Call for Applications for "Bringing the World Home" Retreats in Europe

Americans studying abroad in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa are invited to apply for Bringing the World Home retreats being held across Europe in April, May, and June. The retreats will bring together hundreds of Americans abroad for a weekend of workshops, speakers, and discussions focused on techniques for raising global consciousness in the U.S. Thanks to the generous support of Connect US, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Open Society Institute, the Hewlett Foundation, and the DarMac Foundation, the weekend conferences will be free for selected students including food (although travel and lodging will be at participants’ expense).

The retreats are being coordinated by Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), a non-partisan educational organization that seeks to raise awareness in the U.S. about world opinions. AID was started by Marshall and Rhodes scholars at Oxford University and, as word about its mission has grown, it has expanded to more than 250 universities in over 10 countries. For more information about AID, including recent stories about the group by the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, and CNN, visit http://www.aidemocracy.org.

The Bringing the World Home retreats will take place over six weekends in six different cities across Europe:

• April 29-May 1 in Berlin, Germany
Theme: National and International Security: the U.S. Role

• May 4-6 in Oxford, England
Theme: Great Britain: the Bridge Between Europe and America?

• May 6-8 in London, England
Theme: Making Poverty History: Development and Responsibility

• May 20-22 in Madrid, Spain
Theme: Global Solutions: The International Community’s Role in Development & Security

• May 27-29 in Prague, Czech Republic
Theme: After the Iron Curtain: U.S. Cooperation with the New Europe

• June 3-5 in Barcelona, Spain
Theme: The New World Community: Globalization in an Ever-Changing World

At the retreats, students will learn about strategies for talking about global issues with Americans, techniques for organizing town hall meetings on America’s role in the world, methods for dealing with "reverse culture shock" after living abroad, and postgraduate opportunities in international affairs. Students will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with a diverse group of young leaders, equipping them with the knowledge, support and structure to implement these ideas in their neck of the woods. Students will also enjoy recreational activities.

Interested students should send a resume, a cover letter indicating their first, second and third choice for retreat location, and a 250-word essay on the topic "Why Bringing the World Home is Important to Me" to Stephanie Mott, Director of Global Activities, Americans for Informed Democracy, Krossener Str. 22, 10245 Berlin, Germany. The application can also be e-mailed to application@aidemocracy.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and must be received by April 1, 2005, for the Berlin, Oxford and London retreats and April 15, 2005, for all other retreats. Applicants will be notified within 48 hours of submitting their application if they have been chosen for an interview and within one week of submission if they have been selected to attend a summit. For more information, visit www.aidemocracy.org or call Americans for Informed Democracy in the U.S. (+1 202 270 6268) or Germany (+49 (0) 30 2610 5959).

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