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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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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Introducing the 2017-2018 CCI Program Participants

Throughout July and August, the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program welcomed 154 participants from 11 countries to the United States. This year, participants come from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey. As international exchange students, CCI participants complete academic coursework at […]

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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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Kgothatso Mohale talking to local children in South Africa

Where Are They Now?

The CCI 2016-2017 cohort departed only three months ago in May 2017, but that hasn’t stopped these eager alumni from continuing to thrive and challenge themselves. Here are just a few examples of what the CCI Program’s newest alumni have already accomplished. Moises Gomez (Colombia, Northern Virginia Community College)  Moises […]

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CCI participant Adi reads to kids

Celebrating American English in the CCI Program

For millions of people, learning to speak English is a gateway into the global economy. As emerging change-makers, English language proficiency offers CCI participants access to information, education, job skills, and the shared communication that is shaping the 21st century—this is why the CCI Program places a strong emphasis on […]

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