Sunday, April 28, 2019

Former Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), April 4, 1932 – April 28, 2019

With the passing of former Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), former Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, it seems appropriate to post this brief video of him talking about the YES Program's 15th Anniversary back on January 26, 2018.

From the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program website:

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program was established by Congress in October 2002 in response to the events of September 11, 2001. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of State and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) to provide scholarships for high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the United States. Students live with host families, attend high schools, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures. Starting in 2009, the YES Abroad program was established in order to provide a similar experience for U.S. students (15-18 years) to spend an academic year in select YES countries.

More on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) available at

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

My daughter and her friends in Lima, Peru

After a flight delay on Sunday and an unexpected night in a hotel in Panama City, Panama my daughter and her are now in Lima, Peru and spent their first night with their host families last night!

Monday, April 15, 2019

My 17 year old daughter is off on a nine day exchange to Peru!

Yesterday, my daughter drove our family through a blizzard to O’Hare where she is off to Lima, Peru for nine days on an exchange through her summer theater program. Will be able to post about her host family at a later date!

In the summer between 7th and 8th grade she participated on an eleven day service-learning trip to Ecuador through her middle school and you can see more about that trip here and here!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Nominations for the 2019 GoAbroad Innovation Awards are due April 11th at 11:59PM MST!

GoAbroad is again accepting nominations for their annual Innovation Awards which are handed out at the GoAbroad reception during the NAFSA Annual Conference! 

The GoAbroad Innovation Awards are divided into the following categories:

  • *NEW* Innovation in Cultural Immersion, Sponsored by StudentUniverse
  • *NEW* Innovative TEFL / Teach Abroad Program
  • Innovation in Diversity
  • Innovation in Marketing & Digital Media
  • Innovative New Intern Abroad Program
  • Innovative New Study Abroad Program
  • Innovative New Volunteer Abroad Program
  • Innovative Technology
  • Innovation in Sustainability
  • Innovation in Philanthropy, Sponsored by the GoAbroad Foundation
  • Innovation in Alumni Engagement
  • Innovative Student Video
  • People’s Choice

You can learn more about the categories and submit your nominations at

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

3.5 week "Summer Documentary Projects Intensive" at Columbia College Chicago for International Students

International students who are not currently enrolled at Columbia College Chicago and have completed at least one year of university may be interested in our 3.5 week "Summer Documentary Projects Intensive" program. Learn more at