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AFS

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because AFS is one of the world’s largest community-based volunteer organizations dedicated to building a more just and peaceful world through international student exchange.  AFS Intercultural Programs focus on international exchange opportunities for students and educators.  Not only do students and teachers can go abroad learning different cultures, but they can also choose to host international students and teachers. Included in this site are materials about travel abroad programs for both educators and students, application processes and program costs, and information on becoming a host family. Be aware of the fact that AFS USA is only one branch of entire AFS organization, you may click on www.afs.org for more information about AFS and branches in other countries.  If looking for teaching resources for use in the classroom, click here.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

 

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)

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Recommended because it offers a variety of cultural exchange programs and educational opportunities throughout the world for American and International students and au pairs.  Programs include study abroad, Summer Institute for the Gifted (ages 4-17), University prep, Camp America, Global Insurance Coverage, Au Pairs, and educational group tours for all ages. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET)

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Recommended because CSIET is a private, not-for-profit organization which establishes standards for, monitors, and disseminates information about reputable international youth education and exchange programs. Topics and materials included in this site are CSIET’s annual publication, the CSIET Advisory List containing information about programs which have been evaluated and deemed to meet CSIET’s national standards, as well as the CSIET Standards which apply to for-profit and not-for-profit programs, long and short-duration experiences, and homestay and travel programs for US high school students going abroad and for high school students from foreign countries coming to the United States. Be aware of the fact that, to receive CSIET Advisory List and fully access to service provided by CSIET, individuals or educational organizations need to apply for membership. Additionally, many of the resources listed on this website are not free.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) DAAD

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Recommended because the DAAD, although a German Academic Exchange Service, is one of the largest academic exchange organizations promoting international academic relations and cooperation for students, faculty as well as administrators. Be aware that most of these programs are designed for higher education students and faculty.  Some opportunities for high school students are available in the form of summer programs or internships.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Experiment in International Living

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Recommended because of its efforts to introduce the homestay concept to the world by carefully preparing and placing ‘experimenters’ in the homes of host families to study other languages and cultures firsthand. Topics and materials included in this site are various cultural immersion programs (such as hosting, individual/au pair homestays, group travel, foreign language training, academic study abroad, volunteering, multinational group travel, etc.), fun facts about symbols and customs in different countries, and links to travel resources and educational resources.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Figuring Foreigners Out. (1999).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it is a self-instructional cross-cultural training manual. The manual/workbook (1) provides a brief overview of intercultural concepts, (2) contains relevant and user-friendly exercises, and (3) concludes with the four stages of cultural awareness: (1) unconscious incompetence, (2) conscious incompetence, (3) conscious competence, and (4) unconscious competence. The exercises in the book lend themselves to reader/user self-assessment of their level of cultural awareness and skills at cross-cultural communication and interaction.

Citation: Storti, Craig. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.

Media Type: Book

IIE Passport: Living and Learning Abroad

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it focuses on opportunities for students to study abroad.  Included in this website are excellent search tools for various programs available, resources for students considering or participating in study abroad, and information for programs seeking to advertise their opportunities.  Start with an easy search of programs available around the world.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Improving Intercultural Interactions: Modules for Cross-Cultural Training Programs. (1994).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it contains modules for intercultural training that include self-assessment exercises, case studies/critical incidents, key concept presentations, role-plays, group discussions, “homework assignment” reports, etc. For example, Chapter 8 (Intercultural Education at the University Level: Teacher-Student Interaction) provides information and activities (i.e., case study examples of Japan, Korea, and Nigeria, role plays, discussion questions, and a self-assessment exercise on instruction (teaching) styles) that explore the Five Dimensions of National Culture (power distance, individualism-collectivism, uncertainty avoidance, masculinity, and Confucian dynamism) and how they relate to cross-cultural teacher-student interactions.

Citation: Brislin, Richard W., & Yoshida, Tomoko. Published by Intercultural Press. http://www.interculturalpress.com

Media Type: Book

Intercultural Interactions: A Practical Guide, 2nd edition. (1996).

