Posted by: viaprograms | March 25, 2010

The Value of VIA in the World

We know building international understanding is both a very personal experience through young Americans living and working in countries of Asia, and also necessary for helping the United States understand better a complex and often misunderstood world. As VIA volunteers you fully understand the value of both aspects. Thankfully in a New York Times Op-Ed (March 11, 2010 by Nicholas D. Kristof), this need was highlighted: www.nytimes.com/2010/03/11/opinion/11kristof.html. He noted, “fewer than 30 percent of Americans have passports and only one-quarter can converse in a second language. And the place to learn languages isn’t in an American classroom but in the streets of Quito or Dakar or Cairo.” This exposure just reinforces the value of VIA in the world.

-Michael Bedford, VIA’s Executive Director

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