Training Level 1 for EducationUSA Advising Centers World Wide
During January 27- February 7, in Washington DC and Los Angeles was held training level 1 for EducationUSA Advising Centers World Wide. 

There were 24 participants from: Kazakhstan, Kenya, Uzbekistan, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Oman, Latvia, Kuwait, Zambia, Botswana, India, Brunei Darussalam, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, Tanzania, Turkey, Ecuador and Albania.
This was a great experience for adviser Jonida Lamaj from EducationUSA Advising Center in Albania to get new information for the whole application process and to exchange experience with 23 advisers from different countries. The network is always an important resource in achieving success.

The organizing group was composed by Matthew Washborn, Program Officer, U.S. Department of State, Kristen Cammarata, IIE, Cheryl Francisconi, REAC Southern Europe, Nancy Keteku, REAC West and Central Africa and Gillea Benitez, IIE. They did an excellent job on facilitating and taking care of any detail of the training.

Some important presentations and activities during the training were:

1- The place and the role of EducationUSA in the US Government by Heidi Arola, Branch Chief, Office of Global Program, US Department of State and Andrew Maslovski, Program Officer, EducationUSA, Department of State.

2- Managing relationships with stakeholders, understanding rules and expectations. The exercise was a good idea to collaborate in small groups and focus on different stakeholders.

3- How Admission Officers make decisions by Andrew Moe.

4- Working with US fairs and University Visitors, Promoting the visit to students and managing expectations.

5- Advising in a virtual age and introducing Wachitoo as a new platform.

6- Guiding students through the admission process to US Graduate school.

7- Visits to UC Irvine, Irvine Valley College, Orange Coast College, Cal Poly Pomona, LMU campus, The Claremont Colleges (Claremont University Consortium), etc...