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Have you ever imagined living in another country for one year?
Have you ever thought about experiencing a culture different from yours?

Getting out of our comfort zone and trying new things is never easy. However, it is amazing how much we can discover about ourselves, and how much we learn.

This website intends to show you the experiences about the 2012-2013 CCID scholarship, and all the places I have visited.

This journey started for me at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania  in June of 2012 and continued at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington.

Actually, this is a website to show how much I have been learning here in the United States. This journey is about the different cultures I have experienced, and the different opinions I have heard.

This is all about this mix of differences and how it impacts my life - in a good way of course! I hope you enjoy this trip and learn a bit about what I have learned.

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Highline Community College was established in 1961 and is nationally and internationally recognized as a premier community college in the United States.  The College's culture values innovation, globalization of curriculum, and community participation.  With more than 16,000 students (67% of which are students of color) and 350,000 alumni, Highline is one of the state's largest institutions of higher education. 

 Highline is a place where faculty and students teach and learn from each other and where students can develop new friendships and be involved in the campus community.  In addition to the academic programs, students have opportunities to take part in a variety of activities that might include involvement with one of the 35 student clubs and organizations, athletics, and campus-wide events.

 Highline’s main campus is located on an 80-acre wooded site in the Pacific Northwest, 20 minutes south of downtown Seattle.  Perched on a hill in Des Moines, Washington, the main campus overlooks beautiful Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.



The Community College Initiative Program is an international education exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by Community Colleges for International Development (CCID).

The goal of the Community College Initiative Program is to provide quality educational programs, professional development, employment skills and a first-hand understanding of American society to underserved, non-elite international students. Students successfully participating in the project shall return home to contribute to the continued economic and democratic development of their nations using the skills gained in the United States.

Students in the program come from Brazil, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, South Africa, and Turkey to study at accredited U.S. community colleges for one-year training programs in seven fields of study including Agriculture, Applied Engineering, Business, Health, Information Technology,
Media and Tourism & Hospitality Management. In addition to academic training, students participate in structured and supervised internships and build leadership skills.

The Global Leadership Development (GLD) Programprovides students with opportunities to learn about democratic principles, develop personal goals and leadership styles, explore the non-profit and philanthropic sectors, and, ultimately, to apply learning outcomes through service.

In short, leadership programming prepares students to become agents of change in their home country.