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Experiment in International Living and Governor's
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The mission of the Summer Outreach program is to provide opportunities for high school students to participate in programs to expand their understanding of world cultures and international affairs. The primary goals of this scholarship program include:

  • Enriching students' understanding of other cultures
  • Increasing students' awareness of the diversity of global customs and needs
  • Motivating and rewarding high-performing students and their teachers
  • Developing students' self-confidence, communication skills, critical thinking and social skills
  • Developing language skills
  • Providing opportunities to make a difference through community service activities in other countries and at home.

For summer study overseas, the Council cooperates with The Experiment in International Living (EIL), based in Brattleboro, Vt. EIL is an organization which gives high school students the unique, possibly life-changing, opportunity to enrich themselves and the world around them by offering 3 to 5 week programs in 30 countries around the world. In the summer of 2013, the council offered generous scholarships and financial aid toward the cost of these programs to 14 qualified local high school students.

For the 2014 EIL program the Council is offering scholarships in the amount of $4,000 to successful applicants.  In addition, financial aid may be available from the Experiment in International Living office based on financial need as determined by completing the financial aid application form provided by EIL.  Participants should anticipate that they will be responsible, at a minimum, for spending money abroad and the cost of roundtrip domestic airfare to the site of overseas departure.

Students seeking scholarships are asked to first refer to Expectation of Student Return Activity agreement in Important Documents and Forms below, outlining the expectations the Council has of students after having participated in one of these programs. They then must complete one of the summer study applications by Feb. 3,2014, the date indicated on the appropriate application, and be interviewed by members of the Council Outreach Committee. Priority will be given to applicants for countries outside Western Europe and for program themes within the countries that relate to the mission of the Naples Council on World Affairs-"to educate, inspire and engage our community in international affairs and critical global issues."

EIL also operates the Governor's Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism.  This two-week program is conducted in Brattleboro, Vermont and involves students from around the world as well as the United States in interactive activities such as a model United Nations simulation and presentations on world issues.  To apply for the Institute use the same application as used for EIL.  Expectations of students are specified in the "Governor's Institute Expectation of Student Return" agreement below.

Juniors applying for the EIL 2014 summer travel must complete the "Experiment in International Living Information Page" provided in the 2014 NCWA Experiment in International Living Scholarship Application form under Important Documents and Forms below. After students are approved by the NCWA Outreach Committee, the official EIL application will be completed online through the Outreach Committee contact.

The deadline for applications for the EIL program is February 3, 2014.

The Naples Council on World Affairs School Outreach Committee awarded last year’s annual scholarships to 14 exceptional Collier County students for a summer program abroad sponsored by World Learning Experiment in International Living Program. The students met the criteria which included their academic achievement, leadership skills, community service and commitment to global understanding and were selected from a pool of thirty-six applicants. This year, the students traveled to a variety of countries.

  • Barron Collier: Lauren Barr - Thailand, Santiago Laverde - Botswana, and Ana Milo - Governor's Institute
  • Gulf Coast: Nathan Brown - Tanzania and Grayson Lanza - China
  • Golden Gate: Sarah Davenport - Tanzania and MacKenzie Fowell - South Africa
  • Immokalee: Fritzgi Dessources and Coro Morales Roca - Governor's Institute 
  • Lely: Melissa Gomez - Thailand 
  • Naples: Eric DeShields - Germany/Czech Republic and Autumn Finger - Japan
  • Palmetto Ridge: Sierra Tamm - Chile
  • St. John Neumann: Jose Castillo - Governor's Institute

All of the students who traveled abroad lived with host families for part of their experience and participated in community service activities.

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Import Documents and Form


Click here to download the 2014 Experiment in International Living Catalog (PDF format)

Click here to download the 2014 NCWA Experiment in International Living/Governor's Institute Scholarship Application (PDF format)

Click here to download the Expectation of Student Return form (PDF format)

Click here to download the Governor's Institute Expectation of Student Return
(PDF format)

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