A Year in America for High School Students!

American Councils for International Education announces the 2019 testing schedule for the U.S. Government-funded FLEX Exchange Program for High School Students.  Finalists in the competition will have the opportunity to live with an American family and study in an American high school during the 2020-2021 school year.  The FLEX program pays for all travel, housing and living expenses for program participants with all funding generously provided by the Government of the United States of America.  Students with disabilities are also encouraged to participate in the competition.  More than 300 disabled students have participated in FLEX over the program’s history, including 6 from Turkmenistan.

FLEX testing is open to all high school students who meet the following requirements:

  • Born between March 15, 2002 and May 31, 2004; 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.

In order to participate in the competition please bring a proof of eligibility (original birth certificate or passport), one recent photograph (3×4 cm), a pen, and you must wear your school uniform.

All students at the testing center must demonstrate respectful and appropriate behavior at all times or risk disqualification from the FLEX competition.
No cellular phones or other electronic equipment (computers, iPads, iPods, e-readers, cameras, etc.) will be allowed in the testing center.  Students bringing these items to the testing center risk disqualification from the FLEX competition. 

Testing Schedule

Testing Center Date Time School
Turkmenbashy, Balkan Region October 13 9:00 School 10, Turkmenbashy
Balkanabat, Balkan Region October 20 9:00 School 3, Balkanabat
Dashoguz, Dashoguz Region October 27 9:00 School 2, Dashoguz
Turkmenabat, Lebap Region November 3 9:00 School 2, Turkmenabat
Mary, Mary Region November 10 9:00 School 19, Mary
Tejen, Ahal Region November 17 9:00 School 3, Tejen
Аshgabat November 24 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.

 Please contact American Councils for further information: tel. (+99312) 36-90-16; (+99363) 50-20-36  http://americancouncilstm.org/flex/

FLEX Alumni 2019 Re-entry Event

On July 7, FLEX Re-entry event was held for 14 FLEX alumni at the American Center of the US Embassy in Ashgabat. Newly returned alumni were welcomed by Mathew S. Klimow, U.S. Ambassador in Turkmenistan, Mergen Saherov from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Dovlet Yazkuliyev from Ministry of Education. Special guests made inspirational remarks emphasizing on the important role of the new alumni as cultural “bridge” between Turkmenistan and USA which will contribute to further strengthen bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Following, FLEX Program Coordinator, Alumni Coordinator and City Representatives conducted interactive sessions to help alumni re-adjust to their lives back home and navigate through challenges that may arise.

Throughout the sessions, alumni had an opportunity to share their experiences in U.S. and ask questions about alumni opportunities in Turkmenistan. As the end of the event alumni signed personal “thank you” cards to their host families and friends in USA.

Prep4Success Program Graduation

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – Prep4Success program participants and staff celebrated the successful program graduation on June 14, 2019. All 20 students, nine from Level 1 and eleven from Level 2, successfully graduated the program. The event was attended by the U.S. Ambassador Mustard who delivered an inspiring graduation speech. Cultural Affairs Officer Sarah Belousov and Information Officer Margaret Sullivan from the Public Affairs Section took part in the celebration too as both played an active role in supporting the success of the program. All program graduates and mentors received certificates. The graduation ceremony concluded with a fantastic students’ music performance.

Congratulations to all graduates and good luck with pursuing your education!