Alumni Update - March 2017

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Alumni and Interns Meet in Washington, D.C.

On February 9, the CIEE Alumni Washington, D.C. Chapter and CIEE J-1 Professional Exchange Programs co-hosted a happy hour on Capitol Hill to bring together alumni of all CIEE programs and current participants of the CIEE Internship USA and Professional Career Training USA programs for a night of networking. Over 40 alumni and interns, including many participants of the Australian Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Programme (UCWIP), gathered at Capitol Lounge to exchange stories of their travels and talk about international politics. Learn more. 

CIEE Study Abroad Alumna Creates Social Enterprise in Kenya

CIEE Study Abroad and University of Southern California alumna Ruby Au traveled to Cape Town, South Africa in 2015 to pursue her interests in social enterprise and environmental issues. The semester abroad studying and working in a Western Cape township inspired her to keep traveling and solving problems. Ruby now lives in Nairobi, Kenya and operates a social enterprise that she co-founded. The organization, Lumen, is a market survey company that enables information gathering in rural communities while providing data and computer literary to children. Read her story and support Lumen's campaign

Global Navigators in Seville Create Video of Study Abroad Experience

Did you study abroad in Spain? Are you longing for summer in Seville? If so, then we've got a video for you! Students in the CIEE Global Navigator High School Study Abroad Digital Filmmaking and Documentary program in Seville, Spain created a video documenting their adventures, featuring interviews with students on the theme of "what made you want to study abroad?" Watch the video to be transported to beautiful beaches, open markets, Islamic architecture, and other scenic spots in Spain.

Do you have a great #throwbackthursday photo or video from your time abroad? Share with us on Twitter and Instagram by tagging @cieealumni or using #cieealumni.

New Gap Year Programs & Scholarships

A gap year abroad is a unique opportunity to discover the world and find the right path for your future – at your own pace. If you or someone you know is considering a gap year abroad, customize the experience with CIEE by choosing a theme, focus, time frame, and destination. Furthermore, try three new types of programs – Language & Culture, Service & Leadership, and Global Internship – to make the most of your experience. And don't forget, CIEE offers $100,000 in Gap Year Abroad scholarships and grants, giving you opportunities to apply for merit, financial need, or blogging/social media awards. Open to graduating high school students around the world.

Start planning your dream gap year abroad with CIEE now – applications are open for Fall 2017! Learn more.


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The Alum of the Month for March is Elviss Straupenieks, CIEE alumnus and former Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF) participant. This young entrepreneur defied the odds in Latvia to start his company, AirBoard, at age sixteen. For Elviss, participating in the BAFF program was an opportunity to gain experience practicing and understanding the relational aspects of leadership on the path to pursuing his personal and business goals. "Learning how to focus on gaining concrete leadership tools enabled me to create transparency and direction while at the same time involving individuals and groups of people in meaningful dialogues about goals associated with my business,” he says. Coming to Portland, Maine on the BAFF program offered Elviss an opportunity to make connections and gain the leadership skills needed to take his inventive idea one step further. But that’s not where his story begins. Read his story.

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Excerpts from recently published alumni stories: 

"By the time you’re done with your program and return home, everything may go back to normal but something in your mind will have changed – that’s the experience you need in this life. That will change everything around you." -Nathan Musah (CIEE Work & Travel USA, 2008)



From left: Staff at the CIEE St. Petersburg Study Center prepare for their upcoming anniversary by conducting alumni interviews; CIEE Global Navigator High School Study Abroad program alumna writes about experience in Chile for Nomad Hill; and staff at the CIEE Lisbon Study Center are pleasantly surprised by a visit from an alumna.

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