Learning Tour Alumni Testimonials

Learning Tour Alumni Testimonials

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Having the opportunity to speak to beneficiaries was the highlight for me. Each stop was comprehensive and we got a lot of time there. The delegation was a great mix of people – from policymakers to the Administration, the media and private sector.  We all learned from each other.

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)

Uganda Learning Tour, 2012

It’s very important that we get outside because we spend a lot of money overseas and we need to know how it’s being done. It’s important for us to go and get beyond the paperwork, the statistics, the PowerPoints and the slideshows to see the people and actually get to talk to them.

-Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.)

Uganda Learning Tour, 2012

On a Learning Tour, you can see with your own eyes how seemingly small changes actually save lives. When you come home and share your experience with other people, they listen more closely because they can sense you’ve witnessed something very important.

– Christy Turlington Burns

Ethiopia Learning Tour, 2010

[We were in] a very, very rural area…[I] talked with a woman who said her life has completely changed. That's a huge thing. In Congress, we often see a budget…I wanted to see how it worked on the ground.

– Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas)

Peru Learning Tour, 2010

How can you make a decision about an appropriation or a policy unless you see it for yourself and talk to the people? Walk where they walk, listen to them and ask questions.

- Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)

Kenya Learning Tour, 2009