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Recommended because it provides a framework for understanding cross-cultural experiences. Chapter titles include: (1) Information for People about to Interact Extensively in Another Culture, (2) Information for Teachers and Cross-Cultural Trainers, (3) Host Customs, (4) Interacting with Hosts, (5) Setting in and Making Adjustments, (6) Tourist Experiences, (7) The Workplace, (8) The Family, (9) Education and Schooling, (10) Returning Home, (11) People’s Intense Feelings, (12) Knowledge Areas, and (13) The Bases of Cultural Differences.

Citation: Cushner, Kenneth, & Brislin, Richard W. Published by Intercultural Press. http://www.interculturalpress.com

Media Type: Book

Learning Abroad Center, University of Minnesota

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. It also offers a full range of advising and support services to students on such issues as program selection, academic planning, financial planning, registration, credit, cultural adjustment, travel planning, travel products, and re-entry. Start by searching through the Programs section. If not a student at the University of Minnesota, click here for more information.  Be aware of the fact that a variety of program options have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

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Living with Strangers in the U.S.A.: Communicating beyond Culture. (1991).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it provides case study analyses and activities of students in an cross-cultural/intercultural communication class. Reading and vocabulary development are taught within the cultural contexts of a cross-cultural communication class. The book provides (1) practical methods for understanding culture and dealing with cross-cultural misunderstandings, (2) cultural interpretation exercises for learning about cultural differences, processes, and attitudes, and (3) project (ideas) for practicing cross-cultural communication and interaction skills. Included in the case studies and activities are activities that explore the Cultural Adjustment Cycle–honeymoon, culture shock, initial adjustment, mental isolation, and acceptance & integration, ways to identify where you are in the cycle, ways to help someone adjust to a new culture, etc.

Citation: Archer, Carol M. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Regents/Prentice Hall.

Media Type: Book

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it promotes the exchange of students and scholars to and from the United States, cross-cultural exchange, and global education. NAFSA hosts annual conferences, forums for discussion of issues,and a network for sharing information as it seeks to increase awareness of and support for international education in higher education, in government, and in the community. Topics and materials included in this site are concerning public policy of international education, resources for teachers and students such as training, publication, grants & scholarships, immigration advising resources, and links to governmental, non-governmental, international, and non-profit organizations and sites in the field of international education.  Be aware this site contains mostly materials related to teacher education and information on their conferences.   Click here to access teacher education materials.  Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

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Outreach World

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 6, 2012

Recommended because Outreach World is an international education resource for teachers.  On this site can be found cross-curriculum resources K-12, Travel Opportunities for Educators, professional development, and Global Education resource publication news. Start by clicking on Resources, then searching through classroom resources based on identified parameters.  Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Peace Corps World Wide Schools

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site seeks to match students in U.S. classrooms with Peace Corp volunteers around the world. A major goal of the Peace Corp World Wise Schools is to promote the development of cross-cultural relationships between student, teachers and Peace Corp volunteers. Start by clicking on Programs for Educators to learn more about the Peace Corps’ programs as it relates to cross-cultural learning.  In addition, the site has information about lesson plans, videos, and activities appropriate for grades 3-12.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Schools of the World

Posted by: globaledadmin on Sunday, February 5, 2012

Recommended because Schools of the World programs include email pen pals, schools around the world (including photos, blogs, and general information), forums for discussion, and other interactive features for students and educators looking for international communication exchange opportunities.  Be aware that while this site is moderated, it is possible for students to share or receive information deemed questionable. Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

STUDY ABROAD 2005

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because organized by country and city, this directory catalogs almost 1900 overseas programs offered by accredited U.S. and international institutions. The volume gives information on when and where each program takes place, application deadlines, courses offered, whether classes are conducted in English or the home language, orientation procedures, faculty, school facilities, availability of credit, profile of participants, total costs, financial aid and internships, living arrangements, cultural opportunities, and how to get more information. Includes a range of valuable travel tips.

