Students in the Council on International Educational Exchange program visited The Daily Astorian today to talk about journalism and civic engagement and to tour the paper. CIEE is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental high school exchange program that places students in U.S. homes. This specific group of students was attending a mid-year conference in Seaside and are on U.S. State Department scholarships and two of the students are funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress. The program is designed to empower the next generation of leaders and establish long-lasting ties between the U.S. and other countries. These six students are from Serbia, Turkmenistan, Germany, Kazakhstan and Armenia. They all attend high school in Oregon or Washington.

CIEE’s mission is to help people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. Learn more at http://www.ciee.org/highschool

According to local coordinator Jodie DeJonge, the students really enjoyed the seminar. “One student said the visit to the Astorian was the highlight of the trip. Another saw the ocean for the first time. One girl … cherished the opportunity to see more of her state and meet some new friends,” DeJonge said.

“We were excited we met the requirements for the program in such an interesting way.”