The Kazickas Family Foundation has awarded American Councils for International Education a generous three-year grant to launch the reciprocal component of Exchanges for Culture, Education, and Leadership (ExCEL).

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A pilot project for 25 teachers of English in Moldova is harnessing the popularity of blogs to engage students and increase their interest in learning English.

The new American Councils Moldova educational project, which gathers English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers from over 15 districts around Moldova remotely via Google Hangouts, promotes the use of blogs to connect with students and take advantage of online teaching tools.

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To anyone familiar with her work, it comes at no surprise that Natia Nasrashvili was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Professional Fellows Program (PFP).

From the Ministry of Justice in the Republic of Georgia to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Natia has continued to take great leaps since participating in the fellowship that brought her to the U.S. Congress in 2010.

Serving as a Legislative Fellow for U.S. Congressmen Thomas Petri, the experience redefined her understanding of public service and the importance of constituent relations.

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Jennet Gurbanmammedova can attest to the ripple effect of an exchange year abroad.

Hailing from Balkanabat, Turkmenistan, Jennet spent a year (2009-10) in Alexandria, Virginia, living with an American host family and attending high school, through the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program. While in the U.S., Jennet honed her English language skills, volunteered in her local community, and immersed herself in American culture.

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Do you believe that grassroots community projects can make a difference in the world? Thirteen projects from YES alumni across the world did just that.

Although each project received funding from the YES program, it was the sweat, tears, and hard work of each person that made the difference in improving the lives of the people in their communities.

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