COVID-19 News

In the midst of COVID-19, we are facing unprecedented challenges around the world. We've created this page to share your efforts to tackle the coronavirus. Thanks to you and your fellow exchange alumni, you are creating far-reaching health, educational, and social impact to ensure your communities are staying strong, safe, and healthy.

During this time, although we are physically distancing, we encourage everyone to engage virtually and be an active part of the alumni network - and we would love your help, so we can continue to support each other! If you are a LinkedIn user, follow our new page, #ExchangeAlumni - Alumni Affairs, and consider adding a section on your exchange program experience in your work profile.

Finally, we'd like to remind everyone to keep their media literacy skills sharp and carefully evaluate the sources of information that you share. When disease outbreaks occur, so do "infodemics" of misinformation and disinformation, making it more important than ever that we highlight facts and reputable information.

Thank you, and stay safe and healthy!

COVID-19 Resources:

  • FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control
  • CDC - Covid-19 Response Page
  • CDC - Traveler's Health
  • CDC - Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
  • Exchange Alumni Make a Difference

    Leahy and her colleague expected to find a core of people saying that vaccines are good for you — but that’s not what they found at all.

    Learn how YSEALI alumni in Thailand engaged nearly 400 people in a rapid-response COVID-19 hackathon.

    Santiago Castro is training teachers on how to use Zoom and other online tools, and helping students transition to virtual classes.

    Fulbright alumnus Cecilia Carolina Muňoz managed to reinvent her classes to help her students become citizens of the world.

    Critical Language Scholar and nurse Wendy van Giezen is using her skills in New York City to help fight against the coronavirus.

    “It’s difficult to keep calm when the U.S. Secretary of State tweets about you…”

    Washington Mandela Fellow Alumnus Alveno Soares partnered with national and international business to help over 300 local families in need.

    James Kwabo is helping share COVID-19 information with youth across Liberia via his radio station, Alternative Youth Radio.

    Theo Goetemann, a 2017 critical language scholar alumnus, founded a new startup that has created a COVID-19 testing locator web tool.

    Elvis Rivera, a science teacher in Honduras, has come up with a new and innovative way to create personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals in local hospitals.


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