Aidana August is a Kazakh girl, a finalist of the international program "Flex", who had the opportunity to study for free for one year in an American school.
The 11th grade student of №9 "Zerde" specialized school in Nur-Sultan continues this school year in Idaho, USA.
- Aidana, where did you hear about the Flex program? What are the stages of the competition?
- One of my acquaintances became a finalist of this program in 2019. Honestly, I was very interested to see his American life on social media. Then I started researching Flex and gathering information. Through the Future Leaders Exchange Program, which is fully funded by the US Government, any Kazakhstani can study and receive a scholarship for free in the United States. Competitive selection consists of three stages. This year it was held remotely due to a coronavirus pandemic. We filled out the questionnaire at ais.americancoucils.org. In the first stage we wrote essays on 3 topics. Each participant was given a few days to complete the task. Stage II is to determine the level of English.
At the last stage, we filled out a questionnaire and interviewed the jury. There was no way to evacuate, as the camera monitored the participants. In a sense, everything was fair. The results of the competition will be announced in May.
Interviewed by: Diana Asan,
National portal "Adyrna"