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 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.
40 Years of Impact: Milestones in the Global Context
When we reflect on our past four decades, we are acutely aware of the sustainability of our mission and how little it has changed. From the Cold War and the following global realignment of the 1980s and 1990s to the arrival of globalization in the new millennium, our work in education and cultural exchange has largely reflected the needs of the world at the time and continues to remain critical in an era marked by global immediacy and interconnectedness.
40 Years of Connecting Peoples and Cultures
Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world." Our people are proof that education is a vehicle to make influential changes in their communities. From participants to volunteers, to host families and staff, the American Councils community is dedicated to using education to better themselves and people around the world.
2014 in Brief
With activities, events, and volunteer work happening all around the world, learn about some of our top milestones from 2014.
Michelle Obama Endorses Study Abroad and Cultural Exchange During China Visit
On a goodwill tour to emphasize the value of education abroad in March 2014, US First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to over 100 American and Chinese students, including participants of the American Councils' administered National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, at the Stanford Center at Peking University on the value of cultural exchange.
"We believe that relationships between nations aren't just about relationships between governments or leaders," Ms. Obama told the crowd. "They're about relationships between people particularly young people.
Immersive Study Abroad Opportunities in Russia and Central Asia
Languages like Farsi, Russian, and Uzbek are considered critical world languages yet US universities rarely offer them to students. Intensive world language study and a corresponding deep, cultural experience are two of the most necessary ingredients for developing the competencies vital for success in a globalized environment. That's why American Councils is committed to providing immersive study abroad opportunities in less traditional locales.
International Education is for Everyone
"If you believe, you can do it," is the motto of Aram, a student from Armenia with a disability, who spent this past year in the US on the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program. Access to international education and cultural exchange for all is one of the cornerstones of American Councils' values.
2014 by the Numbers
See our global stats. Did you know that our participants have volunteered over 1,000,000 hours in their local communities?
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