TOBY OLVERA FROM THE COCONINO COUNTY MET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN CHIANG RAI, THAILAND ON YSEALI RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE

YSEALI U.S. Fellow Summer 2017 Cohort: Week Two My first week in Thailand participating in the YSEALI exchange program was spent primarily in Bangkok, a large city teeming with ten million residents and countless visitors and tourists. Coming from a county known for the Grand Canyon and its vast rural landscapes, it felt, in many … Continue reading TOBY OLVERA FROM THE COCONINO COUNTY MET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN CHIANG RAI, THAILAND ON YSEALI RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE

STEPHANIE SCAFA FROM THE CITY OF EUGENE, OR SHARES HER EXPERIENCE IN INDONESIA ON YSEALI RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE

YSEALI U.S. Fellow Summer 2017 Cohort: Week 1 Blog Post (8/14/17-8/19/17) After the first week of my YSEALI fellowship I realize I am going at a rapid, whirlwind pace! This week flew by and it took me a full three days to fully recover from jet lag. I spent this first week meeting with many … Continue reading STEPHANIE SCAFA FROM THE CITY OF EUGENE, OR SHARES HER EXPERIENCE IN INDONESIA ON YSEALI RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE

SHANNON BINNS FROM SUSTAIN CHARLOTTE SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE IN VIETNAM ON YSEALI RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE

YSEALI U.S. Fellow Summer 2017 Cohort: Finding hope and inspiration in Viet Nam On my first morning in Saigon, the headline at the top of the local English newspaper caught my attention:  “Youth are partners in growth, not just beneficiaries.” Intrigued, I turned the page. The article went on to explain that Viet Nam currently … Continue reading SHANNON BINNS FROM SUSTAIN CHARLOTTE SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE IN VIETNAM ON YSEALI RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE

LAUREL DELMONICO FROM THE CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER, CO SHARES HER EXPERIENCE IN INDONESIA ON YSEALI RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE

YSEALI U.S. Fellow Summer 2017 Cohort: First Impressions August 20, 2017 Jakarta On the way back to my hotel after spending the afternoon at the Miniature Park of Indonesia, I asked my hosts what the colors of the Indonesian flag symbolize. You see, I’ve landed the day after the 72nd Indonesian Independence celebration, and the … Continue reading LAUREL DELMONICO FROM THE CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER, CO SHARES HER EXPERIENCE IN INDONESIA ON YSEALI RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE

JAMES DONISON FROM THE TOWN OF HOOKSETT, NH SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE IN CAMBODIA ON YSEALI RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE

YSEALI U.S. Fellow Summer 2017 Cohort: Arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia late on Saturday August 5, 2017 after a 25 hr. flight from New Hampshire via Atlanta, Georgia and Seoul, South Korea.  The hotel is right on the “Riverwalk” along the Tonle Sap (river) at the confluence of the Mekong River – beautiful location and … Continue reading JAMES DONISON FROM THE TOWN OF HOOKSETT, NH SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE IN CAMBODIA ON YSEALI RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE

The engine behind economic growth

My first impression with Bozeman is the amazing mountain views and scenery I saw after landing in Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport . It’s easy to fall in love with the landscape, but beyond the tourism potential, the vibe of this fast-growing city is even more attractive to me. It is actually Montana’s strongest local economy and the most … Continue reading The engine behind economic growth

Local Experience and Leadership: Dr. Shankle, Town of Hooksett Administrator- A Real Reformer.

A journey of more than 24 hours of flight from the other part of the world to the US was warmly welcomed by many great people from ICMA, US State Department and more in Washington D.C. before heading to my host community, the Town of Hooksett, New Hampshire. As expected, Dr. Shankle, the Town of … Continue reading Local Experience and Leadership: Dr. Shankle, Town of Hooksett Administrator- A Real Reformer.

DUY VU FROM THE CITY OF CEDAR HILL, TX SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE IN BRUNEI ON YSEALI RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE

  YSEALI U.S. Fellow Summer 2017 Cohort:   Sunday August 6, 2017 Travel Day – Hong Kong to Brunei I was introduced early to Brunei hospitality. Flight was exactly one movie length long but was surprised to be served with a hot meal. Landed in Brunei International Airport. YSEALI Alumni and Brunei Environmental Officer, Khaliq … Continue reading DUY VU FROM THE CITY OF CEDAR HILL, TX SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE IN BRUNEI ON YSEALI RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE

VISITING MARYLAND’S LARGEST WASTEWATER SPRAY IRRIGATION SITES

Earlier, I posted about the Berlin Wastewater Treatment Plant.  And on October 23, I finally got to see the town's two spray irrigation sites (where the treated water goes into) and they just took my breath away! I was expecting to see few trees growing on soggy earth. But what I found instead were lagoons, … Continue reading VISITING MARYLAND’S LARGEST WASTEWATER SPRAY IRRIGATION SITES

MAYOR ALLAN EKBERG FROM THE CITY OF TUKWILA, WA SHARES PHOTOS FROM HIS EXPERIENCE IN THAILAND ON YSEALI RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE

YSEALI U.S. Fellow Summer 2017 Cohort: Department of Local Administration (DLA), Ministry of Interior: Department of Probation (DOP): Thai Police HQ - Criminal Investigation – Allan with Director Dr. Pol: International Commission of Jurists office.  Toby, Jung, Tong, myself, and Kingsley: Ministry of Public Health – meeting participants: View from Mercure Bangkok Siam hotel deck … Continue reading MAYOR ALLAN EKBERG FROM THE CITY OF TUKWILA, WA SHARES PHOTOS FROM HIS EXPERIENCE IN THAILAND ON YSEALI RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE