Program Highlights

American Councils Students' "Unforgettable Experience"

American Councils Students' "Unforgettable Experience"

American Councils students placed in Edwardsville, IL for the 2016-17 school year recently spoke with their local newspaper about their exchange experience. This article was originally puslished as "Exchange students taking home memories" by Julia Biggs with the Edwardsville Intelligencer. We have reposted it here with permission.

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2017 My American Experience Winning Essay

2017 My American Experience Winning Essay

Each year, American Councils holds an essay contest called "My American Experience." We asked our FLEX, YES, and Cultural Bridges students to reflect on the value of exchange programs for both exchange participants and Americans in their host communities. Here is the winning essay from Mirela, a YES student from Bulgaria placed in Edwardsville, IL!

 

YES Students Bring IEW to the Olympic Peninsula

YES Students Bring IEW to the Olympic Peninsula

To celebrate IEW (November 14-18), two YES students placed in Port Angeles, Washington gave a joint presentation about their countries to the Soroptimist International of Port Angeles (SIPA) on Friday, November 18. This organization, the first chapter in the Olympic Peninsula, seeks to improve the lives of women and girls and provide services to their town and the surrounding area.

Language Camp Students Learn About American Culture

Language Camp Students Learn About American Culture

Each year, a small number of students from the FLEX program attend a two-week English Language Camp (called “LP Camp”) in Alabama in early August before moving to their permanent U.S. host communities. These students are designated as needing some additional English language instruction based on their English language test scores. This year, LP Camp welcomed five students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

Spring 2016 Newsletter Now Available

Spring 2016 Newsletter Now Available

Our Spring 2016 Newsletter is now available here! This edition features essays, photos, and quotes that reflect on our students' experiences living in the U.S. for the past year. We hope you enjoy it!

Mid-Year Newsletter Now Available!

Mid-Year Newsletter Now Available!

Our Mid-Year Newsletter is now available HERE, featuring program highlights from the year so far. While we couldn't include everything students submitted to us, we encourage you to continue sharing photos and success stories with us throughout the year!

 

2015 International Education Week Highlights

2015 International Education Week Highlights

International Education Week took place this year from  November 16-20. We are so proud of our 2015-2016 students, who went above and beyond our requirements! Thanks to your hard work, which included over 400 presentations during the month of November, over 15,700 people in your host communities throughout the U.S. experienced the cultural enrichment of IEW. While Ayesha from Pakistan made the most presentations--20 during the week of IEW--17% of our students made more than 3 presentations.

It's Time For International Education Week!

It's Time For International Education Week!

November is almost here, and that means International Education Week will soon be upon us! This year, IEW will be observed from Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20. 

Please check out these resources:

Official IEW Website -- features logos, banners, etc.

Official IEW Flyer

Now Available: Fall 2015 Newsletter!

Now Available: Fall 2015 Newsletter!

We are pleased to announce that our Fall 2015 Newsletter is now available HERE. This is just the beginning of another exciting year at American Councils, and we look forward to learning more about our 2015-2016 students!

FLEX Student Hosts Russian Poetry/Literature Night

FLEX Student Hosts Russian Poetry/Literature Night

2014-2015 FLEX-Russia student Yekaterina Sysoyeva hosted "An Evening of Russian Poetry" at Calvert Library, Twin Beaches Branch in Calvert, MD. She collaborated with Megan Timmens, Public Services Librarian at the branch, who also hosted a FLEX student (from Kazakhstan), to create a program of Ancient to Modern poetry. She selected several of the poems and worked with Megan to get additional readers for the event.

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