Success Stories

In El Salvador, This Educator is Transforming How Students Learn English
In El Salvador, This Educator is Transforming How Students Learn English

Mike Hernandez, an alum of World Learning’s Higher Education for Economic Growth Project shares how the program introduced him to an innovative teaching methodology that perfectly addressed the disconnect his students were facing in English classes.

Helping Kids Succeed by Funding Study Abroad
Helping Kids Succeed by Funding Study Abroad

Experiment alumnus Bush Helzberg is helping high school students participate in the program through a scholarship program at University Academy in Kansas City, Missouri.

Making the Case for Liberal Education in Vietnam
Making the Case for Liberal Education in Vietnam

Fulbright Specialist Mary-Ellen Boyle highlights the economic benefits of critical thinking at Hoa Sen University in Vietnam.

Helping a City Ease its Refugee Crisis
Helping a City Ease its Refugee Crisis

Joseph Bock has been involved in almost every type of humanitarian relief effort, from natural disasters to civil wars around the globe. 

Inspired to Create Community
Inspired to Create Community

Alexis Dalmat Cohen likes to bring cultures together. Following a life-changing experience on the International Honors Program (IHP) studying indigenous cultures in Mexico, India, New Zealand, and Canada, Cohen became the executive director of Culture Connect, a nonprofit social enterprise organization that helps people thrive by bridging language and culture.

Decades of Dedication to Study Abroad
Decades of Dedication to Study Abroad

As dean of SIT study abroad, John Sommer expanded and strengthened the program. Now he's ensuring students continue to have life-changing experiences through a generous donation to help SIT students spend a semester  in Southeast Asia.

Supporting World Learning for Decades
Supporting World Learning for Decades

Stephen Lowey has been involved with World Learning for more than six decades. This year, Lowey and his wife, New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey, established the needs-based The Stephen and Nita Lowey SIT Graduate Institute Scholarship Fund.

The Truly American Benefits of Tulsa's International Exchange Programs
The Truly American Benefits of Tulsa's International Exchange Programs

International exchange programs are helping the Tulsa Global Alliance cultivate a vibrant community that thinks globally, acts globally and connects globally.

International Exchange Programs Spur Detroit's Revitalization
International Exchange Programs Spur Detroit's Revitalization

International Visitor Leadership Program participants are creating deep cultural and personal connections with Detroit residents to help foster a more peaceful world.

International Exchange Programs Benefit America and Americans
International Exchange Programs Benefit America and Americans

Our IVLP exchange program is helping create lasting connections to combat intolerance and dispel myths in the city of Cleveland.

Improving Freedom of the Press in Mongolia
Improving Freedom of the Press in Mongolia

Leaders Advancing Democracy—Mongolia participant Tanan Myagmar is dedicated to improving press freedom and eliminating corruption within the Mongolian media.

Fighting Corruption in Mongolia
Fighting Corruption in Mongolia

Leaders Advancing Democracy—Mongolia participant Battulga Chambu is tackling corruption and transparency issues in Mongolia.

Expanding Disability Services in Mongolia
Expanding Disability Services in Mongolia

Nemkekhbayar Batnasan is a deaf professional and participant of the Leaders Advancing Democracy—Mongolia program working to improve services for people in Mongolia’s deaf community.

Engaging in Peaceful Civil Society
Engaging in Peaceful Civil Society

Bolorsaikhan Badamsambu, a Leaders Advancing Democracy—Mongolia participant is committed to increasing civic engagement by educating students and their parents in Mongolia.

A Breath of Fresh Air for Mongolia
A Breath of Fresh Air for Mongolia

Dr. Lodoisamba, a Leaders Advancing Democracy—Mongolia participant is committed to addressing the impact of air pollution on Mongolian citizens.

Raising the Curtain on Theatre in Pakistan
Raising the Curtain on Theatre in Pakistan

Linda Alper is an actress, playwright, director, and all around theatre veteran from Portland, Oregon, who loves sharing her stagecraft with people outside the U.S.

Furthering the Use of New Media in Africa
Furthering the Use of New Media in Africa

When Gary Kebbel was awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant in 2007 to help a university journalism department in Pretoria, South Africa advance its digital media curriculum, he never imagined it would change the focus of his career.

A Legacy Lives On
A Legacy Lives On

The Susan Donna Lessenco fund was established to honor the life, ambitions, and ideals of SIT Graduate Institute student Susan Lessenco. 

