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Happy World Book Day! What are the origins of World Book Day? We turned to the United Nations to find out! 

According to the United Nations, it is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. Each year, UNESCO and the international organizations representing the three major sectors of the book industry - publishers, booksellers and libraries, select the World Book Capital for a one-year period, effective 23 April each year. 

The city of Port Harcourt was chosen for this year “on account of the quality of its programme, in particular its focus on youth and the impact it will have on improving Nigeria’s culture of books, reading, writing and publishing to improve literacy rates,” according to the Selection Committee.

Have a book or author you’d like us to celebrate? Tell us! Every Friday we participate in #FridayReads. We chat about classics, modern faves, and swap good reads!



Have you ever wanted to visit the Red Planet? On April 25, join an out-of-this-world virtual field trip to Mars to learn more about Mars Curiosity Rover, NASA’s mission to Mars, and more!

Your galactic travel agents, the U.S. Department of State, NASA, and Google’s Connected Classrooms, want to inspire young minds and get classrooms excited about STEM. Join students around the world for the field trip of a lifetime!

Mission Mars: Virtual Field Trip launches at 2 pm EDT (6:00 PM GMT), and you can join the conversation on social media by using #MarsFieldTrip.

Mission Mars launches April 25! Know a classroom that could use a fantastic, free, out-of-this-world field trip? Share this with anyone and everyone who might be interested!

Lift off is on Friday! If you haven’t checked this out and shared it with friends, teachers, space-lovers, and the like, now is the time!

Hi Exchange Alumni!

We’re happy to report the technical issue many experienced yesterday when submitting new AEIF 2014 proposals has been resolved! Because of this issue, we’ve extended the deadline to April 24 (11:59 pm EDT).

Please accept our deepest apologies, we are terribly sorry for any inconvenience yesterday’s glitch may have caused. 

Post your new proposals here!


Earth Day!


Happy Earth Day! Let’s all do our part to protect our planet.

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Happy Earth Day! In 1962, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published, documenting the detrimental effects of the pesticide DDT on birds and bringing environmental concerns to the American public. The resulting outcry led to a nationwide ban on DDT for agricultural uses and inspired an environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


The view from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park was not too bad last Friday.

Photo: National Park Service

  • Jane: I'm an American exchange program alumna, can I join an AEIF team?
  • Team Exchange Alumni: Yes! Please do! You cannot lead a team because all projects must be implemented abroad, but you are more than welcome to join a team and participate remotely.
  • Jane: What if I'm going to be in the country where the project is implemented? Is that okay too?
  • Team Exchange Alumni: Absolutely!
  • Jane: When is the deadline for AEIF?
  • Team Exchange Alumni: The deadline is April 23 at 11:59 pm, so please check the AEIF web page and join a team that interests you today! You can log in to view projects here:

Your exchange program was a great adventure, continue that experience through the 2014 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF)

Join a team in your hometown, or join a team remotely halfway around the world— you choose your next great adventure! Your fellow alumni need your skills and talents to help their communities. 

You might be a teacher in Africa, but a team working to expand access to education in Asia really needs your expertise, and vice versa! So check out the project proposals today, and join a team that interests you. 

AEIF is the adventure of a lifetime, so don’t wait to join a team!

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Dear Exchange Alumni and Friends,

As of this afternoon, some have encountered technical difficulties when trying to post a new AEIF proposal. We are addressing these issues right now. Please stay tuned. Note, this issue has not impacted proposals that were already posted to the website, this technical issue only impacted those trying to post new proposals.

Thank you so much for your patience!


Team Exchange Alumni