The goal of The Clearinghouse is to empower people with disabilities to take advantage of the same international exchange opportunities as everyone else. Whether studying, volunteering, or interning abroad, they want to support people’s goals for international exchange, navigating any disability barriers along the way. Read more about The Clearinghouse at MIUSA: Mobility International USA.
That’s right, if you are blind or visually impaired, you are eligible to receive free services and resources for pursuing international study or work programs from the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, a project sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
So, if your interest is piqued at the thought of temporarily studying, volunteering, or working abroad— if you’d consider boldly leaving the comfort of home to grow, serve, learn, and experience a diverse culture…
Why not take a few minutes to explore the site:
- Learn how to choose a budget-friendly high school or university exchange program.
- Discover tips for volunteering abroad.
- Consider the possibility of a "professional exchange".
- Research where one can study, volunteer, or intern abroad.
- Realize available accommodations in international contexts.
Let me tell you that the summer between my junior and senior year of high school proved to be one of the most enriching and enlightening; I taught in Kenyan schools. I remember, fondly, the days spent instructing elementary-age children, high school teens, and college students. I gained skills for sure, but most importantly I gained an understanding of a different, breathtaking culture.
If that is an encounter you wish for yourself, don’t let vision loss stand in the way. Take advantage of "the bridge between people with disabilities and international exchange." Explore Mobility International USA (MIUSA) today.