SIT's 50th Anniversary

Celebrating a Commitment to Experiential Learning and Social Justice

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of SIT, founded in 1964 as the
School for International Training.

SIT 50 years 1964--2014

Save the date! SIT 50th reunion — August 8, 9, and 10

A celebration for alumni, students, staff, and faculty will take place on August 8–10, 2014, at SIT’s Brattleboro, Vermont, campus, with smaller events planned in other areas throughout the year.

SIT’s history
In the early 1960s, Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps and an Experiment alumnus, called on The Experiment to conduct orientation and training for the earliest Peace Corps Volunteers. These orientation and training activities gradually led to the establishment of an academic institution, the School for International Training, in 1964. The institution was founded by The Experiment in International Living’s first president, Gordon Boyce, and executive vice president, John Wallace.

In 1971, the School for International Training awarded its first master’s degree for the Program in Intercultural Management (PIM), which still comprises a large part of SIT Graduate Institute today. Meanwhile, other language training programs for students from Africa and Latin America led to the founding of a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program.

Today John Wallace’s vision lives on at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro and Washington, DC, and in more than 30 countries worldwide with SIT Study Abroad. SIT Graduate Institute continues to offer programs in TESOL, as well as sustainable development, international education, and peacebuilding and conflict transformation, while SIT Study Abroad offers undergraduates field-based, experiential education programs that focus on critical global issues.

Please contact with any questions about the 50th anniversary and related events.

Favorite Foods from Here and Abroad . . .
As a special publication for the SIT 50th Anniversary Reunion, we are preparing an international cookbook with YOUR recipes. Please send us a recipe — or two — and give us the recipe’s background. Maybe you learned it from your host mother in India, or you recreated a dish you first tried at a restaurant in Bolivia. It can also be your own family’s favorite recipe.
You have from now until May 30, 2014, to send in your recipe. But the sooner you send it, the better! Please send it to We look forward to receiving your submissions.


50th Anniversary Calendar of Events:

February 16 (Washington, DC)
Open House and AIEA Reception

April 13 (Washington, DC)
SIT Meet-Up Cruise on the Potomac River
Details & Tickets

August 8–10 (Brattleboro, VT)
SIT 50th Celebration Weekend

Tentative Schedule

  • Friday, August 8: Evening reception and independently organized class reunions
  • Saturday, August 9: Symposium, BBQ lunch, banquet dinner
  • Sunday, August 10: Brunch and interfaith ecumenical service

    Registration, travel information, and a call for papers will be available in mid-April.

August 16 (Location TBD)
New Generation Leaders Event
Partner organizations include UN, USAID Aga Khan Foundation, and World Bank.