Spring 2019
Volume 7, Number 5
Please send examples of global learning in Seattle's international schools or exciting international opportunities for students and teachers to

In This Issue

  • Summer Language Camps - Register Now!
  • The Experiment Digital Virtual Exchange Program
  • Riveted Kids Camps - 3 spots left!
  • World Citizen Essay Contest and World Educator Awards Ceremony - May 15
  • Host an Exchange Student
  • Rustic Pathways Teacher Discount
  • Japan-U.S. ICT Teacher Exchange
  • Japanese Government Scholarships
  • Syrian Refugee-led Virtual Sessions
  • WAGIN 2019 Highlights
  • Get Global Highlights
  • Visiting International Students
  • CIWA Culture Talk Series
  • Global Ed Podcast

Student Global Learning Opportunities

The Experiment Digital Virtual Exchange Program
June 24-August 18
Application due May 20

One World Now! Summer Language & Leadership Camp
July 8-26
Application due June 15

Seattle Language and Culture Institute
July 22 - August 2
Application due June 15

Riveted Kids Summer Camps
August 3-10

For a list of student travel opportunities, click here.

Teacher Travel Opportunities

Japan-U.S. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Teacher Exchange Program
August 4-10
Application due May 23

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.

Register Now: Global Summer Camps

This language and culture camp focuses on fostering language acquisition, intercultural understanding, and a desire for international travel. During the camp, students will learn basic communicative writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills in classes taught using immersion methodology.  The camp will introduce students to practices and perspectives of the Arabic-, Korean- and Chinese-speaking world, as well as the leadership skills that will enable them to become local youth leaders with a global perspective. Students will learn through classroom activities, guest speakers, music, and field trips. The last day of the camp will feature student performances in a culminating showcase for classmates, family, and community members.

Instructional Time
  • 30 hours per week, 90 hours total
  • Students can earn 0.5 world language credits on their high school transcript.
Program Cost
There is a $25 registration fee that is paid upon acceptance. Thanks to support from STARTALK, there are no other fees or deposits to attend this camp; all meals, snacks and supplies will be provided.

Application Deadline
Seattle Language and Culture Institute

The FIUTS Seattle Language and Culture Institute welcomes middle and high school students from the U.S. and around the world to Seattle for two weeks of cross-cultural exchange and international collaboration.

English language students spend each morning in a class consistent with their English proficiency level. Global Leadership course participants spend each morning in interactive workshops focused on cultural competency and leadership development. In the afternoons, FIUTS staff lead the whole group on guided trips to locations around the Seattle area for fun and educational excursions.

Students who live in the Seattle area can participate in the day program, which begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM each weekday.

Day program tuition: $650 per student

All lunches, transportation, entry fees, and curriculum are included in the cost of tuition. Students should bring a snack for each day or spending money if they would like to purchase items during excursions.

A limited number of 50% scholarships are available for this program, which bring the cost of tuition to $325 (from a full tuition rate of $650). Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. The scholarship application is included in the program registration form, so please complete the questions on that form in order to request a scholarship.

Registrations are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full; the final deadline to register is June 15. Payment is due by July 5.

The Experiment Digital: A Virtual Summer Program

The Experiment Digital is a fully-funded two-month virtual summer program that helps high school-aged youth become more civically engaged by empowering them to plan and execute a community service project. Designed to connect students across the globe without leaving their living room, participants interact through videos, discussion forums, online chats, webinars, and playing games together. Through these activities, participants develop leadership and cross-cultural communications skills, speak with peers from different countries, and design youth-led projects to create positive social change. The exchanges take place online, so students can participate from anywhere. We encourage students with diverse backgrounds to apply!

Started in 2016, The Experiment Digital is sponsored by the Stevens Initiative, a partnership aimed to increase exchanges between youth in the U.S. and the Middle East. Through this program, students from these regions take part in a cultural exchange to build friendships, mutual understanding, and global awareness.

