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In Conversation with the Javaid Sisters

In Conversation with the Javaid Sisters
They say that one right decision can change your life. For Irum Javaid that decision was when her teacher asked the class if anyone was interested in learning the English Language through the English Access Microscholarship Program.  All it took was a ‘yes’ to open the doors of unexpected opportunities ...
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World Poetry Day 2017: Poems by Alumni

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10 Things a Humphrey Fellow Discusses with Peers in America

10 Things a Humphrey Fellow Discusses with Peers in America
By Hina Ali, Hubert H. Humphrey fellow There are certain things you always discuss during your stay in the United States as an exchange participant.  These are discussions that bring you closer to your other fellows, their countries, and their cultures. Mother’s cooking and local cuisine of your country – On more than one occasion ...
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Alumni Corner: Ignore Disability, Explore Ability

Alumni Corner: Ignore Disability, Explore Ability
Alumni Organize Activity for Promotion of Sports Skills among Persons with Disabilities This activity was organized by exchange alumni Sahib Khan Bhand and Abid Lashari in Nawabshah in February 2016 with the sole purpose of creating awareness among people to highlight the need for sports opportunities for persons with disabilities.  We are ...
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First Person: My Exchange Journey as a Disability Leader

First Person: My Exchange Journey as a Disability Leader
by Maria Qureshi, IVLP alumna. “I was not disabled in America” It was an honor for me to be part of the International Visitors Leadership program on Disability Leadership in the United States as it empowered and encouraged me.  It is worth mentioning here that during the said visit my ...
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First Person: Beyond Exchanges

First Person: Beyond Exchanges
By Eisha, Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program It is a well-known fact among the exchange community that exchanges transform lives.  After all, exchange is a year of growth, adventure, and learning.  However, not many have talked about their journey of reintegration.  What happens when you come back home as ...
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First Person: Organizing BUBW – Pakistan to Promote Interfaith Harmony

First Person: Organizing BUBW – Pakistan to Promote Interfaith Harmony
By Priya Parkash, YES 2014-2015, Pakistan, hosted by AFS in Camarillo, CA A few months ago, two religious commemorations — the Hindu celebration of Holi and the Christian Easter holiday — were declared public holidays in the province of Sindh.  The ensuing debate and dialogue made me realize how we, ...
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First Person: Chitrali Topi in D.C

First Person: Chitrali Topi in D.C
Saryal Saeed is a Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (KL-YES) alumnus from Peshawar.  While he was in the U.S., he had the most interesting coincidence an exchange student from Pakistan could have.  His story is a testament to the power of exchanges and cultural diversity as a tool of ...
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Hijabi Diaries: A Different Perspective

Hijabi Diaries: A Different Perspective
By Tabish Shaikh, Global UGRAD alumna and Fulbright fellow 2015. Amidst the disturbing events of this decade which are dividing the international community along cultural and religious fault-lines, there is a dire need to highlight some untold stories to emphasize the power of love and friendship – a connection that ...
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Stories from Seattle: The Power of Exchanges

Stories from Seattle: The Power of Exchanges
By Vijay Kumar, Community College Initiative Program.  How beautiful is the thought of visualizing your dream in your mind, creating its sub-conscious reality with unknown images of a different world; the excitement and joy of being in a different place, meeting with different people; where people who see things differently ...
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