SafeCommuniTT participants and mentors finish a homework assistance segment. Photo by Jonathan “Jono” Hirst.

Youth sports program in Trinidad and Tobago promotes safe community

By Vanessa Thomas-Myers Embassy Port of Spain faced a chilling reality in 2018: approximately 130 nationals of Trinidad and Tobago had embraced violent radicalization and left the country to engage in terrorist activities with ISIS,...
A local conservator teaches a Thai student intern techniques to preserve a 17th century Buddha statue in Wat Chai. Photo courtesy of the World Monuments Fund

Climate change and cultural preservation in Thailand

By Kanchalee “Kelly” Jitjang  During the catastrophic floods of 2011 in Thailand, the walls of the 17th-century Chaiwatthanaram Temple (also known as “Wat Chai”) were overwhelmed, inundating the site with several feet of water. Wat...
From left: Students Anthony Carrie and Ellie Chester attend their graduation from American International School of Algiers at Embassy Algiers, June 2. Photo by Jessica Lilley

AISA celebrates its first graduates

By Jessica Lilley This year marks a milestone for the American International School of Algiers (AISA) as the institution celebrates its first cadre of graduating middle schoolers. AISA’s success is a remarkable achievement and demonstrates how...
The Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) launched a crowdsourced digital storytelling campaign as part of NMAD’s exhibit, #FacingDiplomacy. Illustration courtesy of NMAD

Crowdsourced digital storytelling campaign bolsters #FacingDiplomacy series

By Maryum SaifeeThe National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) launched a crowdsourced digital storytelling campaign as part of their #FacingDiplomacy series, March 30. The campaign is focused on building and sharing a more complete...
A child—an employee family member—plants a flag on the lawn of the Embassy Addis Ababa compound in honor of the victims of 9/11. Photo by Robyn Kriel

Addis Ababa community plants flags for remembrance

By Chanh Nguyen and Robyn Lin-Justiniano The idea was a simple one. Anyone from the U.S. Embassy community who walked a lap around the Addis Ababa compound could plant a small American flag on the...
Consul General Lisa Heller (right) extracts honey from Mission China’s first apiary, with support from Strategic Content Coordination Director Caleb Portnoy (left). Photo by Jing Chen

Pollinators create a biodiverse buzz in Guangzhou

By Leslie Mongin Confronting the climate crisis can seem daunting on an individual level, but the Green Team at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou is proving that communities can take everyday actions to make...
Grammy and two-time Latin Grammy Award winner Aymée Nuviola performs a virtual concert at Fort Benning, Ga., Feb. 24. Screenshot courtesy of USAID

Black History Month concert features Grammy Award winner

By Tracey Reavis Music was the highlight of a Black History month event when Grammy and two-time Latin Grammy Award winner Aymée Nuviola performed a virtual concert for an audience of employee action, affinity, and...
OMS workshop participants gather at the home of Consul General Sean Stein. Photo by Alison Sierra

Mission China strengthens OMS professional development

By Zach Alger Last October, 17 Office Management Specialists (OMSs) from posts across broader China convened at U.S. Consulate General Shanghai for the third annual Greater China Office Management Specialist Workshop. Participants included OMSs from...
A participant (right), flanked by an interpreter (left), delivers remarks at a graduation ceremony for ATA-led aviation security training for eight West African nations in Dakar, Senegal, June 22. The train-the-trainer course included 24 airport and aviation security professionals to help their countries meet international airport security standards. Photo by Vince Crawley

Eight African nations complete ATA aviation security courses

By Vince Crawley  Airport security professionals from across West Africa completed five weeks of aviation security training provided by the Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program, in partnership with Embassy Dakar and the government of Senegal, May...

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