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Sunday, December 5th, 2010
7:42 pm
[yangyuqi]
艺海慧天——杨玉琪的缤纷世界www.yangyuqi.com
您好!推荐一个唯美的艺术网站,希望您能够喜欢它。谢谢!杨玉琪:英国剑桥 终身院士、美国ABI世界名人中心 终身院士、国际华人美术家协会 主席、www.yangyuqi888.com

Hello! Recommend a beautiful art site, hope you like it. Thank you! Yang Yuqi: Cambridge, UK Life Fellow, American Academy of ABI world famous center of life, the International President of the Chinese Artists Association, www.yangyuqi888.com
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
10:55 pm
[mutaborizm]
Recollections from Ukraine
 Nostalgia. Homesickness. We render service of sending from Ukraine of things and subjects which are connected with any recollections.

"Everywhere we are surrounded with recollections. They are kept not only in photos, but also in a crucifix presented by mum, in the watch presented by the father, in the trinket for the keys, presented by the best friend.
Recollections are kept in a dusty chest on an attic of the rural house to which, at times, many long years you are afraid to approach, that the mortal melancholy on the past has not strangled… "
Evgeniy Novikov

What give us recollections? First of all, possibility again to endure those moments of life which have left impress on our memory.
Any were for a long time, any recently.
Any were pleasant, any is not present.
But the majority of distant corners of our memory are filled by something warm, soft, smelling, tasty...

It is my project. www.nostalgiaukraine.com
Even if you do not concern to Ukraine, but want to receive a souvenir - please write.
Monday, July 5th, 2010
7:15 pm
[hisakolychee]
I am applying for AFS Japan and I would just like to ask how the interviews are scheduled/arranged?
What type of questions do they ask and how soon do they send you to your country of choice afterwards?
For those who went to school there, how quickly did you adjust and make friends?
Thursday, October 8th, 2009
1:01 am
[socialculture]

Saturday, September 12th, 2009
6:52 pm
[super_nyaaa]
a year in Italy?
Hello everyone ^^

I'm a girl on 15 and want to take a year in Italy but there's something i want to know before ^^

is it true that girls must not walk alone outside before they are about 20?
that if native people finds out that you aren't native yourself they will almost kill you? (i got told this had something to do with the mafia)
and that your host parents are going to choose what you want to wear every single day?

if you know please tell me ^^

than again i would really like to talk to an Exchange Student who have been in Italy :)

thanks
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
11:48 am
[mactavish]
Geography Girl needs to know where you are: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brentdanley/1453875373/
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
2:36 pm
[mrsbrewer]
Hi, AFSers.  My name's Lorna, and I'm a returnee (summer '91 to Italy and '92-93 to Iceland).  I'm a freelance writer, and I've been hired to stories about weekend getaways in some major European and Australian cities.  I'm looking for folks who have spent time in those cities to help lend some authenticity to what I'm writing.  If anyone's interested, please send me an email at lornadoone (at) comcast (dot) net.  I have a few questions that I'll email you.

Thanks a bunch!

The cities are:

Prague
Melbourne
Paris
Rome
London
Reykjavik
Florence
Brisbane
Aberdeen

I'm also looking for someone with knowledge about Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
2:02 pm
[mactavish]
from afs:

>Dear friends, Intercultural exchange programs teach teenagers all over the world that our concerns are global. An exchange experience fosters mutual understanding that can help bridge our differences and lead to peace. Please join me and sign the petition drive to help create a new generation of global citizens, http://www.exchanges4peace.org/ Thank you!
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
5:07 pm
[genderpac]

The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young. GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.

The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFEtm campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution

Fill out the survey at: www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student.

