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ALUMNI ARTICLES

FLEX Talking Club in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Starting on September 5, FLEX alumni launched the weekly Talking Club in partnership with the American Corner in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Talking Club is a...

Central Asia FLEX-Ability Workshop 2017: Smart Storytelling

All of us have stories to tell – and FLEX alumni have so many!  From their exchange experiences to stories of the impact that...

FLEX Experience and How I Became a Professional Dancer

Kanykei Iskander kyzy '13 (LaGrange, KY/ Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) I would like to share my story of becoming a professional folk dancer and how much FLEX...

Children’s Day Events

FLEX Alumni organized events in recognized of Children’s Day on June 1, 2014, the international holiday to honor children.  In Armenia alumni worked together with...

Exchanges to Internships, Experiences to Interests

Nadezhda Pak ‘10 Raymore, MO/Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Current education: American University of Central Asia Since returning from her 2010 FLEX exchange year in Raymore, Missouri, Nadezhda Pak has...

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...

Who, If Not Us? When, If Not Now? Bride Kidnapping and Discrimination...

Altynai Ermenbaeva '15 & Islambek Ashyraliev '15 Project Title: Who, If Not Us?  When, If Not Now? Project Location: Talas, Kyrgyzstan $316 in 2015 Central Asia FLEX-Ability...

Spell It Like Beckham

Azamat Alibaev ’04 Project Title: Spell It Like Beckham Project Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan $500 in 2015 Central Asia FLEX-Ability Grants On September 10-19, Azamat Alibaev ‘04 and Altynai...

FLEX GRANTS

FLEX Talks Kyrgyzstan

On November 1, the FLEX Alumni Program in Kyrgyzstan hosted a 25th Anniversary Celebration for the FLEX Program. The celebration included speeches in a TED-style format...

FLEX Alumni in Kyrgyzstan Implement TechMothers Project

During the summer of 2017, FLEX alumni Zhibek Kamalbek kyzy ‘14 (Jalal-Abad Kyrgyzstan/Saint Olaf, IA), Sezim Zhenishbekova ‘15 (Naryn, Kyrgyzstan/Saranac, MI) and Atai...

Celebrating Three Years of the Kyrgyzstan New Generation Camp

Jibek Turgunbekova ’13 (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan/ Keota, IA) Project Title:  New Generation (El Campo) Project Location:  Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan $1306 in 2014 FLEX Alumni Grant Program Funding FLEX alumni and...

Per Aspera Ad Astra – Through Hardships to the Stars

Per Aspera Ad Astra - Through Hardships to the Stars Aizhan Tagaeva ’11 (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) Event Location:  Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan $1174 in FLEX Alumni Grant Program Funding Summary:  FLEX...

El Campo

El Campo Aigerim Kushaiynova ’11 (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) Event Location:  Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan $1425 in FLEX Alumni Grant Program Funding Summary: On July 17 - 28, organizers led by FLEX...

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

FLEX Alumni in Kyrgyzstan Implement TechMothers Project

During the summer of 2017, FLEX alumni Zhibek Kamalbek kyzy ‘14 (Jalal-Abad Kyrgyzstan/Saint Olaf, IA), Sezim Zhenishbekova ‘15 (Naryn, Kyrgyzstan/Saranac, MI) and Atai...

Alumni from Kyrgyzstan Proclaim, “I Love English!”

FLEX alumni joined schools and universities across Kyrgyzstan in supporting the Week of English Language in Kyrgyzstan, an initiative of the U.S. Embassy in...

The Day of Science and Ecology in Kyrgyzstan

On November 11, a team of FLEX alumni in partnership with the Institution of Youth Development and Move Green organized an event called the...

FLEX Alumni are International Education Week 2016

Annually, the FLEX Alumni community celebrates International Education Week through a variety of alumni activities.  International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the...

Central Asia FLEX-Ability StartQube Workshop: Social Entrepreneurship

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan was the host of the Central Asia FLEX-Ability StartQube Workshop that took place on July 20-24. Forty-five FLEX alumni and four Alumni...

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....

FLEX Alumni Work with At-Risk Communities for Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest service event in the world and the only one that celebrates the contributions that children and...

FLEX Alumni and GYSD 2017: Educational Projects

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest service event in the world and the only one that celebrates the contributions that children and...

FLEX Alumni and GYSD 2017:  Education and Career Advice Projects

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest service event in the world and the only one that celebrates the contributions that children and...

NOTABLE ALUMNI

Love at First Sight: Stories of Alumni Falling In Love With Their Host Communities...

The most exciting part of becoming an exchange student is getting to experience a different culture and meeting new people. Ever since the inception...

Big Business Executive Zarina Chekirbaeva ’98

Zarina Chekirbaeva ’98 (Naryn, Kyrgyzstan / Glen Ellyn, IL) Education: BA in Business Administration from the American University of Central Asia, MA in Public Administration...

Zafarbek Sulaimanov ’11 Founder of Kyrgyzstan’s first urban fashion company Enesay.kg

is confident that one day Enesay.kg will become profitable and its designs will be in demand not just in Kyrgyzstan, but in the...

Elnura Osmonalieva ’99 Kyrgyz Film Director Putting International Education and Social Justice on the...

'Being a film director is physically and emotionally draining. You need to be brave and show your thoughts to the audience and take their...

Aizada Marat kyzy from Kyrgyzstan – Exception To the Rule

‘FLEX has been a great starting platform for most of us. We need to remember that the purpose of the program was to bring...