American Councils provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to our YES and FLEX students, inviting them to apply to Civic Education Week (CEW). This week-long program allows scholarship students to further immerse themselves in U.S. society and culture. 

During CEW, our finalists learned firsthand about the U.S. government and other vital concepts through seminar discussions, briefings, and meetings in Washington, D.C. 

One of our YES scholars, Muskan, shares her experience below. 

“Once at the exchange student, I laid out the intentions together with learning on the Civic Education workshop (CEW). The great feeling of pride is in the soul, as this goal opened the window of understanding for the city leadership role. The workshop spanned a duration of about five days during which we had the chance to visit a variety of educational landmarks that included eminent places such as memorials and American council, the US Department of State, the U.S. Senate and the Whitehouse. Communicating with senators and representatives enhanced deliberations of the related issues, and demonstrated how the constituents are the providers of the civic responsibilities in the United States according to the two pinnacles of the nation’s constitutional law, that is, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In addition, the structures and process for collective decision-making initiated by the governmental bodies were brought into light.

Taking part in the workshop and other exchange programs during this time immensely empowered me to do things I had never done before I went there. It was an emancipating opportunity meaning that I, by all means, needed to be in the environment I was always so afraid of. I was going to be in a new culture, language and social set up and this was problematic for me. The stuffing was a process, which ultimately placed in my toolbox a multitude of useful skills such as self-sufficiency, flexibility, and a knack for solving complex problems. I believe these skills will be with me forever, and they will sustain the leadership and personal growth process as well as my professional development.

Lastly, I am thankful to both the American councils and the U.S. Department of State, as well as YES program the moment they gave me the opportunity to join this life-changing journey. This turn of the week was the high point in my exchange life, and I am eternally grateful for BFF and my host family that were there for me the whole year, with encouragement of theirs I have been able to proceed with this great experience full of new feelings and experiences.”

-Muskan Fatima


Civic Education Workshop Experience: Muskan F. 1 Civic Education Workshop Experience: Muskan F. 2