International Volunteer Day 2017

In honor of International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2017, the CCI Program is celebrating this year’s theme of #VolunteersActFirst. IVD 2017’s theme #VolunteersActFirst. Here. Everywhere. recognizes the contributions of volunteers as first responders in times of crisis. #VolunteersActFirst The impact of volunteers as first responders is especially relevant to this year’s […]

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Maria Eima with her host family during Thanksgiving.

Celebrating Thanksgiving as an International Student

Last week, CCI international exchange participants celebrated Thanksgiving. Some joined their local host families for dinner and others took the short break from school to learn more about their host country by traveling to new states. For most CCI students, this was their first Thanksgiving celebration and was the one […]

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CCI COD IEW 2017

International Education Week 2017

Last week, CCI international exchange students participated in and hosted a series of events at their host community colleges to celebrate International Education Week (IEW) 2017. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and is an opportunity to […]

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Social Host Lt. John Weinstein

College Police Lieutenant Hosts CCI International Students

Lt. John Weinstein, a police lieutenant at one of the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program’s host campuses, has taken on the role of social host for two 2017-2018 CCI participants from Colombia: Camila Colorado and Natalia Martinez. In an article published in the November 2017 edition of NOVA’s Public Safety Newsletters, Lt. Weinstein […]

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Egyptian girls playing sports

AEIF 2017 Winner: CCI Alumnus Waleed Empowers Girls in Egypt

In 2017, the U.S. Department of State hosted its seventh annual Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) project competition. AEIF supports international exchange alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. This year CCI alumnus Waleed Rashwan and his team were selected as one of 68 AEIF […]

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Khadija Tasmia presentation

CCI Alumna Awarded Two Microgrants for Community Workshops

As a CCI participant during the 2015-2016 program year at Santa Rosa Junior College, Khadija Rubaiyat Tasmia studied early childhood education. Although her studies focused on educational methods, she also learned about how aspects outside of a child’s classroom, including everything from parenting methods to social media, can have an […]

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Ebenezer and Mehedi sit with their social host's family.

International Exchange Through the Eyes of a Social Host

Each host campus of the Community College Initiative Program has a different way of approaching social hosts. At Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the Social Host Program is an opportunity for local U.S. citizens to act as cultural ambassadors to CCI participants by sharing aspects of their everyday lives. Throughout […]

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