The Experiment inspires Champion of Change
The Experiment inspires Champion of Change

Dorothy Stoneman, named by the White House as a “Champion of Change” in 2012, traces her civil rights activism back to an eye-opening Experiment experience in France, in 1959.

Spanning Family Connections
Spanning Family Connections

A lifetime connection to Greece was something Susan Schwartz couldn’t have predicted when she decided to spend a summer in the Mediterranean as part of The Experiment in International Living.

Connecting Experience and Education
Connecting Experience and Education

Asha Ahmed credits IHP, a program of the School for International Training, with putting her Global Studies and Health Policy and Management degree into real-world context.

Expecting the Unexpected: A Lifelong Connection
Expecting the Unexpected: A Lifelong Connection

Ronald and Kathleen Beck are lifelong devotees of The Experiment and have been valued donors since the pair graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 1966.

InterAction Disability Inclusion Award
InterAction Disability Inclusion Award

World Learning was honored to receive the 2015 Disability Inclusion Award during the annual InterAction Forum in Washington, DC.

Breaking Barriers and Expanding Study Abroad Opportunities
Breaking Barriers and Expanding Study Abroad Opportunities

Morelle Lasky Levine knows first-hand the importance of international experience to a young person’s career. 

Developing Rehabilitation Assistance to School and Teacher Improvement Program
Developing Rehabilitation Assistance to School and Teacher Improvement Program

World Learning is working with the Lebanese government to close the quality gap between private and public education in Lebanon while managing the influx of Syrian students.

Japanese & Korean Youth Exchange
Japanese & Korean Youth Exchange

Sixteen Japanese and Korean young women and four adult mentors participated in an exchange program focused on building their leadership and entrepreneurial skills as facilitated by World Learning and funded by the State Department.

Gaining a Deeper Understanding Across Continents
Gaining a Deeper Understanding Across Continents

World Learning Board Member Paul Muther credits his experience on the International Honors Program (IHP) with playing a major role in shaping his desire to live and work with people from other cultures.

From Passion to Action: Creating Change
From Passion to Action: Creating Change

Judith Brown Meyers, PhD, is passionate about World Learning’s international development work, and is a champion of the Institute for Political and Civic Engagement (iPACE) program in Burma.

Maximizing Potential and Paying it Forward
Maximizing Potential and Paying it Forward

Gregory Barber Jr. knows his purpose in life is to be a healer.

Empowering Young Men of Color through the UBS NextGen Leaders Program
Empowering Young Men of Color through the UBS NextGen Leaders Program

 

The Experiment in International Living is proud to be providing international experiences for 124 young men of color.

“It’s an education of our own making” – SIT student Joshua Ginder explores Sherpa culture
“It’s an education of our own making” – SIT student Joshua Ginder explores Sherpa culture

Joshua Ginder, 22, is no stranger to experiential learning.

Staying positive, serving others
Staying positive, serving others

When SIT alum Carlton Rounds found out he was HIV-positive, he feared his diagnosis would stop him from working abroad.

Ukrainian journalist turns to small-scale diplomacy to enact big change at home
Ukrainian journalist turns to small-scale diplomacy to enact big change at home

As the senior editor for Ukraine’s “Euro-patrol” investigative bureau, Vorobiov has reported from his embattled nation long before the start of the unrest in 2013.

Teaching language, teaching culture
Teaching language, teaching culture

For Laura Kline-Taylor, the key to unlocking a language is through learning the values behind its verbiage.

"Stitch by Stitch": How Two SIT Students Helped Launch a Sewing School in South Africa
"Stitch by Stitch": How Two SIT Students Helped Launch a Sewing School in South Africa

Roselina Nombhinqo Shiyani, with the help of two SIT students, began a sewing school to teach the women of her village in South Africa, where unemployment is high.

Can Doctors be Community Leaders?
Can Doctors be Community Leaders?

Just months after returning to Iraq, Mustafa Laith, an alumnus of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. co-founded a student-led community development organization based in Baghdad.

Grandmother helps share a load, reaps reward
Grandmother helps share a load, reaps reward

53-year-old Beletu was barely surviving on the wages she earned from selling clay lids in Ethiopia’s Oromia region. With a sick daughter and five grandchildren under her care, Beletu could just afford to buy bread and cover a few household expenses

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