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.

Kitchen Diplomacy: International Relations Through Food

Our FLEX students have shared plov, borshcht, manty, and other delicious Eurasian dishes with their host families and communities! Read more about the ways food is being used for diplomacy!

Hangoma from Tajikistan shows off her outfit for Dress Up Day at Hackett Catholic Central High School basketball game!

Hangoma from Tajikistan shows off her outfit for Dress Up Day at Hackett Catholic Central High School basketball game!

What do Michelle Obama and the FLEX Program have in common? They both support international exchange programs for youth!

Relationships between nations aren’t just about relationships between governments, they’re about relationships between people—particularly young people.

Guess who made a surprise appearance at the FLEX Civic Engagement Workshop?
Congrats to our amazing finalists: Anton, Ram, Vladimir, and Zhyldyz!

Guess who made a surprise appearance at the FLEX Civic Engagement Workshop?

Congrats to our amazing finalists: Anton, Ram, Vladimir, and Zhyldyz!

What do our Albany FLEX students and Russian-American author Vladimir Nabokov have in common?
They both visited the Albany Pine Bush Preserve!
Did you know that the famed Lolita author was a butterfly specialist, and discovered an endangered species, the Karner Blue Butterfly at the Pine Bush Preserve? Our students learned this fun fact, and talked about the need to preserve the natural environment and endangered species.

What do our Albany FLEX students and Russian-American author Vladimir Nabokov have in common?

They both visited the Albany Pine Bush Preserve!

Did you know that the famed Lolita author was a butterfly specialist, and discovered an endangered species, the Karner Blue Butterfly at the Pine Bush Preserve? Our students learned this fun fact, and talked about the need to preserve the natural environment and endangered species.

What Do Turkmen Women Receive Every March?

The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program is one of the U.S. Department of State’s distinguished youth exchange programs that provides secondary students from Eurasia the opportunity to live and study in the US for one academic year. Below, Jacob from Turkmenistan shares the traditions of International Women’s Day in his home country! Jacob is currently living in Washington, DC with his host family and attends the Barrie School.

In Turkmenistan, the 8th of March is International Women’s Day! Everyone gets a day off, and schools and offices are closed. On  this day, all women get money and flowers from the government. For some families it’s a big deal but for some of them it’s not.

What I usually do is I leave early in the morning while my mom and sister are sleeping, go to the bazaar, and buy flowers and chocolates so they can see their favorite son and brother celebrating them with beautiful flowers and sweet chocolates! :)  You can see in the photo that all female workers—no matter where they work or study—get a particular amount of money and flowers from the government.

And it’s better late than never, I congratulate all of you with a belated International Women’s Day!!!

Jacob is one of 28 World Learning FLEX students in the US for the 2013-14 academic year. We are always looking for families that are interested in opening their homes to a future leader. You can learn more about becoming a host family by visiting our Host Family FAQ page!

International Women’s Day is tomorrow, March 8th! How will you celebrate the women in your life?

#WomensDay #InspiringChange

Zhyldyz of Kyrgyzstan cares, and so should you! Find out more about the community service projects our FLEX students are participating in around the country …

Zhyldyz of Kyrgyzstan cares, and so should you! Find out more about the community service projects our FLEX students are participating in around the country …