Did you have a great experience on your DCPS Study Abroad trip? Have you been telling everyone you know in 8th and 11th grade to apply? Well, we have some good news for you-- the application for 2017-18 Study Abroad is now open!
You can share our application link here.
Did you know that International Education Week
is just around the corner? This November 13-17, DCPS Global Education will be celebrating International Education Week both on-line and in schools. Be sure to share your global photos and stories with us during this week using the #IEW2017 hashtag!
Check out this issue's Alumni Spotlight
, featuring Liam Kennedy, a 9th grader at Woodrow Wilson High School who traveled to Paris!
The DCPS Global Education is currently accepting applications for the Student Advisory Council and Parent/Community Advisory Counci
l. DCPS Global Education Advisory Board members work as partners, advocates, and representatives, and contribute their expertise, perspectives and voices to the DCPS Global Education team. Advisory Board members also share information about DCPS Global Education programs within their community. For more information and to apply, visit our website here
Liam Kennedy is a freshman at Woodrow Wilson High School. During the summer of 2017, he traveled with DCPS Study Abroad on the trip to Paris.
When he returned from abroad, we caught up with him to learn more about his experiences abroad! Thanks to his experiences in Paris, Liam is that he is now much more motivated to do well in his French class.
Check out more of his interview below.
What was your first impression of Paris?
When we were flying in, I was looking out and it was a lot of grassy fields and I didn’t see
much of actual Paris, soI was a little confused. But we got to the airport and met
up with our tour guide Francois, and when we were going into the city, he told us stories about
things we saw along the way. I remember him telling us one story about a library that was
made out of glass but then had to be covered by wood because the books were beginning
to get ruined. So, just right off the bat it was interesting stories and history about Paris and
what it was like there, and I thought that was cool.
Were there any aspects of Paris that surprised you?
We all sort of thought that the French people would be snooty and frustrated with us for
not being able to speak French fluently, but we were surprised when they were actually
pretty helpful about it. They would try to give us words if we forgot a phrase, help us say
what we were trying to say, or just be patient with us and ask us to repeat it. There were
also a lot of like hand gestures to indicate what we were saying.
Would you recommend DCPS Study Abroad Programs to other students?
Yes. Because it was fun, and it was really well done. We had classes in the mornings, which
some kids might not be a fan of they might just want to go and have fun, but learning in the
morning was helpful because in the afternoon when we did go out into the city for other
activities, we actually knew what we were saying. I felt like I learned more this way, and it
was just a really well done, awesome trip.
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Onigiri Action Campaign
TABLE FOR TWO is holding a World Food Day 2017 campaign promoting healthy Japanese food and aiming to provide 1 million meals to children in need around the world. The campaign will feature the popular Japanese food "onigiri" (rice ball). For each onigiri photo posted on the Onigiri Action campaign website or your social media with #OnigiriAction, partner organizations will donate 5 school meals to children in need.
Dates: October 5 - November 15, 2017
National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
This free international travel opportunity for high school students is a U.S. State Department-funded program which provides American high school students with opportunities to study less commonly-taught critical languages in overseas academic settings. Full merit-based scholarships are available to study overseas for summer (6-8 weeks long) and academic year programs in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish. For more information and to apply, go to http://nsliforyouth.org or click here.
Program Dates: Summer 2018 and 2018-19 school year
Deadline: November 2, 2017
National Security Language Initiative for Youth
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program is designed to promote critical language learning among American youth. The U.S. Department of State awards and administers merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in summer and academic year immersion programs in locations where the seven NSLI-Y languages are spoken. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them formal and informal language practice. Learn more here.
Deadline: November 4th, 2017
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
In each state and Washington, D.C., the top middle level and high school youth volunteer will be named State Honorees and will receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in late April. Runners-up will also be selected in each state and named Distinguished Finalists, receiving a bronze medallion. Other state-level winners will receive Certificates of Excellence. All state-level honorees will be announced in February. More information here.
Deadline: November 7th, 2017
Operation Understanding DC (OUDC)
OUDC's mission is to build a generation of African-American and Jewish community leaders who promote respect, understanding, and cooperation while working to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism, and all forms of discrimination. Each fall OUDC selects African-American and Jewish juniors from DC area schools to take part in this one-year (Jan-Dec) leadership program. Students learn about their respective histories and cultures, take part in a three-week summer travel program to sites of historic interest to African Americans and Jews, and return the following fall for leadership training and to lead diversity seminars.Click here for more information and to apply.
Program Dates: January - December 2018
Deadline: November 21, 2017
Japan ICU Foundation U.S. Scholars Program
Recipients of this scholarship recieve full-tuition support for four years of undergraduate study at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. U.S. citizens and graduates of U.S. high schools are eligible. Apply here.
Deadline: December 1, 2017
YES Abroad Application Open
Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the YES Abroad scholarship offers American high school students the chance to live with host families and study for one academic year in countries that may include: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. Living with a host family and attending a local school, participants promote mutual understanding between the United States and the host country by forming lasting relationships with the local community. Click here to learn more.
Deadline: December 5, 2017
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)
CBYX offers American high school students the opportunity to live and study abroad in Germany for a full academic year through joint sponsorship by the U.S. Congress and German Bundestag. This fully-funded program includes cultural immersion through living with a host family and attending a German high school; intensive language course upon arrival in Germany; and meetings with U.S. and German government officials. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, ages 15-18, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information and to apply, click here or here.
Program Dates: 2018-19 school year
Deadline: December 12, 2017
Experiment Leadership Institute Full Scholarships
The Experiment in International Living (EIL) equips students with essential leadership, language, and problem-solving skills, while also cultivating global competency and a complex understanding of the world. EIL offers two Leadership Institute programs in summer 2018: India: Public Health and Community Development and South Africa: Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics, and Human Rights. These fully-funded, highly-competitive, six-week programs are for rising seniors who are 16-18 years of age at the time of the program. The programs consist of a four-day leadership seminar in DC, four weeks in country (India or South Africa), and four days of project-planning sessions in Brattleboro, Vermont at the School for International Training (SIT) campus. A follow-up student student project is required. 30 full scholarships are available. For more information and to apply, click here.
Citizen Diplomacy Initiative
Based in Washington D.C., Learning Life is an educational nonprofit that seeks to spread learning in everyday life beyond school walls. Learning Life’s Citizen Diplomacy Initiative (CDI) is a new, free program that engages eligible lower-income American families, starting in Washington DC’s Ward 8, in live internet dialogues and project collaborations with similar families in other nations to nurture more informed, skilled, connected and caring global citizens in the long-term. Here is a short video explaining the program; you can also learn more here. If you are interested and think your family is eligible, please contact Learning Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Essay Contest
This year's AFSA Essay contest is now open! The AFSA is accepting submissions of essays on why diplomacy and peacebuilding matter. The writer of the winning essay will receive $2,500 and an all-expenses-paid educational voyage. Essays must be between 1,000 and 1,250 words. For more information, click here.
Deadline: March 15, 2018