Jesse Clark’s final thoughts on his Experience in the U.S. Congress – Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange

Hey Everyone! It was a very exciting final week of the 2015 U.S. Congress – Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange Program, and I have more stories than I could possibly put in a single blog post. I am in Chicago right now for a quick layover; so far I’ve taken a two-hour flight from Seoul to Tokyo, had a three-hour layover, and then hopped on a 12-hour flight from Tokyo to Chicago. I still have a two-hour flight back to Bangor, and then a two-hour drive back to the glorious town of Calais, Maine.  For those keeping score at...

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Young Afghan Diplomats See Public Diplomacy through American Lens

“The history and values of United States are very different. Americans are adaptable to diverse cultures and they are very advanced, most people are qualified and there are so many new things to learn that it is hard to absorb everything in two weeks.” These were the general remarks of 15 young Afghan diplomats who visited Washington DC and New York last month to participate in a two-week training program focusing on diplomatic craft and management skills. The Afghan Diplomats Training Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, later this...

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Pakistani and U.S. High School Students Join Together in Global Leadership and STEM Exchange Program

By Angela Aggeler and Jonathan Foldi On December 16, 2014, I sat in my office in Islamabad, Pakistan and watched in horror as the death toll from an assault on a school in Peshawar rose higher and higher.  Members of the Pakistani Taliban had attacked the Army Public School and killed over 140 people – 132 of them children.  This horrific event, however, inspired us at Embassy Islamabad to counter with something positive for that school’s survivors. The result was the U.S.–Pakistan Global Leadership and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Program.  For two weeks in late July to early...

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A Program Exchange Unlike Any Other

If someone asks you if you’d like to implement a summer camp for 120 girls in the heart of Rwanda–grab it, as it is not a question many individuals are faced with. When Meridian International Center, a non-profit in Washington, DC that specializes in cross-cultural exchanges, was brought on to help facilitate the 2015 Women in Science (WiSci) Camp in Rwanda this spring, I knew the program would bring a life changing experience. When given the opportunity to be part of it, I realized how different yet similar my experience would be compared to our 120 bright campers from...

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WiSci 2015: A Journey of Self Discovery

By Emily Adcock, WiSci STEAM Camp participant Today is our last day in Rwanda, and a few of us got up to watch the sunrise for the last time. As I was reflecting on the past three weeks, I whimsically connected my experience to the sunrise before me. A sunrise universally symbolizes a new beginning. To me, this sunrise was the beginning of a new chapter in my life. In this chapter, my self-concept and global outlook have developed in so many ways, some of which I have yet to realize. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “If you don’t...

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