Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars (Alumni TIES) are gatherings for U.S. government-sponsored exchange program alumni to network and learn about current foreign policy or public diplomacy topics. Participants explore issues of shared interest, receive training, and collaborate with fellow alumni to implement community-based projects. Through the small grants initiative, alumni have the opportunity to take action and make a positive difference in communities around the world.
“It was such a building experience. One of the most amazing things about the seminar was the participants. I loved learning about them, their work, their challenges, and their experience. We learned a lot in the formal sessions and even more in the informal outings. One week felt like a month with so much learned.”
“I really appreciated the opportunity to step back from my day-to-day and reflect on my work as part of a broader push around environmental protection, promoting environmental justice, and combatting the climate crisis. I also learned more about additional opportunities for alumni of U.S. State Department programs, and I hope to take more advantage in future.”
“This was an incredible learning opportunity that connected me with like-minded people from all sorts of backgrounds and experiences. What a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue making a difference! I learned a great deal and I am very thankful for this opportunity!”
“Alumni TIES Cleveland provided an outstanding opportunity to connect with U.S. exchange alumni who share a passion for addressing substance use prevention, intervention, and recovery in their communities. The relatively small size of the group combined with the participant-driven structure and a duration of several full days enabled us to forge personal and professional connections with each attendee. Because of this, I feel condent that I will continue my personal and professional relationships with fellow Alumni TIES attendees long beyond the duration of the seminar.”
“Profound experience. It was amazing to be in the same room with so many passionate and like-minded individuals. The network that has been formed is invaluable.”
“Being at Alumni TIES Accra was a life-changing experience for me and I was really inspired and fueled to engage more on mentoring and coaching women entrepreneurs in my community.”
“Without a doubt, it was one of the best organized workshops I have ever attended. I really appreciate the smooth communication with all organizers and valuable content of each training session.”