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For 50 years, we’ve been working toward one global mission: Opening the World Through Education. Together with educators worldwide, we provide experiences that teach critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and global competence.

Entries by EF Education First

Intellect, Heart and Collaboration: The Keys for a Green Future

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 4:56 PM

By Logan Moore (OH)

Last week, I was given the opportunity to visualize the world from a different perspective. The EF Global Student Leaders Summit in San Jose, Costa Rica, featured several keynote speakers, including well-known primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall. Everyone in attendance was deeply moved not only...

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Innovating Together

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 11:51 PM

By Nick Bygrave (OH)

I'm writing this on the tour bus leaving the San Jose conference center where the EF Global Student Leaders Summit took place. My group is quite tired from the countless activities at the conference, but everyone is still wide-eyed and excited to depart on our upcoming...

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Dr. Jane Goodall, Student Leaders, and a Climate Change Metanarrative

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 10:09 PM

By Eliza Klein (MA)

At 8:30 in the morning on March 21, 2015, 500 youth activists at the EF Global Student Leaders Summit sat silently in a conference room outside San Jose, Costa Rica. After a few minutes of anticipation, renowned conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall graced the stage....

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The Rebirth of Environmental Change

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 1:07 AM

By Kyle Edelman (PA)

Without a stable environment, there is no life. Because of how much we take advantage of nature and its resources, the lasting effects of our actions will hurt us in the long run. Mankind is frequently unaware of the damages we are doing to the wildlife...

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If Only Michelle Obama Knew What I Was Doing When She Was in China...

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 12:05 PM

By Carolyn Cross

Michelle Obama recently traveled to China with her daughters and mother to promote cross-cultural exchange, education, and the power of today's youth. At the same time as the Obamas were touring China, I was too, with a group of students and teachers attending the EF...

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No Need to Wait: Educate

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 3:29 PM

By: Talia Schmitt, Student at Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School in Fairfax, VA

Did you know that most children today can name up to 200 brand logos, but don't know the name of the tree in their front yard? It is alarming how few children get...

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From Costa Rica to Massachusetts, Changing Our Habits to Help the Environment

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 2:57 PM

By Emily Mitchell, Student at The Bromfield School, Harvard, Mass.

In April, thirty students from The Bromfield School in Harvard, Mass. donned their hiking sneakers and incognito clothing, and on the coast of Tortuguero, Costa Rica, started on a quest. Led by biologists from the Sea...

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Home Sweet Eco-Home: Youth Leaders Collaborate on Sustainable Urbanization for the Future

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 10:12 AM

By JP Riedel, Student at Dover-Sherborn High School in Massachusetts

For thousands of years humans have been masters of their surroundings, creating structures and cities of mammoth proportions. Though it wasn't until the industrial revolution that human urbanization really took a toll on the environment. Now our cities...

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Redesigning the School Cafeteria

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 1:44 PM

By Philip Kuong, High School Sophomore, The Bromfield School

Food. A necessity of life which comes in both unhealthy and healthy forms. Seriously overlooked is how large a role food plays in people's lives. There is the saying that 'you are what you eat;' however, this is...

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Taking the HydRoad: Students Design Green Transportation Solutions

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 12:38 PM

By Kristin Caddick, junior at Gaston Day School in Gastonia, North Carolina

If you take 450 students at an environmental conference from around the globe and sort them into 44 groups, what do you get? You get 44 different ideas with the power to be world altering solutions....

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Students Reforest Mangrove Trees

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 2:52 PM

By Ben Austin and Izzy Gray, Freshmen at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Mass.

Reforesting mangrove trees is hard work. It's dirty, too. Imagine your feet being soaked through with warm, gooey mud. Your hands are tired from working hard all day, and cuts from tree...

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Saving the Environment With Food Tubes?

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2013 | 6:06 PM

By Caitlynn Stone and Maria Pia Apestegui, High School Students at Laurel Springs School

As the world becomes globalized, we begin to share more than just media and information -- we also begin to share food. Long gone are the days where meals were determined by what...

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How Can We Help Save the Sea Turtle?

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 1:11 PM

By JP Riedel, Student at Dover-Sherborn High School, Dover, Massachusetts

Among Costa Rica's incredibly diverse range of creatures is the sea turtle. Costa Rica is home to several sea turtles including the Leatherback, Green, Hawksbill, and Loggerhead turtles. All...

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A Hope for a Sustainable Future

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 5:37 AM

By: Kristin Caddick, Valli Chidambaram and Alexandra Molina, EF Global Citizens

Located in the forests of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Earth University is an institution of education, innovation, and exploration. On April 16th, we and our fellow EF Education First Global Citizens traveled here and participated in...

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Students Go Glocal, Make Change

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 9:58 AM

By Leigh Orleans, Senior at West Potomac High School, Alexandria, Va.

While many of us understand that pollution from our industrialized world is negatively impacting the environment, we often do not know -- or care -- enough about the cause to make a difference. Upon starting my senior year at...

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Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 8:14 AM

By Kate Berseth, Executive Vice President, EF Education First

Everyone is talking right now about how to prepare our students for the future. But how do you really do it? How do you enhance our education system to meet the demands of our globalized world? What are the actionable...

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