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Protecting the world’s cultural heritage makes societies stronger and more secure. Join us in celebrating #culturalheritage this month.

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Our exchange programs are not only a chance to connect with one another, but also with the planet. Happy #WorldSoilDay!

(Featured: The Fulbright Program, American Alliance of Museums, Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative)
American musicians can now apply to tour the world during the American Music Abroad 2017-18 season. Apply by January 17, 2017.

American Music Abroad | Apply Now

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This week is #HumanRightsWeek. Today, we highlight the importance of protecting the #CulturalHeritage of Religious Minorities. More than ever, the cultural heritage of religious and ethnic minorities at risk.

Learn more about our recent initiatives to protect and preserve this heritage: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Mark your calendars: The U.S. Department of State and the University of Pennsylvania are offering free online English classes through Coursera. Sign up today!

Advance Your Career with Free English Classes

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Kind words from Wordsmith about his American Music Abroad experience, who said the program helped "extend my purpose in life to the youth around the world."

If you're an American musician interested in this global experience, apply to American Music Abroad: bit.ly/AMA2017
On #IDPD2016, we're remembering and celebrating the moments when art helped people with disabilities to live #WithoutLimits.

One of the many examples is L.A.-based dance company BODYTRAFFIC that shared their workshops with disabled communities across Israel.
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On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we celebrate our international exchange participants that insist on living #WithoutLimits.

We're committed to making international exchanges accessible to everyone. Learn more about our work: bit.ly/IDPD_ECA
#IDPD2016 #DisabilityDay
Today is the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative #YOUnified day of service! There are 100+ events going on in all 10 ASEAN countries.

#YSEALI: How are you giving back today? Share your story in the comments!
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There's still time to apply to the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (#CBYX) for U.S. high school students. Apply to learn, live and study for a year in Germany on this fully-funded scholarship.

Deadlines vary by state and are coming up soon!

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for High School

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Did you hear? U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Coach Jill Ellis and Champion Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris are in Liberia empowering young girls through soccer.

We're so thankful for Sports Envoys like these that are bringing people together through sports.
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On December 8, top U.S. diplomats will be answering your questions about human rights for an interactive Human Rights Day webchat.

U.S. State Department human rights envoys have worked with governments and organizations around the world in developing strategies and dialogue to reduce discrimination and strengthen commitments to more inclusive democracies.

Tune in on December 8 at 9 a.m. EST...
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Tomorrow is the biggest ASEAN day of service in history. #YSEALI alumni organized over 100 community service projects throughout Southeast Asia for Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative #YOUnified on December 3rd.

Follow the stories and read about the projects: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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YSEALI YOUnified | December 3, 2016

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Answer to today’s quiz - What do an ancient sarcophagus, a garage in Brooklyn, NY, and U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have in common?

In 2009 and 2010 ICE officials tracked down Egyptian cultural artifacts to a garage in Brooklyn. The recovery was part of ICE’s Operation Mummy’s Curse - an ongoing five-year investigation targeting an international criminal network...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry signed the first-ever binding cultural property protection memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the United States and Egypt. The MOU will help Egypt’s efforts to protect its rich archaeological heritage against illicit trafficking so that generations of Egyptians will be able to enjoy their cultural...
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Question: What do an ancient sarcophagus, a garage in Brooklyn, NY, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have in common? Check back later today for the answer!

#CulturalHeritage #CulturalProperty Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) #OperationMummysCurse
#ExchangesAre cultural heritage.
Meet the women making the world a safer place.

These 70 women from around the world are exploring ways they can promote and facilitate peace and security around the world. As Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan said to them: "Women's participation gives legitimacy to the peace process."

They will meet with government and private sector officials in North Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, Louisiana,...
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"Once you're a TechWomen alumna, your professional career takes a new turn."

#STEM women around the world: Join the network and apply for the 2017 program!

TechWomen: Apply by January 17

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A sweet story from one of our Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program participants from Karachi, Pakistan:

"Being a 16-year-old, I never knew that I would be exposed to the world in this way. The day I decided to apply for the scholarship to come to U.S. was the moment I decided to step out of my comfort zone.

Coming to this foreign land and facing huge cultural differences was...
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