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The FLEX Program  A @StateDept program administered by @ac.global FLEX provides scholarships for students from Europe & Eurasia to spend a year in the U.S. #FLEXProgram

It's official - all 2017-18 #FLEXprogram students are now in their home countries, ready to begin their journey as #FLEXAlumni! To the class of 2018, be proud of your accomplishments and successes during your exchange year, get involved in the @flex_alumni community, and never stop looking for opportunities to make a difference! We cannot wait to see what your future holds! #FLEXFamilyForever

#WhyHostingMatters from #FLEXProgram (and #FLEXBaltics) student Robin from Estonia! 💙
“2 9 7 d a y s
no amount of words can explain the gratitude I have towards you so I’d rather say nothing.
I’ll see you again.” Photo: @koovitrobin

Happy #NationalSelfieDay! We love this #TB to fall 2017, when these FLEX students from Georgia just arrived to the U.S. excited for their #exchangeyear to begin! Have a selfie from your exchange year? Share with us using #FLEXProgram and #ExchangeOurWorld! 😎

When your #exchangeyear comes full circle and you can see what you have gained as a result of your hard work… Thanks to new #FLEXAlumni Lina from Moldova for sharing! “My year started with running cross country, continued with doing drama society club and finished with track. School clubs, sports, and different community service projects made my life so interesting and fulfilling. This exchange year opened up my life to new interests and callings. Besides sharing my culture and making lifelong friendships, I developed my skills of leadership and flexibility encountering challenges and being open to new things. As my exchange year comes to an end, I want to thank all people who were by my side this year. I am grateful to everybody for pushing me forward, supporting me, encouraging me to make most of my opportunities and live to the fullest. This experience was definitely a memorable one that left a tremendous impact on my personality. Thank you, States' 4-H International and the #FLEXProgram for giving me this opportunity and making all my dreams come true.” Photo: @gherghelejinik_lina

We love this story from @flexprogramukraine, highlighting 2017-18 #FLEXProgram student Dima before he departed his Missouri host community. Dima shares, “I lived in a really small town. We had more chickens than people in there! So when I had to go home, my host dad suggested me a joke: take a picture of me taking a part of farm life home. When my parents saw it, they realized it was a joke, but dad said ‘we were expecting you with a cat and a chicken!’ That was so funny!”

It's hard to believe, but as the remaining class of 2017-18 returns home this week, 2018-19 #FLEXprogram finalists are beginning Pre-Departure Orientations! Here's a FLEXy update from finalists in Kazakhstan! "Pre-Departure Orientations are where FLEX students really put the ♥️ in FLEX! Getting ready to #ExchangeOurWorld!"

The end of the #exchangeyear is only the beginning of another journey! #FLEXProgram student Raluca from Romania shares her enthusiasm for what lies ahead, "One of our last days in the USA, after 10 months full of events and changes as FLEX finalists! In this time, we have all grown so much and we are all looking forward to go back to Romania and start our #FLEXalumni projects!" Photo: @raluc

#FLEXprogram family reunions are the best! After their exchange year has ended, these new #FLEXAlumni are warmly welcomed home in the most creative ways. Bravo FLEX parents!

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers who support #FLEXProgram students before, during, and after their #exchangeyear. After returning back to Ukraine, recent #FLEXAlumni Valeria shares a heartfelt message to her host father, “I am more than 10k kilometers away from you, but your words: "You know you now always have a father, right?" and the warmth from your last hug on the 5th of June are here, they are with me, I feel them and I will never forget them.” Happy #FathersDay! Photo: @valeria_podlesna

After an exciting week in Washington, D.C. visiting the Department of State, learning how to share their #FLEXProgram story, and getting excited to be active alumni in their home countries, we say goodbye to 217 of the newest #FLEXAlumni as their next journey begins! #FLEXFamilyForever

As she prepares to return to her home country, #FLEXprogram student Zhasmin from Kazakhstan shares, "I feel inspired... because we are united! This past year students all around the world got an opportunity to explore and feel the life in the United States. We were placed all over the country and got different experiences. Past three days we were all together at the End of the Year event sharing our experiences! Everyone was so thankful for the opportunities, and we ARE ready to share our experience with others. We will encourage our countrymen to be open for changes and cultural exchange! We are a new generation, we are the future. So let's make changes!" Photo: @jp_sisters_

During today's Department of State Briefing, 270 #FLEXProgram and @cbyxppp students came together to celebrate the end of their exchange year, and the beginning of their journey as exchange alumni. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ambassador Jennifer Galt addressed the newest group of #exchangealumni, challenging them to become active alumni, and like the thousands before them, change the world by impacting one community at a time.

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