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Educatius Announces Selected International Participants for Groundbreaking Art Internship in The Gambia

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Art transcends borders, and Educatius is proud to unveil the selection of four international participants for the original Aiducatius Creativity Internship, slated for June 2024 in The Gambia.

This June, the selected interns will join forces with educators at St. Martin’s Basic Cycle School in Kartong to facilitate innovative artistic projects for students, while immersing themselves in the rich tapestry of local creative traditions. The finalists, chosen from a competitive pool of over 100 applicants from 15 countries, were evaluated on their artistic talents and the ingenuity of their proposed artistic activities for the school by a panel of international judges, with the final nod given by the teaching staff and headmaster, Nicholas Jatta, of St. Martin’s School.

The cohort comprises two alumni of Educatius’ high school exchange program, Norun Igeltjørn-Brænd of Norway and Serena Pelizzari of Italy; Adam Goode, an accomplished art educator from Arlington High School, Massachusetts; and Tara Creed, a dedicated Educatius Local Coordinator from Layton, Utah. Their selection underscores Educatius' commitment to facilitating access to education and cultural exchange on a global scale.

Carla Kearns, Vice President of Communications at Educatius, shared her enthusiasm: "Art is a universal language. This internship not only celebrates the artistic exchange between the Gambian students and our international interns but also showcases our mission to create a positive global impact through education."

The Aiducatius Creativity Internship is a highlight of the enduring partnership between Educatius and St. Martin's School, a collaboration that dates back to 2009. Through its sister organization, Aiducatius, every Educatius student, host family, agent and partner has supported the school, contributing to the educational support of its students.

This initiative aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of Quality Education of promoting access to education to build a brighter future for students around the world. Beyond sharing artistic and creative skills, the internship is a vibrant cultural exchange, promising lasting connections and mutual enrichment for both students and participants.

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With 20 years of experience and a presence in 22 countries, Educatius is a global leader in academic exchange programs. Annually, we facilitate enriching educational experiences for over 8,000 high school students from 60 countries across the USA, UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia, Canada, and online. We also ensure rewarding experiences for our host families and partners. Beyond our core programs, Educatius is committed to making a positive global impact. We improve access to education through Aiducatius, contribute to environmental sustainability via tree-planting in Tanzania, foster resilience among youth through the Global Youth Resilience Initiative, and offset the carbon footprint of our students' international flights. At Educatius, we believe in the power of education and its potential to create a better world.

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