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DCPS Global Education Newsletter
Monday, February 13th
Greetings alumni, 
We are in the process of preparing our new Study Abroad students to travel this upcoming summer! In the next few weeks, these soon-to-be travelers will be applying for passports, meeting their Travel Ambassadors and connecting with their tripmates for the first time! Do you remember your first pre-departure meeting? Were you nervous? Or maybe you were just excited? As program alums, we hope that you will reach out to any current 8th or 11th grade travelers who may have some questions about what the summer holds. 
As always, be sure to check out our Alumni Portal on the DCPS Global Education website. Here you can share your stories with us and find additional global resources. 

DCPS Study Abroad Certificate of Participation

We have created a certificate of participation for all students who traveled with DCPS Study Abroad in the summer of 2016. Click here to get your copy. Please note that this certificate was created especially for DCPS Study Abroad participants and should not be shared with others. 
Looking for something a little more official for college applications or for a scholarship? DCPS Study Abroad can provide you with a letter of participation confirming that you successfully completed the program. You can submit a request for a personalized letter here. Please allow 2-3 weeks for any letter requests to be processed. 

Alumni Spotlight 

Jenny Jimenez was an 11th grader at School Without Walls when she traveled to Belgium with the DCPS Study Abroad program. Now a senior, Jenny plans on studying International Relations and she has applied to colleges in the United Kingdom. She attributes her desire to study outside of the U.S. to the independence she experienced in Belgium with DCPS Study Abroad.
If Jenny doesn't get into her top schools in the UK, she hopes to do a semester (or two!) of study abroad in Europe and she definitely plans to get back to Belgium someday.
We checked in with Jenny to see what she had to share about her DCPS Study Abroad experience. 
Do you feel that traveling abroad is important for students your age?
Traveling abroad is very important for students that are my age because I think that prior to going abroad and learning about another country, Americans have this nationalistic ideology that the United States is great, but other countries have a profound history and unique culture that we must explore. Students that are provided with this opportunity to study abroad learn to be independent and gain a rewarding experience that they will remember forever. 
How has this trip impacted your life back in DC? DCPS Study Abroad has been an eye-opening experience. I am very grateful for DCPS in providing this great experience because I had the opportunity to meet new people as well as improve my French. Furthermore, I have learned from the Belgium trip that I am curious about foreign languages and cultures, and I now participate in Japanese Plus which is an afterschool program where I have started to learn Japanese! Without DCPS Study Abroad I wouldn’t have learned about this passion of mine and I would not have had the opportunity to meet new people from various DCPS high schools.
Tell us about your Making Global Local project. Why did you decide to talk about what you did?  My Making Global Local project explored street art in Belgium and compared it to DC. In Belgium, art was everywhere and it was aesthetically pleasing. Everywhere you went, there was always some type of artwork that would be displayed for the general public to enjoy. Metro stations in Brussels had amazing artwork, I mean how cool would it be if our own metro had art instead of boring gray walls? I decided to talk about it because I wanted to compare how art was defined in Belgium how was viewed differently here in Washington DC.
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Global Student Opportunities

Facing History Together Student Essay Contest
Inspired by a quote from the late Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, this year's Facing History essay contest prompt asks students to reflect on what story, book, or person has influenced their thinking about ethical decision making. With the support of Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation's Holocaust Remembrance Project, Facing History offers more than $25,000 in scholarships and awards to students and their educators. Learn more here
Deadline: March 15th 

WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Malawi
Join other girls from around the world for a educational opportunity and cross-cultural experience at the 2017 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp held in Malawi from July 30 – August 15, 2017. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics. The camp will include a STEAM curriculum led by experts in their fields, as well as leadership development activities and learning excursions within Malawi. Applicants must self-identify as female and be between the ages of 15-18 to apply. Learn more here
Deadline: February 13th 

Generation Study Abroad Stem2Spain Scholarship
OLESAY Spain is supporting Generation Study Abroad students with 20 awards in 2017.The gift will fund twenty $540 scholarships for students who are pursuing a degree in one of the STEM fields. In partnership with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain, Olesay Internships provide a unique opportunity for students in STEM disciplines to get a glimpse of advanced research. The winners of the scholarship can apply funding to the internship program of their choice. Learn more here
Deadline: March 31, 2017

Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program (DYLEP)
World Learning's Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program (DYLEP) is a selective online exchange program for high school students in Iraq and the United States. Through DYLEP, students develop their leadership skills, learn how to work together with people of diverse backgrounds, and design concrete projects to address issues in their communities. Selected students will participate in DYLEP completely free of charge, and learn using videos, discussion forums, online chats, webinars, and games. Students will also meet online in small groups to exchange opinions towards global issues with students in Iraq. Interested? Check out this flyer here and visit the DYLEP website here

U.S. Youth Ambassadors Program to Colombia
Partners of the Americas is seeking 15-17 year old students who are interested in learning more about South America, practicing Spanish, becoming better leaders, engaging in volunteer service, and connecting with youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups. This free State Department funded summer program includes an exchange trip to Colombia, where students will explore Colombian history, environment and culture; meet with government and civic organizations; build relationships with host families; visit schools; and participate in skills-based workshops. Find out if you are eligible to apply here
Deadline: February 28

Global Student Conference 
The 2017 Global Student Conference, a free student-organized event, will be held online on Saturday March 4th, 2017 and will feature keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by students in grades 6-12 and college. This year's topic is "STEM + Entrepreneurship" and the conference will provide an international forum for the presentation, discussion, and sharing of best practices in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and entrepreneurship in schools and other academic settings. Learn more here

World of 7 Billion Video Contest
Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to participate in this video contest about human population growth in relation to various global challenges. Videos should discuss how population growth impacts the issue and at least one idea for a sustainable solution. Winners are awarded up to $1000.00. Deadline for submissions is February 23rd. Learn more here

12 Steps for a Better World Challenge
The organization What Kids Can Do has devised a challenge—a version of New Year's resolutions. They are inviting students and teachers (across the globe) to come together as a class and create their own unique list of small steps for a better world. Grades 7 - 12 are eligible to participate and winners will be published on-line and awarded $100.00. The deadline is February 17th. Learn more here

Abdelkader Education Project Essay Competition
Every year, the Abdelkader Global Education Leadership Prize essay competition awards scholarship money to students. Students learn about the Middle East and Islamic culture through the legacy of humanitarian Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883), and research ethical leadership, moral courage, and humanitarian conduct. Essays are due before April 15, 2017. For more information, visit here

Essay Contest on the Refugee Crisis
The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) are excited to announce the topic for AFSA's National High School Essay Contest. The winner of the contest will receive a $2,500 cash prize, an opportunity to meet the secretary of state and USIP leadership, and a full-tuition paid voyage with Semester at Sea.
Deadline: March 15th, 2017

Looking for more information about DCPS Global Ed? Visit


Kate Ireland, Director, Global Education
Allyson Williams, Specialist, World Languages 
Antrina Leeth, Manager, International Baccalaureate Program
Kayla Gatalica, Manager, Global Programs 
Jillian Flood, Coordinator, Global Education

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