Join a Program

The Stevens Initiative helps institutions in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) connect with each other to expand virtual exchange programs. The programs listed here are interested in having new partners (educators along with schools, districts, postsecondary institutions, and nonprofit organizations) join their programs. Read the descriptions of their programs and what they are seeking, then fill out the form below to indicate which program or programs you are interested in joining.

The Stevens Initiative will review each submission to determine whether there is an appropriate program for all individuals or institutions. Please note that the Initiative may not be able to identify a suitable program for all individuals or institutions.

Amideast – Qisasna

Amideast’s Qisasna (“Our Stories”) program facilitates cross-cultural exchange between American and Yemeni students by providing participants with the skills needed to produce podcasts that focus on discussions of global issues, perceptions of both cultures, career opportunities for young people, and community service. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate
  • Partners: Faculty and administrators at higher education institutions from any discipline
  • Locations: United States
  • Time Frame: 2 hours per week over the course of a semester; September-December 2022; February to mid-May)

Empatico – Coding with Empathy Challenge

Empatico’s Coding with Empathy Challenge, developed in partnership with Code.org, brings together middle school students from the United States and Egypt to collaborate on a series of empathy-building computer science and virtual exchange experiences. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Middle School/Grades 6-8
  • Partners: Educators who work with middle-school students in schools or out-of-school programs; Community-based organizations with instructors who work with middle-school students in after- or out-of-school programs during weekdays
  • Locations: United States
  • Time Frame: 10-15 hours over the course of 16 weeks

Florida International University – Virtual Tabadul

Florida International University’s Tabadul: Creating Language-Learning Community Through Virtual Reality brings together college-aged youth in the United States and in the Middle East and North Africa for language-learning and community building through virtual reality. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate
  • Partners: Faculty and administrators of Arabic language programs at U.S. higher education institutions who can engage their Arabic language students in a virtual exchange program
  • Locations: United States
  • Time Frame: 2 hours per week over 12 weeks; January-May 2023

Games for Change – Game Exchange

Games for Change’s Game Exchange is a virtual exchange program for teens in Bahrain, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States in which teens from the four countries join in creative dialogue and collaboration based on a shared interest in video games and game design. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Middle School/Grades 6-8; High School/Grades 9-12
  • Partners: Middle and high school educators with experience in game design (experience with Scratch) and/or experience with international exchange (such as schools with IB programs or an international component to their curriculum).
  • Locations: United States (Atlanta, New York City, and Detroit)
  • Time Frame: 3 synchronous sessions and asynchronous sessions (depending on educator pair) across 6-8 weeks; October-December 2022, January-March 2023

Global Nomads Group – Student to World

Global Nomads Group’s Student to World program lets youth explore global issues via interactive activities, curated media resources, and stories created by their peers from around the world. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Middle School/Grades 6-8; High School/Grades 9-12
  • Partners: Educators, youth organizers, and administrators introduce the program to the youth they serve. By highlighting the diverse array of global issues available, youth can match their personal passion to a topic of their choice.
  • Locations: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Yemen
  • Time Frame: Flexible scheduling, 3-8 hours of online content; implement across 2-3 weeks or spread out over a few months

Global Ties U.S. – MENA-USA Empowering Resilient Girls Exchange (MERGE)

Global Ties U.S.’s MENA-USA Empowering Resilient Girls Exchange (MERGE) brings together girls ages 15-19 from the United States and MENA region in a supportive virtual space to learn about their own mental health, develop emotional resilience skills, and share this knowledge with their communities. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: High School/Grades 9-12
  • Partners: Faculty and administrators at high schools, as well as program managers at organizations that engage with youth and young adults.
  • Locations: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Yemen
  • Time Frame: At least 3 hours/week for 8 weeks

Institute of International Education – Harnessing Innovation through Virtual Exchange for Enhanced Results (HIVER)

The Institute of International Education’s Harnessing Innovation through Virtual Exchange for Enhanced Results (HIVER) program develops intercultural communication and problem-solving skills among diverse students at participating U.S. and MENA universities. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate; Graduate
  • Partners: Faculty at higher education institutions in the U.S. and MENA region.
  • Locations: Egypt, Jordan, Palestinian Territories, United States
  • Time Frame: 2-3 synchronous hours/week, plus 4-5 hours of asynchronous activities/week for 4 weeks throughout the academic semester

IREX – Global Solutions Conversations (GSC)

IREX’s Global Solutions Conversations (GSC) program connects participants in the United States, Jordan and Iraq to virtually converse on innovative solutions to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals impacting their local communities. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate
  • Partners: Faculty and administrators at higher education institutions in Jordan, Iraq, and the U.S.
  • Locations: Jordan, Iraq, United States
  • Time Frame: 5-7 weeks

IREX – Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge (GSSC)

IREX’s Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge (GSSC) connects community college students in the United States with peers in Jordan and Iraq to virtually collaborate on a sustainable business solution to a provided challenge prompt related to different business sectors. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate
  • Partners: Faculty and administrators at higher education institutions in Jordan, Iraq, and the U.S.
  • Locations: Jordan, Iraq, United States
  • Time Frame: 6-10 weeks

North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) MENAcraft

North America Scholastic Esports Federation’s (NASEF) MENAcraft gathers young people from the United States and the Middle East and North Africa region in a safe, neutral, and inspiring online community, blending play and learning for a cultural and language exchange. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Middle school/Grades 6-8; High school/Grades 9-12
  • Partners: Faculty, administrators, or staff at schools or other organizations that engage with youth.
  • Locations: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestinian Territories, United Arab Emirates, United States.
  • Time Frame: Approximately 4 hours per week; December 2022-March 2023

PATHWAYS Institute for Negotiation Education – Game Changers in Education

PATHWAYS Institute for Negotiation Education’s Game Changers in Education brings together undergraduate education majors and pre-service teachers from the United States and Israel for interactive joint learning and facilitated online exchange focused on developing and applying creative negotiation skills in their schools and communities. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate
  • Partners: Faculty and administrators from undergraduate education departments at state and community colleges in Massachusetts.
  • Locations: United States (Massachusetts)
  • Time Frame: 12 live sessions (1.5 hours/session), plus final project work

Soliya – Connect Program

Soliya’s Connect Program brings together college-aged youth in the United States and in the Middle East and North Africa for online, face-to-face dialogue. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate; Graduate; Young Adult
  • Partners: Faculty and administrators at higher education institutions from any discipline
  • Locations: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Yemen
  • Time Frame: 2 hours/week for 8 weeks

Soliya – Global Circles

Soliya’s Global Circles are short online dialogue opportunities, bringing together young people from various backgrounds and nationalities for a face-to-face exchange around compelling global issues that matter to youth today. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate; Graduate; Young Adult
  • Partners: Program managers at organizations that engage with youth and young adults.
  • Locations: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States
  • Time Frame: 5 hours/week with two 2.5 hour live sessions over the course of 2 weeks

 

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