NCDE "Access to Exchange" Externship: Outbound Alumni Applicants

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Share and implement your innovative idea to carry out a virtual outreach activity for disability inclusion in international exchange and receive a $500 honorarium!

We want your help to spread the message to more people with disabilities about access to all types of international exchange programs, such as studying and volunteering abroad! The externship is a project to be conducted virtually. All you have to do is share your interest for inclusion with the NCDE by submitting your proposal and if your idea is chosen, you conduct the activity and will get a $500 honorarium.

The NCDE will work with the five selected externs to build on to your activity for the most effective outreach. You will be part of group trainings and also learn from your peers.

The goal of the virtual outreach activity is to educate more people with disabilities about access to international exchange and the benefits of participating!

Examples of activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Organizing a virtual panel of disabled international exchange alumni to speak about studying or volunteering abroad to their peers.
  • A video explaining how disabled people can experience a country with limited accessibility and sharing testimonials.
  • Presenting a webinar/virtual meeting to students with disabilities about the benefits of studying or working abroad.
  • Writing a short resource guide sharing about accessibility in a specific country and featuring key resources that would help those trying to plan for access while taking a course or doing a project in that country.
  • Presenting a webinar/virtual meeting to professionals in the disability or exchange fields about supporting disabled people in overseas programs.

Still not sure what you might do? Take a look at what the 2020 externs did for their projects.

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  • Observe and learn about the operation of an international NGO
  • Explore a potential interest in an international education career
  • Develop techniques for productive remote working
  • Begin building professional network in the international education field
  • Learn about disability rights, strategies for inclusive international exchange programs, and career opportunities in international education
  • Plan, develop and execute a unique outreach project

Requirements to Qualify for the Externship:

  • You are interested in educating people with disabilities and higher education professionals about how to study or volunteer abroad with disabilities.
  • You are an alumni of an international exchange program from the U.S. to another country.
  • You have personal/professional experience with disability and international exchange.
  • Possess valid authorization to receive an honorarium payment in the United States.

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For any questions regarding the externship, please contact us and externship applications also available for Inbound Alumni of an exchange program from another country to the U.S. 

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange is a project of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, designed to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange between the United States and other countries, and is supported in its implementation by Mobility International USA.