Celebrate International Education Week

From Tuesday, November 12 to Friday, November 15, International Education Week celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

The World Affairs Council enthusiastically supports international education and exchange. Our International Visitor Program hosts emerging leaders of all ages that come to Seattle on exchange programs to enhance the awareness of global affairs in our community.  Our Global Classroom program provides resources, professional development, and youth leadership activities in support of global engagement in K-12 classrooms. We engage in initiatives that unite these future leaders from the Pacific Northwest and abroad to advance the discussion of global learning and the exchange of shared values and experiences.

Here are some opportunities for you to celebrate International Education Week:

  • Celebrate with North Seattle Community College.  Check out their International Expo and an International Night Celebration where you can listen to speakers, participate in workshops, taste food samples, and watch cultural performances.
  • South Seattle Community College will host events for International Education Week. Attend open houses and workshops to learn more about learning abroad. Test your knowledge of all things international with Global Jeopardy and make lasting friends with Speed Friending.
  • Edmonds Community College will celebrate International Education Week by inviting you to share food, culture, and fun with international students from 12 countries. Celebrations continue all week with a workshop and a documentary screening.
  • View the documentary A River Changes Course with the University of Washington. The film focuses on the effects of globalization on three young Cambodians from different ethnic groups and how they begin to navigate these changes.
  • Consider studying abroad!  See here for a list of Department of State-sponsored programs, and make your dream of exploring the world a reality.
  • Sign up for the upcoming all-free, all-online Global Education ConferenceThe conference brings together people from all over the world working to increase opportunities for building connections around the globe, support cultural awareness, and celebrate diversity.
  • Show your appreciation for teachers and all their hard work!  Send a local teacher a letter of appreciation, bake them cookies, or call a teacher who made a difference in your life and tell them thank you. And if you know an educator who is interested in connecting their classroom globally, check out our Global Classroom program or learn about other ways to connect with international classrooms by clicking here.

There are myriad ways to support international education, and you don’t need to leave Seattle to become a global citizen.  Become a member of the World Affairs Council today.