December 6 & 7, 2013 — Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan
InterExchange hosted two events for our alumni in Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan, this December. More than 90 Work & Travel USA alumni attended the events, where they reconnected with old friends, enjoyed food and refreshments, and shared stories from their cultural exchange programs in the United States. Alumni enjoyed the chance to network as they met new people who participated in InterExchange programs during different years, exchanged business contacts and discussed their careers and potential opportunities with each other.
During the reception, speakers encouraged alumni to share stories about their experience and inspire future generations of students interested in cultural exchange. Attendees discussed the exciting possibility of creating a country-wide independent alumni association while also becoming more involved in the larger U.S. Department of State alumni initiative, including the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund. U.S. Embassy and Consulate staff from the Public Affairs and Cultural Affairs sections were also in attendance, greeting past participants and extending their warm wishes. Attendees had a wonderful time and were happy to establish new relationships with others in their country.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.