IREX: Virtual Cultural Exchange Program with Kyrgyzstan

A message to educators from IREX about a virtual cultural exchange project between the US and Kyrgyzstan:

My name is Swathi Balasubramanian and I work at the International
Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) in Washington, DC and in particular,
on a program that connects youth in the United States with youth
overseas through educational online projects and discussions.  I am
contacting you to see if you would be interested or if you know of
educators who would be interested in participating in our projects that
connect classrooms in the US with classrooms in Kyrgyzstan.  In brief,
our projects take place in English on monitored forum boards, where
students discuss a variety of issues, from their hometowns and national
traditions to current events.  We are willing to work with teachers on
developing projects that match their curriculum goals.

Our program – Global Connections and Exchange (GCE) – Kyrgyzstan – is
funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In the past, IREX implemented this project
in Uzbekistan and in Turkmenistan.  Through online discussions, students
learn about their partners’ culture, educational system, national
cuisines, hometowns and opinions on current events.

In addition to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, this year, for the first
time, we will be conducting online projects with schools in Kyrgyzstan.
We are currently looking for the teachers who would be interested in
doing online projects starting this fall and continuing throughout the
academic year. Here’s a link to one of our projects that focused on art
& diplomacy for your reference:  We would prefer to
conduct shorter, 3-4-week projects, but would be happy to implement
several projects with the same classroom(s).

Also visit:

Our online projects employ various technologies but all the online
projects are either hosted on our forum board or on our
closely-monitored social networking (ning) site. Usually, all you need
to have are access to computers and an internet connection to
participate in our projects.  I’ve attached a factsheet with more
information about our program in Kyrgyzstan.

If you are interested in participating in our projects, please contact
me via email at (or or by phone at 202-628-8188 x140, and I
would be happy to share with you more details about our projects and
information on how to enroll.  Please feel free to forward this email
and information to any interested teachers you may know.

I look forward to hearing from you and to hopefully working with you and
your students.


Swathi Balasubramanian
Program Coordinator, Civil Society Division

International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)

2121 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037
T: +1 202 628 8188 x140
F: +1 202 628 8189

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