WorldStrides Joins 100,000 Strong Foundation as Strategic Partner


WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 18 – The 100,000 Strong Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the US-China relationship through study abroad, announced on Friday a new partnership with WorldStrides. WorldStrides is the world’s leading educational travel organization and the exclusive Educational Travel Partner of the 100,000 Strong Foundation.

The new partnership will lead to increased opportunities for students to study abroad. In May 2014, WorldStrides will host a major US-China Student Summit at Peking University in Beijing, China, that aims to bring together leaders from both nations and thousands of American and Chinese students for a collaborative educational exchange.

“The 100,000 Strong Foundation is thrilled to partner with WorldStrides,” said Carola McGiffert, president of the 100,000 Strong Foundation. “Together, we will encourage more students to study in China, learn Mandarin, and increase their understanding about the importance of the US-China strategic relationship.”

“The 100,000 Strong Foundation’s mission to promote exchange between the United States and China is an ideal complement to our organization’s mission of providing life-changing experiences through educational travel programs,” said Jim Hall, CEO of WorldStrides. “Every year, we travel with thousands of students between our two countries, and we are so proud to host the upcoming 2014 US-China Student Summit in Beijing.”

The 100,000 Strong Foundation’s mission is to strengthen US-China relations through study abroad. It is the Foundation’s goal to increase the number and diversity of Americans studying Mandarin and studying abroad in China to ensure that the next generation of leaders has the cultural skills to manage the US-China relationship effectively. The 100,000 Strong Foundation, launched in January 2013 by then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, is an offshoot of the US Department of State’s “100,000 Strong Initiative,” which seeks to realize President Barack Obama’s call for 100,000 Americans to study in China by the end of 2014.

WorldStrides, an accredited school founded in 1967 by a middle school teacher, is the largest and most respected educational travel organization in the United States, helping 300,000 students travel each year to destinations in more than 85 countries. WorldStrides has 16 offices globally, including WorldStrides China. Based in Shanghai, WorldStrides China partners with top Chinese schools, government organizations and businesses to offer unique academic and cultural exchange opportunities for students in both the United States and China.


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