*While we greatly appreciate the interest taken in GENIUS by students, staff, and faculty at academic institutions outside of the United States, at this time GENIUS is only able to track schools based in the U.S.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008
11:37 am
[ellegirl3992]
hey guys, i'm going to germany for the 2008 - 2009 year. and I was wondering if anyone else is going? + I haven't gotten my host family yet. It'd also be cool to talk to other afs student's who went to germany. add me :)
Saturday, May 10th, 2008
9:17 pm
[socialriotss]
Japan 2009-2010, anyone else?
Hi you guys!

Is here anyone else who is going to Japan for a year in next March? :)
I'm very excited, I can't wait it!
Friday, April 4th, 2008
10:18 pm
[mr_marvelous67]
Hey guys.

Just a quick question:

I am probably going to Japan this summer, and I'm wondering about the whole language thing. I've been studying Japanese for, oh, a few weeks. ^^ I am by no means able to communicate, and I'm curious about how this will affect my stay, since I'll only be there 8 weeks. Should I put it off until next summer, or will it work out okay?

Thanks, James.

Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
11:44 pm
[tranquilo_vida]
Live near Spokane?
Hey everyone in the Spokane area---Come find out about AFS and AFS in Spokane
March 20th(Thursday) 7-8:30  at Starbucks on Sprauge
6640 E.Sprauge
 
Friday, March 7th, 2008
9:22 pm
[tranquilo_vida]
Vote on the official AFS bloggers

AFS is offering a scholorship in return for blogging! Check out the entries and vote for your favorite in each of the four countries!


 http://www.usa.afs.org/usa_en/news/article/5520
Friday, February 29th, 2008
3:35 pm
[tranquilo_vida]
100% AFS proud
 (I am not saying that any exchange organization is perfect, I have had a bad host family, but I got out, and would have gotten out sooner had I been honest with why I was changing. This article that spawned all of this was nothing but sensationalisim tabloid news.)

2/29/2008 - A Message from AFS-USA

The following is an official statement from AFS-USA in response to media reports regarding Jonathan McCullum:

The first priority of AFS Intercultural Programs is always the safety and security of our students. As is the case with all issues of student well being, we take this situation very seriously.

Upon learning of Jonathan’s weight loss, AFS acted immediately. In cooperation with Jonathan’s parents it was determined that Jonathan should end his participation in the program and return home.

We have no evidence that the host family failed to provide Jonathan with sufficient food or that at any time food was not available to him. Nor have we received any indication that Jonathan’s host family failed to care for him in an appropriate manner. Based on this AFS has serious questions about the accuracy of published news reports.

AFS conducts monthly contacts with participants through local volunteer liaisons and through AFS staff members. These visits and contacts clearly took place; we have no evidence that Jonathan ever indicated he was not provided with an adequate amount of food.

Jonathan was also able to communicate with his parents and others, by internet and otherwise, during his experience abroad. AFS does not limit participants’ contact with parents, friends or relatives in any way, and did not do so in Jonathan’s case.

Throughout our 60 year history we have developed and implemented policies and procedures to help ensure participant safety and well being, including the careful screening of host families. These screening policies were followed in this case, and this family had successfully hosted AFS participants previously.

AFS has, and will continue to have, a reputation built on trust and care. AFS is deeply committed to the values of cultural exchange, and we have the utmost confidence in the ability of our thousands of dedicated volunteers and staff around the globe to ensure the safety and well-being of our participants. Most importantly, all were pleased to know of Jonathan’s strong recovery.

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9:14 pm
[starryeyedstara]
Hey!
Hi :)
I'm Amie, from New Zealand.
I'm in the beginning stages of finding out about going on exchange.
The thing is, I'm vegan, and I know it might be a problem.
I'll be willing to be vegetarian or maybe even eat meat in small amounts if I really have to, but if possible I'd really like to stay vegan or mostly vegan.
So, which countries would be best for me?
I'd love to go to a Spanish speaking country (I've been learning Spanish for a while and I love it!) but from what I can tell it would be very difficult to be vegetarian there...

