Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Korea WEST: Update and Action Steps

Over the past few months, I've been sharing information on the WEST (Work, Study English, and Travel) program launched by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) and the U.S. State Department. This is a high profile government program. I strongly suggest you get involved, since it promotes goodwill and cooperation between the U.S. ad Korea. Since it will get lots of media attention, your involvement will also be noted in Korea.

It's now time to take action...

The Timeline
I've had a number of requests on the program's timeline. Each year, 2 waves of participants will arrive in the U.S.

April 2009 The first group arrived earlier this year and are enrolled in intensive language programs across America including NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, and LA.

May 2009 CIEE (a U.S. government approved sponsor ) conducted in depth interviews and screenings with each of the students. This information will be used to assist in placement of the participants.

May-June 2009 CIEE is meeting with firms to explain the WEST program. Early placement has also begun.

June- July 2009 Participant interviews with employers and placements will be finalized.

September 2009 Participants begin internships

I hope you plan to support the program.

If you are ready to enroll or would like more information please contact:

Deena Robinson
Director, Employer Relations
CIEE International Work & Study Programs
Tel: +1.207.553.4180

Phil Simon
Vice President, Employer Relations
CIEE International Work & Study Programs
Tel: +1.207.553.4007

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