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DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, October 22, 2011 - On her visit to Tajikistan, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton commended FLEX alumni and other young leaders for their commitment to creating a better future for Tajikistan. The town hall meeting in Dushanbe's Ismaili Center focused on women, youth, and building civil society. Before Secretary Clinton's arrival, FLEX Alumni Coordinator, Kholmati Kholik (2009) spoke to the audience of more than 500 about the Tajik FLEX alumni community and encouraged those present to join the group's volunteer service efforts. For many years now, FLEX alumni have taken active roles in building Tajik civil society through community service.
CLS is a U.S. Department of State program offering intensive overseas summer language institutes in 13 critical foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. students. Summer language institutes are seven to ten weeks long and are only open to U.S. citizens. Programs are offered for the following languages and levels: • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels; • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels; • Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.
As summer descends on college campuses, most students return home for summer jobs or unpaid internships. However, one Hampshire College freshman returned home to help shape his country's nascent electoral system. Arslan Muradi is a participant in the AMZ Afghanistan Undergraduate Fellowship program, a life-changing initiative, which provides merit-based scholarships to Afghan students to study at accredited American universities. In June 2011, Arslan chose to leave Hampshire College and spend summer vacation interning in Afghanistan. He worked for Checchi and Company Consulting Inc., providing technical support for programs assessing election procedures in his native country.
A-SMYLE and YES South East Europe students write about their experiences on program in the United States and back at home as alumni in their newsletter, Balkan Youth Voices. Download the newsletter
Ten alumni from the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program, a U.S. Government sponsored high school exchange program, will begin their studies at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) this fall. As part of NYUAD's class of 2015, the FLEX alumni competed against nearly 6,000 candidates for 161 spots in this innovative, new university. Their experiences on the FLEX program made them competitive applicants, helping them to receive full scholarships, and shaping their interest in international study. Administered by American Councils, the FLEX program sends students from ten Eurasian countries to study in American high schools for an academic year.