Back Issues of PDAA Today

Back issues of PDAA Today, PDAA’s quarterly print newsletter are now online and available for download.

NCIV Becomes Global Ties U.S.

National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) changed its name to Global Ties U.S. In a statement posted on its Web site 22 January, the organization said the change takes effect immediately.

“The new name Global Ties U.S” said board chair Kyle Moyer in the statement, “better speaks to the ultimate outcome we seek to achieve in building a more peaceful and prosperous world by strengthening ties between individuals and nations through international exchange programs.”

The […]

Al-Jazeera America Anchor at USC First Monday Program

Joie Chen, anchor of Al Jazeera America’s prime-time evening news show America Tonight, will be the featured guest at the February 3 “first Monday” lunch program at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C. The program is free, but reservations are required by e-mail to acpowell [at] usc [dot] edu.

Chen has been the anchor of America Tonight since it first aired in August 2013. She earlier worked as a correspondent with CBS News and […]

It’s All in the Smithsonian Details

(Courtesy, Beatrice Camp)

Editor’s note: In a new (Jan-Feb 2014) Foreign Service Journal article, Bea Camp tells about the value of her detail to the Smithsonian Institution, expanding on her talk at the 3 December 2014 PDAA lunch program. Below is an excerpt and link to the entire article.

Today, thanks to the establishment of a State Department detail position at the Smithsonian in 2009, State bureaus and posts are able to take […]

American Councils Seeks Scholarship Application Reviewers

(American Councils for International Education)

American Councils for International Education is in search of volunteers to evaluate scholarship applications of high school students from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and the United States. Evaluation of applications will take place from November 2013 through March 2014. Only individuals living in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area can volunteer. Volunteers must participate […]

Youth Exchange Program Value Discussed at February 2014 PDAA Lunch Program

Lisa Choate, at February 4 PDAA lunch program (A. Kotok)

UPDATED: 4 February 2014

For well over half a century, under a variety of youth and high school exchange programs, thousands of young Americans headed overseas while their counterparts from overseas came to the United States, each in search of rewarding and exciting intercultural experiences. Many of us have worked with these programs while overseas and even hosted in our homes high-school age […]