Looking at the afs website, it says that Venezuela will accept vegetarians, and I also like the idea of going to the USA or Thailand.
Any suggestions or advice?
Thanks in advance =)
I'm really excited!
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
10:26 am
[tranquilo_vida]
From Robin Weber via AFS Online
Just passing this on
" I don't actually have a rabbit for you to draw but I am looking for volunteers to help illustrate AFS Guides and Handbooks! We need simple, black and white drawings of scenes such as two people talking, students approaching a school, an airplane in flight, etc. We would like to use the same 1-2 styles of drawings throughout any one handbook, instead of various styles found in clip art, what we currently do. Our goal is to create a library of illustrations to have on hand for this purpose so all submissions are welcome!

Please contact Robin Weber at rweber@afs.org if you are interested in helping out. Hosted students and recent returnees are encouraged to assist in this effort!

Thanks,

Robin

Robin A. Weber
Manager of Intercultural Education and Quality
AFS-USA
165 Route 9H
Hudson, NY 12534
Tel.               866-253-2799       
Fax 518-851-9741 (call first)
robin.weber@afs.org "
Monday, January 21st, 2008
11:21 am
[tranquilo_vida]
great products to show your Ghana/Paraguay/Brazil pride
 Hey guys I am selling some products with my photography! Some of them while on AFS exchanges to Ghana and Paraguay. So check it out. There are some great journals that would be a perfect gift for someone going abroad.  I am still up loading designs and working out the kinks so check back frequently!
Thanks
www.cafepress.com/ojosazules
Sunday, October 28th, 2007
11:41 am
[tranquilo_vida]
If you're in the Spokane Washington area...

Next weekend is the Spokane Fall Folk festival and I have secured a table for AFS! So stop on by and check us out! It is really an awesome event with lots of free live preformances and lots of cool craft vendors.
http://www.spokanefolklore.org/FolkFestival.html

The Spokane Folklore Society 12th annual Fall Folk Festival 

will take place Saturday, November 3, 2007 

from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, November 4 from Noon to 5 p.m. 

at Spokane Community College (The Lair), N. 1810 N. Greene Street in Spokane, Washington.



Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
10:42 am
[tranquilo_vida]
This came thorugh my e-mail and thoguht it was intersting

 

Want to be an ambassador? 

Become an Exchange Student with AFS! 

AFS Returnees work in business, industry, entertainment, government, education, journalism, and even outer space. What do they have in common? Most say that the experience of studying abroad has changed their life!  

We offer more than 140 foreign exchange programs in 40 countries, as well as scholarships, financial assistance, and the chance to host an outstanding student from another country. Here are some of our outstanding AFS Returnees:  

  • President of the U.N. General Assembly - Jan Eliasson,  Sweden
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations - Zalmay Khalizad, U.S.
  • President of Colombia, President of OAS - Cesar Gaviria, Colombia
  • State Secretary of Foreign Affairs - Hans Dalgren,  Sweden
  • Chief of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Christopher Bo Bramsen, Denmark
  • Under Secretary for Political Affairs U.S. Dept. of State - R. Nicholas Burns, U.S.
  • Ambassador of Chile to Syria - Ricardo Fiegelist Schmidt, Chile
  • Director-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Motohide Yoshikawa, Japan
  • Minister of Government and Justice - Jorge Hernandez Alcerro, Honduras
  • Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Hannu Hoffman, Finland
  • President & CEO of the American-Turkish Council - James Holmes, U.S.
  • Dir. of European Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Jose Angel Lopez Jorrin, Spain  
  • Dir. Gen., Org. of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons - Rogelio Pfirter, Netherlands
 

Other amazing AFSers… 

President, Columbia University -

     Lee Bollinger

Senior Correspondent, ABC News -

     Bettina Gregory

Astronaut - Cady Coleman

Tony Award-winning actor - Bill Irwin 

Editor-in-Chief, Allure - Linda Wells

Director of the CIA - James Woolsey

Chief Justice of Supreme Court,

     Massachusetts - Margaret Marshall

Chairman, BMW - Helmut Panke

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