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Council for Educational Travel, USA

CETUSA is dedicated to the mission of "reaching out to encourage a lifelong journey of global peace and understanding." We support this mission through the implementation of exchange programs for high school students - both American and international - and trainee and internship programs for university students/young professionals. This blog space is meant to continue the conversation on the value of education through experience - more specifically the experience of study abroad. There will be guest blogs here as well as announcements of resources for students, parents and teachers to learn more about study abroad and the global perspective.

Date archive for: September 2016

An Oceanside Hike with CETUSA

Posted in CETUSA News, and Trainee/Internship

“Hello All! We’d like to once again bring your attention to another one of CETUSA’s many ocean health related activities. In order to celebrate World Ocean’s Day, CETUSA and one of our representative’s set out to organize a five mile hike along the ocean front in Hawai’i. With this event we wanted to not only to promote the values of environmental stewardship, but also to bring together our participants in Hawai’i so that they can share their experiences in the program thus far. Altogether, there were 20 people that went on the hike including 8 CETUSA participants and 2 CETUSA representatives.

Along the way, CETUSA representative Aaron Watson used his vast knowledge of native flora and fauna to point out interesting sites including an albatross preserve and an endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Other sightings included gorgeous ocean views and a large baby albatross! At the end of the hike there was a picnic lunch in which all of the participants shared their experiences with American culture and their feelings about ocean health and environmentalism.

Participants along their hike.
Participants along their hike.

We heard a lot of great feedback about the hike from participant. One hiker said “I really enjoyed hiking! There was yummy food, cold beverages, tents, and chairs. Thanks for planning this…I enjoyed real nature of Hawaii!”

Everyone was trying to get a shot of the baby albatross!
Everyone was trying to get a shot of the baby albatross!

Another one of our participants noted that it was such a perfect, beautiful day for a nature walk. It would seem the nature sightings are just the icing on the cake!

Did you participate in any ocean cleanups? Are you interested in learning more about ocean health and what you can do to promote it? Let your program administrator know today!”

I-LEAD: One Intern’s Experience of a Lifetime

Posted in CETUSA News, and Trainee/Internship

 

“Hello All! Two CETUSA staff members were lucky enough to be invited to the I-LEAD Conference, an event that is designed to bring together J-1 Interns who are leaders in their community. One of our participants, Shanyque Crewes was selected as one of the few interns that were able to attend. She provided us with a record of her thoughts throughout to conference, read her story below!

‘Day one after I arrived and did registration we did an introduction to the entire ILEAD team as well as the delegates and an intercultural activity to send us off to bed.

Day two we had a presentation on leadership from one of the ILEAD staff, then training on leadership through reflection of our experiences throughout our lives then we had a presentation on the international rule of law with Joel from the world justice project then later down we had dinner and did a few TED talks video on leadership and we discussed it.

 

Shanyque (second from right) and her pitch team"
Shanyque (second from right) and her pitch team

Day three we did activities with the staff and took a site visit on the campus to Startup Hall it’s a hub for Seattles entrepreneurs and we had discussions with startup companies there that shares their experiences in entrepreneurship afterwards we did more training on leadership then watched a film called Poverty, Inc and discussed it over dinner.

Day four we had presenters from the Street Law, Inc then we had a chat with Vice President of CIEE Phil Simon and then they sent us on our own to have dinner wherever and we had a pitch night .

Day five we had presentation by the ILEAD staff then we all went on a tour of Seattle where they took us to South Lake Union Park, Pike Place Market, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Pioneer Square afterwards we had dinner and all the delegates presented on topics which we were placed in groups from before.

Shanyque and other I-LEAD attendees at Seattle's famous 'Gum Wall'
Shanyque and other I-LEAD attendees at Seattle’s famous ‘Gum Wall’

Day six last day where it all ended we basically discuss of experiences throughout the week, did evaluations and spoke with a lady from the office of alumni affairs for the J1 Alumni.

Most favorite thing was the night when they sent us on our own to have dinner and we had the pitch night so basically we had to pitch our idea to a stranger on the street and convince them that our project is something worth taking part in then after for their contribution they had to donate $2 to our cause. It was fun as well as nerve wrecking because I’m not that open up of a person and for me to do that it was brave and I was extremely proud of myself for that and the support that I got from the other delegates was something I will cherish.’

It seems like Shanyque really took a lot away from this conference and was able to learn a lot from her fellow interns. For CETUSA, it was really great to be able to meet Shanyque and all of the other interns in attendance, they are all such a motivated group of young people.”