On May 16th FLEX Alumni of Turkmenistan gathered together on a traditional annual event – May Picnic at Monument of Independence Park in Ashgabat. This event is very popular among Alumni of all ages; the youngest participants were “baby” Alumni and the oldest was FLEX Alumna ’03. Many senior Alumni brough their kids, and that fact creates a family-like atmosphere at the picnic.
The event took place in a fun, friendly, and active way. In the beginning participants played frisbee and ball games. Later everyone joined a lunch with pizza and drinks.
The special and most anticipated part of the Alumni Picnic was the “White Elephant” game. Each FLEX Alumni brought a small present nicely wrapped. Among the presents were a set of greeting cards, marshmallows and hot chocolate, decorative candles. All participants got very excited.
The last part of the picnic was devoted to games: Uno and Mafia. This is the most active and loud part of the event, as Alumni dove into the process with all their emotions, gumption, and sense of humor.
Besides the fun part, the picnic helped FLEX Alumni to get to know each other better.
Seminar on Secrets of Effective Networking was conducted at American Councils in Ashgabat on February 25, 2020. During the seminar Ilyas familiarized FLEX alumni with best networking practices.
At the beginning of the seminar, participants were introduced to a concept of networking and discussed its importance. The alumni also received tips for expanding their personal network circle and had an opportunity to apply various technics such as “Elevator speech” into practice.
At the end, Ilyas also demonstrated sample business cards and discussed its content and design.
On January 25, 2020, Ilyas Seisov’09 organized a live seminar at the American Councils office in Ashgabat during which he familiarized FLEX alumni with 7 secrets of fast reading.
During the seminar, Ilyas presented various tips from prereading a chapter to creating a statistics list of the books that were read.
The alumni had an opportunity to apply gained knowledge to practice by taking part in exercises organized as part of learning by doing. At the end of the seminar, each participant received individual feedback and a book recommendation to polish their skills further.