Alumni Resources

The next step is to do something about it. Once you feel empowered and you find something you’re passionate about and you feel there’s a need and a purpose, it’s just the obvious next step.

Katherine Lorenz, SIT Study Abroad, Chile

After 85 years, our global network of alumni is a treasured asset. There are more than 100,000 alumni of World Learning programs, which includes The Experiment in International Living, the School for International Living, International Honors Program, Global Development and Exchange, and many other programs over our rich history.  Each year, the number of alumni grows by thousands. Alumni will find here resources to help build connections and lead social change through services, tools, and opportunities that include career services, fellowships, and trainings. We want to celebrate and support the incredible work you do.

World Learning sponsors two signature fellowship programs—Advancing Leaders Fellowship and Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowships—that provide mentoring, training, and seed funding to a new generation of social innovators, leaders, and change agents. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us at alumni@worldlearning.org.

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World Learning programs are intensive experiences and adjusting to life after a program can take some time. Whether studying in your own country or elsewhere, we believe our programs provide an important platform for transforming global perspectives and individual lives. The resources below will help students to maximize their experiences and continue their journeys to becoming global citizens.

After Study Abroad: A tool kit for returning students

After studying abroad, the transition to life at home is full of exciting possibilities. This toolkit is a starting point for students as they readjust to home life. It provides students with the resources to integrate their experiences into their academic and professional lives and to help them take action as engaged global citizens. Written primarily for SIT Study Abroad participants, this toolkit may offer insights to other students returning home.

A Readjustment Manual for Parents

This manual, written by an SIT Academic Director, guides parents through the re-integration process that students experience after studying abroad. The handbook examines why reverse culture shock occurs, lays out some of the typical concerns of students going through re-entry, and discusses what parents can do to assist their children during this process.

Some SIT Graduate Institute students find it helpful to work with an alumni mentor to help transition from intensive, reflective studies to the workforce. If you are interested in serving as an alumni mentor, contact alumni@worldlearning.org.

If you have questions, comments, or input, or would simply like to talk to someone who can help guide and support you through your next steps, send an email to alumni@worldlearning.org.

Whether you are an alumnus or alumna of SIT, International Honors Program, The Experiment, or another World Learning program, participating in a World Learning program is just the beginning of lifelong engagement with a global network of contacts, resources, and opportunities. World Learning and its family of programs offer a number of ways to stay up-to-date with us and to connect with alumni and current students from across the organization.

Use the resources below to stay engaged after your program ends. We want to celebrate and support the incredible work you do around the globe. Please feel free to reach out to alumni@worldlearning.org for assistance and to let us know what you are doing!

Connect with Alumni and Students

Connect with World Learning

World Learning sponsors two signature alumni fellowships that provide mentoring, training, and seed funding to a new generation of social innovators, leaders, and change agents:

Give back in a meaningful way

SIT Study Abroad is deeply engaged in local communities worldwide. Our students spend their terms abroad as part of a local community: studying with local faculty, living with homestay families, and gaining a deep understanding of the culture, language, and critical issues relevant to the host country or region of their program. During their time, they also realize the importance of reciprocity. Many SIT alumni describe their experiences as transformational and wish to give back to their host communities in a meaningful way.

The SIT Global Reciprocity Fund is a unique opportunity for reciprocity in SIT host communities. The fund supports sustainable, community-supported projects that foster an ongoing collaboration among students, program staff, and the community. By giving back, alumni and supporters can continue to support these local initiatives that benefit marginalized communities and change lives.

Read on to find out more about each project:

The Al-Hashemiya Youth Orphanage Center

Al-Hashemiya Youth Orphanage CenterThe Al-Hashemiya Youth Orphanage Center is a place where disadvantaged children can seek refuge in a safe and positive environment, and it has a long-standing relationship with the Jordan: Health and Community Development program. The center plays a key role in the community, serving approximately 70–100 vulnerable children and women on a weekly basis.

The Al-Hashemiya Youth Orphanage Center uses all contributions to support the expansion of its services and infrastructure. Support the Al-Hashemiya Youth Orphanage Center.

Few for Change

Few for Change scholars with board members and SIT Study Abroad Panama alumni Brooks Winner, Ariadne Prior-Grosch, Katie Clay, and Tim Soo at the scholarship award ceremony in Panama in February 2014.Few for Change is a project to increase the educational opportunities in the Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé, one of five autonomous indigenous territories in the mountains of Panama. The territory suffers from high levels of chronic malnutrition and a lack of basic needs. Each semester, students visit the Comarca Ngöbe-Bugle for a homestay as part of the SIT Study Abroad Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation program.

We attempted to come up with a solution to escaping these difficulties; we decided the best way was through education.

SIT Study Abroad Panama Alumni

This reciprocity project is committed to increasing the educational opportunities for high-achieving students in less developed parts of Panama and to supporting future community leaders.

Few for Change uses all contributions to cover tuition fees and associated costs for children living in the Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé who otherwise would not be able to continue their education. Support Few for Change.

Photo: Few for Change scholars with board members and SIT Study Abroad Panama alumni Brooks Winner, Ariadne Prior-Grosch, Katie Clay, and Tim Soo at the scholarship award ceremony in Panama in February 2014.

Kids' Books Bolivia

I had an obligation to give back to the community that welcomed me as a stranger.

SIT Study Abroad Bolivia Alumna

Kids' Books Bolivia is a series of bilingual children's books written by undergraduate students of the SIT Study Abroad Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change program. This reciprocity project contributes to the production of affordable books celebrating Bolivian reality and serves to raise international awareness about Bolivia's rich cultures and pressing social issues.

Kids' Books Bolivia uses all contributions to subsidize low-cost books and book donations to Bolivian children, schools, libraries, community organizations, and literacy programs. Support Kids’ Books Bolivia.

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