Conflict Transformation Activist Lilit Gizhlaryan ’09

Lilit Gizhlaryan ‘09 Verin Karmiraghbyur, Armenia / Rosly, South Dakota Education: MA in Spanish Language and Literature from Yerevan State University. ‘I decided to continue listening’ What is...

Layla Abdullaeva (Uzbekistan) Success Against All Odds

'Every time something big is happening in my life, I step back a little and mentally prepare myself. I'm learning how to be more...

American Culture Oasis in Mary, Turkmenistan

In the middle of the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan lies an oasis where the city of Mary is located. And in Mary, just like...

Social Café: Social Entrepreneurship in Action in Kazakhstan

Organizers of the Social Cafe in Astana have recently opened a crowdfunding campaign to support the initiative.  All of the funds raised will help...

Mykola Tymkiv ’08 From a Small Start-Up to an 800-person company: A great...

ZoomSupport is eager to help the FLEX program by offering technical support for host families of current students or alumni of the FLEX program...

Irina Ghaplanyan ’99 Contributing to Armenia’s Future

Irina Ghaplanyan ‘99 Yerevan, Armenia / York, PA Education: BA in International Relations (University of Malta), MA in Diplomatic Studies (Diplomatic Academy of London, Westminster University) and...

Interview with Notable Alumnus Hikmat Aliyev ’94

Hikmat Aliyev ’94 (Baku, Azerbaijan/La Harpe, IL) is an alumnus of the first cohort of the FLEX program.  After his exchange year, Hikmat returned...

Yulia (Mokshina) Sushkova ’95 (Saransk, Russia): Professor, Writer and Radio Show Presenter

Yulia (Mokshina) Sushkova ‘95 Saransk, Russia / Naples, Florida Education: Law Degree in 2001, PhD (2003) and Doctoral Degree (2009) in Ethnology and Anthropology from Ogarev...

Gunel Isakova ’08: Healthy Living in a Multicultural Society

Gunel Isakova ‘08 Zagatala, Azerbaijan / Newport, Oregon Education:  BA in International Relations from Baku Slavic University This autumn Gunel Isakova’s long-standing dream finally came true –...

Turkmenistan’s Jennet Gurbanmammedova ’10 Pursues Ethical Business Practices

Jennet Gurbanmammedova ‘10 Balkanabat, Turkmenistan / Alexandria, VA Education: KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Majoring in Finance, Minoring in Accounting   In August 2015 Jennet Gurbanmammedova ‘10 will...