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Student/Teacher Education Programs

Academic WorldQuest
Academic WorldQuest™ is the World Affairs Councils of America's flagship student education program, now in its 16th year. The main objective of the school-year program is to inform and engage high school teens and their teachers across the country in global affairs. More than 4,000 students participate in after-school learning to test their knowledge of international affairs in team-based Academic WorldQuest™ competitions hosted by nearly 50 World Affairs Councils. The winning student teams from these local contests vie to become national champion at the Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition, held during the spring of each year in Washington, DC. More Information
National Conference Scholarships
The WACA National Conference Scholarship Program is provided by the National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America and offered to 25 students and young professionals from the national network to attend the Annual National Conference. The Annual National Conference has earned a reputation as one of the premiere conferences on global issues. The National Board of Directors offers these scholarships in order to fulfill its mission to prepare our future leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.
The WACA National Office this month recognizes the Columbus Council on World Affairs  for their Global Fluency Training program. The Columbus Dispatchrecently published a story spotlighting this program, its importance, and success. 
Today's global economy demands that all employees are able to interact effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds. The Columbus Council's Global Fluency Training  program offers a comprehensive framework for understanding how cultures differ in order to ensure sustainable cross-cultural acumen and how to navigate successful, professional, cross-cultural interactions. The program serves as the region's premier training resource for cross-cultural competence for business professionals and executives. More than 300 professionals have rated the training as critical to their global business success.We commend the Columbus Council on this program and on the publication of its 2016-2017 Global Report.
Google: Freedom and Power in the Digital Age
Up to eight councils will be selected to host the program, which will feature notable Google experts as speakers and is supported by a grant from Google. The program also includes an Educators Seminar with a separate team of Google experts who will address how teachers and students can best leverage the tools of the new digital age to further their educational missions. More Information
Spotlight on Turkey
Spotlight on Turkey, sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation in collaboration with the World Affairs Councils of America runs a full calendar year and focuses on giving an overview of Turkey's rich culture. It consists of a spring Teacher Workshop, a Teacher Study Tour in the summer, and public cultural programs in the fall. More Information


WACA is partnering with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to provide exciting opportunities for World Affairs Councils members and their families to promote relationships between the United States and other countries of the world. Enrich your family and community by joining our “C2C” - Culture2Culture, Country2Country and Community2Comunity initiative. Volunteer to host an international exchange student starting this fall.

Many people ask what they can do to make things better for themselves, their children, their communities, and the world.  By sharing your home and heart with an international high school exchange student, you will make a difference. What begins as an exchange of kindness, customs and culture within a family extends throughout a high school and community to touch thousands of lives. The Department of State needs host families from all over the U.S. – from large cities to small towns. If you or someone you know would be interested in hosting a student, please visit for more information and to fill out a short form so that a local representative can contact you. More Information

The European Union Educational Outreach Program in the Untied States 2012, sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America in collaboration the Delegation of the European Union to the United States had as its main objective, engaging American high school students and their teachers directly with European officials to deepen their understanding and knowledge of the European Union. Thirteen regional World Affairs Councils across the country implemented the program in their community’s high schools throughout 2012. The program consisted of visits and classroom presentations to secondary school students by European officials who are based in those communities. More Information

National High School Essay Contest on the Republic of Azerbaijan
The 2011-2012 National High School Essay Contest on the Republic of Azerbaijan challenged American high school students to critically analyze the challenges and opportunities in the US-Azerbaijan relationship. The students were asked to write a brief for the Secretary of State to prepare her for a trip to the country. World Affairs Councils across the country were responsible for awarding the top three essays in their region based on criteria established by WACA. A WACA National Judging Panel then selected the top 10 National winners who went on a Study Tour to Azerbaijan in June 2012. The program is a partnership with the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. More Information


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Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York


The Claremont Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 


Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Eden Hall Foundation


Foreign Policy Association

The Gambrinus Company

Global Ties U.S.

Goldman Sachs


The Holmes Organisation

Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip


Orbital ATK

Rational Middle Energy Series


Rosetta Stone


Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center  

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation