Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars

Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars

Country: Multiple
Duration: September 2015 to February 2018
Funder: U.S. Department of State
Contact:  AlumniTIES@worldlearning.org usalumnities@worldlearning.org

Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars (TIES) are regionally-focused seminars for U.S. government-sponsored exchange program alumni. Participants will learn about key regional issues, receive training, and collaborate with fellow alumni to implement community projects in their home countries upon their return. Alumni participants will demonstrate an increased knowledge of U.S. policies and practices and through the small grants initiative create change in their communities. World Learning will help design these seminars, coordinate all program logistics and facilitate the small grants program.

HUGE thank you and kudos for the huge success of our most recent TIES in Portland! I still feel the afterglow from the participants and everything they seemed to get out of the seminar. I expect to see a lot of great small grant proposals as a result! And you all pulled everything off beautifully. Everything was so well organized and efficient. And the participants couldn’t stop talking about how well planned everything was and how great the pre-seminar communication was. So thanks again and congrats!

Megan Program Officer, ECA Office of Alumni Affairs

 

Objectives

Through Alumni TIES, participants will: 

  • Establish a group identity that will enable them to identify and form linkages with partners for ongoing regional networking and action.
  • Increase their knowledge of U.S. policies and practices in regard to the thematic focus of the seminar and apply this knowledge within the context of their own region. 
  • Develop and implement action plans at the local level that evolve into community engagement projects through the alumni small grants program. 

Participants

Participants will vary in age and level of expertise, but all will be interested in the seminar topic and highly motivated to create change in their communities.

Participant Selection

Global Alumni TIES participants are nominated by the regional U.S. Embassies; there is no application form. Final selection is conducted by the Office of Alumni Affairs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. World Learning is a private sector partner of the U.S. Department of State; our role is restricted to seminar design and implementation.

U.S. Alumni TIES participants must be U.S. citizens residing in the U.S. and must complete an application to be considered for each thematic seminar held in the United States. Final selection is conducted by the Office of Alumni Affairs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. World Learning is a private sector partner of the U.S. Department of State; our role is restricted to seminar design and implementation.

Program Design

Alumni TIES seminars take place in six world regions and the United States; they are three to four days in duration for small groups of alumni at each seminar. The seminars will include speakers, trainings on project management, and alumni networking activities.

Other Programs for Exchange Alumni

For further information regarding programs for U.S. government-sponsored exchange program alumni, please consult the International Exchange Alumni website.

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