COUNTRIES: Global
DURATION: 09/04/2015 - 08/31/2020
FUNDER: U.S. Department of State
CONTACTAlumniTIES@worldlearning.org

Program Description

Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars (Alumni TIES) are regionally-focused seminars for U.S. government-sponsored exchange program alumni.

Participants 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 works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State to design these seminars, coordinate all program logistics, and administer the small grants program.

Alumni TIES is administered by World Learning on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Zambia

Program Goals

Through Alumni TIES, participants will:

  • Establish a group identity for exchange alumni that will enable them to identify and form linkages with partners for ongoing regional networking and action.
  • Learn about 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 community projects through the alumni small grants program.

Participant Profile

Participants are alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs and vary in age and level of expertise, but all will be engaged in the seminar topic and highly motivated to create change in their communities.

Please consult the list of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs below.

Participant Selection

Alumni TIES participants who are not U.S. citizens are nominated by the U.S. Embassies or Consulates in their countries. Please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country to learn how you can participate in Alumni TIES. Potential Alumni TIES participants who are living in the United States can apply for specific seminars managed by World Learning. The web link to online application will be distributed widely by the Office of Alumni Affairs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and also available on this web page two months before these select seminars.

All participants for Alumni TIES seminars are selected by the U.S. Department of State.

Program Design

Alumni TIES seminars take place in six world regions and the U.S.; each seminar is three to four days for small groups of alumni. The seminars include speakers, capacity development trainings, and alumni networking activities. Through the small grants initiative, alumni have the opportunity to take action and make a positive difference in their communities.

Learn More

Watch more videos about the Alumni TIES program.

Read stories from past participants about their experiences at the seminars or with their small grant projects on the Alumni TIES blog.

For information on programs for U.S. government-sponsored exchange program alumni visit the International Exchange Alumni website.