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Exchange Me

By Denys Andrushchenko
A podcast about exchange programs, by alumni for alumni. FLEX, UGRAD, Chevening, Open World, Fulbright, DAAD and 100+ more...
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13: Indie singer Promsonya w/ FLEX’19 (NV🇺🇸) Sofiya Pylypenko 🇺🇦

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GR 1: w/ Hasan and Ratul from Bangladesh 🇧🇩
"I would rather mark it as Invasion of Humanity by Russia in Ukraine." In the first episode of the Global Response (GR) series, we talked with two Ukrainians (Yaroslava and Vira) and two Bangladeshis (Hasan and Ratul) to unpack the war in Ukraine in a global context. We especially thank the latter for contributing a more holistic view on this tragedy in the midst of Europe in 2022. Both Hasan and Ratul represent GenLab, an organization that aims to create a platform for Bangladeshi youth to engage in social development process of the country by means of acting together to bring about positive change. Established in 2015, GenLab has a clear vision for an inclusive and resilient world through a sustainable approach. Their mission is to empower people, particularly the youth, towards developing a peaceful, just and a sustainable world where actions are driven by innovation, integrity, and coexistence. Guests: Chowdhury Hasan Ibne Obayed🇧🇩, a software engineer specialized in FinTech. He works as a software developer in the Central Bank of Bangladesh. Hasan is Study of US Institute 🇺🇸 (SUSI’12) fellow. Ratul Dev🇧🇩has founded GenLab. He is a development professional by choice and is focused on impact projects in his community. Ratul is the fellow of the following programs: JENESYS 🇯🇵(Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths); Professional Fellowship🇺🇸; Global Exchange on Religion in Society (GERIS)🇪🇺; the Swedish Institute Leader Lab🇸🇪; an awardee of the Global SDG Talent by UNLEASH🇩🇰, among others. We also introduced our GR host Vira Konstantynova who is currently conducting her PhD thesis at the National Institute for Strategic Studies. Vira is from Mariupol🇺🇦 and has almost ten years of professional experience working at private and governmental institutions. She’s also the FLC’21 🇬🇧 fellow. Joined by Yaroslava Fatiukha from Zaporizhzhya 🇺🇦 who is a FLEX’20🇺🇸 alumna and a President at Rotaract (RAC)🕊 club Zaporizhzhya (2022). Read more about the project: https://exchangemepodcast.com
33:34
May 27, 2022
Presenting Global Response series
Global Response is a limited series under the ExchangeMe podcast umbrella to understand the perception of Ukraine in the world.  See the original show: https://exchangemepodcast.com. Summary International politics is always a factor in how things are perceived. Our team wants to know how the world sees Ukraine. What was reported in the news before the war and during it? It is an opportunity to share the truth about our country and history with representatives from other parts of the world. Who are we looking for: Active citizens, members of local communities; Who consider themselves a knowledgeable audience; And are eager to share their perspective in a critical, respective manner; Ideally open-minded: have been abroad and exposed to other cultures. FAQ Will this series focus solely on Ukraine? We envision it as a platform for discussion of any global conflict but hope that the atrocities conducted in Ukraine won’t repeat anywhere else. Are you looking for experts? Not exactly, but we are open to knowledgeable audiences who have experience and want to voice their critical opinion. Are you associated with the government? No. Although, we apply for grants from various countries as the Exchange Me team under the condition of producing original, uncensored content. We are also open to sponsorships that do not contradict our values of freedom, non-violence, and harmonic human development.
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May 12, 2022
13: Indie singer Promsonya w/ FLEX’19 (NV🇺🇸) Sofiya Pylypenko 🇺🇦
Donate to support Ukrainians via PayPal: exchangemepodcast@gmail.com Having started volunteering at the age 13, Sofia (Sonya) was among creators of the Druzi ("Friends") youth space in Kostyantynivka (Donetsk oblast) supported by USAID (listen to XME 10). After returning from FLEX program, she doubled down on her passion to music and started an indie project with her father: https://slukh.media/new-music/promsonya-new-name/ Timecodes: 00:01 Intro 01:13 Living in Las Vegas 07:00 An introvert challenge: open up! 11:41 What did you miss? 16:30 Music passion 18:30 Friends, festivals, and front line 27:00 Outro There was also a cameo from Katia Kulyk (XME episodes 6 and 7). Track used in the show: Promsonya - 2012 Listen to the artist and help grow her fan base! Learn more about professional Ukrainians in English: http://kyivfuture.com Read about our podcast on https://exchangemepodcast.com It was your host, Denys Andrushchenko: a FLEX alumnus of 2012, member of a Rotary Club Cherkasy Centre, and founder of the Leaders Fund.
