New Traveler Stories
The latest stories and blogs related to international exchange and disability.
- Juanita Lillie in Costa Rica: "I Want to Help Others Reach Their Goals Abroad"
- To escape Michigan's cold winter, GVSU student Juanita Lillie sought Spanish immersion in Central America, where she found warmth not only from the sunshine, but from classmates, professors, and the community. Juanita, who is blind, started a social networking page for other students with disabilities who wish to study abroad.
- A FLEX Student Turned Disability Rights Leader
- In this video, 2001-02 Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) alumna Yulia Simonova describes how her international exchange student experience to the U.S. ultimately helped her build the skills she uses every day as a disability rights leader and founder of a non-profit organization in Russia. Yulia has a physical disability and uses a wheelchair.
- "Traveling is Part of My DNA": A Fulbrighter's Journey to Berlin
- Of the 155+ countries partnered with the Fulbright Program, U.S. scholar Sam Lim felt right at home in Germany, where he would spend a year of research in Education Sciences. Sam has Dystonia.
- Building Connections to Find Solutions
- Disability advocate Jagoda Risteska left her home of Macedonia and the organization which she co-founded, Mobility Challenge, to complete a four-month fellowship with the U.S. International Council on Disabilities in Washington, D.C. through the Community Solutions Program. Jagoda has muscular dystrophy and uses a power wheelchair.
- Come One, Come All: A Student's Glimpse of Family, Happiness, and Inclusion in Cape Town
- Joining a study abroad program designed to include wheelchair users as well as non-disabled students meant that University of Illinois student Shannon Kelly could spend less time worrying about accommodations and more time discovering the beauty and history of South Africa.
Established in 1995, the goal of the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is to increase the participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in the full range of international exchange opportunities. Learn more about NCDE.
The NCDE is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, which also sponsors the Fulbright scholarships for professional, cultural and educational activities internationally. Learn more about the Fulbright Program.