KAZAKHSTAN

ALUMNI ARTICLES

From Almaty to Silicon Valley Through the Push of a Button: The Story of...

Aruzhan Koshkarova ‘16 Almaty, Kazakhstan / Rogersville, MO Education: Student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA A few months ago, in Kazakhstan, a teenage girl was kidnapped on...

FLEX Alumni Participate in the USG Alumni Mentoring Program in Kazakhstan

American Councils in Kazakhstan launched the USG Alumni Mentoring Program with the support of the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty starting in 2019 and...

Central Asia FLEX Ability Workshop 2019 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

On July 25-28, 61 FLEX Alumni from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan attended the Central Asia FLEX Ability Workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to...

FLEX Alumni and The Youth: Shaping Children into Responsible Adults of the Future

Young people play a very important role in the progress of any country. They represent the future and if groomed right, they can bring...

FLEX Alumni and Business: Initiatives that are Helping the Business Community Thrive

Small businesses are often said to be the backbone of any economy. Just like everything else, it is also important to create awareness about...

WORKSHOP PROJECTS

Amazing Alumni Projects from the Central Asia FLEX-Ability Workshop 2016

FLEX alumni from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan organized grant projects following the 2016 Central Asia FLEX-Ability Workshop (CAFAW) on social entrepreneurship.  Alumni shared what they...

Call For Mentors: 2017 Central Asia Smart Storytelling FLEX-Ability Workshop

Workshop Dates  July 20-23, 2017 Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Theme: Smart Storytelling Deadline: June 20, 2017. 11:59 PM EST. Kindly apply here. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Central Asia FLEX-Ability Workshop 2017 is training...

Call For Applications: 2017 Central Asia Smart Storytelling FLEX-Ability Workshop

Workshop Dates  July 20-23, 2017 Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Theme: Smart Storytelling Deadline: June 16, 2017. 11:59 PM EST. Kindly apply via this online application. Cental Asia FLEX-Ability Program Description FLEX-Alumni Bringing...

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...

FLEX GRANTS

Alumni Mentoring Games in North Kazakhstan

In March, Alumni Coordinator Aknur Berdigulova ‘14 (Karaganda, Kazakhstan/Pearland, TX) coordinated 97 alumni meet-ups with the goal of promoting participating alumni’s professional and personal...

First Ultimate Frisbee Tournament in Karaganda, Kazakhstan

On June 17, exceptional City Representative Yana Veytsman ’17 (Karaganda, Kazakhstan/Colorado Springs, CO) organized the very first Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Kazakhstan. This event...

FLEX Alumni in South Kazakhstan Celebrate Gender Equality through Sports

This March, the FLEX Alumni community of South Kazakhstan organized a Powderpuff football game in Almaty in honor of International Women’s Day. ‘Powderpuff’ is...

Pull Yourself Up by your Bootstraps Bootcamp by Karina Ibragimova ’14

During her FLEX exchange year, Karina Ibragimova ‘14 (Aktobe, Kazakhstan/ Cogan Station, PA) was surprised by the variety of classes offered at her American...

5 Projects Ideas for FLEX Alumni, by FLEX Alumni Grants 2016 Winners 🙂

Every year, FLEX Alumni around the world hold amazing projects with the support of the FLEX Alumni Grants program. If you missed the full...

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Self-Defense Workshop in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan

An exceptional City Representative from Northern Kazakhstan, Alena Stakhanova ’18 (Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan/Milton, DE), organized a self-defense workshop for thirty young women.  Alena collaborated...

Alumni Abroad: Social Media Campaign by FLEX Alumni Kazakhstan

“Travel while you are young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will...

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...

Astana, Kazakhstan Charity Ball

On November 4, Nazarbayev University hosted the third annual Astana Ball organized with support from a FLEX Alumni Grant won by alumni from Kazakhstan...

Digital Media BootCamp Rocks Kazakhstan!

FLEX alumni recently completed a project aimed to spark creativity in local students in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Alumni organized a four-week digital media boot camp,...

GYSD GRANTS

25 GYSD Projects by FLEX Alumni 2004-2018

As FLEX celebrates the 25th anniversary of the program, we also celebrate the 15th anniversary of FLEX alumni organizing amazing Global Youth Service Day...

Announcing GYSD Matching Grants Program 2019

American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce the annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) Matching Grants program for FLEX and YES alumni....

Global Youth Service Day in North Kazakhstan

Five members of the FLEX Alumni Community in North Kazakhstan received Global Youth Service Day Matching Grants and organized amazing projects.  Let’s learn about...

FLEX and YES Alumni Serve Their Communities on Global Youth Service Day

FLEX and YES alumni took on the Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) challenge this spring - organizing events in their communities and working with...

GYSD Project: Debate Tournament in Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Project Organizer: Vadim Absatarov '15Event Location: Karaganda, Kazakhstan$ 150 in FLEX Alumni Grant Funding$ 150 cost share from: NIS school in Karaganda, photographer Dalila...

NOTABLE ALUMNI

Ayaulym Tursynkhnova ’17: Change Starts Locally

Ayaulym Tursynkhanova’17 (Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan /Beresford, SD) is both a FLEX and ACCESS Program alumna. She is a former City Representative (CR) of Ust-Kamenogorsk, and,...

Personal Development Summer Academy for Youth 2017 in Western Kazakhstan

  Every great change starts with an individual willing to take the first step. In the spring of 2017, Amina Kosbayeva '15 (Aktau, Kazakhstan/Cape May...

Inspiring Entrepreneur Almas Kebekbayev ’08: ‘I never regretted leaving a well-paid job’

Success comes in all different ways and forms. And occasionally in order to achieve your goal you need to turn down what's already perceived...

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...

Sergey Sek ’04 (Kazakhstan): a Successful Strategist with a Philosophical Mindset

Notes from the Author – FLEX alumna Tatyana Movshevich ’04 (Dzerzhinsk, Russia/Blandon, PA):  Not long ago I attended the City Nomads exhibition at the British...