ Issues

This summer, The Experiment in International Living will launch a new program for high school students on LGBTQ and gender issues in the Netherlands. The ground-breaking program will provide an immersive experience while building an understanding of how the Dutch approach issues of gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ rights.

2014 Press Releases