The National Volunteer Center of the English Opens Doors Program has added a new volunteer service opportunity for August.
The English Opens Doors Program is part of the Ministry of Education of Chile and is affiliated with the United National Development Programme. Native and near-native English speakers come to Chile to work as teaching assistants in Chilean classrooms, specifically to improve students’ listening and speaking skills. Volunteers also assist with other initiatives of the English Opens Doors Program, such as debates, Public Speaking, Spelling Bee, and English Camps.
More information can be found at http://www.centrodevoluntarios.cl/ and www.ingles.mineduc.cl.
Apply by May 11th, 2015 to start your volunteer service in mid-August.
A video presentation by Iść Swoją Drogą of his almost
4 months of cycling through the amazing Chile.
The Middlebury-Monterey Summer Intensive College English program is designed to support international students who are currently enrolled or would like to attend undergraduate programs in the United States. The foundation of the program is coursework in the English language skills necessary for academic success. All students participate in an immersion environment where English is spoken 24 hours a day/7 days a week, with over 20 hours of instruction per week in English for academic purposes. Students stay in dormitories, paired with roommates from other countries, and extra-curricular activities are offered regularly. The cost of the program includes everything–housing, meals, tuition, fees, and campus services.
SCHOLARSHIPS – APPLY BY MARCH 1
Scholarships are available! Learn more and apply online:http://www.miis.edu/academics/language/intensive-college-english/scholarship
To apply for the program, applicants must be at least 15 years old and provide evidence of minimum English language proficiency.
For up-to-date information, you may also visit our website athttp://go.miis.edu/ice
The Conference of the Americas on International Education was being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week April 25th – 28th. The Chronicle of Higher Education releases an initial report about the dialogue at the conference.
Canada sent a large delegation as well as the host Brazil. Canada, along with Australia, has a very organized policy strategy to forge connections in higher education and their representation at this conference evidences that commitment.
Read about the Science without Borders Program. This initiative of the Government of Brazil intends to send 100,000 undergraduate Brazilian students to study at top-flight universities outside the country. It is on the leading edge of policy in international education, and sets a high bar for emulation by other countries wishing to develop human capital.
Chile had a disappointing delegation of just three representatives, the same as Bolivia. For a country with some great universities and with a government policy, CONICYT, dedicated to human capital development, it would have been a great opportunity to learn from leaders in the field and make connections with colleagues from across the Americas.
Singularity Univeristy is a Silicon Valley think-tank that ‘thinks’ it can solve the world’s problem through technological innovation. Will we be printing biological structures (kidneys, blood-vessels) with 3D technology within five to ten years. The future is already here; self-driving car is legal in Nevada and vital sign apps are already working on smart-phones. The inventor of the Segway and the revolution in prosthetic limbs, Dean Kamen is working on the Slingshot, a device to make drinkable toxic, dirty, water in the size of a dorm-room refrigerator.
PBS Newshour Report on Singularity University
Online higher education is here! One silicon valley CEO thinks the tower at the Ivy League is coming to your desktop. http://ow.ly/albCX
Models of doing online higher education abound. The Western Governors University offers accredited degrees in majors where learners pass through a competency evaluation system, rather than the brick-and-mortar lecture model where a portfolio of work is accumulated. The Open University in the United Kingdom and the University of the People in Israel operate on similar models of open registration, and in the case of the University of the People, free tuition. Do you think the University of Ohio or the University of California is the largest higher education institution? Think again! The online, for-profit, University of Phoenix carries that distinction, and like most for-profit universities such as Udacity it is mostly an online system.
Minerva has a different model. Quality education and a not-for-profit system. Has its time come?