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.
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!
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.