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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!

 

A YES Student Reflects on a Life-Changing Decision

A YES Student Reflects on a Life-Changing Decision

Jumana, an American Councils student from Bahrain placed in Iowa for the 2016-17 school year, reflects on the decision to apply for the YES program and how this has impacted her life so far.

 

A FLEX Student Shares Her Journey So Far

A FLEX Student Shares Her Journey So Far

The following was submitted by Darika, an American Councils FLEX student from Kyrgystan who is placed in Joshua, Texas for the 2016-17 school year.

"Being an exchange student is amazing"

The FLEX program adds a lot of bright colors to my life. It is opening the doors to my future. I appreciate each good moment in the USA that captures my heart.

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!

 

Local Newspaper Covers FLEX Student's Arrival

Local Newspaper Covers FLEX Student's Arrival

2015-2016 FLEX student Polina Lynova from Kazakhstan was welcomed to her U.S. host community not only by her host family, but also by a reporter with her local newspaper, The Scranton Times. Polina has been in the U.S. for two weeks attending an English language camp in Alabama before departing for her permanent host family on Monday, August 10th. Her Local Coordinator arranged for Polina to speak with someone at the local newspaper to help welcome her into her community.

NOW AVAILABLE - Spring 2015 Newsletter!

NOW AVAILABLE - Spring 2015 Newsletter!

We are pleased to announce that our Spring 2015 Newsletter is now available to read HERE! This issue reflects on your year in the U.S. and also features highlights of our spring re-entry workshops.

 

Now that many of you have returned home, we would love to keep in touch with you and hear all about your alumni activities, so that we may feature these in future newsletters and blog posts!

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