On September 13th, Public Affairs Officer Tom Tanner hosted a lunch for 8 young Bahrainis who went on a U.S.-Government exchange program for student leaders.
The students shared their experiences in the United States and spoke about how much they learned about the U.S. culture and society, as well as engaging with their American peers and other peers from around the world. They were also particularly proud of their ability to represent and serve as ambassadors of their country. They all went to different states, and they shared how they felt about being away from home, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. Some of them shared pictures of the different activities they engaged in and adventures they had while in the United States.
The Student Leaders program is a fully-funded, six-week, intensive leadership training program in the United States for undergraduate students. Participants develop leadership and collective problem-solving skills, exploring U.S. history and culture to expand their leadership skills and knowledge. The program also includes hands-on leadership training workshops, academic sessions, site visits, community service projects, optional homestays to interact with American peers, and other cultural activities. The partnering U.S. host institutions are Georgetown University, the University of Delaware, Montana State University, Benedictine University, Roger Williams University, and Portland State University.