Global Travelers and Culture Shock

2014 Global Travel Scholars All of us here at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh are pleased to announce we will be sending five students abroad as part of our Global Travel Scholarship program. This scholarship program, managed in partnership with the Experiment in International Living, provides an opportunity for local high school juniors to … Read More

The first steps in teaching English abroad

Here at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, we frequently receive inquiries about the different opportunities that exist to teach English as a second language (ESL) abroad. Teaching ESL to students around the world is a rewarding experience that exposes one to a new culture while also gaining quality skills needed to succeed in a … Read More

Internship Opportunities and Global Learning for the Summer of 2014 and Beyond

There is a lot to be learned outside of the classroom! Whether you are thinking about college applications or possible career plans, a summer internship, study, or travel opportunity is worth considering, and with summer just around the corner many high school, undergraduate, and graduate students are doing just that. To help start the search … Read More

Promoting International Education across the Country

Today marks the final day of the 14th annual International Education Week (IEW), an initiative that is now celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide. Supported by both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is designed to celebrate and advance global educational exchange opportunities. To encourage participation, the … Read More

Travel Tales from a WAC Intern

Earlier this summer, I was awarded the opportunity to attend a conference in Prague as one of five delegates on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh. Organized by CivicConcepts International, the International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague (IYLC) was truly a cross-cultural experience, as it provided a forum for 50 students from six continents to … Read More

A Return to Berlin (Part 4)

Saturday, May 18, 2013 It is amazing how quickly this week has passed! It has been an incredible combination of sight-seeing and high-level briefings. We’ve all learned a great deal – and have heard some different perspectives on some of the challenges Germany and Europe face. The pace of the first part of the week … Read More

A Return to Berlin (Part 3)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 It has been a great week so far! On Sunday, we began the trip with a walking tour of the area immediately surrounding the hotel in historic East Berlin. We ventured over toward the west to the Brandenburg Gate by walking down the impressive boulevard Unter den Linden. On Monday, the … Read More

A Return to Berlin (Part 2)

May 11, 2013 The biggest surprise on arrival is the amount of construction in the heart of East Berlin and the heart of West Berlin. After German reunification, Berlin was often referred to as a “city of cranes” because of all the construction taking place. Over 20 years later, cranes are still a fixture on … Read More