November 2018
Volume 7, Number 2
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In This Issue

  • International Education Week
  • Student Travel Programs
  • World Toilet Day
  • WAGIN Conference
  • FIUTS K-12 Programs
  • Global Competence Courses
  • Ballard HS Students in Japan

Student Global Learning Opportunities

Youth Ambassadors Program
Application due November 14

YMCA Global Teens Program (London Trip)
Application due November 15

AFS Project Change
Application due November 25

CIEE Global Navigator High School Program
Application due November 30

Application due December 3

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
Application due December 4

YES Abroad
Application due December 5

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program
Application due January 15

For a list of student travel opportunities, click here.

Teacher Travel Opportunities

Youth Ambassadors (Adult Mentors)
Application due November 14

NOAA Teacher at Sea Program
Application due November 30

Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program
Application due January 3

Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP)
Application due January 28

NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship
Application due February 4

For a list of funded teacher travel opportunities, click here.


Global Talk Archives



Please subscribe to Global Talk to receive updates on travel opportunities for students and teachers. Many of the programs are fully funded!

The Global Talk e-newsletter is sent out monthly during the school year. You can also find up-to-date information about travel opportunities on the CSIHS Global Programs web page.

Celebrate International Education Week November 12-16!

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

For a list of suggested activities for K-12 schools, click here

International Education Week is also a great time to check your passport's expiration date or apply for a passport for the first time. 

Deadlines Approaching Fast for Global Travel Programs - Apply Now!

AFS Intercultural Programs, which runs semester, year, and summer study abroad programs is offering a full scholarship to spend two weeks abroad in the country of your choice. U.S. 8th to 12th grade students are eligible for Project Change

To enter, students must develop an original idea for a volunteer project that could have meaningful impact in another country. Students then submit their ideas in a one-minute video or a 200-500 word essay. 

Application deadline: November 25.

CIEE Global Navigator Scholarships

All Seattle public high school students (current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) are eligible to receive generous scholarships to study abroad next summer with CIEE. The application deadline is November 30

CIEE offers exciting programs in more than 30 different locations around the world.
CIEE offers three types of programs:
  • Language and Culture Programs: These 4-week programs use the ACTFL language assessment at the beginning and end of the program to measure and prove language progress.  The programs balance interactive instruction time with fun excursions, cultural activities and interactions with local teens. Students can work in a language they have already studied or try a new one.  These programs can earn 4 credits from Tulane University.
  • Service and Leadership Programs: These 3-week programs are developed in partnership with local NGO’s and offer a balance of service time, local excursions and interactions with local peers.  Students will make a lasting impact on a community and return with a whole new set of skills, including an action plan for service in their home communities.
  • Global Discovery Programs:  These 3-week programs will immerse students in the culture by working and studying alongside scientists in the field.

AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. They provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. 

See the Seattle chapter's website for more details. Application deadline: December 3. 

The U.S. Department of State's Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) program, provides competitive merit-based scholarships for U.S. citizens in secondary school (age 15-18.5) to study for one academic year in select countries.

Click here for more info. Application deadline: December 5. 

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) is for motivated high school students who want to experience a culture and learn a language through a full immersion experience. Learn about German culture first-hand by living with a host family and attending a German high school.

Click here for more information. Application deadline: December 4.

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program

IYLEP for English-speaking high school students provides a four-week fully-funded exchange program to talented Iraqi and U.S. students who demonstrate leadership potential and civic engagement in their communities. During the program, participants engage in experiential learning activities and workshops that expand their knowledge of civic engagement, project design, and intercultural communication. Upon their return home, participants implement their community service projects, utilizing support and monitoring from adult mentors, local staff, and alumni.

Application deadline: January 15

For a longer list of global travel opportunities, click here.

World Toilet Day: November 19

World Toilet Day, celebrated on 19th November, is about taking action to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030. This is part of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: sanitation and water.

While talking about toilets is often taboo (and gross), access to sanitation is one of the most critical global issues to understand. 4.5 billion people live without a safe toilet. 1.8 billion people use a drinking water source that could be contaminated with feces. In 2013, students and teachers at Chief Sealth International High School talked about toilets for an entire school year. See this article from the Seattle Globalist for highlights. 

World Toilet Day is one of many days with global themes throughout the year. Here is a complete list of international days recognized by the United Nations. 

4th Annual Washington Global Issues Network Conference: March 22-23 

Attention all middle and high school teachers, students and community partners!
Are there students or classes in your school or program who are learning about and taking action on global issues? Don't miss this great opportunity for students to share their projects with peers from around the world. 

In 2015 and 2017, Chief Sealth International High School hosted the Washington State Global Issues Network (WAGIN) Conference. See this West Seattle Blog article for some highlights. In 2016, Ingraham High School hosted the 2nd annual WAGIN Conference, also called the ACT Conference. Here is the 2017 website.

On March 22-23 (Friday/Saturday) conference organizers will host a couple hundred middle and high school students at Chief Sealth IHS. Student leaders at Chief Sealth and Ingraham are partnering with Global Issues Network (GIN), a nonprofit that supports global issues conferences in Latin America and Asia. 

Here's what WAGIN 2019 will look like:
  • The aim of the conference is to bring youth together to share ideas for taking action on critical global issues. See the Global Issues Network website for a list of the 20 global issues.
  • All students who attend the conference are invited workshop sessions about action projects that they have carried out (connected to one or more of the 20 global issues). All workshops are youth-led.
  • Keynotes (2-3 per day). We are in the process of inviting some exciting speakers.
  • Throughout the weekend, students will meet in "Global Villages" - these are groups of 10 students, all from different schools, who will have small group discussions (facilitated by youth).
  • Each team of students that attend (2-6 in a team) will create a 1-2 minute trailer for their workshop. These will be shown as part of a film festival throughout the weekend.
  • There will be a Global Action Fair with nonprofit organizations who carry out work related to the 20 global issues.
  • We are inviting schools from around the region to participate. We will also be hosting schools from Latin America.
  • There are about 100 leadership roles for students for planning and implementing the conference. Several student committees have started meeting.
  • We have started our fundraising efforts. We are reaching out to several local businesses.
Registration will open on December 3. Please contact Noah Zeichner for more information: The WAGIN 2019 website is online and will be updated over the next few weeks. 

Connect your K-12 Classroom with UW International Students

For K-12 teachers in the Seattle area, the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) offers many ways to enrich your global curriculum and connect your students with people from around the world:

CulturalFest International Expo

CulturalFest is an incredible celebration of cultural diversity at the University of Washington. UW international students will display pictures, crafts, and clothing, and present music, food, games and other cultural activities from their native countries. With over 35 country booths, your students will have the opportunity to take a ‘virtual’ tour around the globe! Your students will be given a passport activity to complete as they visit the country booths.

Want to learn more about bringing your school to CulturalFest? Check out this School Group FAQ page. For more general information about CulturalFest visit the CulturalFest page.

Classroom Visits

FIUTS brings UW international students into K-12 classrooms, after-school programs, and senior living centers. The students teach interactive and personalized lessons about their countries and cultures. FIUTS coordinates the following classroom-visit programs:


The FIUTS Global Ambassador Day program brings University of Washington students into K-6 classrooms for a day. Each classroom hosts a different FIUTS volunteer, who leads an interactive lesson about his or her home country and culture.

The lessons are developed and produced by student volunteers with the guidance of FIUTS staff. Classroom teachers prepare their students with discussions on history and background information related to the country that the Cultural Ambassadors represent.
To Host a Global Ambassador Day at your school, contact Kailyn Swarthout, FIUTS Education Programs Coordinator, at

1-Hour Global Competence Courses for Teachers from Asia Society

If you are looking for some quick professional development, the Center for Global Education at Asia Society has ten one-hour online courses available. The first course is free and the other nine are $29 each. The courses align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and with the OECD 2018 Global Competence exam

Click here to learn more

Ballard High School Students in Japan

Five students from Ballard High School are currently studying abroad in Osaka, Japan for three months. This video will show you their very first day at Sakurazuka High School followed by a summer festival experience in Sone, Toyonaka.
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