Farzanah Darwish – On the IEDP, UNESCO Fellowship, and Afghanistan

I had heard so much about Farzanah even before I set foot on campus. My cohort members, who had already met her in August, only had wonderful things to say about her. When I did get to know her from our classes together, group assignments, exploring Philly, and our shared love for Bollywood, I knew I had to share glimpses of her story with you. … Continue reading Farzanah Darwish – On the IEDP, UNESCO Fellowship, and Afghanistan

Thoughts From the Transforming Education Summit’22

Amy L., 2022 graduate of the IEDP Program I completed my internship with the Early Childhood Education team at UNICEF Headquarters during my final semester and had the opportunity to extend the internship for three months post-graduating. Through the internship, I had the chance to attend a UNICEF-hosted panel discussion in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Read all about it this blog post. This … Continue reading Thoughts From the Transforming Education Summit’22

Internship Insights – Amy L.

Hi IEDPers! My name is Amy L., 2022 graduate of the IEDP Program. I completed my internship with the Early Childhood Education team at UNICEF Headquarters during my final semester and had the opportunity to extend the internship for three months post-graduating. The decision to extend was mostly due to circumstance; I happened to be moving back to New York City, where UNICEF HQ offices … Continue reading Internship Insights – Amy L.

The 3 Cs of My IEDP Thus Far

Aishwarya Shetty On August 25th, I set foot in the USA for the first time. CNN, Netflix, and Instagram informed everything I knew about the country. Though Indian, I flew in from Qatar, where I spent most of my years growing up. If my life were a rom-com movie, the voiceover for me waiting for my Uber at the airport would say, “There she is, … Continue reading The 3 Cs of My IEDP Thus Far

Spotlight On…Brandon’s Internship & Job with UNESCO!

I recently spoke with Brandon, a 2021 IEDP graduate who is now working full-time at UNESCO Bangkok, where he completed a remote internship during spring semester 2021. Brandon was raised in Tennessee, and — prior to IEDP — worked in Bangkok as an English teacher.   Brandon has shared his experiences on the blog before — You can read more about his decision to apply to … Continue reading Spotlight On…Brandon’s Internship & Job with UNESCO!

Spotlight On…Erin’s Doctoral Studies!

I recently had the chance to connect with Erin, an IEDP alumna who graduated in 2017. Erin is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Hawaiʻi and working as a consultant. Erin graciously agreed to answer questions about both the IEDP experience and her decision to pursue a doctorate. Check out Erin’s video below! Continue reading Spotlight On…Erin’s Doctoral Studies!

Spotlight On…IEDP GAs!

Each year, the IEDP program has a team of several Graduate Assistants — GAs — who support various aspects of the program. The GAs work behind the scenes to publish content that highlights the program. And hugely important in shaping the IEDP community are our many events throughout the year (check out the highlights on Instagram)– also organized by the IEDP GAs. Quick links: YouTube … Continue reading Spotlight On…IEDP GAs!

Spotlight On…Resident Advisors!

I recently sat down with Anishka and Paula, two first-year IEDP students who are Resident Advisors (RAs). Anishka is from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Paula (remember her?!) is from Ibagué, Colombia.  Anishka is an RA for Gregory College House, and Paula is an RA for New College House.  I don’t serve as an RA myself, but several people in my cohort do. I wanted to … Continue reading Spotlight On…Resident Advisors!

What to Expect When You’re Accepting?

Chiara is a first-year IEDP student from Northern California, United States. She is interested in inclusive education and early childhood development In February 2021, I received an email with this subject heading: “Congratulations on Being Accepted to Penn GSE – International Educational Development Program (IEDP)!” I was sitting in my living room and, if I’m being completely honest, I was checking my email every 10 … Continue reading What to Expect When You’re Accepting?

Unshock the Culture Shocks: An International Student’s Journey

Toto, a first-year IEDP student from Thailand, is interested in curriculum development and implementation. (You can find an introduction directly from Toto here!) 其实很多事情并没有对错,只是为人处世方式不同而已。 Under many circumstances, there is no right or wrong; it’s just that our ways of conducting ourselves are different. The above quote is a lesson I have learned so far in life. I am not Chinese; I am from Bangkok, Thailand, … Continue reading Unshock the Culture Shocks: An International Student’s Journey