|LIFE AFTER THE U.N. CAROL BELLAMY TAKES WORLD LEARNING TO NEW HEIGHTS.
15 November 2006
Friends, admirers and former colleagues of Carol Bellamy will be glad to learn she's doing very well. She has a dynamic
senior management team working hard together to make an educational impact at "World Learning." This scholastic year,
they will be in touch with about 3,600 students: 2,000 undergraduates from some 50 countries (mostly in the Southern
sphere); 1,000 high school students on a summer international program and 600 masters degree students, 1/3 or whom are
Bellamy, who as UNICEF's Executive Director made a lasting impact with her unflinching commitment to human
dignity worldwide, has now sharpened her focus on a Vermont-based venture dealing with international development,
business and practical experiment in international living. She is the President and CEO of "World Learning,"
a private, nonprofit international organization with both academic and field project capabilities. Through
four program units -- The Experiment in International Living, School
for International Training (SIT), World Learning for International Development,
and World Learning for Business -- World Learning is a leader in the fields
of international exchange, study abroad, sustainable development, teacher
education, language training, peacebuilding, and NGO management.
It promotes international and intercultural understanding,
democracy, social justice, and economic development through education,
training, and field projects around the globe. In the fulfillment of this
mission, the organization prepares individuals, institutions, and communities to be inspiring
and effective leaders of change.
World Learning's flagship program, The Experiment in International Living,
fosters international understanding
through intercultural exchange.
In a challenging three-to-five-week summer programs, high school students
are immersed in the culture and language of another country - currently
26 worldwide -- by living as a member of a local family, by engaging
in academic language and culture training, by performing community service,
and by concentrating in a number of areas, including peace studies, ecological
projects, and the arts. All Experiment programs bring together young people from a variety of
socioeconomic backgrounds for an experience that challenges stereotypes,
builds personal awareness and a capacity for understanding, and celebrates
World Learning is one of more than 25 members of the Federation of National
Representations of The Experiment in International Living, a group of
private, nonprofit, nonpolitical, and nondenominational organizations.
Incorporated in Switzerland in 1954, the Federation has held consultative
status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations
since 1978, and with the Council of Europe since 1981. In 1989, the UN
recognized the Federation as a Peace Messenger organization.
World Learning's institution of higher education, the School for International Training (SIT),
headquartered in Brattleboro, Vermont, offers both graduate and undergraduate
programs that prepare students to be interculturally effective leaders,
professionals, and citizens.
Professional Studies offers professional training and
graduate degrees in two basic tracks - the Master
of Arts in Teaching degree (academic
year and summer
formats) and related teaching certification programs, and the Programs
in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management, which prepare
professionals to be leaders in governmental, non-governmental or
private enterprise. These master's degrees may be earned in conflict
justice in intercultural relations, organizational
development, and in a student-designed combination
of the aforementioned.
is an undergraduate program which offers over 55 programs in some
45 countries, many of which are non-traditional study sites. Cutting
edge learning environments challenge college and university students
from over 200 sending institutions throughout the U.S. through a rigorous
integration of classroom and field-based learning, including a home stay.
Participants develop profound understanding and awareness in such critical
areas as conflict transformation, the environment, engineering, and the
arts and social change. Study abroad programs are offered in both academic
semester and, new in 2004, in summer formats.
Short Programs is a variety of programs for working
professionals who wish to enhance their careers and accelerate their
professional development through distance education, graduate or
continuing education programs, short courses, and summer classes.
and Projects -- as
the practice arms of its academic departments,
SIT's academic centers extend the school's reach and expand its capacity
to educate and empower interculturally effective leaders, professionals
and citizens. Through the centers' research, consultation, training projects,
fellowships and short-term programs, SIT fosters a worldwide network
of individuals and organizations committed to responsible global citizenship.
World Learning for International Development, World
Learning's Washington, D.C.-based field division, designs and carries
out projects that create democratic change and support peace, understanding
and social justice around the world. It specializes in grass-roots programs
that build local capabilities through technical assistance and training
for people and organizations. Programs in education, civil society and social change, and training
and exchange are designed to develop the skills of individuals and strengthen
the capacities of local organizations as effective advocates and agents
of progress and social change. Programs are based on local partnerships
with people who have an active and respected role in addressing their
own development challenges. Using the full resources of World Learning – which include a fully
accredited post-graduate academic institution (School for International
Training), a renowned cultural exchange program (The Experiment in International
Living) and a respected intercultural business training organization (World
Learning for Business) – World Learning for International Development
advances both the theory and practice of social and economic development
at the individual, community and institutional levels.
World Learning for Business -- As one of four World Learning program units, World
Learning for Business brings the organization's
longstanding tradition and expertise in international language and culture
training to the corporate world. It provides, at client sites, customized
cross-cultural communications and job-related language training for employees
of global organizations. Our wide range of competency-based programs
build skills through individual coaching, group classes, or guided self-instruction.
World Learning's training and consulting portfolio includes intercultural
team building, cultural diversity training, and preparation for international
meetings, negotiations, and assignments.
We have given Carol Bellemy's new venture special attention not only due to her outstanding role at UNICEF, or
to show that there is plenty of useful tasks to accomplish after leaving U.N. service, but also because of her
continued positive impact on younger generations. Giving them hope inspires us during these days in an almost