U.S. Consulate visits Banyuwangi schools
On February 2-3 2012, Public Affairs Officer Emily Norris visited Banyuwangi to share information about U.S. education and scholarships with local residents, teachers, and students.
Starting with visits to Peace Corps school SMA 1 , Ms. Norris talked about U.S. scholarships for 10th and 11th graders to do a full year of study at an American high school through the YES program (Youth Exchange and Study in cooperation with Yayasan Bina Antar Budaya) and how to find out information to continue college in the U.S. through Education USA (http://www.educationusa.or.id/).
While visiting Pesantren al Kautsar, Ms. Norris also spoke about Islam in the U.S. and particular opportunities for teachers to go on exchange and continued study programs in the U.S. AL Kautsar students, who come from all over Indonesia also shared traditional dances and food, including from the island of Sumatera.
She also visited SMA 2 Muhammadiyah where the local English Teaching Assistant has been teaching English for the past year as part of the Fulbright program. Education presentations and discussions were also held at SMAK Hikmah Mandala and with students and professors at August 17th University of Banywangi where they were encouraged to apply for continued study, teaching, and research scholarships through Fulbright (http://www.aminef.or.id/).
This education outreach is part of the U.S. Consulate General’s commitment to support the Comprehensive Partnership between Indonesia and the U.S., especially the goal of education. To find out more about the comprehensive partnership and the commitment to higher education, please visit the Whitehouse website (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/us-indonesia-comprehensive-partnership).