Prior to departing, Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan wrote a farewell for exchange alumni in January 2017.
A team of Armenian alumni organized a flash mob in order to show support for youth with disabilities by showcasing their participation with professional dancers in a public performance. To the tune of “Waltz of the Flowers” by Peter Tchaikovsky, 80 dancers of all abilities waltzed on the steps of Cafesjian Center for the Arts in Yerevan on October 15, 2016.
After studying Arabic in Morocco as a National Security Language Initiative (NSLI-Y) student, Adam Sella gained far more than impressive language skills. While abroad he spent time with fellow NSLI-Y scholars who worked with refugees in their hometowns, and began learning about the growing global refugee crisis.
Kyiv Post, one of the most popular newspapers in the country, named the young alumni in their “30 Prominent Ukrainians Under 30” feature.
A year after her IVLP, Daniela has connected her two passions—empowering women and advocating for their security and respect for their human rights—by founding and registering the NGO “Soy Mujer” (I am a Woman).
The program awards small grants to alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange and training programs for projects that promote democratic development, economic reform, and a united Ukraine.