FLEX TESTING FOR THE FOR THE 2021-22 PROGRAM YEAR IS MOVING ONLINE!

FLEX TESTING FOR THE FOR THE 2021-22 PROGRAM YEAR IS MOVING ONLINE!

Due to safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, the FLEX Program will be conducting testing for the 2021-22 program year ONLINE in the fall of 2020. Applicants can participate in the recruitment process from any location that has Internet access, using either a mobile device or a computer. FLEX recruitment will still include three rigorous rounds of testing even though participants will not take part in in-person testing.

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Round 1: Open to eligible applicants from September 1 – October 15, 2020. This round includes a preliminary online application and 3 essay questions which must be submitted within 10 days of starting the application.

Round 2: Students will be invited to take part in an online English test.

Round 3: This semi-finalist round will begin in November and include an interview, 3 more essay questions, the full application, and a comprehensive English test. Students who pass to this stage will be invited to participate by the American Councils office in their country.

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Eligibility Requirements 

This competition is limited to students who meet the following requirements:

  1. Born between February 15 2003 – July 15 2006;
  2. Students currently enrolled in 11thgrade, having an academic standing of good or better and

studying English;

  1. Eligible to receive a U.S. visa;
  2. Students who have NOT spent more than three months in the U.S. in the last 5 years;
  3. Citizens of Azerbaijan.

Secondary school students with disabilities are invited to participate in the competition. Some students with disabilities are invited to the U.S. under this program each year. In the past, students with visual, hearing and motor impairments have participated in the program.

FLEX is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government. The FLEX competition is open to all students who meet the basic eligibility requirements established for their home countries. To apply, visit https://ais.americancouncils.org/flex

Knowledge is Power Program (KIP)

Knowledge is Power/Access program is a two-year intensive program administered by American Councils with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan, the Cabinet of Ministers and the State Committee for Affairs of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, that aims to bring English and personal development skills to economically disadvantaged IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) students studying in grades 7 and 8, between the ages 13 and 15. Within the program, which focuses on student-centered interactive learning, students improve their English and discover the U.S. culture and values by participating in group activities, singing songs, and playing games. In addition to their English classes, participants get involved in enrichment activities that help them acquire a variety of essential skills for their future personal and professional lives. As a result, students gain problem-solving, decision-making, and critical-thinking capabilities. Upon completion of the Knowledge is Power/Access program, participants will feel more confident competing for different USG programs and be better able to participate actively in the development of their community and their country overall. Currently, the program is being implemented in 6 IDP schools in Baku, Sumgait, Yevlakh, Barda, and Mingachevir.

American Councils’ May 26 COVID-19 Update

As the cities, states, and countries where American Councils operates begin to reopen, the senior leadership team continues to prioritize the safety of our participants, partners, and staff worldwide. While the coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed our work, American Councils remains committed to continuing to deliver the highest quality programming throughout its global network. Difficult times like these highlight the need to continue to provide access to international education opportunities, which develop the type of skills, perspectives, and professional networks required to create lasting solutions to global problems.

Immediately following the onset of the pandemic, American Councils began working with the US Department of State, foreign governments, and embassies around the world to safely and quickly return participants to their home countries. Operations shifted to remote work in all offices. The organization has remained fully operational throughout the pandemic and staff shifted swiftly and seamlessly to virtual programming where possible.

In this complex environment, American Councils remains committed to continuing to support language acquisition, cultural exchange, and professional development for participants around the world. Applications for a number of our AC Study and Research Abroad intensive summer language programs remain open until June 10. Virtual NSLI-Y will soon open applications for language study in a digital classroom, beginning in the fall. To ensure the continuity of language testing services in a safe environment, the National Examinations in World Languages moved to an at-home administration of language tests, allowing hundreds of language students to secure the test scores they need to seek college credit for their language skills. Extensive support of program alumni continues virtually, managed by our overseas and Washington, DC-based staff.

American Councils’ senior leadership continues to work closely with our overseas staff to carefully plan for a return to our offices. Such a return will only occur when the local health situation allows. We anticipate, however, that the situation will remain fluid. As such, office openings and the requirements under which they reopen will be handled on a case-by-case basis. During our gradual reopening, American Councils’ senior management will always keep the safety and security of our staff, participants, partners, parents, and other stakeholders in the forefront of our decision-making.

We continue to encourage all American Councils participants and stakeholders to closely follow CDC and other US government guidelines for slowing the spread of infection.

CCC program announcement – deadline is May 25, 2020!

