Press Releases

2018 Press Releases

May 23, 2018
World Learning Wins Four Communicator Awards

Four World Learning videos have earned Awards of Distinction in the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts’ 24th Annual Communicator Awards. It is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals, receiving entries from across the U.S. and around the world.

February 20, 2018
Carol Jenkins Named President and CEO of World Learning Inc.

World Learning Inc. announced today that its Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to appoint Carol Jenkins as President and CEO of the organization after having served in the interim role since October 2017.

January 8, 2018
World Learning Receives MoneyGram Foundation Grant to Add 15,000 Books to Pakistani School Libraries

World Learning’s USAID-funded Pakistan Reading Project has received $50,000 from The MoneyGram Foundation to provide 15,000 books to 100 government schools as part of the project’s efforts to build the reading skills of more than 1.3 million children across the country.

January 2, 2018
The KeyBank Foundation Partners with The Experiment on Vermont Scholarship Program

The KeyBank Foundation has pledged $30,000 to establish a new scholarship for Vermont-area participants in The Experiment in International Living. Beginning in 2018, The KeyBank Vermont Scholarship will provide financial support for three to five students who are active members of their school community and express a deep interest in global affairs to ensure more students from Vermont have the benefit of a study abroad experience.

2017 Press Releases

August 14, 2017
Statement by World Learning CEO Donald Steinberg on Charlottesville

World Learning is committed to empowering global citizens to build peace, social justice and inclusive societies. The tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville this weekend is a sobering reminder that our work is far from done, and that our global development, exchange and educational programs to strengthen cross-cultural communications and understanding have never been more important.

August 14, 2017
The "Big Ideas for Women and Girls Coalition" Congratulates Michelle Bekkering on Her Appointment as First USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Women's Empowerment

The Big Ideas for Women and Girls Coalition, which World Learning is a member of, applauds the appointment of Michelle Bekkering as the first Deputy Assistant Administrator for Women’s Empowerment in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

August 7, 2017
New Projects Celebrate Cultural Heritage Through Exchanges

World Learning and the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the selection of six new cultural heritage projects to receive funding as part of its Communities Connecting HeritageSM exchange program (CCH). CCH, a State Department initiative administered by World Learning, empowers youth to protect the cultural heritage of at-risk communities around the world.

August 7, 2017
World Learning Welcomes Confirmation of Mark Green as USAID Administrator

World Learning congratulates Ambassador Mark Green on his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate to be the next administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The organization also applauds the Senate for its bipartisan support throughout Green’s swift confirmation process.

May 16, 2017
World Learning Welcomes Nomination of Ambassador Mark Green to Lead USAID

World Learning congratulates Ambassador Mark Green on his nomination to be the next administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. 

May 5, 2017
Solar Panels to be Installed on SIT Campus

The School for International Training has received a $100,000 grant from Windham Regional Commission to install a campus-based solar energy system that will also pioneer new research, strengthen community ties, and enhance curriculum at SIT Graduate Institute.

February 22, 2017
World Learning Names Sakil Malik Vice President of Global Education

World Learning is pleased to welcome Sakil Malik as the new vice president of Global Education. He brings more than 20 years of experience in international education and project management to the organization.

January 30, 2017
Immigration Executive Order Entangles Exchange Programs

On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order banning people from seven Middle-East countries from entering the United States. The 90-day suspension of U.S. visa issuance for these Muslim-majority countries impacts educational and cultural exchange programs, thereby hindering efforts to support our national security through people-to-people diplomacy. The Order authorizes the secretaries of State and Homeland Security to make exceptions when they deem it in the national interest.

January 17, 2017
World Learning to Implement STEAM Camp for Girls in Malawi

World Learning will implement the 2017 Women in Science Girls STEAM Camp in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, UN Foundation’s Girl Up Initiative, Intel Corporation, Google, and  KGaA Darmstadt. The camp will bring about 100 high school girls from across Africa and the United States together in Malawi to explore STEAM fields and access mentorship opportunities and leadership training.

2016 Press Releases

November 14, 2016
World Learning Awarded Fulbright Specialist Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Learning have entered into a cooperative agreement to administer the Fulbright Specialist Program, which is a component of the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as short-term experts at academic and other institutions abroad.

October 18, 2016
World Learning Announces 2016 Advancing Leaders Fellows

World Learning has awarded six talented alumni with the 2016 Advancing Leadership Fellowship, which funds social entrepreneurship projects around the globe. The organization will recognize the fellows with a reception in their honor on November 3 at the Rubin Museum in New York City.

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
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 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 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