The Washington Center is a large and influential organization in the field of experiential education. TWC works closely with governments of countries around the world to prepare students and professionals to become active and engaged leaders in their societies.
Participants sponsored by our international partners usually return to their own country and start immediately contributing to the public, private and nonprofit sectors. These relationships are formed at national, state and provincial levels.
Over the last decade, TWC has built special relationships with a number of countries and local provinces. Each relationship is built around the unique needs and opportunities for the people in that country.
Over 500 students from four provinces, Alberta, Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick have received provincial funding to attend our programs since 1996. Funding comes from either the provincial government or through the students’ universities. TWC is currently working with two additional provinces to offer scholarship opportunities to more Canadian students.
More than 1,000 students and young professionals from most of the Mexican states have attended the Governors Internship Program. This program is designed to provide future leaders from across the country professional and academic training in areas related to the economic and social development of their communities. Participants develop a project that impacts and improves the well-being of their regions, by attracting investment or by representing a product or an industry. These projects are presented to the state governor upon the participants’ return to Mexico.
Further examples of TWC’s work with Mexico can be found here.
In 2004 and 2005, TWC received government support from South Korea’s Human Resources Development Service, under the Ministry Of Labor, which sponsored over 120 students to attend TWC’s programs. These students and young professionals returned to South Korea to finish their university degrees and afterwards entered the workforce. Many of them are now working for the government, public and the private sectors in South Korea.
In late 2009, TWC organized a seven-day study tour of the American health care system for a delegation of high-level politicians and health care officials from Kazakhstan. The seminar was financially supported by the World Bank. The goal of the study tour was to provide a summary of the organization and financing of the American health care system. Participants visited federal offices including the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), and the National Institute of Health (NIH). They also traveled to Minnesota to visit the Mayo Clinic, Medtronic Inc. and had a private meeting with the Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota Carol Molnau.