FLEX alumni Yelena Gareyeva’08 and Yazjemal Nuriyeva’08 launched a long-term project aimed at development of youth potential in Turkmenistan. Professional development workshops and networking opportunities that this social project offers are in high demand among Turkmen youth. The ultimate goal is to unite and grow dedicated community of professionals who are ready to learn, share and thrive together. The project is carried out with the support of the American Councils for International Education and the US Embassy in Turkmenistan. The sessions are conducted at the American Center and advertised on U.S. Embassy social media.
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Throughout January 15-25 Yelena Gareyeva’08, FLEX Alumni Coordinator announced FLEX Eco-Challenge aimed at bringing attention of alumni to ecological problem, encouraging them to lead eco-friendly lifestyle and inspire others to do the same. FLEXers were asked to turn in pictures with description portraying their positive input into conserving and preserving nature. The Challenge was accepted and around 20 alumni residing in Turkmenistan and abroad took an active part in the competition.
Here is one of the great entries by our alumni:
“I am trying to teach my son to save the earth by reducing the amount of pollution and waste, and by saving electricity and water. We are trying to design our life to live in an eco-friendlier way. So, from a very young age my son does crafts and DIY by reusing cans, bottles, fabric and other plastic and cardboard boxes. Most of our New Year’s decorations are also from leftovers.”Ogulsoltan Ashyrova’05
The turned in entries were thoroughly processed and 4 winners were chosen. They were presented with eco-bags and pots containing ground and seeds ready to be planted. Pots and eco-bags had FLEX Alumni logo on them. The series of FLEX alumni challenges carried out by Yelena, such as the Walking Challenge, Diversity Challenge and Eco-Challenge encourage alumni of different years and residing in different regions/countries to get involved into the alumni community more actively.
FLEX Appreciation Day 2022 was celebrated on the 7th of October in four regions of Turkmenistan. The event involved around 35 alumni of various years and from different regions to gather at ACCELS (Ashgabat), Turkmenabat American Corner, Mary American Corner and Dashoguz American Corner to celebrate the appreciation of FLEX and of the American host community. The celebration in the capital consisted of opening remarks of the US Ambassador Matthew Klimow and of the American Councils Country Director Carrie Miller, of entertaining part – playing bingo, trivia, taking pictures with specially created FLEX Alumni Appreciation frame and signing of FLEX Appreciation Cards. Moreover, food, drinks and the cake with FLEX Alumni logo were offered to the alumni. Other than giving thanks to the program, it was a great networking event during which alumni bonded even more and built professional and personal connections. Warm feelings of being one FLEX family were shared by everyone. And as it is said by FLEXers “Once FLEX is forever FLEX”!