Turkmenabat Local Accepted to a Competitive Social Entrepreneurship Program at Berea College, Kentucky, USA

Berea, Kentucky, USA, January 29, 2019 – Shageldi Ovezov, a 2017 alumnus of the Turkmenabat Undergraduate Cohorts Group Advising (UCA) program and awardee of the EducationUSA Opportunity Grant, shared his success story with us. Currently, he is an undergraduate student at Berea College. Following his dream to bring a change to his community, Shageldi applied and was accepted to a well-known Berea College program – Entrepreneurship for the Public Good (EPG). He will take part in the summer institute among the other enthusiasts of the positive change making. The program will give students a chance to discover the Appalachian region of the US looking through the lens of a social entrepreneur.

Throughout the duration of 6 weeks, EPG students will go through intensive training aimed to provide them with significant entrepreneurial skills. Busy 6 weeks of EPG will focus on six core principles such as “engaging complexity and uncertainty, exploring values and ethical structures, facilitating group decisions, recognizing opportunity, mobilizing resources, and advocating change.”  Dr. Peter Hackbert, director of the EPG program, will guide the program organizing field trips to different places across the Appalachia, where participants will implement the learned principles and acquired skills in the field. The purpose of the activities is to contribute innovative ideas to the solution of the economic problems in the region.

In order to become part of the wonderful opportunity in EPG, a student has to go through an application process. The process involves two parts: a written application and an interview. Applicants who successfully complete both of the parts are offered a place in an EPG cohort to participate in the summer institute. Direct Field Experience is also a part of an EPG commitment, where students use their second summer break to intern in established organizations and experience a real work environment. Until now, EPG students had internships in such big international organizations as United Nations and Google.

Shageldi became part of 16th cohort of EPG with 19 more students. The new cohort will be another great contribution of the program to the Appalachian region and people.

For more information about Berea College or EPG, please contact Shageldi Ovezov at ovezovs@berea.edu

Media Information:
American Councils for International Education – Gulmira Abdyrahmanova, Regional EducationUSA Adviser: edusaturkmenabat@americancouncilstm.org

Contact Person: Shageldi Ovezov
Company Name: Entrepreneurship for the Public Good, Berea College
Telephone Number: (859) 979-3918
Email Address: ovezovs@berea.edu
Website: www.berea.edu/epg

FLEX 2018-19 Testing Open!

American Councils is proud to announce that the FLEX 2018-19 testing cycle for FLEX is open!  We would like to thank the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan for their support of the program. American Councils would also like to thank the United States government for providing full financing of the FLEX program. We wish good luck to everyone who applies!

FLEX Program Testing Schedule 2018/19 Academic Year

 Testing Center  Date  Time  School
Dashoguz, Dashoguz Region December 2 9:00 School 2, Dashoguz
Мary, Mary Region December 9 9:00 School 19, Mary
Turkmenabat, Lebap Region December 16 9:00 School 2, Turkmenabat
Turkmenbashy, Balkan Region January 6 9:00 School 10, Turkmenbashy
Balkanabat, Balkan Region January 13 9:00 School 3, Balkanabat
Tejen, Ahal Region* January 20 9:00 School 3, Tejen
Аshgabat** January 27 9:00 School 20, Ashgabat

 * Students who study at schools in the Ahal Region can take the FLEX Round 1 Test in Tejen or Ashgabat based on whichever location is more convenient for them.

 ** Students who study at schools in any region can take the FLEX Round 1 Test in Ashgabat if they miss the testing in their home region.  Students can only participate in one Round 1 Test per year.

We invite all students to participate in the competition who:

  • were born between March 15, 2001 and May 31, 2003; students in the 11th grade who are required to complete military service are ineligible;
  • have not lived in the United States for more than three months in the last five years;
  • speak English well;
  • are currently enrolled in a secondary school, having an academic standing of good or better;
  • are eligible to receive a U.S. visa;
  • are citizens of Turkmenistan.

All eligible students are invited to take part in the first round of testing. They must

  • bring proof of eligibility (their passport or original birth certificate),
  • one recent photograph (3×4 cm);
  • a pen;
  • and be wearing their school uniform.

The competition consists of a 15-minute test on basic knowledge of English (Round One), essays in English (Round Two), and an English test, essay and interview (Round Three).

FLEX will offer scholarships to secondary school students from Turkmenistan for the 2019-2020 academic years.  Scholarship recipients will be provided with round-trip travel from their home to the United States and back, as well as an allowance for living expenses.

Scholarship recipients will learn about the United States firsthand by participating in family life, school study and extracurricular activities.  Program participants will also participate in activities in their local communities or areas, and will also have the opportunity to share their own culture with others.

Recipients of FLEX scholarships are selected by an independent panel of experienced educators in the United States on the basis of merit demonstrated in application materials.   Merit is determined by evaluating the written application, recommendations, English language proficiency and an applicant’s demonstrated preparedness for a year-long exchange experience.

This program is open to all high school students who meet requirements of the program including students with disabilities.  More than 300 disabled students have already studied in the U.S. on this program.

For more information about the program or testing in your area, please contact:
American Councils for International Education
Gorogly Street 48a
Telephone/Fax: +99312  36-90-16/21; +99363 50-20-36

Email: flex@americancouncilstm.org

International Education Week (IEW)

Please join EducationUSA Advising Center and American Councils for International Education to celebrate the worldwide event – the annual International Education Week (see schedule). As IEW boasted with its 18th anniversary this year we will organize a lot of special educational presentations, discussion panels, games and events all targeting one goal – to introduce the higher education in the United States of America!

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