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WINNER: "My American Experience" Essay Contest!

WINNER: "My American Experience" Essay Contest!

We are pleased to share the winning essay for our 2015 "My American Experience" Essay Contest! For this contest, we asked our 2014-2015 A-SMYLE, Cultural Bridges, ExCEL, FLEX, and YES students to write about the role leadership has played in their exchange year. We received many submissions, and it was not easy to pick our winner. Congratulations, Khaoula! 

 

My American Experience

by Khaoula Anassteme, YES-Morocco

Hawaiian Students Make Waves in the Capitol

Hawaiian Students Make Waves in the Capitol

Two of our current students placed in Hawaii, Tijana (A-SMYLE-Serbia) and Muhammad (YES-Pakistan) have been featured on their school's website for their recent participation in a one-day legislative internship with the Hawaiian state government. Along with the rest of their exchange cluster, Tijana and Muhammad had the opportunity to further their roles as cultural ambassadors by shadowing two Hawaiian politicians and learning about the inner workings of the government.

American Councils January Student of the Month!

American Councils January Student of the Month!

Recently, the International Student Support Team launched an initiative to choose our own Student of the Month separate from the ones chosen each month by the State Department for students on the A-SMYLE, FLEX, and YES programs. Students from all programs are eligible, but they must be American Councils students currently on program. Our first Student of the Month is Sumbul Ali, YES-Pakistan!

From Kenya to Iowa and Back: Mwalimu's Dream

From Kenya to Iowa and Back: Mwalimu's Dream

During his time in the U.S., Mwalimu (YES '12) from Kenya realized that access to clean water was vastly different across countries. In particular, the bright young scholarship student was struck by the number of water fountains in the U.S.—where the water is fresh and clean—compared his Kenyan village’s man-made dam, riddled with diseases like malaria, in which people walked miles every day to gather water. Mwalimu knew he wanted to bring fresh water to his coastal Kenyan community.

My American Experience Winning Essay!

My American Experience Winning Essay!

Congratuations to our winner Atem Nkeng-Asong of the YES Program, Cameroon!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s My American Experience essay contest! 

Read Atem’s essay here.

Feeling Right at Home

Feeling Right at Home

YES program exchange student and soccer player at Pueblo West High School Atem Nileng-Asong credits his fancy footwork with a soccer ball to his homeland, the West African country of Cameroon.  

http://www.chieftain.com/sports/1852906-120/west-pueblo-south-asong#stha...

Ukrainian FLEX Program Student Excels in Math

Ukrainian FLEX Program Student Excels in Math

For most students, math is hard enough without having to worry about a language barrier. However, for Ukrainian FLEX student and junior Polina Merezhko, the fact that English is her second language does little to hinder her success in math class.

http://www.lhsbudget.com/news/2013/10/03/ukrainian-student-excels-in-math/

Photo Caption: Smiling as she learns a new math concept, junior Polina Merezhko provides a unique point of view in her Pre-Calculus class. Photo by Ashley Hocking

Exchange students at home in Joshua

Exchange students at home in Joshua

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel thousands of miles away to a foreign country and completely immerse yourself in a new language and culture? Read about a cluster of students in Texas who are adjusting to life in the U.S., including our own Olha from Ukraine on the FLEX program!

http://www.joshuastar.net/ci_24281011

Spring 2013 Newsletter Now Available!

Spring 2013 Newsletter Now Available!

Check out the Inbound Team's Spring 2013 Newsletter, featuring essays, quotes, and pictures submitted by our 2012-2013 A-SMYLE, ExCEL, FLEX, and YES students!

Living in a "Melting Pot" Society - A Kosovar's Experience in the U.S.

Living in a "Melting Pot" Society - A Kosovar's Experience in the U.S.

Alba submitted the following essay as a part of the 2012-13 My American Experience Essay Contest and won first place! She was asked to write about her experience as a exchange student in the U.S. and how that has affected her as a leader. Alba is on the YES program and is from Kosovo.

 

 

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