BEST PICTURE OF IYLEP

hi 
this picture is the best picture I have in USA 
it was taken in Vermont , July 5th 2014. we had this group dialogue with the Governors Institute students. the staff put us on groups and gave is some questions to discuss. like 
1. what dose your name means 
2. name one misconception you have about USA and Iraq 
3. learn some words in Arabic and new words on English. 
and we also answered some question the American teenagers have about us.  it was a great day we learned a lot from each other. 
the   people in this picture from left are: Vanessa , Evette, Elaf, Emma, Nag , ME, Keith , Dania.
the people in this picture from left are: Vanessa , Evette, Elaf, Emma, Nag , ME, Keith , Dania.
By; Ali Alsalemi

DYLC prompt 3. Have you experienced any reverse culture shock upon returning home?

BY: Muntadher Alsaeed

I haven’t faced any culture shock in USA or even in Iraq ! I really love my country and I feel like I belong to here to this community , ! but i really miss my great friends that i met in IYLEP i don’t know if that is a culture shock but i really miss every single moment that i spent with them :) !

prompt 2. How do you feel now that the program has come to an end?

BY: Muntadher Alsaeed

Actually my first feeling is I really miss my great friends all the IYLEPers exchange 2 we were just like a family !

when i see my certificate i feel very grateful :) ! i feel like i did learn something good :) and from yesterday i did start to teach my friends what i learned in IYLEP :)

IYLEP really inspired me to do something good to make a change in my life and in my community i feel more responsible now and i started to some simple projects :)

So thanks for IYLEP and Thanks for my friends in IYLEP :)

7. Is there a quote or expression that relates to your IYLEP experience? Make a “Meme” of it or share the quote.

“If you lived through it, you already know there are no words that will ever come close to describing it. And if you didn’t, you will never understand.” - The Storyteller, Jodi Picoult

DYLCE post departure Prompt 1. Submit your favorite photo from IYLEP 2014.

This is one of my favorite picture because all of the iylepers are showing in this photo :)

DYLC Prompt 4. What is something or someone you were so happy to come home to?

BY: Muntadher Alsaeed

I was happy to come home for tow reasons ! that I were missing my family and i were missing my country ! :)

When i reached Baghdad coming back to my home :) i was really intersting watching every single thing in the way :) !!! the people the streets the shops etc… every thing were beautiful in my eyes even if i weren’t love it that much before traveling ! but i really liked to comeback to home !

But my great problem was that i will miss my friends in IYLEP very much because they were just like my second family :)

DYLC Post Departure: Is there a quote or expression that relates to your IYLEP experience? Make a “Meme” of it or share the quote.

"This is the thing that I hated about hugging Adam: I had to let him go." - Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The thing is, the only thing I hated about IYLEP is that it has to end .It may seem like a silly quote, one that holds no strong meaning behind it but it if you go through what we have gone through then you will get it. We have to suffer through goodbye three times, one in DC, one in Istanbul and one in the airport. There was crying and weeping in all three, and hugs. They weren’t normal hugs, they were one of these where you hold onto that person and you don’t wanna let go but you know that you have to, and you know that once you let go of that person, you won’t be able to se him/her again because this is goodbye. I found myself remembering this quote at these moments and through the whole month.

Noor O.

Hi! My name’s Layan Barakat and I’m a 2014 Ex.1 IYLEPer.
I’m posting about my favorite picture from IYLEP. This picture was taken on our very last day in DC, which was also the first day of Eid. 
What I love about this picture is how happy everyone is, all of us plus our amazing staff members. This picture brings back a lot of memories, starting from Vermont and our host cities and all the way to DC, it reminds me of all the love and care that was shown by everyone and how we changed so much and learned so many things that helped us there and are helping us here, our Dialogue Groups and GIGs, our crazy moments, some complains about the food (Especially when we had pizza), thousands and thousands of selfies and pictures, our meetings and the time we spent with other students from other parts of the US and the world. We didn’t know each other and we had no idea how the person sitting next to us or across from us thinks and feels about certain subjects and what is really impressive is how much faith and trust we put into each other and how its the main reason to how close we’ve become. Now i know all of them and I can say that I can spend the rest of my life with these amazing people. I guess that’s why it’s my favorite picture from IYLEP.
Hope to see all of you guys again someday. Lots of love! :)

Hi! My name’s Layan Barakat and I’m a 2014 Ex.1 IYLEPer.

I’m posting about my favorite picture from IYLEP. This picture was taken on our very last day in DC, which was also the first day of Eid. 

What I love about this picture is how happy everyone is, all of us plus our amazing staff members. This picture brings back a lot of memories, starting from Vermont and our host cities and all the way to DC, it reminds me of all the love and care that was shown by everyone and how we changed so much and learned so many things that helped us there and are helping us here, our Dialogue Groups and GIGs, our crazy moments, some complains about the food (Especially when we had pizza), thousands and thousands of selfies and pictures, our meetings and the time we spent with other students from other parts of the US and the world. We didn’t know each other and we had no idea how the person sitting next to us or across from us thinks and feels about certain subjects and what is really impressive is how much faith and trust we put into each other and how its the main reason to how close we’ve become. Now i know all of them and I can say that I can spend the rest of my life with these amazing people. I guess that’s why it’s my favorite picture from IYLEP.

Hope to see all of you guys again someday. Lots of love! :)

DYLC Prompt 5. What are some things the are helping you adjust to being home?

BY: Muntadher Alsaeed

I didn’t need anything to make me feel comfortable in home because as i said I really liked to be in home ! because wherever you go the home is still the best :)

but also there were some problems about getting back to the home like you will miss all the memories and friends and every thing !!!

Melanie was getting really tired of our selfies…

Melanie was getting really tired of our selfies…