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Introducing... Action AMIDEAST: Social Innovation Abroad

Introducing... Action AMIDEAST: Social Innovation Abroad

It’s usually not a great idea to rename a program in the middle of a promotional season, but we’ve heard you. Learn and Serve has been the name of our flagship summer program in Tunisia for nearly a decade, but it’s broad — too broad — and no longer conveys to you what this program is all about.

The summer 2019 program in Tunisia officially has a new name, Action AMIDEAST:  Social Innovation Abroad.  In the coming months, we’ll announce exciting additional locations for the program in summer 2020 and beyond. 

The first of the Action AMIDEAST programs, Tunisia offers students the unparalleled opportunity to engage firsthand in the vibrant, post-revolutionary atmosphere of the country whose people ignited a revolution and continue to forge new, exemplary paths in society-state relations, equity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, community resilience, political life, arts and heritage preservation, sustainability, and development.

Action AMIDEAST in Tunisia is a six-week program based at AMIDEAST in cosmopolitan Tunis that includes:

  • A work placement of approximately 150 total hours with a Tunisian organization specialized in a field related to Tunisia’s post-revolutionary social, economic, and/or political life* (placements are available in English, French, or Arabic)

  • AMIDEAST Education Abroad’s Community-Based Learning (CBL) course, a 45 contact-hour course about contemporary Tunisia that helps students contextualize their worksite experiences

  • A front-loaded, 15 contact-hour crash course in Tunisian Arabic

  • Cultural activities, co-curricular activities, and an overnight excursion to a site of importance for Tunisia’s expansive cultural and natural heritage

  • Homestays with breakfast and dinner

  • 24/7 support for health, safety, security, cultural adjustment, and academic issues

*Applicants should indicate three fields of professional/academic interest for potential worksite placements and submit a resume or CV.  AMIDEAST does not guarantee placement in a first choice or particular field of interest, nor with any particular organization.  AMIDEAST does its best to match participants with a worksite partner whose mission and workload closely aligns with students’ learning and experiential goals for participation in the program.

For the Academic Calendar & Costs for this program, click here!

"My First MESA" by EdAbroad Director Elena Corbett

"My First MESA" by EdAbroad Director Elena Corbett

Welcome: Chris Hard Education Abroad Intern

Welcome: Chris Hard Education Abroad Intern