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  • I have a dream

  • К вопросу о России. Взгляд из-за бугра.


  • The famous phrase said by John Kennedy ,“ Don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” is my life slogan that I have been following during the last four years. Whether you are an owner of a successful company, an important figure in the political life of the country or a simple citizen of the green planet we all have a common duty: to make a better world around ourselves, to improve the communities we live in.
    The exchange program is a real chance for me to see how democratic and civic society are practically implemented and observed in one of the most developed country where human rights is the main priority. I understand that if I want to fulfill the plan that the FLEX program prepared for me, I should volunteer in order to get as many skills as possible to be a good agent for change in my country after I return home.
    Living in a very small community in the USA, where volunteer opportunities are limited, you don’t have a lot to do. It is not an excuse for a successful exchange student. In this situation I couldn’t do anything but to use my imagination and use my initiative. My first volunteer experience in the USA was connected with aged people. They are a very nice couple but their health didn’t let them to do a lot around the house. Mrs. James has Parkinson’s disease. I have been working in the house and out of the house for them since the end of September, and I don’t plan to stop this pleasant activity. This volunteer experience helped me to understand that we should help each other even if we are from different counties. We are very similar, we are all human beings that need support and mutual understanding. Aged people are one of the most vulnerable segments of the population in the whole world. Moreover, it gave me a better vision of how everyone can be useful in this world by doing very little things.
    One of the most important and fantastic volunteer experiences is the work for the Republican and Democratic Parties. It is very interesting to participate in the life of American politics. I have an opportunity to meet many people who firmly stand in their beliefs about the future of their country. This volunteer work helped me to see the real spirit of American Patriotism. To tell the truth, I was surprised to see so many national volunteers who wanted to help the future of their country and who felt an obligation to assist in the presidential elections. By helping in distributing the brochures, newsletters, making phone calls and door to door solicitation, I was generously rewarded. I could never expect more but to see George W. Bush personally and listen to his speech in Colorado Springs. I saw trust toward the government workers. I enjoyed the atmosphere and Bush’s speech very much. Obviously, I am one of the luckiest exchange students to have the honor of shaking hands with the American President.
    I was so happy that I was ready to thank him for the support of the FLEX program, but he didn’t have time to talk to me. There were too many Americans who wanted to touch the hand of the most important person in the USA. I had an opportunity to see the election process in the most democratic country in the world.
    Trust, patriotism and concern about the future of your country are three motivations that make a difference in the USA and can make a difference in my own country. Everything starts from the introduction of patriotism. In the USA, it starts from the pledge of allegiance, the USA flag in each classroom and the national anthem before every basketball or volleyball game. I was thinking about the obstacles we have in our country to do the same thing and I couldn’t find any. The only obstacle we have is that we don’t have an initiative. Unfortunately, in my country during the transitional period to the democracy the attitude of the population toward government elections and government workers were changed. The future generation doesn’t trust a lot to democratic elections. Why don’t I start developing national values and patriotism in my country? I have some experience in organizing my own projects. It will be possible to organize one more project in the elementary and middle school. For example, I can talk to school administrations about the objectives and plans of my project, figure out the schedule and meet with students one or two times a week as a class where they will have an opportunity to learn more about national traditions, history, government and even civil society, as it is an integral part of democratic country. In the class they will learn how to sing a national anthem and to have a respectful attitude toward the government policy. Love and pride toward your country can make difference in economic and in political spheres. It will be my first step to struggle with academic and political honesty.
    When I was volunteering in Kyrgyzstan, my main obstacle was finances. Now I know how I can partly solve this problem. I am an active member in “ The Honor Society Club” and “ The Future Business Leaders of America.” I am doing some fundraising work that is really very useful for my experience as an exchange student and an agent for change in Kyrgyzstan. It helped me to realize that sometimes money is not the main obstacle you can face. You can fundraise money by doing different kinds of work such as selling donuts, pizzas, washing cars, cleaning someone’s house or just asking people to contribute to a very useful project. I would like to develop more fundraising skills and to bring them to Kyrgyzstan as assets that can help me in my future way as a volunteer.
    While in the USA, I am trying to involve myself in different kinds of volunteer activities as much as possible. Almost every Sunday, I do some volunteer work for the church by working with small children or helping by making cotton candy for children. Even such small work like this gave me a great spiritual satisfaction and inspired me to do more. Volunteer work helps me to integrate more with American society and to adjust better. By serving the community, you come to a great understanding that the prosperity of your country is impossible without the help of citizens. This is one of the main reason why I want to develop as many volunteer skills as possible.
    As I have already said, the civic society is an integral part of a government with strong potential. I believe with all my heart in the future of Kyrgyzstan. The Soviet history has played a big role in the life of my country, and many people who live out of big cities have little conception about democracy, free market economy, human rights and especially civic society. I am sure that the educational program in Washington, D.C. will fulfill my experience as an exchange student, will strengthen my knowledge about basic principles of the American society and will help me to be a decent agent in my country who is ready to make changes for a better life and human prosperity. As one Chinese philosopher said: “ The trip of thousand miles begins with a single step.” I believe with all my heart and with all my mind that I have taken my first step by becoming an exchange student. The workshop will be an irreplaceable asset in my thousands-of- miles trip to the gates of democracy.MY WEB IS http://www.webspawner.com/users/salomatov










  • I have a dream

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