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2 posts from January 2017

Event Recap: Thanksgiving Gathering in Moscow

On Saturday, November 26, right after the official Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated in the U.S., the CIEE Alumni Russia Chapter gathered at CheckPoint Café for their own celebration in wintry Moscow. The chapter's president describes the event:

"I was so excited to meet all these amazing people! We shared food and stories about our CIEE Work & Travel USA experiences. Some people have just returned from their summer in the United States and are already planning their next travels, and others told us about their year abroad with the FLEX program. We had some pizzas and red velvet cupcakes made according to the American recipe. Alumni decided that they will gather again soon; the next meeting will most likely be scheduled in January. The very first chapter event turned out to be such an interesting bonding, so I can’t wait to see everyone again!"

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CIEE Alumnus and Former BAFF Intern Elected to Lithuanian Parliament

Virginijus Sinkevicius, CIEE alumnus and former Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF) intern, was elected to Lithuanian Parliament in November 2016. Virginijus received a bachelor's degree in economic, social, and political studies from Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom and, additionally, earned a master's in European studies from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Sponsored by CIEE, Virginijus came to Washington, D.C. to work at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) from 2013-2014 as a participant of the BAFF Professional Internship Program. The year abroad also offered Virginijus an opportunity to attend a meeting at the White House, visit the Embassy of Lithuania in Washington, D.C., and experience many facets of life in the United States, including holidays and sporting events. First-hand accounts from Virginijus about his internship and cultural exchange experience in the United States can be found on the BAFF blog.

Virginijus remarks, "I am thankful to BAFF for the unique opportunity provided. Extremely positive experience in the United States capital Washington, D.C. taught me exceptional lessons, boosted my self confidence, and encouraged me to reach for the highest goals in life. I am grateful that people of Lithuania evaluated my experience and gave me a chance to serve them."

Learn more about Virginijus's election to Lithuanian Parliament on the BAFF blog.

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