Jetting from Singapore to participate in a month-long exchange program funded by the U.S State Department of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered through the International City/County Association (ICMA). This program is in conjunction with the Young Southeast Asia Leadership Initiatives (YSEALI) that aims to foster better cultural understanding, build leadership capabilities and exchange the best practices between the ASEAN community and America. This tailor-made program pertaining to sustainable developments will allow each fellow to immerse deeply in the field of their expertise with the host community throughout USA.
Moving on, the program was officially kicked off on 25th April 2019 with guest speakers from American Farm Trust, American Planning Association, State Department and ICMA officials and many more to give us a glimpse of program expectations as well as local government structure. The 2-day orientation was rounded up with an MLB game and what a way to get us exposed to the American culture right from the start.
To close, while all of us (22 fellows) come from diverse background, I believe that what binds us together is the tenacity to drive changes to improve the environment in one way or another. Certainly, everyone will gain valuable experience through their placement community and build longlasting friendships.
Till next time.
#Special shoutout to Tony & Kara from ICMA, who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes in making sure we are all well taken care of.
Probably, the most epic moment during the Nats Game! #PresidentsRace