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Welcome Message from Carol Jenkins
For more than 85 years, World Learning has equipped individuals and institutions to address the world’s most pressing problems. We believe that, working together with our partners, we can change this world for the better.
On my travels, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many of those who have joined us in this mission. In Baghdad, we’ve trained more than 2,300 Iraqi youth who are already giving back at home. In London, our partners in the TAAP Initiative strongly believe that we are all responsible to practice inclusion. And in Vermont, our Experiment in International Living and School for International Training participants prove every day that they have the tools and the determination to change the world.
Please join us in our pursuit of a more peaceful and just world.
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- Senior Program Officer, Professional Exchanges
Jessica Mead is a Senior Program Officer on the Professional Exchanges team at World Learning. She has 20 years of experience in project management, public affairs, international education, and international exchange. Since 2015, she has managed the Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars (Alumni TIES) program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. In this role, she plans and implements thematic seminars around the world for alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs and manages the Alumni TIES Small Grants program. From 2008 to 2015, she worked on the Global Undergraduate Exchange program, also funded by the U.S. Department of State, advising undergraduate students from countries in East Asia and the Pacific during their semester or year abroad and securing placements for them at U.S. universities and colleges. She also developed two small grant programs for World Learning alumni: the 2014 Alumni Engagement Initiative funded by Newman’s Own Foundation and the 2015 Advancing Leaders Fellowship program; in addition to creating an online course in community project design, management, and evaluation for prospective grantees.
Prior to joining World Learning, Ms. Mead was an English language instructor at DuocUC in Santiago, Chile, coordinated international public affairs campaigns at Powell Tate|Weber Shandwick, assisted with marketing strategies for Outward Bound USA, and organized large events and major gift solicitations for the New England Regional Anti-Defamation League. Ms. Mead has a M.Sc. degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. degree from Sarah Lawrence College.
Expertise: professional exchanges; academic exchanges; international education; event management; grants management; virtual programming; project management.