Month: June 2018

CONTACT 2018: What Students Had to Say

When I first read about the CONTACT program, I said, this is something I need to add to the work that I do. CONTACT was the answer that I was looking for. Usually, I just want justice. I have realized that justice is also part of healing, that truth and…

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A book that speaks to the heart

A lone star in the Green Mountains book cover with a large yellow star and mountains and a red covered bridge

A book that speaks to the heart By Alvino E. Fantini A Lone Star in the Green Mountains by Kathryn Bonnez The Experiment Press Here’s a book you’ll want to read. It’s beautifully written, fun to read, and speaks to the heart. It’s also a cross-cultural adventure that most SIT…

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SIT alumnae returning to Bolivia as Fulbrights

June 29, 2018 SIT Bolivia is proud to welcome alumni Theresa Edwards (2016) and Jackie Gilbert (2014) back to Bolivia as Fulbright Scholarship recipients this year Jackie will be focusing her research on indigenous activism related to water rights. She will primarily be working with Oscar Olivera and the Fundación…

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A shock to the system

Why culture shock can be a good thing By Joseph Lee Jordan: Engineering and Design for Sustainable Environments Thus far, my study abroad in Amman, Jordan, has been fantastic and very intense simultaneously. The intensity stems from the culture shock I experienced upon entry into the country. Let me preface…

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24 summer reading recommendations from around the world

Looking for some reading inspiration this summer? We asked our academic directors to share their favorite books from or about their countries. Here are their recommendations. Africa, South of the Sahara Barry Ferguson, Academic Director in Madagascar Madagascar (2018) by Stephen Holgate Ferguson says: Madagascar, just recently published, is by…

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An open society is the foundation of a peaceful world

Following is a statement from School for International Training President Sophia Howlett in response to the June 26, 2018, U.S. Supreme Court Ruling upholding the Trump administration’s ban on visas for people from Muslim-majority and other countries: Yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision caps 16 months marked by uncertainty for Muslims…

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SIT President Sophia Howlett on borders and migration

At the end of August, SIT will take a group of our students for the first time to Tucson, Arizona, where they will visit one of the major ports of entry for migrants coming into the United States. They will do so as the first part of a new SIT…

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Fa’aumu Elsea

SIT Samoa: Social and Environmental Change in Oceania, Gilman Scholar Pacific islands have a reputation as being extravagant vacation spots, but living there for an extended period of time reveals a beauty beyond ordinary Western imaginations. Fa’aumu Elsea enrolled for 15 weeks to study in Sāmoa and experience its unique…

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Announcing the Winners of the 2018 SIT Photo Contest

We are pleased to announce the winners of SIT’s 2018 Photo Contest. Each winner received a $75 Amazon gift card. This year, we received nearly 2,000 submissions, each showcasing the amazing experiences, learning opportunities, and friendships our students find on their SIT programs. It was hard to pick only a…

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CONTACT welcomes global peacebuilders

CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Workshop kicks off in Vermont June 5, 2018 BRATTLEBORO, Vermont – Forty peacemakers from around the world are gathered in southern Vermont to hone their skills at the SIT CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Workshop, June 4-22. The participants come from 12 countries including Rwanda, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal….

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