"Keep the relationships you developed and keep them fresh. Stay with them. At the end of the day, you build a relationship between two peoples and two countries one brick at a time. You build it by staying close to your host family, staying close to somebody you were in class with, staying close with each other right here.”
Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy (pictured with German Consul Bernd Reindl) spoke to American Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals participants upon their return from Germany, noting the importance of exchange programs like CBYX and their continuing role as alumni to be citizen ambassadors.