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March 25, 2022
11: Destiny Has Something in Store for You w/ FLEX’19 (CA🇺🇸) Valeriia Rudnichenko 🇺🇦 🇵🇱
How do you react when one of the host family relatives dies on the day of your arrival? How to overcome bullying and turn your deepest fears into career opportunities? This and other contradictory topics we covered in our new episode of Exchange Me show with co-host Tetyana Kondrya.  Valeriia Rudnichenko is originally from Zhytomyr, Ukraine. She is now studying in Poland to become a nutritionist. She was one of the lucky ones who got to live in California during her exchange year, but her most important journey was not geographical – but to self-love, confidence, and self-esteem. 00:01 Preview 00:23 – Intro 01:53 – Pre-FLEX state of mind 03:32 – on shared FLEX quality and dream come true 06:55 – Tanya’s “finding out” video 10:38 – on the unknown of the temporary placement 12:40 – Visalia, CA 15:25 – on the adventure flight 20:10 – on dealing with death in the host family 24:14 – “Nothing is more permanent than a temporary solution family” 27:32 – on school experience 29:08 – demanding sports in USA 31:40 – culture shock of school dances 36:53 – volunteering and UNICEF 38:04 – the nicest memory 39:27 – Self-esteem, self-love and lessons learnt 41:22 – on the weight journey 43:23 – the hardest year moving to Poland 46:50 – advice to yourself Want to unlock more value? Support us on Patreon by donating to Leaders Fund: https://www.patreon.com/LeadersFund/ Read about our podcast on https://exchangemepodcast.com
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January 23, 2022
A Holiday Mix by FLEX’98 (NY🇺🇸) Dj Safin 🇺🇦
Electronic music (remixes) of popular songs in the US that our community of alumni shared with us. Read about our podcast on https://exchangemepodcast.com
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January 18, 2022
10: Serendipity and Cross-pollination w/ FLEX’10 (OH🇺🇸) Roman Vydro🇺🇦
Roman is a co-founder of GarageHub. He is a brilliant engineer and project organizer, he led CACTUS camps in Ukraine and created a platform (an actual physical space) for people to build stuff. Denys talked with him about this, as well as his year in the US, an older sister who was an exchange student before him, and on monetizing culture. Listen now! 00:01 Preview 01:30 Having an older sister – also a FLEX alumna – as a role model. Identically great host families 08:57 Roman’s (and Lena’s) background; 4 trips to the US 12:13 One of the youngest FLEX participants 14:40 Advice to an introvert? 17:05 Integrating into a host community within an urbanized area next to Cleveland 22:10 Learning community service and serendipity 30:36 European Youth Parliament (EYP), Peace Corps in Ukraine, and “a hell of a difficult year of 2014” 34:22 Starting in a garage and turning it into Garage Hub 38:21 Garage Hub 2.0 – in search of sense (with USAID: UCBI) 42:38 Garage Hub 3.0 – in search of form and surviving the end of the world 46:20 Closing tips for participants of exchange students 48:15 - outro Want to unlock more value? Support us on Patreon by donating to Leaders Fund: https://www.patreon.com/LeadersFund/ Read about our podcast on https://exchangemepodcast.com This episode is supported by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine. The views of the authors and guests do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Government.
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December 12, 2021
9: Embrace Changes w/ FLEX’03 (WA🇺🇸) Olga Shyshman 🇺🇦
Meet our co-host Tetyana Kondrya, FLEX'10! Our new episode is with FLEX alumna of 2003 Olga Shyshman (Lebedyna). She had to change 4 families with the patience and understanding of a Tibetan monk and continues to spread positivity wherever life takes her. Currently, she works as a Partner Account Manager at Dell Technologies after previously spending 8 years at SAP. Listen to our conversation as we unpack her FLEX experience. Read about our podcast on https://exchangemepodcast.com Timecodes: 00:01 Preview  01:07 – Why and how did Olga take part in the program? 12:03 – The sibling swap! Why Olga repeated her high school year in Ukraine  07:21 – Flying to the States. The grand story of changing host families 14:33 – High School experience 16:38 – Competing for a place on a volleyball team and trying fun running (cross country) 20:11 – On making friends and Tanya’s theory 22:39 – Sweet memories… and grand challenges, once again 26:39 – Taking in Donetsk refugees purple 28:39 – From a receptionist at Oracle to an assistant to the Country Manager of SAP – on a career (influenced by FLEX).  33:28 - Gender equality rose Want to unlock more value? Support us on Patreon by donating to Leaders Fund: https://www.patreon.com/LeadersFund/ This episode is supported by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine. The views of the authors and guests do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Government.
