FW: Fulfulling the Third Goal
- FOR ALL MD RPCVS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN STUDENT EXCHANGE ADVOCACY. Please
see if you can assist. Thanks!
Dear Fellow RPCVs:
My name is Brian Peterson and I was a PCV in Ukraine from 2003-2005. I
served as a TEFL volunteer in a secondary school in a small town in eastern
Ukraine. While there, I became familiar with an organization called
American Councils for International Education and one of the programs it
administers: the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX).
About a year after returning home to the U.S., I found a job at American
Councils, working with their secondary school exchange programs. I now work
with placing students on three different competitive, merit-based, exchange
programs funded by the State Department.
- Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) for students from the former Soviet
- Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) for students from Afghanistan
- American Serbia and Montenegro Leadership Exchange (A-SMYLE)
The students on these programs are selected for their high fluency in
English and their active involvement at school and in their comminties.
While in the U.S., they not only learn about American culture and history
and teach Americans about their own, but also gain an understanding of
important elements of a civil society, including the rule of law,
volunteerism, community service, and the involvement of citizens in solving
societal problems, while acquiring the values and skills that will enable
them to serve as agents for the transformation of their home countries.
While in Ukraine, I had the opportunity to work at an English-language
summer camp in Mykolayiv and co-teach with FLEX alumni at the university
level. I was amazed at how committed these students (many only 18 or
19) were to improving their local communities. Several were, and remain,
actively involved in initiating, and working with, programs to help such
groups as orphans, orphans with disabilities, Ukrainians suffereing from
drug addiction, and helping to educate the general population about
I am contacting you because, as fellow RPCVs, I know that you are interested
in cultural exchange and probably you are acquainted with like-minded folks.
If you are interested in the possibility of hosting an exchange student, or
know people or groups in your community or nationwide that might be
interested, please pass on this message and take a look at the attached
information. I also ask that you consider passing this message on to your
Peace Corps country group.
Thank you for your commitment to cultural exchange and the belief that we
can change our world for the better.
The Third Goal: "Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on
the part of Americans."
RPCV Ukraine, '03-'05
Program Assistant - Inbound Secondary School Programs American Councils for
1776 Massachussetts Ave. N.W., Suite 700 Washington, D.C. 20036