EducationUSA Azerbaijan is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the Competitive College Club 2020!

 

CCC

CCC is an intensive group advising program that assists high school (8th, 9th,10th grades) students who want to be competitive applicants to U.S. colleges and universities. All the CCC lessons will be dedicated to personal academic development, application preparation for 18 months.

Requirements for candidates:
– Applicants must be citizens of Azerbaijan.
– Study in a public school.
– Applicants must have strong English Language skills.
– Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
– Show desire to study in the USA.

Application should be downloaded, filled and send to fbabazade@americancouncils.org with the email subject “CCC 2020-2021”. Link to application: https://cutt.ly/ytObzD2

Deadline for applications: May 25th, 2020

In case of any questions, please contact:
E: fbabazade@americancouncils.org

Letter from Dr. David P. Patton – The President & CEO of American Councils

As the current global health crisis continues to unfold, I’m reminded of what we often tell exchange participants before they embark on their programs abroad: “It’s not better or worse. It’s just different.” These words encourage them to not spend their time on their programs thinking about what life was before, but to instead be present in the experience as it unfolds. It can be a difficult mindset to maintain under normal circumstances, and even more so while navigating this unprecedented situation.

As we have transitioned to remote work in the regions around the world where American Councils has program activity, our primary concern continues to be focused on the safety and well-being of our participants, staff, partners, and the global American Councils community. Nearly all participants on our higher education and professional programs have returned home safely. Youth programs’ participants are being closely monitored, with staff working diligently to support them, their host families, and natural parents.

While a significant amount of our summer programming has been deferred, we hope to return to a robust slate of activities in fall 2020. Current and prospective participants, partners, and other stakeholders are eager to resume normal exchange activity, and we look forward to restarting mobility programs—but only when it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, we have begun implementing virtual programming models for language learning, alumni activities, and more. We are also working vigorously to support our alumni, who are leading their communities during this challenging time with skills acquired through their programs. Their impact is clear and impressive.

American Councils’ longstanding mission has been to empower individuals and institutions to address challenges in a diverse and interconnected world. Without a doubt, this world is more interconnected than ever, and our mission is even more relevant. So, for now, we will continue to engage in international exchange, language learning, and research in ways that, while definitely different, benefit participants and communities around the world.

Please continue to take good care of yourselves, your families, and those close to you.

Sincerely,

David

FLEX Students with Disabilities

FLEX Students with Disabilities

Since 1993, over 350 students with a disability have taken part in FLEX, and describe it as a powerful path to independence and increased self-confidence.

Information for students with disabilities:

  • MIUSA Program

Students with disabilities who become finalists of the FLEX program attend a one-week independence skills workshop in Eugene, Oregon, in mid August, before traveling to their U.S. host communities. The Eugene workshop is organized by Mobility International, USA (MIUSA, www.miusa.org ), a leading disability rights organization in the U.S. The MIUSA workshop will include:

  • Interactive sessions on life in the U.S. for people with disabilities, including rights and opportunities in education and community activities;
  • Activities to build leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving skills;
  • Action planning to achieve short- and long-term goals for the FLEX year.

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  • English as Foreign Language

If you are accepted to FLEX, and your English skills are still developing, you will have two opportunities that will help you:

  • You might be assigned to take part in American Councils’ English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Workshop, in Chisinau, Moldova.
  • You will also be designated as a Language Program FLEX student, meaning that your Placement Organization will provide at least 14 days of concentrated study or tutoring in English, in the U.S., before your U.S. school starts.
  • Medical Care and Payment

The FLEX program provides all finalists with program insurance that covers medical emergencies. In addition, the program has additional funds available to each student with a disability. However, FLEX is not a medical treatment program, and does not provide for consultations, treatments, or surgeries.

  • Special accommodations for FLEX testing

All students who apply to the FLEX program regardless of physical ability or disability go through the same testing process. However, adapted tests (Braille, enlarged, etc.) are available and can be used to allow anyone to be tested. As long as a candidate is able to communicate in English (spoken, written, etc.), FLEX is able to accommodate them.

American Councils’ Preventive Measures on COVID-19

In the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak 2019 (COVID-19), American Councils is taking preventive measures to safeguard the health and well-being of all participants worldwide. We are coordinating closely with our funders and partners to support participants in affected areas. We will continue to monitor and follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US State Department.

To date, American Councils has removed participants from countries where the CDC has recommended travel be deferred. When possible, we are making alternative arrangements for participants scheduled to travel to countries designated by the CDC as level 3 risk category.

