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DCPS Global Education Newsletter
Wednesday, August 23rd
Greetings alumni, 
Welcome back to school for some of you and a big welcome to newest batch of DCPS Study Abroad alumni! We are excited to celebrate the return of our summer 2017 trips at our Study Abroad Student Showcase September 6th at Roosevelt High School. Read more below-- we look forward to seeing you there! 
Students who traveled in the summer of 2017: Remember to submit a photo to the Pulitzer Center Photo Contest! Entries are accepted until September 8th. 
Be sure to check out this issue's Alumni Spotlight, featuring Betelhem Assefa from McKinley Tech High School. Betelhem traveled to Guatemala this summer, where she lived with a host family and became a part of a tight-knit community. 
Also a special shoutout to '16 alumna, Betty Mekonnen from Roosevelt High School, who was spotted on Michelle Obama's Instagram! Way to go, Betty! 

We can't wait to see you! 

Be sure to save the date for the DCPS Study Abroad second annual Student Showcase celebration. On September 6th at Roosevelt High School, all summer '17 travelers are invited to display their completed Making Global Local projects at this public event highlighting the importance of global experiences and celebrating a successful summer!
Traveled this summer? We are looking forward to seeing your completed project! Be sure to arrive around 4:30 PM to start setting up your project display. 
Traveled with us last summer? Alumni from past years are invited to check out the projects and to share about their experiences. 
Questions or want to RSVP? E-mail us at 

Alumni Spotlight 

Betelhem Assefa is a senior at McKinley Tech High School. During the summer of 2017, she  traveled with DCPS Study Abroad on the Guatemala trip.
When she returned from abroad, we caught up with her to learn more about her experiences abroad! Check out some of her interview below.
Were there any aspects of traveling abroad that surprised you?
You would think that people would be really different than where you’re from but they’re really not. I’m originally from Ethiopia—what I see back home in Ethiopia and in Guatemala is so similar and it was like a flashback, I loved it so much. The sense of community there and in Ethiopia is similar. Strangers come by and say “hi, good morning, how are you doing,” and they don’t pass without saying something. It’s the same way back home. Your cousins will be literally living next to you; when I was in [Guatemala], I was living with a host family and the brothers lived down the street, the cousins were right next door, and it was just like that back home. They were both very tight communities.
Do you think that traveling is important for people your age?
Yeah absolutely. You have to be able to see that there are other people, and understand that most of them don’t have the things that we do, especially in the US. We have so many opportunities and resources that other people don’t have at all. I became appreciative of what I do have because there are people who don’t have much; even if they did, it’s really nice to go out and see the world, because the world is a big place and to be able to see all of it is just a blessing. 
Did you have any other significant interactions with locals in Guatemala?
I met this girl, her name was Mary, and she told me that she got a scholarship in the US because she spoke English. I thought about how powerful that is…just being able to speak a different language could change your life forever!
How do you think this trip has impacted you?
This trip just made me see that I have so much right now. I need to go out there and help the people who don’t have the same opportunities that I have, and to be thankful every day. I’m going to do study abroad every single year of my college experience. In the future I want to do something where I can travel, and visit places and actually give back to the community; I don’t know what it would be exactly, but something like that would be great. 
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Global Opportunities for Students

Smithsonian Secretary’s Youth Advisory Council
High school students between the ages of 16 and 18 have an exciting opportunity to join the Smithsonian Secretary's Youth Advisory Council.  The council will meet with the secretary 4 times throughout the year to share feedback and give advice from the perspective of young people.  The members will also get a chance to attend exclusive Smithsonian events, tours, performances, and will even have access to internships. Interested students can find out how to apply here
Deadline: September 3rd, 2017
More info:

Generation Study Abroad Voices Video Challenge
Generation Study Abroad hopes to inspire students to seek out an international experience as part of their college education. Study abroad returnees are encouraged to submit digital story submissions between 0:30 seconds and 2 minutes long. Winners will receive an iPad, a trip to the 2017 IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington D.C. in October, and a video spotlight on the New York Times in Education website. Learn more here
Deadline: September 10th, 2017
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  
Peace Club Starter Kit
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has updated their Peace Club Starter Kits with refreshed content, new ideas for action, FAQs and a place to share what clubs around the country are up to. Learn more here. Also be sure to check out USIP's new Peace Trail on the National Mall

Looking for more information about DCPS Global Ed? Visit

Kate Ireland, Director, Global Education
Allyson Williams, Specialist, World Languages
Ximena Marquez, Manager, Global Studies 
Kayla Gatalica, Global Programs 
Jillian Flood, Coordinator, Global Education

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