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FIE London partners with ClimateCare

May 17, 2012


At FIE, we are dedicated to actively engaging with and being aware of our environmental impact and responsibilities and we continually review our policies and procedures to reduce our carbon emissions. So far, this has included comprehensive recycling programs, energy-efficient facility upgrades, and strategic policy development.

However, to tackle the impact associated with the business travel of our London-based staff, we have teamed up with ClimateCare to offset our CO₂ emissions. ClimateCare is an organization that offsets global greenhouse gas emissions on behalf of companies and individuals. These offsets are made through a range of projects around the world that not only make real reductions in carbon emissions, but also make a difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s least developed countries.

ClimateCare makes emission offsets through renewable energy, energy efficiency, and industrial gas and waste management projects. These include:

LifeStraw: ‘Carbon for Water’:

This project has distributed over 800,000 LifeStraw Family water filters in rural Kenya, providing sustainable access to clean water for around 4.5 million rural Kenyans, and reducing demand for firewood used to boil water, thereby slowing deforestation.

Brazil Saldanha Hydroelectric:

Supplying Brazil’s remote Northern region with electricity has always been a difficult challenge. In the past the solution in has been the implementation of isolated electricity systems based on diesel power plants. The Saldanha Small Hydroelectric Project brings a secure and reliable source of power to the region for the first time, produced with renewable energy.

You can find out more about ClimateCare’s portfolio of projects here. Please use the following links to read more about FIE’s Missions and Values and our Commitment to Sustainability.

FIE Staff volunteer at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games!

July 11, 2012



Opening Ceremonies Performer

HiRes 2‘I knew I wanted to be involved in the Olympics in some capacity ever since it was announced that London would host the Games. When I heard that the organizers were looking for performers for the Opening Ceremonies, I was eager to audition. With a background in theatre and performance, I hoped that I might be selected for a role. After two auditions and months of waiting, I was excited to find out that I had been cast as a dancer. For the past three months, I have been rehearsing for the big day, learning lots of choreography and staging at the stadium.

The Academy Award winning British film director Danny Boyle is directing the Opening Ceremonies with a spectacular vision. There are thousands of performers involved in the event and it has been amazing to work on such a large scale collaborative performance. It has truly been a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I can’t wait until July 27th when the world will be watching.’ 


Events Services Team, Paralympic Games

‘I originally volunteered for the Olympic and Paralympic Games because I was determined to see the Games as a positive, once in a life time opportunity rather than the overwhelming negative that Londoners seems to be taking it as (no one wants their commute disturbed!).

I was accepted as a Games Maker in the Events Services Team who will serve as the public face of the Games – I like to think my personality will suit the job. My daily duties will include greeting spectators, directing them to their seats, helping with any questions or concerns, and checking accreditation in restricted zones. I will have the huge pleasure and honor of working in the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games, and will be there for the closing ceremony! The Olympic Stadium will host the athletic events and when it comes to the Paralympics, there are plenty of events to keep the Stadium busy! 

I am truly looking forward to being part of the greatest event to hit London since the last London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 1948.’


Wimbledon Field of Play Attendant, Olympic Games

‘As a fan of tennis and the unique atmosphere of the Wimbledon Tennis Club, I am looking forward to the opportunity to work as a Field of Play Attendant. In my role, I will monitor access onto courts, ensure that all the sports equipment is set up correctly, and escort players to the press zone after each match. While the game is in play, I will be on hand to bring extra drinks, snacks and towels as necessary during the matches.

Next week, I will have the chance to play a few matches with other volunteers to give the tournament’s ball boys and girls (all 16-18 year old students) a chance to practice for The Games – a very crucial component to the professionals!

The Wimbledon Championships proved incredibly exciting this year with top seed players knocked out early and new records set, so we might see some surprising results at the Olympics. Let’s just hope the rain doesn’t prevent the courts being ready for play in a few short weeks!’

My name is Browning Sterner

July 24, 2012


Below is Temple University student Browning Sterner’s account of his study abroad experience at FIE. Browning has Cerebral Palsy but he has not let this hinder his study abroad experience. FIE was honoured to have Browning attend our institution and found him to be a great inspiration to all.

Scotland 201My name is Browning Sterner.  I am twenty-three years old, a Temple University student and I have cerebral palsy (CP).  I have had CP for twenty-two years and it does not stop me from doing very many things.  The CP certainly did not prohibit me from going to London, England on the FIE Study Away Program this past spring term.  I actually had no concerns as I anticipated the trip.  Having studied drama and history, London provided an avenue to experience both interests.  The airplane ride over was uneventful except for the usual trouble I have with opening things but my friends helped me out.

The first night all the Temple students went to two local pubs.  Carrying drinks from the bar to the table was difficult but I worked on this by much practice.  My flat was in the royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea London near historical and theatrical areas.  Two days of the week were filled with attending class at The Foundation House.  Two classes were in the classroom and two were out and about; I enjoyed the classes that were outside because I got to see even more of London.  For example, we went to Stonehenge, Bath, and Parliament.  The British cinema class I took showed me parts of the British film industry I had never known before.

