Friday, December 10, 2010

ExchangesConnect 2010 Photo Contest: “Postcards from Home”

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is organizing a photo contest!
Please read more about the contest below:

Postcards from Home: Show us Where You're From

What does home mean to you? A special spot in your neighborhood? A community festival? A family gathering? Grab your camera, get creative and share a photo that represents your unique cultural backyard!

  • Two Grand Prize winners will receive a Netbook computer (Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201n) and their entries will be displayed at the U.S. Department of State.
  • Runners-up will receive ExchangesConnect T-shirts and real postcards featuring the top 20 submissions.

Important Notes
  • You must be at least 14 years old to enter the contest.
  • If you are under 18, you need permission from a parent or guardian to participate.
  • Each member may submit a maximum of two (2) entries for consideration in the contest.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel from the U.S. Department of State on originality, creativity, effectiveness, and photo quality. What are these?
  1. Submissions will be accepted from November 9 until December 17, 2010.

Follow These Steps to Enter
1. First, you must sign up for ExchangesConnect.
2. Take an original digital photo that addresses our theme and represents a unique aspect of your home.
3. Click the "Enter Photo Contest" button below for further instructions on adding a descriptive title, caption, and tagging your photo

Monday, December 6, 2010

The fifth American Corner in Macedonia opens in Struga

The U.S. Embassy opened a new American Corner in Struga on Tuesday, November 30.

This brings the number of American Corners in Macedonia to five, including the already successful Corners in Bitola, Skopje, Tetovo and Stip. The Corners host American speakers and bring cultural and educational events to student audiences and the larger community. The Corners are a great place to learn more about study opportunities at universities in the United States. The Ambassador also visited Niko Nestor and Ibraim Temo high schools to meet with students and Directors, Vasil Maksimovski and Urim Kreka.

"This is our fifth Corner in Macedonia – part of our American Corner program worldwide. The Corners bring cultural and educational events to audiences – but more importantly, they become part of the fabric of their community and a home to students and speakers of English and our guests from the United States." - said Ambassador Reeker in his remarks. (click to read the whole speech)

Ambassador Reeker is joined by Mayor Ramiz Merko of Struga in opening the new
American Corner, as well as Kastriot Dauti (far left) and Xhemi Hajredini (far
right) from the Municipality, the new Corner staff Olgica Totoska (second from left) and Ardita Emush (second from right) and
Public Affairs Officer Angela
Aggeler (center).

VIDEO: see the photos from the event:

Stay up to date! Visit the American Corner Struga facebook page !

December 2010 montlhy programs

American Corner Skopje

American Corner Bitola

American Corner Stip

American Corner Tetovo