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Recognized Global Engagement Initiative Award Programs

Three programs were recognized as recipients of the ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative Award in 2019:

Through the Community Engagement Project in Hindi at Rice University undergraduate Hindi language students at Rice University in Texas participated in a semester-long community engagement project in a government-run school in the state of Haryana, India. The interaction was facilitated by the Indian non-governmental organization (NGO) Yuva Unstoppable and focused on educating middle school children on the harmful effects of plastic. The campaign will be shown in over 750 government-run schools served by Yuva Unstoppable in India, and future projects will include mentoring and internship opportunities with this organization for Hindi students.

The Global Leadership Program (GLP) at Essex High School in Vermont is a four-year program with a focus on global studies, cross-cultural competency, and leadership development through global studies coursework, globally focused internships, and extracurricular experiences. GLP uses 21st century technologies to engage with students abroad year-round—such as face-to-face Skype sessions, a robust blog, and lively social media channels.

The U.S./Spain Global Wellness Engagement Program was initiated in the 2018-19 academic year between Spanish students at Weston High School in Connecticut and secondary students in Talavera de la Reina, Spain. The goals of the program are for students from both cultures to explore the wellness habits of students from each culture, raise awareness of some unhealthy habits that may be affecting the health and well-being of teenagers in local and global communities, and discuss ways that communities can help their citizens enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Teachers from Connecticut and Spain co-teach the program and lead the virtual classroom to facilitate global engagement for their students. 

ACTFL would like to thank the following members of the 2019 Global Engagement Action Group for their work on this initiative:

Mara Cobe, Chair
Vivian Brates
Fátima Cornwall
Gorica Majstorovic
Darcy Pippins

Previous award recipients include:


Project LAURA—Latin American Unaccompanied Minor and Refugee Assistance, Boise State University (ID)


Day Worker Stories, Notre Dame High School (San Jose, CA)
Columbia Study Tour, Stockton University (CA)
Service Learning in Spanish, Butler University (IN)
Bienvenue à Durham, Duke University (NC)
Centerville High School Spanish Exchanges, Centerville High School (OH)
Spanish and Service Learning in Guatemala, Juniata College (PA)


Integrating Spanish and Health in Nicaragua, Miami University (Ohio)
Educando Vidas and Fowlerville High School Partnership (Fowlerville, MI)
Reading to Play, Playing to Read, Duquesne University (PA)
Stanford Language Center & International Institute of the Bay Area, Stanford University (CA)
Students Teaching Students: Elementary Spanish Program, Norman High School (Norman, OK)


Blue Valley CAPS World Business Partnerships
Carlyle High School Classroom Without Walls
Cincinnati Country Day School
Deerfield High School Reciprocal Exchange
Illinois State University World Languages Teachers at Unity
Lincoln Way World Languages Department
Rogers Park Montessori in Costa Rica
Rutgers University Conversation Tree
SUNY Oneonta Service Learning in San Andres, Colombia
University of North Carolina-Greensboro Global Village
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Cajun Watershed & Intercultural Immersion Program