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Most high school students are not spending their summer practicing another language and learning about another culture. But Emma and Karissa are exceptions: both students are preparing to spend the next year in Vilnius, Lithuania with a host family and attending a local high school through the ExCEL Abroad initiative.  

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An interview with Dr. Jill Overholt, Warren Wilson College

Dr. Jill Overholt is not your typical professor. In lieu of spending hours grading papers—Dr. Overholt is more comfortable taking students on backpacking and mountaineering trips. That’s because she has a Ph.D. in Adventure Education, is a passionate environmentalist, and has spent the last 10 years leading youth on sustainable outdoor expeditions.

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Several weeks ago, a major flood devastated sections of Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital city. The damage was severe; 19 people were killed with hundreds more suffering from injuries. The Tbilisi Zoo also flooded, killing or setting loose over 300 animals.

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By Olivia Goldstein 

The idea for Leila Janah’s startup happened on her first trip to Africa as a volunteer English teacher, where she met young women who couldn’t find jobs, but were eager to work.

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The lecture halls are rarely empty at Northwestern University when Dr. Irwin Weil lectures. Well known across campus for his ability to draw large numbers of students to his courses on Russian culture and the evolution of the former Soviet countries, Irwin Weil’s life work has been promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

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