Raising Awareness: People on the Thai-Burmese Border

Betty Berdan

My daughter, Betty Berdan, is going to Thailand in March, where she will volunteer at the Burma Children’s Medical Clinic and a local school. She is raising funds to donate to the organization. 100% of her donations go to the people in need living on the Thai-Burmese border.

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12 Must-have Gifts for Students Studying Abroad

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If you know a college student planning to study abroad, consider giving them a present they will find invaluable during their time abroad. Whether going abroad for a month, a year or somewhere in between, there’s something in the following list for every intrepid young traveler.

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PISA Is a Wake-up Call but to Whom and For What?


There are plenty of stories to be found on the “wake-up call” that’s needed (but we said the same thing three years ago), but what, exactly, are we being called to “wake up” to? As a parent and business person who advocates for greater global awareness and more foreign language learning in our schools, a few things stand out.

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A Confluence of Fluency in Orlando

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At ACTFL: I’m not a language teacher — and I don’t speak another language with any degree of proficiency — but I have great admiration for those who do.

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International Student Exchanges Make a World of Difference

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Having international students on American campuses and American students on campuses overseas ensures stronger people-to-people connections, a critical element in sustaining important bilateral relationships.

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Raising Global Children is Here!

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Raising Global Children is packed with practical information, hundreds of tips and dozens of real-life stories. This combination parenting-educational advocacy book is the first of its kind to detail what raising global children means, why global awareness is important and how to develop a global mindset.

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7 Tips to Make Study Abroad More Affordable


Study abroad doesn’t have to break the bank. There is a lot of information out there online, on campus, and in the form of firsthand experience from friends and other students who’ve recently returned from studying abroad. Before you decide NOT to go due to cost, do your research.

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GWSB and IWF Partner to Place More Women On the Board

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Most of us recognize that corporate boards must broaden their understanding of who makes a good board candidate, and that includes a wide range of experiences and perspectives sitting around the board table. But old habits die hard.

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International Education Exchanges are at All-time High but We have More Work To Do

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The latest IIE Open Doors numbers are out for international exchange.

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Study Abroad Survey Launched with IIE and AIFS

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If you have studied abroad in the past five years, please take this survey designed to inform my next book. Pass it on to others who have as well!

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