Meet Our Grant Recipients

Meet Nina Kharlamova from Russia

She is one of our 2019 CIEE Exchange Ambassador Grants recipients!  Nina received a “Professional Development Grant” to travel to Germany for a student conference (ISWI) where she could meet people that share her passion for green energy, in support of her ultimate goal to establish a shared energy village where communities can share use of renewable energy without paying exorbitant costs. Check out her feature on the CIEE Work Exchanges blog to learn more about what inspires her and how she is creating change in her community.

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Meet Alaa Mahmoud from Egypt

He is one of our 2019 CIEE Exchange Ambassador Grants recipients!   Alaa received a “Changemaker in Action Grant” so that ExEgypt, the student run volunteer organization he cofounded, can create a series of educational camps that empower young girls from disadvantaged backgrounds and help them develop self-confidence, leadership skills, and increased awareness of gender equality. Check out his feature on the CIEE Work Exchanges blog to learn more about what inspires him and how he is creating change in his community. 

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Meet Praise Onyegiri from Nigeria

She is one of our 2019 CIEE Exchange Ambassador Grants recipients!  Praise received a “U.S. Expert Exchange Grant” so she can bring Susan Stewart, a Certified Associate/Trainer for Power+Systems, to her community to lead a “Training of Trainers” workshop that will prepare 20 young Nigerians to be certified Organizational Workshop (OW) Trainers who can then train others on topics including leadership development and cultural integration. Check out her feature on the CIEE Work Exchanges blog to learn more about what inspires her and how she is creating change in her community. 

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Meet Maíra Vilas Bôas Matos from Brazil

She is one of our 2019 CIEE Exchange Ambassador Grants recipients!  Maíra received a “Professional Development Grant” to attend the VII International Colloquium of Studies on Men and Masculinities in Costa Rica to prepare for her dream of establishing human rights clubs in her country focused on gender fairness in public Middle and High Schools in her community.  Check out her feature on the CIEE Work Exchanges blog to learn more about what inspires her and how she is creating change in her community.  

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Meet Stellia Zulu from Zambia

She is one of our 2019 CIEE Exchange Ambassador Grants recipients!  Stellia received a “Changemaker in Action Grant” to support the activities of From Me To You, a social venture she founded to encourage interpersonal communication among young women living in urban and rural areas of Zambia on issues of empowerment, motivation, and equality. Check out her feature on the CIEE Work Exchanges blog to learn more about what inspires her and how she is creating change in her community. 

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Meet Andrea Villasmil from Ecuador

She is one of our 2019 CIEE Exchange Ambassador Grants recipients!  Andrea received a “Changemaker in Action” grant so she can illustrate, design, publish and promote a children’s book about inclusion and disability rights, raising awareness of children with special needs and the importance of inclusive education. Through the partnership with the Nonprofit Organization, Camina Conmigo, the proceeds of the book will go to a fund to subsidize evidence-based interventions for children with special needs from low socioeconomic backgrounds from the city of Quito, Ecuador. Check out her feature on the CIEE Work Exchanges blog to learn more about what inspires her and how she is creating change in her community. 

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Meet Paul Ioan Runcan from Romania

He is one of our 2019 CIEE Exchange Ambassador Grants recipients!   Paul received a “Professional Development Grant” to attend the 2019 Word Justice Forum hosted in The Hague, Netherlands, where he developed connections and skills that support his political career as he is challenged to think critically about the role of the law in advancing justice, opportunity, and peace. Check out his feature on the CIEE Work Exchanges blog to learn more about what inspires him and how he is creating change in his community. 

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