Making the Most of a COVID-19 Re-entry Experience

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Samuel Boor ’20 (Vrbove, Slovakia / La Crosse, WI)  The 2020 alumni all experienced a different return from the U.S. than other generations. What united...

Slovak Blog Series: My Christmas in the States

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When I celebrated Christmas in the U.S. I started to feel the Christmas spirit on December 7th, when I was invited to an “Ugly...

Finding the Right Placement Organization

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By Kristina Stierankova ’20 (Hrachovo, Slovakia / Kuna, ID)  An essential part of the FLEX program is finding a placement organization responsible for placing participants,...

Acts of Service Abroad

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By Kristina Stierankova ’20 (Hrachovo, Slovakia / Kuna, ID)  It all began when my host organization in the U.S., The Council on International Educational Exchange...

Slovak Blog Series: My Thanksgiving in America

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For many people outside of the U.S. they have an idea of what Thanksgiving is like, but most of us don't actually have the...

Slovakia and Turkmenistan: International Cooperation for Better Understanding

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By Kristina Ruth Stierankova ’20 (Hrachovo, Slovakia / Kuna, ID)  I am the alumni coordinator for Slovakia, and I support FLEX alumni in my country...

Slovakia Blog Series: My Host Family in the U.S.

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What will my host family be like? Will they like me? Will I fit into their family? Will I feel like home with them?...

Slovak Blog Series: My Halloween in America

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I spent my FLEX year in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I've always wanted to experience American holidays because they're so different from ours in...

On Making Friends in the U.S.

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By Eva Lehocka ’20 (Zvolen, Slovakia / Pleasant Hill, IA)  Hi, my name is Eva, and I spent my exchange year in Pleasant Hill, Iowa...