Dear students and families,
As the World Languages Department Chair, I wanted to share with you information about summer study abroad programs. These programs are offered by CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), a leader in international education and an organization that District 99 is working with. CIEE has 70 years of experience in international exchanges, handles all aspects of the program and travel, and offers start-to-finish support – insurance, great attention to safety, and 24/7 support lines.
We are excited to announce that this year, CIEE earmarked $25,000 in Global Navigator Scholarships to help eligible DGS students study abroad next summer. Students graduating in 2021, 2022, or 2023 are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Funds will be awarded based on merit and on financial need. Our deadline to apply for a Global Navigator Scholarship is December 6, 2019. Up to 75% of the available funds will be awarded at that time, giving applicants their best chance at a scholarship for their first choice destination. Final application deadline is February 14, 2020.
Click here to view a video of three testimonials of DGS students who traveled to (Ireland, Germany, and Portugal) during the summer of 2019.
All programs feature academics and cultural immersion, combined with activities and travel in one of over 40 destinations around the world. There are 3 types of programs:
- Language & Culture – Whether you are interested in Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Japanese, Italian, or Arabic, language and cultural immersion programs are the best way to build language fluency and cultural competence. Upon completion, students will come home with a certificate showing growth in language proficiency, new cultural insights, and a portfolio of media products demonstrating their progress. Students also have the option to receive college credit while still in high school when they participate in any of CIEE’s Language & Culture programs.
- Service & Leadership – Serving on community projects in countries such as the Dominican Republic, Ghana, or Morocco, students help to make the world a better place and develop lifelong skills that will serve them as global citizens. Service projects focus on community development, children’s rights, or education, and students earn a certificate for 45 hours of international community service.
- Global Discovery – Students explore a personal interest in places such as Thailand, Costa Rica, or South Africa, and may even get a head start on a career! Programs include Theater, Digital Filmmaking & Documentary, Global Entrepreneurship, World Government, Diplomacy, Activism, Wildlife Conservation, or Marine Science.
If you have any questions, please reach out to me or to our CIEE contact Shomari Maynard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-553-5104.
World Language Department Chair