How can I participate?

Find a friend or colleague who knows you well to interview you. If necessary, you may record your story alone, but we would prefer to capture authentic dialogue whenever possible.

Review our list of suggested questions with your interviewer and develop a general idea of the stories that you would like to share, and how your interviewer can help you tell them. Your conversation may be as short as 10 minutes, or as long as 45 minutes.

Record your story. This may be done in a variety of ways:

  1. Make an appointment to record your interview at The Forum Annual Conference.
  2. Visit Forum Headquarters in Carlisle, PA. If you will be in the Carlisle area, we can assist you in recording your story at Dickinson College.
  3. Do it yourself. Send us a high quality WAV, AIFF, MP3 or MP4 file. See our Recording Guidelines for more details. We cannot guarantee that the recording will be featured in the Forum Storytellers podcast, but if it meets our guidelines we will archive it in the AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection.

Contact Elizabeth Frohlich, Director for Programs and Resources, at to schedule an appointment or submit a file.


Can I participate if I don’t work at a Forum member organization?

Absolutely. All education abroad professionals are invited to participate.

Can interviews be conducted in any language?

Yes! The Forum does not offer translation or interpretation services, but we encourage you to speak in any language you prefer.

How will my recording be used?

Your story will be archived in the AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection. It may become part of the Forum Storytellers Podcast, available on iTunes and to stream on The Forum’s website.  Clips from some recordings may also be used to create promotional shorts for The Forum Storytellers project.