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!
Going Home, We're Not Going to Stop! (American Councils)
Why host? Listen to students reflect on their American experience and how their exchange year has encouraged them to make changes in their home communities. Discover the magic of opening your home to cultural youth ambassadors and future leaders!
Kwa pamoja tunaweza! Let's Do It Together! (American Councils)
Why host? Watch one family reveal their decision to jump in and open their home for the first time to an exchange student. A school administrator also discusses the impact a YES student had on her US high school and student body.
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!
The International Student Support Team's Mid-Year 2015 Newsletter!
We are pleased to announce that our Mid-Year 2015 Newsletter is now available! This edition of the newsletter features highlights of your exchange year up to now and welcomes our 2014-2015 YES-Malaysia students to the American Councils family.Click HERE to view the newsletter. Please note: the newsletter is in PDF format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat to view the file.
We are pleased to announce the launch of ExCEL Abroad, the outbound component of the successful ExCEL program, also adminstered by American Councils for International Education. This new youth exchange program will send American high school students to live in Vilnius for one academic year beginning in 2015-2016 in order to strengthen ties between the United States and Lithuania. American students will serve as cultural ambassadors while living with a Lithuanian host family and attending a Lithuanian high school.