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The 2014 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) deadline is next week! Below you will find answers to the latest frequently asked questions. 

1. Do you have any suggestions for how we can add more people to our team this weekend?

We know you’re going to be working hard over the next several days on your proposals and many of you will be trying to find more team members as well. We appreciate your dedication! 

Your fellow exchange alumni are busily posting their project proposal links to our Facebook page. We highly recommend posting the link to your project proposal on alumni social media pages; you can post it to our page, to your alumni association’s pages, or wherever you see fit. Be sure to include a brief, enthusiastic summary about your project! 

2. Are you sure that there are alumni on your Facebook page that still want to join teams?

Yes! We see their posts all day! Not all exchange alumni want to lead a team, many would like to support the projects of their fellow exchange alumni. There are very excited alumni on our page right now, so please feel free to promote your project there.

3. I’m confused about team members! How many exchange alumni need to be on each team?

You will only need to have five (5) team members total, and that number includes the team leader. So as the team leader, you just need to find four (4) exchange alumni to join your team. 

4. What are the AEIF 2014 themes? I’m worried that my project proposal won’t fit one of the themes.

You’re in luck, because our themes cover nearly every public service project proposal imaginable, and in past years our exchange alumni have been very pleased with the available themes. Here is the complete list:

  • Empowering Women
  • Outreach to Underserved Communities
  • Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment
  • Expanded Access to Education
  • Environmental Protection
  • Government Transparency
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Citizen Security
  • Promoting Civil Society

There’s a strong chance that your project proposal fits one of the themes above, but if you have questions, please feel free to message us!

5. The competition ends on April 23 at Midnight EST. Is that the beginning of April 23, or the beginning of April 24? 

The competition closes on April 23 at Midnight. To be safe, just remember that AEIF 2014 will end at 11:59 pm EST on April 23. 

6. My team wants to make sure that we aren’t requesting funding for things you cannot fund. We’d like to request funding to cover expenses for our speaker. Is that possible?

You can request funding to cover expenses for speakers and trainers, but please note that you cannot request funding to cover airfare to or from the United States. You can find the list of what we can and cannot fund on our Commonly Asked Questions page. 

Thank you for your questions, we cannot wait to read your AEIF 2014 proposals! Have more questions? Feel free to drop a note into our Ask Box, or message us on Facebook.

Dartanyon Crockett is the State Department’s first-ever blind Sports Envoy (and only the third Sports Envoy with a disability in State Department history)! 

Crockett traveled to Turkmenistan from March 24-29 in conjunction with ECA’s Lives without Limits campaign, which uses international exchanges to promote inclusion, tolerance, and mutual respect.  While in Turkmenistan, Crockett and fellow sports envoy Heidi Moore, a coach on the USA Judo Visually Impaired Women’s National Team, offered world-class judo instruction to Turkmen youth and athletes with disabilities. 

As a direct result of Crockett’s and Moore’s outreach, numerous high profile groups in Turkmenistan have already expressed tremendous enthusiasm to elevate judo as a sport for athletes with disabilities!

Read more about this story in DipNote


Did you know that fees are waived this weekend on all of America’s National Parks? Share this photo of Rocky Mountain National Park to help spread the word!

Photo: Pat Gaines


Our Mars Orbiter Looks Down and Saw Our Mars Rover

Right now, five human spacecrafts study Mars by hanging out near it. Two do it from the Martian surface—the Curiosity rover, which began its mission in 2012, and the more-than-a-decade-old Opportunity rover—and three do it while orbiting around the red planet. 

Earlier this month, one of those kinds of spacecraft happened to see the other. 

On April 11, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passed near Aeolis Mons, a mountain near the equator in the planet’s eastern hemisphere. It photographed a hilly region nearby known as the Kimberley, and there it caught a robot that’s been hanging out among the hills for the past few months: the Mars Curiosity Rover.

Read more. [Image: NASA]

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.


Iceland is basically science fiction wonderland. 

If we tried to count how many photos we’ve posted or reblogged of gorgeous northern lights, we’d probably never stop counting….. but this set is truly breathtaking. 

(via huffingtonpost)

(via scientific-women)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hello, I mistakenly just submitted my project three times! How can I erase the extra submissions? Thank you very much, Maya from Chile (Project name "Baobab")
exchangealumni exchangealumni Said:

Hi Maya,

So nice to meet you! Not to worry, we’ve deleted the two additional submissions.

You can find your submission here: If you need to edit your proposal, or promote your project to gain more team members, please use that link. 

Thank you! 


Team Exchange Alumni

p.s.-If you are looking for more team members, be sure to check our Facebook page and AEIF Q&A event page. Exchange alumni all over the world are looking for teams to join, and remember, your team members do not all need to be in the same country. 

We’re less than one week away from the #AEIF2014 deadline! Have you submitted your proposal yet?

Team Leaders: If you’re a team leader, please remember that your team members will add themselves after you have submitted the project proposal. Once the proposal has been posted to the website, exchange alumni can add themselves as team members.

Need more team members? Advertise your project! Post a link to your proposal on our Facebook page and post it to your alumni associations’ social media platforms. Are you on an email listserve with fellow alumni? Send it via email as well! 

Team Members: Are you looking to join a team? Check out the proposals that are already on the website, and add yourself as a team member. You do not need to be in the same country as the team leader or the other team members. All teams must have at least five (5) exchange alumni team members (that number includes the team leader).

Questions: We’re answering your individual questions as quickly as possible, but please be sure to check out our Commonly Asked Questions.