Editor's Note: Earlier this year, select high school exchange students participated in a week-long Civic Education Workshop, which culminated in a single day of meetings on Capitol Hill, where students were thrilled to be in the "People's House" and meet their host representatives.

Habib Debaya, Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study student
From Tunisia; Hosted in Nebraska

An exchange student has many new experiences during an academic year in America: new foods, new places, new schools, and new families. For a select group of students each year, that list includes meeting elected officials in Washington D.C. through the Civic Education Workshop.

A quick glance at Keti Bochorishvili’s resume shows many impressive entries, including her latest title: CEO. But when she thinks about her path to success, Keti says it all started when she was 16. That was the year she applied for the Future Leaders Exchange Program, a then relatively new opportunity in her home country of Georgia, which allowed secondary school students to spend an academic year in the United States.

When Jelena Jevtic first heard about the U.N. Youth Assembly, she wasn’t sure if she should apply.

This year’s Top 30 Under 30 Ukrainian Leaders includes politicians, entrepreneurs, athletes, and two Future Leaders Exchange Program alumni.

A U.S. Department of State initiative trains and employs FLEX alumni to teach English to promising students from underserved regions of Moldova. 

Students are never bored at the American Corner in Mary, Turkmenistan, a cultural exchange and education center that hosts over 40 activities every month. 

The performing arts career of Emin, a FLEX alumni from Azerbaijan, reflects countless hours of hard work and an unrelenting desire to connect the world through music.

An international education recap from our FLEX, YES, and Cultural Bridges students. 


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