Cultural Vistas Blog

Meet Our Intern: Alidzhon Yatimov, IAESTE

At Cultural Vistas, we like to practice what we preach. Besides working with more than 1,000 U.S. companies every year to facilitate internship and training programs through the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, we often host international interns ourselves.

This summer we are very excited to welcome Alidzhon “Ali” Yatimov to our Washington D.C. office to work with our Edmund S. Muskie Internship program team. Ali will be learning about the American work place, developing new skills and knowledge, expanding horizons and building the bridges between countries and cultures.

IAESTE Intern Alidzhon Yatimov Cultural Vistas

Fast Facts about Ali

• Where he is from:  Dushanbe, Tajikistan
• Where he studied: Tajik Agrarian University
• What he studied: Business and Marketing
• Interests: sports, reading, travelling

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Why We Care About Southeast Asia

I climbed aboard the USS Enterprise as a child living in Singapore, when the ship and its crew refueled in the newly-independent nation’s outer harbor before heading back to support the conflict in Vietnam. I had ‘a clue’ about the conflict because my parents insisted on making sure my older siblings and I were aware of our surroundings, and, well, Southeast Asia was a theater of warfare.

Now, this region – the ASEAN region – is locked in a tug-of-war between China and the United States, both nations seeking to win the hearts and pocketbooks of its 625 million inhabitants, the majority of whom are under the age of 30 years old.

And, more than 90% of my 200-plus LinkedIn and Facebook contacts in this region are also under the age of 30. They are a part of a rising generation of the Young Southeast Asia Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) initiated by the U.S. Department of State in November 2013.

Members of the YSEALI Generation: Oceans Regional Exchange from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam were selected to participate in a U.S. study tour focused on ocean conservation in September of 2016.

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The Story Behind our 2016 Photo Contest Winner

Our annual Transformed By Travel photo contest is open again to former and current participants on Cultural Vistas programs. Like last year, this means that one entrant is going to win a trip to Washington D.C.!

We recently caught up with Matthias Glass, the winner of our 2016 photo contest. A former J-1 intern and now Cultural Vistas alumnus, Matthias snapped our grand prize-winning photo in Santa Barbara, California last year. Matthias has been back in Germany since February, and he shared some of the experiences that transformed his time in the United States, including the inspiration behind his winning picture.

Transformed by Travel Cultural Vistas Photo Reception
Matthias addresses attendees of the 2016 Transformed by Travel reception in Washington D.C.

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Summer Internship

A Few Useful Tips from #MuskieIntern Alumni

How often do we take someone’s advice? How often do we listen to someone’s suggestion? Seeking and giving advice are very important parts of effective leadership. According to the Harvard Business Review, “When the exchange is done well, people on both sides of the table benefit.”

Muskie Internship Program Summer Orientation Alumni
Alumni panel discussions during the 2017 Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program orientation, held in May 2017 in Washington D.C.

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Czech Teacher Brings New Perspective to Connecticut Classrooms

Pavel Novak already knew what he wanted to teach at South Kent School a few years before he officially arrived from the Czech Republic. He thought it would be important to tell his students at the all-boys boarding school in western Connecticut about what it was like growing up in communist Central Europe.

“I said I would like to share my first-hand experience with life in a totalitarian regime–propaganda, brainwashing, etcetera. At that time, I didn’t know it would be such a hot topic,” he said. “I was prepping for it before my arrival here, and then it turned out it was more than a little important to talk about it.”

Pavel Novak South Kent High School Teach USA
Pavel Novak encourages his students at South Kent School to form their own opinions about contemporary issues. He is one of 36 educators from 11 countries who began teacher exchanges with Cultural Vistas during the 2016-17 school year.

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