American Councils Moldova Celebrates 16 Years of Commitment to International Education

September, 19 2014

Sixteen years ago, American Councils Moldova opened its doors in Chisinau, Moldova. To celebrate almost two decades of commitment to international education as a local NGO, the branch held an open-house event on September 26 with professional development sessions, teacher trainings, presentations, and informational conversations with staff about programs administered by American Councils.

The event opened with a special awards ceremony by American Councils Moldova Country Director, David Jesse, recognizing the most active alumni of the FLEX, Access, Open World, and Professional Fellows programs. Parents of Access alumni with special needs gave congratulations on successful program completion and thanked American Councils for giving their children an unforgettable experience. Open World alumni discussed post-program projects and encouraged participants of other programs to apply for small alumni grants offered by the U.S. Embassy Moldova.

Throughout the day, school teachers and university lecturers were given the opportunity to participate in any of six training sessions set up by instructors from the American Language School. The topics for the sessions included online student portfolios, TOEFL and IELTS teaching techniques, and strategies to improve students’ writing skills. A special workshop was organized to encourage educators to submit academic articles to Modern Trends and Resources for Teachers of Foreign Languages Journal, an American Councils Moldova quarterly publication.

Later in the afternoon, Ad Astra, a strategic partner of American Councils Moldova, showcased a fashion show with training focused on acceptable attire for interviews. This fashion show was organized by Ad Astra to coincide with a special, week-long clothing drive where volunteers, in collaboration with Access students, collected clothing to be donated to orphans in various regions across the country.

The event also featured numerous presentations by staff, alumni, and guest speakers including a special

presentation by Anatonolie Cernii, Admissions Counselor at American University in Bulgaria, a new strategic partner of American Councils Moldova. Staff for the Professional Fellows program delivered an informative presentation to young legal professionals from the Ministry of Justice and local NGOs on program selection criteria.

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