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December 02, 2021
8: A Poetess Living in Germany w/ FLEX’09 (KS🇺🇸) Nadia Telenchuk 🇺🇦 🇩🇪
From the Ukrainian city of Kherson to the US state of Kansas: the story of Nadia who “got hungry for impressions.” Curious fact: six years before she applied for FLEX, her father participated in the agricultural program in the same state. Currently, Nadia lives in Germany after “literally falling in love with this country.” 00:01 intro 00:56 a brave trip to Kansas City and embarrassing moments at high school 05:12 how Nadia first heard about FLEX program and how her teacher convinced her to participate, the smart way 07:56 the interview: 3rd round of FLEX 09:50 FLEX is about flexibility 10:31 the Finalist Call moment 11:54 expectations about the US and how Nadia’s father went on exchange for agriculture specialists for 6 years prior 13:53 fighting for her dream (the boarding ticket, in fact) 17:11 the high school 20:20 literary hobby/passion 24:08 there is more to world 25:55 falling in love with Germany 🇩🇪 28:32 an unlimited residence permit 32:41 host family and going to a church… for food :) 35:35 babysitting in States and volunteering in Kherson 40:18 tips to FLEX finalist Want to unlock more value? Support us on Patreon by donating to Leaders Fund: https://www.patreon.com/LeadersFund/ Read about our podcast on https://exchangemepodcast.com This episode is supported by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine. The views of the authors and guests do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Government. #XME8 #ExchangeMe #podcast #exchangestudent #studyabroad #DAAD #FLEX #EYP
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November 22, 2021
7: We Are Laowai w/ FLEX’05 (WV🇺🇸) Katia Kulyk 🇺🇦🇨🇳 🇹🇭
She has lived in Thailand for 2,5 years and studied meditation with buddhist monks. She has lived in China for 5 years and wrote 2 books about foreigners and their perception in other countries and cultures. Meet the second part of our conversation with Katia (https://katiakulyk.com/) 00:01 Preview 00:45 Intro 01:52 Small talk culture 03:31 Foreign experience which started with Russia and a 36-hour train 05:54 Discussing the TransSiberian train (Serbia to China) 08:02 The toughest and most rewarding things I’ve learned: Meditation and Spirituality. 12:56 Retreats abroad and in the Carpathians, Khata Maysternya 15:48 The World Peace Initiative 16:38 Different stages in life make different transformation during exchange programs 17:39 “Every time it’s a bit transformative” 18:15 “China is the most different country in the world” 21:55 Beijing, Shanghai, and Qunmin – places where Katia stayed in China 24:47 Laowai the Book: funny stories from China and unusual cuisine 27:54 “We are creating out future right now.” A story about a girl from Palestine🇵🇸 32:26 A small NLP technique to shape your identity 35:59 The final advice from Katia 39:18 Outro Want to unlock more value? Support us on Patreon by donating to Leaders Fund: https://www.patreon.com/LeadersFund/ Read about our podcast on https://exchangemepodcast.com This episode is supported by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine. The views of the authors and guests do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Government.
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November 09, 2021
6: Peace of Mind w/ FLEX’05 (WV🇺🇸) Katia Kulyk 🇺🇦
After traveling to 35 countries, teaching mindfulness in 14 of them, Katia moved to a small village of Zavallia in Ukraine to organize her yoga and meditation retreats: https://katiakulyk.com/ 00:01 Preview 00:15 Intro 06:16 Studying English with American Peace Corps Volunteers 10:54 Religion in the US and community service at church 15:05 Gamification in reading books and writing own books 19:59 On meditation, organizing your thoughts, and emotional breakthrough after an unexpected death of the partner 24:36 The benefits of FLEX  27:35 The Finalist call 31:19 On AP (advanced placement) classes 36:37 Homesickness and on easiness to disconnect with home country in 2005 vs. today 38:56 Outro Want to unlock more value? Support us on Patreon by donating to Leaders Fund: https://www.patreon.com/LeadersFund/ Read about our podcast on https://exchangemepodcast.com This episode is supported by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine. The views of the authors and guests do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Government.
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October 26, 2021
5: Exchanges to Internships w/ FLEX’12 (MI🇺🇸) Yevheniya Vodopyanova 🇺🇦
Read about our podcast on https://exchangemepodcast.com 00:01 Intro 00:43 Yevhenia’s trip to Michigan via Frankfurt, Washington DC, and Chicago. 05:23 Cultural shock 08:37 Host family 11:00 How surroundings shape us. How challenges unleash the hidden potential. 17:13 An American dream of becoming a cheerleader and a high school 19:53 Travelling with a sport team in a yellow bus 21:06 On skipping the 10th grade of the UA school and how Denys, the host, graduated at 19(!). Tips from Yevhenia. 22:22 “Not better, not worse, just different.” 22:41 How did you know about the Program? 24:19 Notice to parents 25:59 Reaction to the Finalist call 28:48 on gaining weight in the US 32:06 Most memorable moments in the US, including the community service. 35:36 Exchanges to Internships Program Want to unlock more value? Support us on Patreon by donating to Leaders Fund: https://www.patreon.com/LeadersFund/ This episode is supported by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine. The views of the authors and guests do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Government.
