22.33 Stories: Seeing It, Striving to Be It

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Featuring first-person stories of people finding themselves in the middle of a culture that is foreign to them; each week, 22.33 will deliver interesting tales from people who share how they were able to create mutual understanding through cultural exchange. 

Seeing It, Striving to Be It

Season 1, Episode 17

As more opportunities for women open up in Saudi Arabia, previously unattainable pursuits become not only possible but essential. This week, we interview three groundbreaking Saudi women soccer coaches and players, whose love for the sport is benefitting countless young girls—and whose imaginations were changed forever after an intense tour to U.S. women’s soccer programs. This episode's special guests visited the United States as part of ECA's Sports Visitor Program; for more information visit: https://sportsvisitorenvoy.org.

22.33 Stories: Seeing It, Striving to Be It

 

About 22.33:
Q: What happens when people leave their regular routine and comfort zone and find themselves far from home, in foreign places and cultures unknown to them?
A: Life. Changing. Stories.

Each week, 22.33 delivers stories of people finding their way in new surroundings. With a combination of travel tales, innovation, empathy, and even survival at times, 22.33 delivers unforgettable first-person stories from people whose lives were changed by international exchange. New episodes are released every Friday, along with regular bonus episodes.

 

Christopher M. Wurst is Senior Advisor for Innovation / Director of the Collaboratory, U.S. Department of State Bureau for Cultural and Educational Affairs (ECA)

Mr. Wurst is from Minnesota and joined the United States Foreign Service in 2002. Before leading the Collaboratory he was Public Affairs Officer in Milan, Italy; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Lusaka, Zambia; Deputy Public Affairs Officer in Chennai, India; and Vice Consul in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He also spent time in Islamabad, Pakistan, giving public affairs assistance to the American Mission following the 2005 earthquake disaster. Mr. Wurst has been awarded one Superior Honor and numerous Meritorious Honor Awards since joining the Foreign Service. In 2007, while in Lusaka, he received the worldwide Public Affairs Award from the President�s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In 2012, he was nominated as Cultural Expat of the year by Slovenian Times magazine.

Mr. Wurst holds a Master�s degree in Education and a Bachelor�s degree in Creative Writing and History from the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis. He also studied literature at Birmingham University in England. 

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was a high school history and literature teacher, in Minnesota and South Africa. Mr. Wurst has had a variety of writing jobs, including contributing scriptwriter for Mystery Science Theater 3000, a nationally televised comedy program. As a photographer, Mr. Wurst has had exhibitions in four different countries and has published numerous photographs. Mr. Wurst is married to Kjara Wurst, a Slovenian choreographer.

 

 

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