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May 06 2013 - 08:00 PM
Soliya, A Virtual Exchange Program

For years international exchange has been a powerful way to foster cross-cultural understanding, which ultimately encourages positive global relations. In today’s interconnected world, intercultural exchange programs are needed more than ever to nurture peaceful international affairs, particularly as relations among the West and the Middle East grow ever more complex. But study abroad is expensive, inevitably excluding the masses. In response to this challenge, Soliya is a virtual cross-cultural program that combines "the depth of impact from an exchange program, with the breadth of reach from new media technologies."

Soliya encourages dialogue among young adults from the US and the Middle East by connecting them via the internet. With facilitators trained in constructive dialogue, the UN-certified program leverages new media technology in an innovative way to build international relationships and foster intercultural understanding.

Are you curious about how their program encourages proactive dialogue that builds empathy, compassion, and global understanding? Then watch the video and leave your comments on Vialogues.

@01:24 elisa.brazil: Building bridges between the two worlds, with 21st century technology and dialogue

@03:42 elisa.brazil: If you give people the opportunity to communicate in a constructive way, then more times than not, people realize that our similarities vastly outweigh our differences

@06:00 Glamorgan: "All about humanizing the other because if you don’t know what's on the other side, it is easy to justify the hate."

|By: Laura Scheiber|908 Reads