By Cameron Bean, Higher Education Programs


As high school graduates across the U.S. begin to piece together their freshman-year college schedules, very few will pencil in Arabic 101. Meanwhile, the need for Arabic-speaking professionals only continues to grow. 

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Campaigning to Keep Dogs Off the Street

Stray dogs are a common sight in Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The large number of dogs without homes makes it particularly difficult for the local government to provide shelter for all of them—estimates put the stray dog population close to 11,000.

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April 20th, 2015

Dear American Councils,

My name is Djordje Petkovic. I am the CEO of a mobile games and apps development company Peaksel D.O.O. in Nis, Serbia. I am writing this letter in order to give my support to the continuation of the A-SMYLE Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State and run by your organization.

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A trash-strewn public playground gets a makeover. A museum expands the reach of its artwork online by installing an Internet connection. A historical site gains a sewage system. These aren’t random instances of good fortune, but collective acts of goodwill conducted by a group of young Ukrainian adults wearing bright yellow t-shirts.

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Why High School Students Should Study Abroad
The Huffington Post

What does being a speechwriter for the NATO Secretary General have to do with studying abroad in high school?

Patrick Stephenson credits spending his junior year of high school with a host family in Spain as the experience that transformed him from a mediocre student to an accomplished graduate—and then into an international professional.

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