YFU Student Hosts iEarn Webinar

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“To celebrate International Education Week, two students from opposite ends of youth exchanges collaborated to present their experience during the iEARN/Global Education Virtual Conference.

On Thursday, November 15, 2012 an American and Moroccan youth shared their story of inbound and outbound exchange. Jennifer is an American youth who studied in Rabat, Morroco at the Qalam Wala Center for Arabic Studies under the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Program. Sara is a Moroccan who is completing a year-long exchange program in Washington D.C. under the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. Both programs are funded through the U.S. Department of State and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA).

During the virtual workshop, students compared their experiences of cultural immersion in each other’s countries and how they adjusted and adapted their academic and social life. The sessions explored the value of educational exchanges and impact from different student perspectives; how American exchange students’ experiences compare with their counterparts in Morocco; and the similarities and differences of the exchange experience in the US and Morocco.”

Story of the experience and posted it on the YES program: http://www.yesprograms.org/news/article/global-education-conference-showcases-exchange-experiences

View a recording of the webinar: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/recording/playback/link/table/dropin?sid=2008350&suid=D.C16D9619E8339215B60F68C399D592\

Source: iEarn

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About Youth For Understanding USA

Youth For Understanding (YFU) advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect, and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. The global YFU network, consisting of partners in more than 60 different countries, is united by the belief that full cultural immersion is the most effective means to gain the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly multicultural, interconnected and competitive global society. YFU has remained a trusted leader of intercultural exchange programs for more than 60 years because of its commitment to safety, reputation for quality, and exceptional support services. Backed by a global team of volunteers, YFU provides cultural education and guidance to all participants. Selected to administer more government and corporate scholarships than any other high school exchange program, YFU is the only organization awarded full-listing for J-1 inbound, outbound and short term exchange by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). Through creating global learning opportunities, YFU has promoted international understanding and world peace to more than 250,000 students and their host families. Thousands of parents across the globe trust YFU with their teenagers every year, and thousands of students every year choose YFU to help them discover their inner selves.
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