Citation: Peterson’s, 2004.

Media Type: Book

Study Abroad Directory–GoAbroad.com

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides comprehensive international education and alternative travel databases, and utilizes data driven programming to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information on studying abroad. It is a very user-friendly site, graphics are developed with load time as a priority, search directories and content are created as the market demands. Start by searching by the destinations (countries) and the subjects of your own interest. Be aware of the fact that there is another page of programs and information for High School Students.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

 

StudyAbroad.com — Educational Directories Unlimited

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Recommended because Educational Directories Unlimited is a resourceful commercial site with thousands of study-abroad programs for U.S. students, high school and college, in over 100 countries, as well as for non-U.S. students to study in USA. It provides numerous links to travel essentials, products and services. This website allows you to search the programs by city, country, subject, etc. There are also many financial aid resources in this site. This website is originally recommended by Duke University Center for International Studies. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

The East-West Center

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Recommended because the East-West Center supports teaching and learning about Asia and the Pacific region across the curriculum.   AsiaPacificEd Program offers unique opportunities for educators and students from throughout the United States and the Asia Pacific region to learn and work together across borders – through best practice institutes and workshops in Hawaii, travel study programs in Asia (for American participants) and in the United States (for Asian participants), and hands-on service learning projects to assist communities in need in the Asia Pacific.  Opportunities for graduate studies, faculty of undergraduate institutions, and excellent resources for K-12 teachers. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

The Institute of International Education (IIE)

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Recommended because IIE is an experienced global higher education and professional exchange agency as well as the administrator of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Government’s premier public diplomacy initiative. It provides training and leadership development programs for public and private sector professionals around the world, and organizes democracy-building, civil society and human rights training initiatives in transitional societies. Also, it initiates projects that help students and scholars worldwide, including testing and advising, scholarships, information on opportunities for international study, and emergency financial assistance. Start  with the Student Toolkit and also by browsing proper categories such as Students, Scholars, Educators, Professionals, etc. to find out most related and appropriate information that suits your need. This website is originally recommended by Center for Studies of Global Changes, Indiana University. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

University of Northern Iowa Overseas Placement Service for Educators

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Recommended because UNI links US K-12 Educators with teaching assignments around the world through recruiting fairs, publications, and newsletters.  Start by checking out information on Services for Educators for latest programs available each year.  Be aware the annual recruiting fair is held in Iowa, however, databases are kept and consulted throughout the year for educators when vacancies arise.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

US Dept of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

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Recommended because it creates and implements high quality, targeted English language programs in specific regions and countries of the world. All programs are administered through the local American Embassy or Consulate. Start by looking through the programs or materials of interest to you.  Click here for programs on this website which highlight opportunities for secondary student exchange, educators, hosting exchange students, and professions. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

World Learning

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Recommended because because World Learning, a private, non-profit international educational services organization, offers educational and training programs that enable participants to develop leadership capabilities and cross-cultural competence required to advance international understanding, work effectively in multicultural environments, and achieve sustainable development at the community level or on a national scale. Start by clicking on the Explore Our Programs link. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

WorldTeach

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Recommended because it is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University which provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teacher in developing countries. The length of committment and country is chosen by the volunteer teacher prior to applying. Start by clicking the Programs section, including different types of teaching programs overseas such as Year-Long Programs, Nature Guide Training Programs (NGTP), 2-Month Summer Programs, etc. Be aware of the fact that applicants are accepted from all majors, no prior language or teaching experience required, housing and local salary provided, and limited financial aid is available.  Application deadlines vary according to country. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Worldwide Classroom

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Recommended because this site is one of the largest international consortia of educational programs in the world, containing information on over 10,000 programs for students in 95 countries. Programs are conveniently listed both by country and by category. Start with Program Finder since it provides some ways to find programs which narrow specific interests. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.