December 19, 2013

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September 25, 2013
From Manchester High to Malaysia

Manchester High senior Sam Robbins spent a month in Malaysia and Singapore last summer as part of an internationaly outh leadership program sponsored by the Department of State and administered by Cultural Vistas

July 25, 2013

Talk about adventurous! American Youth Leadership Program participants Julianne and Nora decided to sample some fried ants and scorpions for their celebratory last dinner in Singapore. 

We’re not so sure if we could stomach it, but their consensus? “Surprisingly delicious!”

July 22, 2013

Our American Youth Leadership Program Singapore & Malaysia group is not on the typical tour around Singapore. How many Americans get to visit an incinerator plant on their trip to Southeast Asia? We’re guessing not many!

Our participants learned a lot, though, and had some fun with it as well. We can’t believe their trip is almost over!

July 19, 2013
Another wonderful reflection from one of our American Youth Leadership Program participants, about visiting an orphanage in Malaysia.
aylpblog:

This photo was taken by a special girl in the orphanage we visited outside of KL. The two of us developed a bond from the time we arrived in the orphanage. She tugged on my skirt and brought me to a place where I could do a craft with her and her friends. Although she didn’t speak English and I barely got her to tell me her name, we learned how to communicate without using any words. We spoke through facial expressions and gestures that particularly caused her to smile and giggle. Once she saw my camera, she had a field day of taking plenty of pictures of whatever she wanted to take and then viewing the picture later (and you could see a feeling of accomplishment on her face.) Just  simple activities that most of us don’t appreciate, these kids never took for granted. You could see beams of happiness radiating from their smiles as they learned origami and played with us. It was a very special moment of just giving back and loving on kids that normally don’t get special one on one attention. I’ll always look back on going to this orphanage and remember that I should be thankful everyday for the way I’ve been brought up and that giving back is the greatest accomplishment in life. Kirsten

Another wonderful reflection from one of our American Youth Leadership Program participants, about visiting an orphanage in Malaysia.

aylpblog:

This photo was taken by a special girl in the orphanage we visited outside of KL. The two of us developed a bond from the time we arrived in the orphanage. She tugged on my skirt and brought me to a place where I could do a craft with her and her friends. Although she didn’t speak English and I barely got her to tell me her name, we learned how to communicate without using any words. We spoke through facial expressions and gestures that particularly caused her to smile and giggle. Once she saw my camera, she had a field day of taking plenty of pictures of whatever she wanted to take and then viewing the picture later (and you could see a feeling of accomplishment on her face.) Just  simple activities that most of us don’t appreciate, these kids never took for granted. You could see beams of happiness radiating from their smiles as they learned origami and played with us. It was a very special moment of just giving back and loving on kids that normally don’t get special one on one attention. I’ll always look back on going to this orphanage and remember that I should be thankful everyday for the way I’ve been brought up and that giving back is the greatest accomplishment in life.
Kirsten

(Source: aylpblog)

July 11, 2013
More from Malaysia. Our AYLP students visited a high school in Kuala Lumpur earlier today.

More from Malaysia. Our AYLP students visited a high school in Kuala Lumpur earlier today.

July 11, 2013
aylpblog:

Sam and I went on a fantastic adventure to a local Buddhist temple. The temple was not only home to an actual temple of worship but also contained a concert hall which held odd functions such as a dance competition. I thought it was interesting how the temple made an effort to monetize their prestige. I personally was shocked, though I realize similar practices happen with churches and synagogues in the US. I also enjoyed the views of KL that the temple provided.
 By Noah Gallant

Read some more of the AYLP Singapore & Malaysia participants’ first impressions of Malaysia on their AYLP Blog Tumblr!

aylpblog:

Sam and I went on a fantastic adventure to a local Buddhist temple. The temple was not only home to an actual temple of worship but also contained a concert hall which held odd functions such as a dance competition. I thought it was interesting how the temple made an effort to monetize their prestige.
I personally was shocked, though I realize similar practices happen with churches and synagogues in the US. I also enjoyed the views of KL that the temple provided.


By Noah Gallant

Read some more of the AYLP Singapore & Malaysia participants’ first impressions of Malaysia on their AYLP Blog Tumblr!

July 10, 2013

Our American Youth Leadership (AYLP) Singapore & Malaysia group visited Malaysia’s Batu Caves yesterday. Not only is it one of the most popular Hindu sites outside of India, but Batu also happens to be known for one other thing — the many macaque monkeys that roam the grounds!

At their orientation the students had said they wanted to see monkeys, and monkeys they did see!

July 8, 2013

Our American Youth Leadership (AYLP) Singapore & Malaysia group just spent the past weekend living with local families in a village in Negeri Sembilan, a Malaysian state south of Kuala Lumpur. During their homestays, the participants had a chance to live like the locals: visiting their host families’ businesses, playing with their host siblings, taking excursions, and — of course — eating lots of Malaysian food with their host families!

July 3, 2013

Day one in Malaysia and our American Youth Leadership (AYLP) Singapore & Malaysia group has already met the U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia Paul Jones and many other “interesting people doing fascinating and important work in the international field” (in the words of AYLP participant Mare Stewart) at a 4th of July celebration and dinner at the American Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Talk about impressive!

June 6, 2013
"This project is about sustainable development. That’s a huge problem for my generation. Why not tackle it now?"

— It hasn’t really sunk in yet for Manchester High School junior Sam Robbins that he’ll be spending a month traveling in Singapore and Malaysia. Read more.

December 2, 2012
"It is one thing to look at a map or a globe but being there, living with people who are so different, yet so similar to yourself – there is no way to put into words what that means."

— Rosie, 2012 American Youth Leadership Program with Japan participant

(Source: ahsraiderreview.com)

November 6, 2012
Our 2012 American Youth Leadership Program with Japan students & teachers. This group of 30-plus participants are now working to implement educational and service projects in their schools and communities across the United States.Know a high school student or teacher interested in this funded opportunity? We are administering a similar American Youth Leadership Program to Singapore & Malaysia beginning in 2013.

Our 2012 American Youth Leadership Program with Japan students & teachers. This group of 30-plus participants are now working to implement educational and service projects in their schools and communities across the United States.

Know a high school student or teacher interested in this funded opportunity? We are administering a similar American Youth Leadership Program to Singapore & Malaysia beginning in 2013.

October 1, 2012
We’re looking for high school students interested in the sciences to bring with us to Singapore & Malaysia in Summer ‘13. Introducing the American Youth Leadership Program with Singapore and Malaysia. Learn more at culturalvistas.org/aylp

We’re looking for high school students interested in the sciences to bring with us to Singapore & Malaysia in Summer ‘13. Introducing the American Youth Leadership Program with Singapore and Malaysia. Learn more at culturalvistas.org/aylp

August 28, 2012

The 2012 American Youth Leadership Program sent 30 U.S. high school students and three teachers to Japan this past summer for three weeks of living, learning, and exploring the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’.

View more from photos, reflections, and stories from this trip.