Photo Exchange

Connect with high school students across the United States and the world! 

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) has designed a digital exchange project to connect students during these challenging and unprecedented times. Students from across the United States and internationally will participate and share glimpses of their lives with one another.

How does it work?

Twice per month, CIR will announce a photo prompt. Using the camera on a phone (or actual camera, if students have access!), participants will take a photo that best answers the prompt. 

For October, the photo prompt is: How has coronavirus affected your education?

High school students across the United States and internationally will share their photos using Padlet. CIR maintains a private Padlet that will only be accessible by participants, sponsoring teachers and/or councils, and CIR. Once participants receive access to the Padlet, they will post their photos and are able to interact with other participating students. 

Participants will need to create a free account on Padlet. There is no participation fee or cost associated with the photo exchange. CIR actively monitors the Padlet and prohibits inappropriate photos or comments. 

The project began in September 2020 and will end April 2021.  

Who are participants?

CIR’s High School Fellows represent participants from New Mexico. Our Fellows come from various high schools across New Mexico and can be learned about here

In collaboration with Global Ties Kansas City and the Montana World Affairs Council, U.S. high school student participants are from Kansas, Missouri and Montana!  

Participating international students are located in Burrel, Albania and two of Santa Fe’s Sister Cities: Bukhara, Uzbekistan and Livingstone, Zambia!

Do you want to participate?

Are you a current* high school student (outside New Mexico) and want to participate? Please send an email to CIR’s Director of Education, Tacarra Lake at for more information and next steps. All participants will be asked to complete a simple CIR permission form. No photos will be shared on social media without the permission of participants and (if under 18 years old) their parents and/or legal guardians.  

*Please note, to be eligible to participate, students must be enrolled in a public or private high school as of August 2020. Freshmen-senior are welcome. Homeschooled students are also welcome!  

Meet a few of New Mexico's participants!