“We understand that news like this causes concern. The safety and health of our participants is our top priority, so we are working with our funders and monitoring the advisories of relevant health agencies,” said American Councils President and CEO, Dr. David P. Patton. “This is not the first time we have had to make substantial adjustments to programs due to environmental factors, and our program staff are very adept at modifying programs while maintaining the high quality we are known for.”

Staff members from every affected program are communicating directly with participants. We remain vigilant as the health situation evolves. American Councils will also coordinate with any participants outside of the immediately impacted areas who may elect to end their program early due to larger concerns about international travel or exposure.

As always, we encourage all participants to follow the CDC’s latest recommendations and travel warnings. For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit the CDC website.

❗Call for Professional Fellows Program, 2020 Fall Cohort Applications

 American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce the call for Professional Fellows Program (PFP) applications!

PFP is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State and administered by American Councils for International Education.

The Program provides 5-6-week fellowships across the United States in state legislative and executive offices, city halls and NGOs. Participants immerse themselves in the daily operations of state governance and government oversight, and live with a host family to learn about American Culture. All program-related travel and living arrangements are covered by the fellowship.
Eligibility requirements for the program:
 Be a 25 to 35 years of age Azerbaijani citizen;
 Be a college graduate (equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree or higher);
 Be proficient in English;
 Have 2 years or more work experience;
 Have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in the public sector;
 Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills;

To strengthen the understanding of the U.S. legislative process, to create partnerships between U.S. and foreign institutions, the Azerbaijani fellows for the fall season, 2020 program year should apply online at: https://ais.americancouncils.org/pfp.

 For more information:
☎️ Phone: 012 436 75 29/30
📧 Email: azerbaijan-pfp@americancouncils.org

Visit the American Councils Baku website at:
📥 http://www.americancouncils.az,
or Facebook page at:
📥 https://bit.ly/37OxBEW

🗓 Deadline to apply is March 31, 2020!

#Professional #Fellows #Profellows #PFP

Call for Professional Fellows Program, 2020 Fall Cohort Applications

 American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce the call for Professional Fellows Program (PFP) applications!

PFP is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State and administered by American Councils for International Education.

The Program provides 5-6-week fellowships across the United States in state legislative and executive offices, city halls and NGOs. Participants immerse themselves in the daily operations of state governance and government oversight, and live with a host family to learn about American Culture. All program-related travel and living arrangements are covered by the fellowship.
Eligibility requirements for the program:
 Be a 25 to 35 years of age Azerbaijani citizen;
 Be a college graduate (equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree or higher);
 Be proficient in English;
 Have 2 years or more work experience;
 Have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in the public sector;
 Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills;

To strengthen the understanding of the U.S. legislative process, to create partnerships between U.S. and foreign institutions, the Azerbaijani fellows for the fall season, 2020 program year should apply online at: https://ais.americancouncils.org/pfp.

 For more information:
☎️ Phone: 012 436 75 29/30
📧 Email: azerbaijan-pfp@americancouncils.org

Visit the American Councils Baku website at:
📥 http://www.americancouncils.az,
or Facebook page at:
📥 https://bit.ly/37OxBEW

🗓 Deadline to apply is March 31, 2020!

#Professional #Fellows #Profellows #PFP

Massive Open Online Courses – MOOC

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.

  1. English for STEM – (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The course is mainly designed for children and adolescents aged 10+, and participants along with learning these subjects in English develop teamwork and analytical thinking skills. The course consists of 5 sessions and in total 17 English for STEM courses happens throughout the year. Along with Baku, it is taught in 10 regions of Azerbaijan.
  1. English for Career Development Massive Open Online Course (English for Career Development MOOC). The course is designed for professionals who are interested in advancing their careers, learn about the job search, application, and interview process while building vocabulary and improving language skills to achieve professional goals. English for Career Development consists of 6 sessions and in total 16 English for Career Development courses are conducted during the year. Along with Baku, it is taught in 9 regions of Azerbaijan.
  1. E-Teachers’ MOOC (Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom). The course is designed for teachers and includes training of participants to get acquainted with technological tools, to combine pedagogical knowledge with technological opportunities, to use these tools in the process of teaching a foreign language to make subjects more interesting. E-Teachers ’MOOC consists of 3 sessions and in total 16 E-Teachers’ MOOC courses are conducted throughout the year. Along with Baku, it is taught in 9 regions of Azerbaijan.