The United States is working towards creating more global-minded citizens through a series of government initiatives and strategies encouraging American students to study, volunteer and work abroad.
At a White House summited hosted by the Global Engagement Directorate in late last year, some of the country’s senior policymakers spoke to a group of travel bloggers about the Administration’s aim to transform interest in travel into study, volunteer and work opportunities, subsequently increasing the number and diversity of young people participating in educational, cultural and professional experiences internationally. Studying and working abroad, it believes, makes capable, competitive workers and leaders.
Between 2012 and 2013, the total number of American students taking part in overseas study was less than 300,000 – 1.5 per cent of the almost 20 million American students in higher education. Through its Young African Leaders Initiative, Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative and 100,000 Strong in the Americas program, the Administration is helping to grow this number, announcing the creation of a U.S. Study Abroad Office, which manages scholarships and programs.
As part of the initiative, the White House launched the hashtag #StudyAbroadBecause on social media channels, encouraging users to post about the benefits of studying abroad, such as its offer of new cultural experiences. “We want all Americans to recognise there is value in studying abroad, there’s a value in engaging people around the world, there’s a value personal, there’s a value professionally and there are resources available to them,” said Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting.
View more of the summit by video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeHZvOQJiaY