"My ASSIST experience gave me the opportunity to understand the world. Throughout my year in the U.S., I learned how to accept everyone and believe in their best - a life-long lesson that will serve me well and help me succeed. I now have more than just one home - I have many ASSIST homes around the world. I can say, I can never be more proud of being part of ASSIST, and I can never thank ASSIST enough."
Irina Fala ’13, Moldova, The Potomac School (VA)
"Thank you ASSIST for such a wonderful opportunity to study abroad, to learn so much about the U.S., about myself and other countless things that changed my life. I came here a 17-year-old girl with a small suitcase and very little awareness of the world outside my county. Now, I’m about to leave as an 18-year-old with at least 2 suitcases and so many memories, experiences, exciting ideas, challenging plans for future and, simply, wisdom. I feel more confident in my abilities, more focused on important future plans, and more independent. I learned beyond my expectations, and I discovered how strong I actually was. I’m a proud ASSIST student! THANK YOU! I hope there is a way to give you back as much as you gave me!"
Lovro Sprem '13, Croatia, Woodberry Forest School (VA)
“My year in the United States was truly life-changing. I saw and experienced things I hadn’t known existed and had so many doors opened for me. I have become a more open-minded, adaptive and interesting person. During my ASSIST year, I kept thinking about the quote: ‘The object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot in one’s own country as a foreign land.’”
Maria Zlatkova ’13, Bulgaria, Mercersberg Academy (PA)
"My ASSIST year helped me define my perspective, my goals, my life and myself and, like all life changing experiences, went by too quickly. I got so much out of the program that I can't even think of a way to give. My heart will always belong to ASSIST and to Mercersberg. I know I am part of a tradition of loyalty, acceptance, and belonging that is not going to fade with time. Thank you, ASSIST, for helping me realize now that my future is not so scary."
Gustaf Lidfeldt ’13, Sweden, Suffield Academy (CT)
"My year at Suffield allowed me to explore a different culture by interacting and sharing ideas with others in a caring and diverse community. It opened my mind to new ways of thinking and developed me as a person. This year will always have a special place in my heart as I head into my future."