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!