Want an insider’s look into hosting an international exchange student? This host family shares what hosting an U.S. Department of State student is all about!

Here’s a flashback to Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) 2014! Our FLEX students participated in a group clean up effort at Morningside Shelter in Brattleboro, Vermont during their Re-Entry Workshop.
Way to show your FLEX spirit, rain or shine! Read more about the GYSD event here …

Here’s a flashback to Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) 2014! Our FLEX students participated in a group clean up effort at Morningside Shelter in Brattleboro, Vermont during their Re-Entry Workshop.

Way to show your FLEX spirit, rain or shine! Read more about the GYSD event here …

Congratulations to Zhyldyz Omursakova of Kyrgyzstan, for winning the U.S. Department of State’s FLEX Student of the Month for May 2014!

Zhyldyz spent her FLEX year in Beavercreek, Ohio, where she performed countless community service hours, shared Kyrgyz culture and cuisine, and even performed in a talent show. Way to go, Zhyldyz!

Congratulations to Zhyldyz Omursakova of Kyrgyzstan, for winning the U.S. Department of State’s FLEX Student of the Month for May 2014!

Zhyldyz spent her FLEX year in Beavercreek, Ohio, where she performed countless community service hours, shared Kyrgyz culture and cuisine, and even performed in a talent show. Way to go, Zhyldyz!

Bringing the World Closer, One Student at a Time

Read as Cindy, a host mother in Michigan, reflects on her eye-opening experience hosting Hangoma, a FLEX student from Tajikistan this past year.

Participating in the FLEX program by hosting a foreign exchange student has been a wonderful experience for our entire family.  We have learned so much about other countries and cultures, not only from our student Hangoma—who comes from Tajikistan—but from other students in the program.  We have enjoyed sharing our culture and traditions with our student.

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Hangoma happened to be Muslim, and we are Catholic.  There were certain perceptions we had of Muslims prior to this experience.  My family now has a better understanding of Islam, and we now know the many similarities with Christianity.  We were able to learn from one another and share our religious holiday traditions.  We prepared meals together from our student’s country—such as plov, a traditional rice dish—and exchanged many stories.  

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In my opinion, the FLEX program is a wonderful way to bring the world closer together, one student at a time.  I feel that the program benefits the host family, student and the community.  So many people were impacted by us having Hangoma in our home; extended family, the school community, and friends have all enjoyed meeting and becoming friends with her. Now that she is back home, my entire family misses her terribly! I hope and pray that we see her again someday.

Letters Home: Inspired to Do More

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My Dear Family,

I would like to tell a story about my incredible exchange experience. I remember when I was dreaming about visiting America—that was my first step to make my dreams come true. Of course, my idea of American life was different before I came to the US, even though we covered a lot of things at our Pre-Departure Orientation in Kyrgyzstan …

Yuliya from Ukraine bid an emotional farewell to her host family yesterday, showing how exchange programs like the FLEX Program build incredible bonds between students and their host families.
Here’s to the host families who helped us through the challenges and cheered us on for our successes this past year!

Yuliya from Ukraine bid an emotional farewell to her host family yesterday, showing how exchange programs like the FLEX Program build incredible bonds between students and their host families.

Here’s to the host families who helped us through the challenges and cheered us on for our successes this past year!

Do you know what international holidays we celebrated last month?
 Global Youth Service Day —April 11-13
 Earth Day — April 22
FLEX students Ariana (Moldova), and Diana (Kazakhstan) partnered with the local YMCA for their “South End of Albany Earth Day Beautification Project,” showing their holiday spirit this April!  

Do you know what international holidays we celebrated last month?

  •  Global Youth Service Day —April 11-13
  •  Earth Day — April 22

FLEX students Ariana (Moldova), and Diana (Kazakhstan) partnered with the local YMCA for their “South End of Albany Earth Day Beautification Project,” showing their holiday spirit this April!  

Take a look at this semester’s issue of FLEXpress, the FLEX newsletter with community service highlights, workshop recaps, and more.
Click here for the full issue—you may recognize some faces!

Take a look at this semester’s issue of FLEXpress, the FLEX newsletter with community service highlights, workshop recaps, and more.

Click here for the full issue—you may recognize some faces!

Our 2013-2014 FLEX students had a successful Re-Entry Workshop at the World Learning SIT campus in Brattleboro, Vermont this past week!
Our biggest takeaway: enjoy the FLEX experience—the highs, lows, and everything in between make it unforgettable and uniquely yours.

Our 2013-2014 FLEX students had a successful Re-Entry Workshop at the World Learning SIT campus in Brattleboro, Vermont this past week!

Our biggest takeaway: enjoy the FLEX experience—the highs, lows, and everything in between make it unforgettable and uniquely yours.

International Education Takes You Places!

Our FLEX students have introduced their host communities to tastes of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine this year.