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Nancy Wilkin, a Bath, PA, native and high school chemistry teacher, was one of three educators from across the United States to participate in the inaugural American Youth Leadership Program with Japan:Japan-America Watershed Stewardship project. Below Nancy reflects on the impact this intercultural experience has had both personally and professionally.         

Most memorable part of your three weeks spent in Japan and why?      

Author: Cultural Vistas

Sean McKnight, a Hermitage, PA, native, was one of 30 high school students from across the United States to participate in the inaugural American Youth Leadership Program with Japan:Japan-America Watershed Stewardship project (AYLP:JAWS). Below Sean reflects on the impact this intercultural experience has had on him.

Most memorable part of your three weeks spent in Japan

Author: Cultural Vistas

When she got on the plane to Brazil in 1970, Jenny Messner had no expectations. Until that moment, the furthest away the Pennsylvania country girl had traveled was the Jersey Shore.

Forty years later, Messner’s year studying abroad with AFS-USA still shapes her life in ways she never could have imagined. Fluent in Portuguese, with a successful career in international banking behind her, she now helps local teenagers, like she once was, have the same opportunity to have a life-changing AFS experience abroad. In 2011, Jenny and her husband Mike’s Speedwell Foundation sent 19 students from Pennsylvania’s Lancaster and Lebanon counties to study abroad in nine different countries with AFS.

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