By participating in The Experiment Digital, students receive a Certificate of Completion in leadership and global issues analysis, access to the U.S. Department of State’s International Exchange Alumni network, unique project funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of State, and a $400 scholarship towards participation in one of The Experiment’s programs around the world.

The Experiment Digital runs for eight weeks, from June 24 to August 18, 2019.

Click here to apply. Applications are due by Monday, May 20, 2019. Email if you have any questions about the application process.

You are eligible if you:
  • Are between the ages of 14-19 years old
  • Currently enrolled in or have not yet completed high school
  • Reside in the United States, Algeria, Iraq, or Yemen
  • Have basic English language competency
  • Have regular access to Internet
  • Can devote 3-4 hours each week to the program

Street Photography Camp in Oaxaca (August 3-10) - 3 Spots Left!

Riveted Kids takes teens on transformative travel camp adventures that plant the seeds for global citizenship. With just a few exclusive camps each summer, each adventure is a curated, small-group experience to connect teens directly to trusted locals, hands-on activities, and culture. Camps are off the beaten path and are immersive by design, incorporating lots of Spanish learning and service learning. Themes relate to sustainability, responsible travel, social justice, and self-awareness. Each day is structured to help campers have fun while learning from locals and then to process the experience to develop an appreciation for the global community. The use of technology (i.e. smart phones) is prohibited to help deepen camper experiences and connections.
Riveted Kids is based in Seattle. All camps are led by Jay Waltmunson who is a Spanish teacher, photographer, past Peace Corps Volunteer, and has a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics. Local experienced trusted guides also accompany each group. For more info, registration, and testimonials, see here:

World Citizen Essay Contest and World Educator Awards Ceremony - May 15

Join us to celebrate the hard work of Washington's students in this year's World Citizen Essay Contest and honor our outstanding World Educator for 2018-19. Students across Washington state were asked to critically think about the impact of climate change on global health, as well as generate innovative and sustainable solutions. Celebrate the winners of this year's essay contest, hear from our World Educator Melissa Moffett of Tacoma Public Schools, and listen to a discussion on the issues with our speaker Dr. Jeremy Hess, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, moderated by Dena Morris, President of the Washington Global Health Alliance.

When: Wednesday, May 15 6:30-8:00 PM
Where: Hamilton International Middle School

Register here (FREE)

Host An International Student This Summer!

Are you interested in expanding your world? The World Affairs Council provides innovative exchange programs for professional and youth leaders from around the world. These programs can include a homestay component to enrich the intercultural experience of their program by allowing these leaders to become more deeply immersed in our local culture. They are also a unique opportunity for host families to learn from and form a long-lasting connection with an individual from a different country without even leaving Seattle! These programs are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Open World Leadership Center, or the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

Summer 2019 Homestay Opportunities:
 Belarus (Journalists): July 3-24
Mexico (Youth Leaders): July 20-August 1
Iraq (Youth Leaders): August 12-26

Click here if you are a new host or here if you are a return host family. Contact the International Visitor Program at with questions.

Discounted Global Travel for Children of Educators!

Through the Teacher Appreciation Program, Rustic Pathways offers discounts up to 50 percent on almost all of their student summer programs. If you collect your full-time paycheck from an educational institution (teachers, administrators, coaches, guidance counselors, and maintenance staff), you’re contributing to the development of our future leaders and you’re eligible to be a member of the Rustic Pathways Teacher Appreciation Program.

