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The first thing Maty D. noticed when she arrived in Pennsylvania was the cleanliness of the streets and public spaces. It was a marked contrast to the streets of her hometown of Dakar, Senegal, which are often littered and polluted. While Maty observed that people in the U.S. had developed good habits for recycling and waste management, she knew there was little awareness of similar sustainability practices in Senegal.

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Community and faith-based leaders from around the world came together to share insights on how interfaith relations can encourage peace and mutual understanding at the International Forum on Religion and Peace in Batumi, Georgia.

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“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

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For the past 40 years, American Councils has been on a mission to make an impact on the world through educational opportunities for individuals, institutions, and communities. For many reasons, that mission—to create informed and empowered global citizens who can succeed in an increasingly interconnected world—is even more critical today than the past 40 years.

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By Angie Mareino, Marketing and Communications Manager
 

1. We need to quit acting like ketchup and be more like mustard with education abroad.

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