[US to India ’15] Pete Seat: “Organized Chaos”

Ask an Indian to describe their country and the answer is quick and firm, “organized chaos.” And it’s a description that’s hard to refute. Traffic lanes are guidelines to be ignored as cars, motorcycles, and rickshaws and sometimes people move … Continue reading

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[US to India ’15] Lynlie Wallace: “Seeing India through more than an American lens”

“We’ve been hearing a lot about Diaspora this week. So many well educated Indians have left the country. Do you think the Indian Diaspora is a bad thing?” I posed this question to the translator who accompanied our group to … Continue reading

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[US to India ’15] Tobias Read: “Opportunities start with people-to-people diplomacy”

Even at the end of a record setting month for rain in the Pacific Northwest, I’m aware of how lucky I am to live in a place I love. At the same time, travel can offer important lessons to bring … Continue reading

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[US to India ’15]: “From cow powered rickshaws to parliamentary tours — an epic adventure in India”

In December, a delegation of Americans traveled to India to learn about US-India bilateral relations and the Indian political system.The group met with parliamentary representatives, business leaders, and even attended a traditional Indian wedding!

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Apply now for the 2016 YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

“Looking to the future, I am excited to put the knowledge that I acquired during this fruitful program to practice as we, in Southeast Asia, approach the key issues facing the world. The challenges will certainly be interesting, but the … Continue reading

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[Professional Fellows Program spring ’15] Lia Wulandari: Exploring solutions to challenges in Indonesia

ACYPL brought me to Minnesota during the Professional Fellows Program and I spent my fellowship at the Hennepin County Election Office and met many humble people who are dedicated to their work. I discovered how the political, electoral, and local … Continue reading

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[China to US ’15]: “Preparing young political leaders for continued partnership between the US and China”

In September, six geographically and politically diverse emerging leaders from China joined us in the US for a 10-day exchange trip that took them to DC, Orlando, FL and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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[US to Indonesia + Malaysia ’15]: “Building incredible friendships abroad”

In August, seven American delegates traveled to Indonesia and Malaysia for a 10-day exchange trip to the county. While there, they had the opportunity to meet with various high level political officials, ACYPL alumni, and discover the two countries different cultures.

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[US to China ’15] Beth Lewallen: “Exchanges Create A Better World Inside and Outside Our Borders”

On the popular Chinese social media app WeChat, updates shared with friends are entitled “Moments.”  Like Facebook, the “Moments” capture a snapshot of life in China, the thoughts and experiences each user wants to portray.  The term perfectly captures my … Continue reading

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[US to China 2013]: Natalie Joubert: “Reflecting on my ACYPL experience”

It’s been two years since I traveled with ACYPL as part of the delegation to China, but the experience remains one of the more remarkable, fascinating journeys of my life. I dined with millionaire business executives, met with leading Communist … Continue reading

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