CENET Participant Amy Allen on “The Most Life Changing Experience”

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CENET sent five participants to the 2017 Civic Leadership Summit, hosted by CIEE; the CENET participants were selected via essay contest.

Civic Leadership Summit participants traveled to the U.S. capital for an all-expenses-paid event that focused on intercultural awareness, civics, and social entrepreneurship with a series of dynamic workshops.

Congratulations to the following CENET participants for their selection and attendance of the Civic Leadership Summit: Dorota Kowalska, Ricardo Goulbourne, Xinrui Tan, Zoltan Nagy, and Amy Allen.

Amy Allen shared about her life-changing experience on her blog, Discovering My Place in the World. Read Amy’s outstanding essay below.

Discovering my place in the World

Words cannot describe the empowerment and inspiration I have gained and learned this week. I cannot get over how lucky I was to have been selected from 2100 other applicants to meet 44 other young and motivated change makers from 39 countries from across the world.

We arrived as strangers from different cultures, backgrounds and upbringings. Yet we were all there for one reason. To make a change.

It was this reason that made it so easy for us to work together and become friends. We all had different things we wanted to change and raise awareness of in our communities, yet we were open minded and communicated with each other effectively to teach and learn about other cultures.

The summit was held at American University, Washington D.C. at which we arrived on Monday afternoon. Each fellow was given a registration pack which consisted of two t-shirts, a waterbottle, a…

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