"To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted."
- Author Bill Bryson
Calling FEA Scholars: November 16, 2016
When: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Where: Washington, DC

We're seeking fifteen FEA Scholars to attend our November 16 Gala in Washington, DC and help our donors connect to our work increasing access to study abroad.  If you're interested in attending and talking with guests about your experience abroad, please email Michelle Foley, FEA's new Program Coordinator. We'll accommodate travel and lodging arrangements for your trip to DC if you're currently in the U.S. and have not attended our gala in the past.  Watch YouTube star Kemushican interview some of last year's attending scholars who studied in Japan.

If you can not attend, please consid er giving a gift in support of FEA's mission to increase access to education abroad. This year's event also includes a raffle drawing of a trip for two to Cuba, sponsored by  National Geographic Expeditions  and  Academic Travel Abroad

(For more information, visit  www.fundforeducationabroad.org ). 
We're creating a new video for FEA that helps to tell our story and we need your help. If you'd like to express your passion for your time spent abroad, and be part of FEA's video narrative, email  Michelle .  The video will be aired at the FEA Gala, then added to our website as a long-time feature. Don't miss this opportunity! Watch the 2013-2014 video here.

Sarahann Yeh is our new FEA Alumnus Member of the Board!
Congratulations, Sarahann! Sarahann is a member of the 2013-2014 FEA Scholars  cohort, having studied abroad in China in the spring of 2014. She is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, where she studied Biological Sciences with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management.  She will be the voice of FEA Alumni in board meetings for the next two years, and will work with FEA to improve our Alumni programming and outreach efforts.
Best of luck to our scholars studying abroad starting in Fall 2016!
Please join us in wishing well to our scholars embarking on their study abroad adventures this Fall! Best wishes from the team & community at FEA to  Sumurye Awani, Eric Beeler, Fox Cassius Bridges, Michael Clark, Nigel Dowling, Lacey Gerdes, Amanda Grant, Clyde Harper, Jadiel Hernandez, Christian Ilarraza Colon, Kylie Kinion, Grayson Pajkos, Courtney Steele, Lauren Yang, and Yosita Yeerong!

Be sure to check out their blog posts as they explore their new homes, on our websiteYou can also read  more about who they are, where they are going, and what study abroad means for them,  here
The Fall 2016 Scholars are almost all off to their host countries! Read more about their first impressions.
From Courtney Steele - Nagoya, Japan - " EXCURSION TO INUYAMA CASTLE AND MEIJI-MURA

"Hello again FEA! I've been in Japan for a little over  two weeks now and I've done and seen so much in such a short amount of time! For this blog post I wanted to focus more on a trip I took to Inuyama (犬山) with my new coworkers, and boss!

Firstly, allow me to explain my new part time job! I have been given the opportunity to work at a cram school in Gamagori as an assistant language teacher to Japanese students between the ages of six and twenty. I work with the owner of the school, and we are the only two who understand English so it's very difficult for me sometimes! However, that's why I am here, isn't it? To immerse myself! I'll admit it's got its challenges, but I'll discuss those another time! For now, here are some photos of my trip to Inuyama Castle!"      
- Courtney Steele, University of Toledo
  Read more from Courtney's blog  here
From Michael Clark- Gulu, Uganda- " THE SEMESTER (AND THE ADVENTURE) BEGINS"

"The semester begins for my Post-Conflict Transformation program in Northern Uganda but not before I had the opportunity to explore the local market and move in with a host family.

We've just completed our first week of the new semester and I am both exhausted but excited for the what's coming up. Last Monday our class traveled from Kampala to Gulu, in the north of Uganda. It was a 7 hour drive and was not without incident when shortly after crossing the Nile River, our van was attacked by baboons! In a well-coordinated ambush, two baboons blocked our van by laying in the middle of the road forcing us to stop. When we did, two others came from the side and jumped on top of our van. They were after the pineapples we had recently purchased. Luckily they were tied down but one baboon still got away with a few big bites before he jumped off and ran back into the jungle."

- Michael Clark,  Borough of Manhattan Community College-CUNY, Rainbow Scholar
  Follow Michael's blog   here.
Now that I'm back, what's next? 
FEA wants to help invest in  YOU . Please help us implement alumni programming that works best for you- do you have any suggestions for what support you would like upon arrival back to the United States, networking opportunities, career advice, internship opportunities, or the like? Please be in touch with Michelle , so FEA can help build up the FEA Scholars community!
FEA Outreach & Scholarships Intern:  We are looking for an Outreach and Scholarships Intern!
Title: Unpaid Outreach & Scholarships Intern, Fund for Education Abroad
Job location: DC Office
Start date: September 2016
Hours: Between 15-25 hours per week, during regular business hours
Contact: Michelle Foley, mfoley@fundforeducationabroad.org

Description of the Internship

The FEA Outreach & Scholarships Intern position was created in response to FEA's increasing growth. The intern will assist the Program Coordinator to communicate with key study abroad/international education contacts at universities and colleges across the country to ensure that all advisors and eligible students know of FEA scholarships for the 2017-2018 cycle. The intern will also serve as a point of contact for students/advisors/recommenders who have questions about the scholarship application process.
Major benefits for the intern include gaining important knowledge of nonprofit administration, access to training in marketing and communications, and a network of committed International Education professionals. Because FEA is small-staffed organization, interns will get hands on experience in a variety of areas and will have the opportunity for meaningful involvement in shaping the direction of the organization.
FEA believes strongly in the principle of providing interns with structured responsibilities, clear direction, and useful evaluation. FEA expects this position to provide the intern with relevant skills and training as well as important feedback.

Contact Research & Outreach
 Coordinating the digital and physical mailing of scholarship flyers to universities, colleges, and study abroad providers
 Communicating with applicants/advisors/commentators and answering questions about the application requirements & process via phone and email

 Strong organizational and research skills
 Excellent communications skills and good writing skills
 Confident, professional manner in dealing with clients and colleagues
 Unflinching attention to detail
 Facility with Microsoft office
 Passion for International Education
 Ability to work with minimal supervision

Bonus Skills:
 Knowledge of other countries or languages
 Travel and cultural background
 Interest in nonprofit management, marketing, and customer service
 Ability to work on several projects at one time, to work under pressure, and to meet deadlines
 Commitment to increasing access for underrepresented students
 Adaptability and flexibility-and a sense of humor!

To Apply: Please send resume and a paragraph indicating why you are interested in the position, why you are a good fit, and your availability to  mfoley@fundforeducationabroad.org (please include "FEA Internship" in the Subject Line).

Our friends at CET Academic Programs and Academic Travel Abroad are looking for qualified candidates for a variety of positions. Check out their postings.