The Experiment in International Living gives me the opportunity to enrich my knowledge about Human Rights and discover some prestigious American Universities in a program called: “USA: Human Rights & College Discovery”. My experience starts in JFK airport where I have landed, met my Leader and my new friends from USA, and all over the world. After that, we’ve gone to the motel, relaxed, eaten some delicious American pizza and gone on a scavenger hunt in order to familiarize ourselves with surroundings. Also, we explored different sites such as «Times Square »,« the Empire State Building »,« Central park», « United Nations Headquarters», « Liberty Island and Ellis Island » . We were really in love with skylines, stores, food and culture. Moreover, we have learnt a lot about the human rights’ history whether it was LGBTQ rights or workers’ rights through many interesting galleries, and organization for instance: « Bronx » which is a public defender nonprofit that helps people tackle their issues and the theatre of Oppressed that taught us techniques to better understand this topic. I have been taught that the amazing NYC is a fruit of a hard work of ambitious people that tried hard to achieve their hopes for a safe, just, and peaceful world that couldn’t be realized only when there is universal respect for the inherent dignity and equal rights of all members of the human family. In addition, we visited my dream University, one of the Ivy Leagues Columbia University where we learnt about the admission process. Furthermore, we visited the District of Columbia, the nation’s capital, where we have learned about the city’s unique human rights’ issues and settled into our dorms at George Washington University after we had toured it. We roamed the National Mall, visited famous monuments of esteemed leaders Martin Luther King, Jr…and explored the Smithsonian Museums. After that, we road-trip to Charlottesville, Virginia as a first stop to the south. We toured the University of Virginia. We continued learning about human rights at Emory University and stayed on the college campus while learning about the college process. Finally , our homestay of six days begun in ATLANTA, with different activities with my host family who helped me a lot and let me spend the best time. The experience I had, exceeded my expectations, develop a deeper understanding to my identities from a global perspective. Also, through this journey to the United States I could think outside of myself, came back with a lot of confidence, inspiration, curiosity to acquire different experiences and the best of memories!
A big thank you to all of you !