The below nine ladies were selected to participate in the summer 2017 Greatest Exchange program. We are honored to watch their stories unfold!
“My summer in America is such an amazing dream . Every day is a new day, new experience. Everyone is so kind, polite and full of love, which helped to acclimate here. My work place is awesome too, because we have a good boss, who helps a lot, and a lot of funny friends too. I shared heaps of crazy stories in KAZAKHSTAN, they told me the best places in America, which was helpful too. I am enjoying every moment in America. I will miss every emotion which I have here.”
My second summer in this beautiful place Nocatee is a lot different. From the last year I changed a lot, I’m enjoying every moment and I am so thankful to come back and spend my summer here. My favorite part was and still is relationships. All girls are spending time not just with their families but also with coordinators and colleagues. And this is so important to see culture, to enjoy being here and just to have new good friends. I just want to tell to all GE families that they are doing the great, wonderful and unbelievable job by letting girls be a part of their lives.
“Both of the summers were full of adventures, fun, and sweet memories, exploring real America, trying food, activities like game nights, crazy roller-coasters, picnic (with picnic basket on red and white picnic blanket), baseball cage and more! But my favorite part of the summer is definitely the people. I do have moments when my heart melt and I was on the verge of tears because of love they gift. I hope they know how much I AM THANKFUL, how much I CHERISH, and how much I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!! I will keep all this wonderful memories and moments in my heart!!!!!!!!”
-Aika, Summer 2015 and 2016
How I can describe this whole two months in several sentences? So I just answered that it was wonderful and exciting. But this words is nothing. Because I will never be able to know right words even on Russian language, because it was more then words. It is feeling that comes from my heart! Some of my friends told me that I changed. I became calm and confident they said. I don’t know. But thing that I know for sure that in America in Florida in Nocatee I have some special people that I really love!!!
-Sasha, Summer 2016
I loved absolutely everything about this program! The Greatest Exchange gave me more than going to America and practicing my English, it let me create and maintain a lifelong relationship (friendship) with so many people! I was so blessed to be there and be part of the program! The Greatest Exchange makes the world smaller! Thank you for letting us become like a member of your family and be fullyimmersed in the American way of life! I just want to say them that my gratitude knows no bounds!I
-Beka, Summer 2015
“My favorite part about The Greatest Exchange program was living with host families. I enjoyed being part of their life. You can actually feel how all the family members love you even before you arrive to America. Even being far away from your own home, you do not feel lonely thanks to all this people around you. We met many-many wonderful people and made a lot of friends. I learned how much you can do for the people you love.“
-Aiman, Summer 2016
“I definitely think everything I experienced during that summer had a huge impact on my life. In what way? First of all, the great opportunities of full time job in American company, which I think was the best way to get to know American culture from inside and out. Second, of course people, a lot of different people I am still in touch with. Last, but not least, being inside of community was a great spiritual experience for me.
-Aisulu, Summer 2014
“My Greatest Exchange experience was an wonderful time of my life. Every person I met has a special place in my heart. All my families were the absolute best! I had lot of opportunities and made new friends. It was an unforgettable time with everyone.
-Moldir, Summer 2016