On November 17th the U.S. Department of State launched the 2nd Annual ExchangesConnect Video Contest. Enter your original video and you will have a chance to win an all-expense-paid international exchange program from the Department of State!
Together with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, we invite you to address this year’s theme, “Change Your Climate, Change Our World.” Tell us in a video, 2 minutes or less, how you are making your community a better place and contributing to a healthier, safer, cleaner, and more peaceful world for all of us. Check out ExchangesConnect today to view the Secretary’s address and for more details about the Video Contest!
ExchangesConnect, managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, is an international social network that promotes mutual understanding by highlighting cultures, commonalities, and exchange program experiences. People from all over the world, ages 14 and older, are invited to submit their videos to ExchangesConnect from November 17, 2009 through January 12, 2010. Videos will be voted on by the ExchangesConnect community. A panel of judges, comprised of ECA international exchange program alumni, will review the community’s top rated 40 videos. ECA will then select four winners based on the judges’ rankings. The winners will be announced on March 2, 2010, and each will be eligible to participate in an approximately two-week-long ECA international exchange program.
ECA’s first video contest attracted over 8,400 members from 180 countries, and over 360 contest entries, in the eight weeks it ran. The announcement of the winners received significant online domestic and international press coverage of the initiative and its impact of growth in ECA’s ExchangesConnect social network – now with other 14,250 members! If you haven’t already, check out the winning videos from our first ExchangesConnect contest, “My Culture+Your Culture=?” ___________________________________________________________