Monthly Archives: February 2012

Free State University (South Africa)

New resources have been added for the Free State University (South Africa) exchange!

Visit to check them out!

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Women in International Development Discussion Series February 29

“Niger: Community Development and Gender Relations in the Islamic Sahel”

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED)

526 Prices Fork Road Conference Room A, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Niger is a landlocked country in the northwest African Sahel. Its population is the fastest growing in the world, comprised of hospitable and hard-working people, and yet the country is ranked second to last on the UNDP human development index. Like many underdeveloped countries, Niger faces numerous interlaced problems that inhibit its development and victimize its people. Among them is gender inequality, an issue that Peace Corps Volunteers in Niger found to be inextricably linked to every other development concern in the country. During this presentation, a returned Peace Corps volunteer will reflect on her time in small Nigerien town where she lived and the effects that differing gender roles had on development projects as well as everyday life.  As a female volunteer, she had the unique opportunity to blur the gender gap while still experiencing the breadth and depth of the gender disparity throughout the Islamic-influenced, agrarian culture.

Sarah Lyon-Hill is a second year graduate student in the joint Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)/Masters International Program. Her studies focus on international development planning and insert a two-year Peace Corps service experience between the first and second year of graduate study. Between 2009-2011, Sarah served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger. As a Municipal and Community Development volunteer, she worked with her local municipality and other community groups on several development projects dealing with health, women’s empowerment and early childhood education.

The WID program has sponsored a discussion series for the past several years, giving students and professionals an opportunity to share their research and discuss issues of women in international development. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are encouraged to attend the discussions and bring their ideas and questions. For the complete discussion series schedule for Spring 2012, see:

Feel free to bring your lunch and encourage others to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Article: Men in Study Abroad

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Openings for South Africa and Greece exchanges for 2012 Fall semester

Application deadlines extended!

To learn more about the Greece exchange, contact John Crunkilton at

Perrotis College (Greece) info:

To learn more about South Africa exchange, contact Jim McKenna at

University of the Free State (South Africa) link:

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True Tales About Study Abroad, Thursday, Feb 16, 7:30pm

Location: the Great Room of the Honors Residential College of East Ambler-Johnston

Come learn about German students’ experiences studying and working in Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart, Braunschweig and Leipzig and see what you need to do to go abroad!!

There will be homemade Kartoffelpuffer and Apfelmus (potato pancakes and applesauce)!

See you then!!

Sponsored by the VT German Culture Club

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VT Education Abroad Scholarships Due Date: March 23, 2012

The Education Abroad office manages scholarship competitions for awards ranging from $300 to $2,500.  Over 40 OIRED Scholarships, ACC scholarships and Phi Beta Delta scholarships are awarded each year to students studying abroad.

Award priorities vary depending on the scholarship, but include Virginia Tech programs, longer programs, and programs outside of Western Europe and Australia.

Deadline: March 23.

Application materials can be found here:

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