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September 23, 2021
4: How FLEX inspired me for tech w/ FLEX’12 (CO🇺🇸) Victoria Umanska🇺🇦🇵🇱
What’s inside: Studying at a charter School in Colorado, USA. Learning to play a violin and embracing failures. Trying herself in the court club (mock trial). Joining community service at a local fire department, which brought her “down to earth”. How FLEX gives an opportunity to see a situation from different points of view and makes you FLEXible. Going to Barcelona on Erasmus program. Working in a tech industry as a woman, and startup attempts. Reach out to Victoria: victoria@smok.vc This episode is supported by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine. The views of the authors and guests do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Government. Read about the project on https://exchangemepodcast.com Learn about Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program in your country: http://discoverflex.org Want to hear the full episode? Support us on Patreon by donating to Leaders Fund: https://www.patreon.com/LeadersFund/
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September 19, 2021
3: FLEX your identity w/ FLEX’08 (MO🇺🇸)Roman Koshovskyy 🇺🇦
“Wealth = income - ego.” Roman is a business analyst at SoftServe, author of youtube-series and a podcast named “GOALS on FIRE” about financial literacy, investments and meaningful life. He is a Personal Finance Planner at iplan.ua – a consulting service that helps Ukrainians around the world to plan their life goals with smart financial and investment decisions and milestones. Roman also has a blog in Ukrainian called “Creativity. Development. Search”, where he shares the ideas on habits, psychology, good books, finances and a healthy & balanced lifestyle. We talked about the following: 00:01 Intro 00:39 Roman’s background 01:42 Learning the importance of English from a Counter Strike game 06:32 His Finalist call moment 11:11 Missouri – “a normal state with somewhat interesting history” 18:20 Cheerleaders are indeed the most popular kids 19:42 Why do American families volunteer to host exchange students? 23:00 How extracurricular activities help students to socialize, find support, and shape their identity 29:01 Social media back in 2007 31:12 Charity and a lift-a-thon 36:19 Orlando, Florida, and navigating the future profession 40:37 Work and Travel and other insights 44:18 On financially freedom and literacy 54:35 Outro Books mentioned by the guest: Atomic Habits by James Clear The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson Unshakeable: Your Guide to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath The Mask of Masculinity by Lewis Howes For Ukrainian listeners – read “Lifestyle inflation” article and examine your life and spending habits. Some other quotes that Roman cited: “If you let your learning lead to knowledge, you become a fool. If you let your learning lead to action, you become wealthy,” — Jim Rohn; Rich equals to current income while wealth is unspent or hidden income; “Wealth creation is not an end… It's a crucial aspect of achieving a person's purposeful life.” So wealth can help you provide meaning by helping others and building your own good life. More in this summary; “Prosperity is a combination of health, wealth, happiness, and love.” “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” Want to unlock more value? Support us on Patreon by donating to Leaders Fund: https://www.patreon.com/LeadersFund/ Read about our podcast on https://exchangemepodcast.com This episode is supported by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine. The views of the authors and guests do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Government.
55:29
August 02, 2021
2: The Art of Soft Power w/ FLEX'14 (CA🇺🇸) Yulia Popyk 🇺🇦
00:01 Intro 02:17 Three exchange programs 04:44 Learning about FLEX — traveling across the border 06:53 On Leadership skills 09:44 Going to California 13:35 Host family issues 17:58 High school and breaking rules 21:29 Improving your accent 23:26 Tips for prospective finalists 30:39 Soft power 37:16 How to take advantage 43:44 Outro Read about the project on https://exchangemepodcast.com Want to unlock more value? Support us on Patreon by donating to Leaders Fund: https://www.patreon.com/LeadersFund/ This episode is supported by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine. The views of the authors and guests do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Government.
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July 16, 2021
XME 1. Immigrant by Accident w/ FLEX 2001 (CO🇺🇸) Vitaliy Deputat 🇺🇦🇨🇦
00:01 Intro 00:45 Vitaliy’s background 01:58 What is FLEX Program? 02:51 How did you get on the Program? 08:08 Reaction to the Finalist call 10:37 On American education 17:12 Alumni opportunities 19:00 Orange revolution in the eyes of FLEX alumnus 21:49 Migration to Canada 25:00 Life in Canada: finding a job 27:02 FLEX as fraternity 28:00 the best moment from the exchange year, and challenges 31:05 Some tips to future FLEXers: the Fundamental Principles Vitaliy's Telegram Group on life in Canada: https://t.me/cherkasy_ottawa Read about the project on https://exchangemepodcast.com Learn about Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program in your country: http://discoverflex.org This episode is supported by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine. The views of the authors and guests do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Government.
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July 14, 2021