Our Students


American Councils works exclusively with high school (ages 15-17) scholarship students. Alumni include heads of state, educators, entrepreneurs, and more. They are exemplary citizens of their countries and carry their positive experience of the U.S.—especially their host parent or family—throughout their lives. Learn more about some of our Featured Students below.

Baglan describes himself as someone who is very polite, careful and always happy. “My family is my heart. I really love them and of course I love to spend my time with them.” Baglan and his family come from a small village in Kazakhstan. Together in the summertime, they enjoy escaping to the beautiful mountains for camping trips. They fill their days with games, including volleyball and traditional Kazakh games. Perhaps Baglan will teach his traditional games to you!

Playing sports is one of Baglan’s passions. “I cannot describe my life without [soccer]!” Another special skill is finding inspiration in rap artist Eminem to write his own poems and rap songs, and then performing them for others. In his free time, he loves watching his favorite movie “Home Alone” although he’s seen it so many times that he’s practically memorized every line. Baglan is already a seasoned volunteer as he leads trainings in a local youth development group. He hopes to strengthen his leadership skills by participating in more volunteer activities in the U.S. Baglan is also curious to try new hobbies, such as playing the piano or guitar, and playing sports that he hasn’t tried before.

Baglan feels that his hardworking attitude will help him have a successful FLEX year. He has always been someone who is determined to succeed in all aspects of his life. In the future, he hopes to study at his dream college, Harvard University, and also continue on with his artistic passions. In advance of meeting his future hosts, Baglan wants to express: “I want to say thank you because you are going to fulfill one boy’s dream! Thanks for this and big respect for you.”

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Please keep in mind that student photos and application materials may only be shared with individuals and host families who have completed the 2018-19 host family application and have been approved by American Councils for the 2018-19 program year.
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