On my five days off from school I sought to learn as much of the city as possible.  FIE gave me an unlimited tube pass for zones one and two so I took complete advantage of that.  Many of my friends had internships so I was often on my own as I explored.  My first stop was Embankment, which was along the Thames River.  The tube comes about every few minutes so thankfully I did not need to rush.  Rushing causes falls; I had no time for falls.  Several times I would just pick a direction and start walking.  This allowed me to explore, get lost and learn about my surroundings.  I found beautiful parks such as Hyde Park, Green Park and Regents Park and there are many more in the city.  There were, of course, interesting pubs along the way where I could practice carrying my drinks to the table.  My favorite pub was The Sherlock Homes because of the atmosphere; it was a very friendly place.  Many locals came in after their workday to enjoy a pint or two.  One museum I enjoyed so much that I went back two more times to visit.  It was The Imperial War Museum which houses tanks, planes, artillery guns, and weapons of all sorts.  They even had a Browning automatic rifle.  I was especially interested in the MI5 and MI6 displays.  They had documents from various missions, guns they actually used and two videos showing two teams that went in to release hostages.

Some friends and I planned a trip to Dublin, Ireland.  We arranged our stay at a hostel that was very homey, not fancy, just homey.  While in Dublin we took a day trip to Lough Hyne and then on to the town of Kilkenny.  The others walked much faster than I so trying to keep up was very tiring. But I trudged on. We went to see the Guinness Storehouse where they showed the entire process of making their beer and, of course, a free beer was included.  On the third and last day of our trip several of us toured The Dublin Castle.  This castle is more like a mansion; the inside is almost totally modernized.  I particularly liked the basement because it was the old construction with a stone wall at the base of a tower and stairs. It was great to get away to the Irish countryside.

My trip to Wales was grueling as well as magnificent.  It was grueling because of the five mile hike; the inclines and declines were very difficult to maneuver.  But we all trudged onward. It was magnificent because the scenery was gorgeous.  The next event was coasteering in the bay; the coasteering seemed daunting at first but I knew that I had to try it.  Getting the wet suit on was a challenge to say the least.  With help I finally got it on.  I shimmied along the rock faces above water and then I went into a cave.  It was exhilarating and grueling because I was in the water, in Wales, in February but it was so hard on my muscles.  I ached for several days but it was worth every ounce of effort. This Wales adventure was a group FIE trip.  It was an amazing time.

I highly recommend the FIE London semester.  I learned a lot about myself and my HARRPY POTTER 265abilities and I was able to experience the city in a way I never knew was possible.  The adventures in the city as well as the little trips I went on were amazing.  I am thankful that I could be included in this venture.  I made three acquaintances in London; one woman was playing the violin on Millennium Bridge.  The other two I met at the Harry Potter Studio Tour.  This couple befriended me and took the tour together.  I intend to keep in touch with these friends.  I am incredibly thankful to the Student Life Team who were willing and able to answer my many questions.

FIE Hits All the Right Notes

August 30, 2013


violinistAn inspired musical milestone occurred on August 29 when, for the first time ever, FIE kicked off the fall 2013 semester with a special concert presented in collaboration with London’s acclaimed Orchestra Vitae. The inaugural event, which was attended by FIE’s students, staff and faculty, was designed to not only welcome students, but to celebrate their new temporary home city with a unique blend of music and words. By all accounts, the event, which took place in historic St. Stephen’s Church where T.S. Eliot once worshipped, achieved its ambitious goals and then some!

FIE faculty Christopher Cook and Brian Ridgers read selections from Samuel Johnson, William Wordsworth and William Shakespeare, among others, while the orchestra provided the musical backdrop for the festivities, playing everything from Gustav Holst and Joseph Haydn to a medley of James Bond tunes. John M. Pearson, FIE’s Vice President of Operations described the evening as “outstanding.”

“London has been an inspirational setting throughout the centuries and home to an incalculable variety of diverse creative artists,” said Pearson in an address to the new students. “London will be your home for the next few months and we know [the concert] will inspire you to learn as students and to develop as global citizens,” he told them. “Welcome to London and FIE!”

The concert was such a smashing success; another, even larger performance, is set for Tuesday, October 29th. During the upcoming concert, the orchestra will perform a piece by famed living British composer Stephen McNeff. The forthcoming event will also move from St. Stephen’s Church to the brand new 800-seat St. John’s Smith Square in order to accommodate the larger audience. A free outreach event sponsored by the Family Arts Festival will precede the October show. 

FIE is a proud education partner with Orchestra Vitae and conducter Michael Cobb. The relationship means that visiting students have the opportunity to integrate with London culturally in a way that is unique in the international education community. Or, to quote William Wordsworth in his poem “Westminster Bridge,”


Dull would he be of soul who could pass byconductor

A sight so touching in its majesty:

This City now doth like a garment wear

The beauty of the morning: silent, bare,

Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie

Open unto the fields, and to the sky,

bright and glittering in the smokeless air.