Japan-U.S. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Teacher Exchange Program

The Japan-U.S. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Teacher Exchange Program provides the opportunity for U.S. grades 7-12 teachers to participate in a five-day conference in Hawaii in August 2019. For 2019, the theme is Space and Earth - utilizing ICT in the classroom. During the conference, 15 U.S. teachers along with 15 Japanese teachers will work together in order to 1) gain multiple perspectives on the Japan-U.S. relationship focusing on the shared academic fields of interest between the two countries and 2) develop skills in incorporating ICT into their classroom teaching.
The program is open to teachers from all disciplines, as long as applicants can demonstrate ability to apply “Space and Earth” to their own subject. Science and math teachers may have numerous examples of relevant applications, but the topic has many examples of cross-disciplinary approaches such as history, geography, food education, life science and more. Some examples may include:
  • A home economics class learning about “space food” (preserved food for astronauts)
  • A social science class discussing international space treaties and how to regulate them
  • A history class analyzing the societal implications of Galileo’s discoveries
  • A creative writing class where students write fiction and poetry based on field trips and lab discoveries
The goal of this program is to promote educational exchange between Japanese and U.S. teachers, while strengthening secondary schools’ curricular development by utilizing ICT in order to build the 21st century skills in the classroom. Through discussion, the teachers will expand their perspectives, enrich the content of their classes, and foster better understanding of each other’s countries.

Please visit the program website at for more information or to start an application. The deadline to apply is May 23, 2019. 

2020 Japanese Government Scholarships

The Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle is now accepting applications for the following 2020 Japanese Government Scholarships for studying in Japan.
Applications are due Friday, May 31, 2019. 

U.S. citizens living in the states of Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska are eligible to apply.  
The application forms and instructions are available at:


Research Student Scholarship
Covers a one-and-a-half year to two-year period of graduate research at Japanese universities. The study area must be the same field as the applicant studied or is now studying. Term of scholarship: April 2020 to March 2022 or September/October 2020 to March 2022. Includes a half-year of Japanese language training for those who need Japanese language training. Applicants need to be less than 35 years of age and must be university graduates. Those who will be graduating in March or September 2020 may apply.

Undergraduate Student Scholarship
Four to seven year scholarship is available to high school graduates who are born or after April 2, 1995. Includes a one-year Japanese language program at a Japanese language school prior to attending a Japanese university as an undergraduate student. Term of scholarship: April 2020-March 2025. For scholarship grantees majoring in a six-year course in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or pharmacy, the term of the scholarship will be seven years until March 2027.

Specialized Training College Student Scholarship
Covers a three-year period of vocational studies in the following areas: (1) Technology (2) Personal Care and Nutrition (3) Education and Welfare (4) Business (5) Fashion and Home Economics (6) Culture and General Education
Includes a one-year Japanese language program at a Japanese language school prior to attending a Specialized Training College. Term of scholarship: April 2020 - March 2023. Available to high school graduates who are born on or after April 2, 1995.

Scholarship Benefits
1. Monthly stipend
2. Travel expenses to and from Japan
3. Exemption of school fees for entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition

Syrian Refugee-led Virtual Sessions

NaTakallam (“we speak” in Arabic) has 50 fully-funded, Syrian refugee-led virtual sessions to give away before the end of the school year! Interested teachers can sign-up online and request a full scholarship to connect their students (any grade level) to a displaced Syrian for interactive virtual conversation about the refugee crisis, culture, and more. Sessions are scheduled at the teacher’s convenience and can be held as a one-off or a series of up to 10. Email: with any questions!

WAGIN 2019!

Students and teachers gathered at Chief Sealth International High School on March 22 and 23 for the fourth annual Washington State Global Issues Network (WAGIN) Conference, a two-day international event led by local youth seeking to tackle global issues, learn together, and spark lasting change. The conference brought together over 200 middle and high school students from the Seattle area and three states (Colorado, Texas, and Florida), as well as four countries (Canada, Mexico, Cuba, and South Korea).

The conference theme was “Action for Sustainability Now,” which focused on immediate action students can take to make a lasting impact on issues like climate change, food security, and racial justice. Students participated in the conference in teams and led workshops in which they share what they are doing to take action on one (or more) of the twenty global issues outlined by the Global Issues Network.

This year’s conference featured an address from Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, who spoke to youth about the importance of leadership and active global citizenship. Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau also spoke to the group on Friday.

