Alumnus Helps German Students Connect Communities with Refugees

Joshua Kriesmann

Founder, Schüler Treffen Flüchtlinge e.V. (Students Meet Refugees NGO)
German CBYX alumnus Joshua Kriesmann truly embraces what it means to be a global citizen, making it his mission to foster greater cultural understanding in what can sometimes feel like an increasingly divisive world.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Germany Western HemisphereUnited StatesOklahoma
FLEX City Representative Strengthens Alumni Community

Azat Toroev

FLEX City Representative
Azat’s FLEX exchange experience taught him that simple, person-to-person interactions are the best way to promote mutual understanding between people of different communities.
Future Leaders Exchange Kyrgyzstan Western HemisphereUnited StatesColorado
Exchanges Link Cultures and Ideas

Leah Goodridge

Supervising Attorney, MFY Legal Services
United States
Leah Goodridge's Gilman Scholarship program helped inspire her focus on vulnerable populations, leading to her establishing a nonprofit organization in the Dominican Republic and working to provide legal help for underserved community members in New York City.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program United Kingdom Western HemisphereUnited States
A Garden of Hope in Taiwan

Chi Hui-Jung

CEO, Garden of Hope Foundation
Chi Hui-Jung's IVLP experience lead her to expand the reach of the Garden of Hope Foundation, a Taiwanese organization under Ms. Chi's leadership dedicated to preventing and decreasing sexual and domestic violence toward women and children, while aiming to provide a safe and friendly environment for survivors.
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Taiwan Western HemisphereUnited States
Increasing Access to Emergency Services in Sri Lanka

Chamara Ekanayaka

CERT-Youth, Founder
Sri Lanka
Since returning to Sri Lanka after his Fulbright program, Chamara has become an active alumni member who leads by example and continues to volunteer his time, knowledge, and resources to communities, NGOs, and government institutions that are in need of his expertise on emergency medical techniques and disaster management.
Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program Western HemisphereUnited States
Citizen Diplomacy Beyond the Wall

Jeffery Wood

2015 Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow
United States (District of Columbia)
When Jeffrey Wood first traveled to China from Washington, D.C. as a high school student, he could not have imagined that his study abroad journey would lead to an interview with First Lady Michelle Obama.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program East Asia and the PacificChina
National Security Language Initiative for Youth East Asia and the PacificChina


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