#FulbrightAmizade 2016

From March 12 – 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will sponsor six Fulbright Foreign Student Program students and six Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni to participate in a week-long service-learning program led by Amizade in Williamson, WV.

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  1. Saturday, March 12: Six Fulbright Foreign Students and Six Fulbright U.S. Alumni travel to Williamson, WV for week-long service-learning activity to discover the issues this Appalachia community faces, as well as their proactive solutions.
  2. I traveled today to West Virginia, where I'll spend one week with other 11 #fulbrighters. We will be doing community service in Williamson, a mining town that is looking for new ways to diversify its economy after the coal industry drastically slowed down. We will also be working on a digital storytelling project with the community. Be in touch ;) #FulbrightAmizade
    I traveled today to West Virginia, where I'll spend one week with other 11 #fulbrighters. We will be doing community service in Williamson, a mining town that is looking for new ways to diversify its economy after the coal industry drastically slowed down. We will also be working on a digital storytelling project with the community. Be in touch ;) #FulbrightAmizade
  3. Chicago ➡️ Atlanta ➡️ Charleston. Looking forward to #FulbrightAmizade in Appalachia!
    Chicago ➡️ Atlanta ➡️ Charleston. Looking forward to #FulbrightAmizade in Appalachia!
  4. Aerial view of Charleston, West Virginia. Strip-minings and a community and river flowing close by. Can't wait to learn more about how it all co-exists. #FulbrightAmizade #Fulbright
    Aerial view of Charleston, West Virginia. Strip-minings and a community and river flowing close by. Can't wait to learn more about how it all co-exists. #FulbrightAmizade #Fulbright
  5. Saturday, March 12: The full group of twelve current and former Fulbrighters convene in Williamson, WV to collaborate in service-learning activities and digital storytelling.
  6. We all arrived in West Virginia and are excited to kick off this amazing #FulbrightAmizade project! @the_fulbright_program @amizadegsl @exchangeourworld
    We all arrived in West Virginia and are excited to kick off this amazing #FulbrightAmizade project! @the_fulbright_program @amizadegsl @exchangeourworld
  7. First night in West Virginia with our dear Fulbrighters. Check out how was our dinner. By @kalamwalibai. 🔀
The #fulbrightamizade #sustainablewilliamson storytelling adventure begins. We spent our first evening together bonding over some delicious food and discussing our ideas on service. Can't wait to learn, collaborate and share stories of change with this talented group of current and former fulbrighters.
#fulbrightindia #fulbright #fairtradelearning #volunteer #travelgram #storytelling #stories
    First night in West Virginia with our dear Fulbrighters. Check out how was our dinner. By @kalamwalibai. 🔀 The #fulbrightamizade #sustainablewilliamson storytelling adventure begins. We spent our first evening together bonding over some delicious food and discussing our ideas on service. Can't wait to learn, collaborate and share stories of change with this talented group of current and former fulbrighters. #fulbrightindia #fulbright #fairtradelearning #volunteer #travelgram #storytelling #stories
  8. Sunday, March 13: Fulbright Amizade participants meet with community members at the Williamson Health and Wellness Center to discover the history of Williamson, WV that brings the community to its current place in history.
  9. Darrin McCormick was the mayor of Williamson, West Virginia, from 2005-2014. He has witnessed the decline of the population and of the economic base. "We have always been proud of coal, but we also acknowledged that we needed alternatives that could guarantee us a future. 19,000 jobs have been lost in the coal industry since January of the last year, so we must diversify our economy now," he told us this morning while he gave us an introduction to 'Sustainable Williamson', an initiative that aims to revitalize the town. 
#FulbrightAmizade #Williamson #WestVirginia #Portrait #Blackandwhite #leicaphotography #fairtradelearning #amizadegsl
    Darrin McCormick was the mayor of Williamson, West Virginia, from 2005-2014. He has witnessed the decline of the population and of the economic base. "We have always been proud of coal, but we also acknowledged that we needed alternatives that could guarantee us a future. 19,000 jobs have been lost in the coal industry since January of the last year, so we must diversify our economy now," he told us this morning while he gave us an introduction to 'Sustainable Williamson', an initiative that aims to revitalize the town. #FulbrightAmizade #Williamson #WestVirginia #Portrait #Blackandwhite #leicaphotography #fairtradelearning #amizadegsl
  10. Day 2 with @the_Fulbright_Program in Appalachia. By @cheryl.nachbauer
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Williamson Champions rebuilding a town from ground up. Nate with #sustainablewilliamson explains their vision to #FulbrightAmizade team. @the_fulbright_program @amizadegsl @exchangeourworld #communityrevitalization #Williamson #change #fairtradelearning #travelgram #volunteer #travel #appalachia
    Day 2 with @the_Fulbright_Program in Appalachia. By @cheryl.nachbauer ---- Williamson Champions rebuilding a town from ground up. Nate with #sustainablewilliamson explains their vision to #FulbrightAmizade team. @the_fulbright_program @amizadegsl @exchangeourworld #communityrevitalization #Williamson #change #fairtradelearning #travelgram #volunteer #travel #appalachia
  11. Meet Darren McCormick, former Mayor of Williamson, West Virginia. Can't be more pleased and honored to have him as our host for the entire day today. Thank you so much on behalf of #FulbrightAmizade. He showed us around on how they are rebuilding and diversifying their economy. "Come back in a year and you will see many positive changes in Williamson."
    Meet Darren McCormick, former Mayor of Williamson, West Virginia. Can't be more pleased and honored to have him as our host for the entire day today. Thank you so much on behalf of #FulbrightAmizade. He showed us around on how they are rebuilding and diversifying their economy. "Come back in a year and you will see many positive changes in Williamson."
  12. Yesterday we talked about what service is. We had many different responses. One of them was 'putting ourselves in someone else's shoes'. This includes viewing the world through a different gender perspective 😊 #FulbrightAmizade
    Yesterday we talked about what service is. We had many different responses. One of them was 'putting ourselves in someone else's shoes'. This includes viewing the world through a different gender perspective 😊 #FulbrightAmizade
  13. Sunday, March 13: The group embraces exploring Williamson, WV.
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