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"If the proliferation of other cross-cultural virtual exchange programs persists, the effect might be profound. It could be a hallmark of the current generation of students, which already has a tendency to experience a lot of their lives online. Reflecting on her Soliya experience Camilia writes, 'the only way to know the power such program has is to experience it.
In October Soliya and the United States Institute of Peace organized an event in Washington D.C to promote virtual exchange programming titled ‘Exchange 2.0: The Science of Impact, the Imperative of Implementation.’ Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein gave the keynote speech highlighting the importance of virtual exchange programming to global peace and prosperity: “…it is clearly possible that such [virtual exchange] programming could become a fundamental part of education in the coming deca
Over the past nine years, Soliya’s flagship Connect Program has brought thousands of young people across the world together as a global community of peers. By reaching across national, religious and ideological boundaries in open dialogue, participants have had the opportunity to learn from one another’s experiences, articulate and question their own beliefs, and form deep friendships. Kaitlin from Saint Louis Community College shared this reflection: