Montenegrin Exchange Students Share Their Experience in the U.S.
Exchange Students at the Ambassador's Residence
On July 25, 2008, Ambassador Roderick Moore welcomed over 20 A-SMYLE exchange students to his residence. During the event, the returning exchange students were able to share their experiences in the U.S. with Ambassador Moore and discuss their views on life in America.This year's A-SMYLE group will be departing at the end of August, and this event provided the perfect opportunity to hear about the experiences they can expect to have while living and studying in the U.S.Earlier that week, a similar event took place in Pljvelja when another group of exchange students joined Ambassador Moore to exchange their impressions on America.
A-SMYLE is a program of the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and US Embassy Podgorica administered by American Councils for International EducationAll participants live with American host families throughout the United States and attend American high schools. The program enables students to learn about civic responsibility and community activism, to see firsthand how democracy is practiced in the US, as well as to educate Americans about their country of origin and culture. The program was established to provide young people in Montenegro an opportunity to develop the skills they will need to lead their generation in the 21st century and to promote mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and Montenegro. Upon completion of the program, participants will become part of a network of alumni dedicated to improving their society through community service and promoting civil society.Scholarship recipients attend an orientation session prior to their departure to the US, which helps them feel at home as a member of a US host family and as a student at an American high school. Students learn about the United States firsthand by participating in family life, school study, and extracurricular activities. Program participants also learn about civic activism, student participation in education, and succeeding in a diverse environment. Recipients of A-SMYLE scholarships are selected by an independent panel of American professionals in education and international relations in the United States on the basis of merit as demonstrated in application materials. Merit is determined by evaluating the written application, recommendations, English language proficiency, and an applicant's demonstrated preparedness for a yearlong exchange experience.
More than 50 students from throughout Montenegro participated in A-SMYLE program since its inception in 2005.