Duration: September 2015 to February 2018
Funder: U.S. Department of State
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.
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 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.
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.
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.