A total of 10 keynote speakers delivered remarks to the students, including:
  • Erin Jones, an educator, who was recognized by the White House in 2013 as a “Champion of Change” and was the first African American woman to run for state superintendent in Washington;
  • Jorge L. Baron, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, who works to defend the rights of low-income immigrants and refugees;
  • Andrea Rodgers, an environmental lawyer who represents youth in the Washington climate change case before the King County Superior Court (Foster v. Ecology);
  • Kristi L. Ebi, Josh Lawler, and Cecilia Bitz, climate scientists from the University of Washington, who spoke as a panel on current climate change research and initiatives;
  • Mia Eastman, Sierra Robinson, Marlow Baines, and Alex Trevino, who represented Earth Guardians, an organization that provides young people leadership opportunities and tools to address the world’s most pressing problems.

14th Annual Get Global Youth Conference

On Saturday, April 27, OneWorld Now! students showcased their leadership skills at the 14th annual student-led Get Global  conference. From conference logistics to workshops and speakers, youth envisioned, planned and executed an outstanding event. Get Global empowers youth to take action on the pressing global issues they care about. Get Global also featured a global fashion and talent show.

International Students Visit Chief Sealth and Ingraham this Spring

A group of high school students and educators from Chongqing, China visited Chief Sealth International High School in April. Chongqing is one of Seattle's 21 sister cities. Nakai Secondary School and Chief Sealth IHS have maintained a sister school relationship for over fifteen years. Every other year a group from Nankai visits Chief Sealth and the following year a delegation from Chief Sealth visits Chongqing. The Nakai group stayed with host families, most of whom are the families of Chief Sealth students who will be traveling to China in the spring of 2020.

Ingraham French teacher Herbert Earnest spent time in Quimper, France in 2010 as an English assistant for the Lycée Brizeux. While there, he worked with English teachers and took small groups of their students to do activities to practice their English. In the fall of the 2017, he started up a pen pal exchange with one of the English teachers in Quimper. Then, the school in France made plans to come visit Herbert's classes in Seattle. Herbert reflects, "I’m pleased that it all worked out so well, that the Ingraham families hosting French students came through in such a big way, and that there seem to have been connections made through this visit that will last into the future." A fun fact: the symbol of the city of Quimper is the ram, the Ingraham mascot!

CIWA Culture Talk Series

Chasing the Butterfly Dream: Zhuangzi and Early Medieval Chinese Culture

Presenter: Professor Ping Wang
Dept. of Asian Languages and Literature
University of Washington  

4:00-5:00 PM  
Thursday, May 23, 2019  

Gowen Hall 2M 
East Asia Library
University of Washington  

Free and open to the public

The “Qi wu lun” 齊物論 chapter is arguably the most important and at the same time an extremely difficult chapter from the Zhuangzi 莊子. Its enigmatic and elusive ending—the famous butterfly dream narrative—signifies something unattainable in human’s pursuit of life’s meaning and the cosmic truth.
In the centuries following the collapse of the Han Empire (202 b.c.e – 220 c.e.), Zhuangzi rose to be an essential text whose interpretations led to unprecedented explorations of cultural ideals that would ascribe meaning to the identity of the exiled Han population and, to a great extent, establish the genetics of Chinese culture. In other words, in order to understand modern China and contemporary Chinese society, we have to delve into the minds of Early Medieval Chinese thinkers.
The way the educated elites lived their lives and pursued their dreams by negotiating the philosophical and spiritual dimensions of the Zhuangzi has much to teach us about our own “cultural selves.”
This lecture is offered as part of CIWA’s Culture Talk Series.

Podcast for Teachers from Primary Source

Do you teach about global cultures or world events in your classroom? If so, Primary Source created this podcast for you. In every compact episode, What Teachers Need to Know offers vital insight for understanding world cultures and current events so that you can facilitate deeper learning about the world with your students. Meet subject-matter experts and explore online resources that can help make a complex and dynamic world accessible for K-12 classrooms.

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