New Ways To Engage With the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Posted by Ann Stock
January 18, 2013

Have you participated in a State Department-sponsored exchange program? Stay connected. Do you teach English abroad? We have free resources to help. Do you want to engage in citizen diplomacy? One of these new websites holds the information you need to get you started.

After extensive research and planning, five of ECA's websites have been given a sleek redesign in order to better serve our audiences. The launch includes five distinct new websites, each uniquely designed to provide people around the globe with the information they need to engage in citizen diplomacy and English teaching/learning activities. The redesigned sites allow Americans and foreign audiences to easily discover how they can be a part of the Department's academic, cultural, sports, youth, professional, or private sector exchanges.

International Exchange Alumni, American English, Exchanges, J-1, and ECA's Bureau site are all now mobile-friendly; feature multimedia and digital story-telling; integrate social media; and illustrate the impact of international exchanges through infographics. -- The International Exchange Alumni networking website offers professional resources for all past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to build upon their exchange experience. The new layout and social media integration encourage community interaction between the more than 100,000 current members. The new "public features" section shares alumni achievements with a global audience, and a project section allows members to build and share collaborative projects. -- Our Exchanges website is now divided into U.S. Citizen and non-U.S. Citizen sections to better sort information for our audiences. Now, it's easier to find programs and application details, participant stories, and rich multimedia content. Please review the alphabetical list of programs for U.S. and non-U.S. citizens to familiarize yourself and update the ECA program links that you use. -- The ECA website explains the Bureau as an institution and offers data on the impact of ECA programs, resources for the press, and information for grantees. -- The American English website offers engaging materials and resources for English teachers' professional development and for students inside and outside the classroom. The free collaborative Trace Effects video game helps students learn English and explore American culture through puzzles, games, and adventures in an interactive world. -- This website hosts J-1 Visa information for participants, program sponsors, host families, and employers. Rules and regulations are easily-accessible and written in plain English. A mobile-friendly, streamlined layout anticipates user needs and makes their search easier.

The redesign responds to U.S. Government and State Department initiatives -- including 21st Century Statecraft and Digital Government -- that call for transparency and greater access to information and data via government websites.



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