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FLEX Alumni in Zaporizhzhya Improve their Environment for GYSD

Anastasiya Shapovalova ’17 (Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine/ Mount Crawford, VA), the current FLEX Alumni City Representative of Zaporizhzhya, organized three impressive city cleanup activities for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). She wanted […]

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Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Do you know about 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? Marzhan Balabek ’17 (Taraz, Kazakhstan/ Northport, AL), the FLEX Alumni City Representative of Almaty, recognized that for people in her […]

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FLEX Alumni from Turkmenistan Implement Toastmasters International Project

From January to May 2018, Selbi Veliyeva ’16 (Mary, Turkmenistan/ Dinuba, CA) led the Toastmasters International Project at the Mary American Corner (MAC) in Turkmenistan. This was a collaborative effort […]

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Interview with Emil Hasanzade ’15, Filmmaker and Founder of the FEMM Project

FLEX Alumni Coordinator Sabina Suleymanova’14 (Baku, Azerbaijan/Traverse City/ MI) interviewed Emil Hasanzade ’15 (Baku, Azerbaijan/Monroe, WA) regarding his project, FEMM, based on gender equality and feminism in Azerbaijan. Through the […]

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FLEX Alumni in Central Ukraine Participate in the European Youth Parliament (EYP)

At first glance, the European Youth Parliament may sound like many other NGOs. It is described as a “platform for discussion of current social, economic, and political issues, as well […]

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FLEX Alumni Visit a Children’s Shelter in Baku

One of the most long-lasting lessons alumni learn during their FLEX year is the importance of volunteering. After returning back home alumni regularly volunteer in their communities. With the initiative […]

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FLEX Alumni Lead Women’s History Month Celebration in Turkmenistan

On March 5 and 12, FLEX alumna Aylar Mammetmyradova ’12 (Ashgabat, Turkmenistan/ Tijeras, NM) hosted a Women’s History Month Workshop for 41 visitors of the American Center, including high school […]

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FLEX and YLP Alumni Initiate a Model U.S. Senate Platform

After returning home, FLEX alumni are always looking for ways to give back to their communities by sharing their knowledge and experience from their exchange year in the U.S.  Alumni […]

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5 Things You Learn as an Exchange Student

Being a student in a foreign country, especially as a teenager, is a unique experience and once in a lifetime opportunity that allows you to broaden your horizons not only […]

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Winter FLEX Alumni Volunteering Activities in Poland

The fledgling FLEX alumni community in Poland bravely faced the cold winter months without letting the weather stop them from continuing to give back to their communities!  Let’s check out […]

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