Fellows Blog

A Journey of Hellos and Goodbyes

By liadmin | December 5, 2017

I remember Abraham Maslow’s quote that says “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” The choices we make put us on a pathway to find out who we are, where we came from, and why we are here. Months ago, I decided to choose to…

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Working in a Healthy, Professional and Friendly environment – Working in Serve DC

By liadmin | November 20, 2017

Getting an email saying that I have been accepted in the Professional Fellows Program, a lot of excitement, preparing for the visa appointment, attending orientation, taking online courses, packing for travel, a lot of excitement again, long transit, and finally arriving to the US and meeting with beautiful coordinators. This is the journey before starting…

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Evolution Not Revolution

By liadmin | November 6, 2017

“…In other words, in a way that is profoundly at war with our founding ideals, poverty breeds deeper poverty; lack of educational achievement breeds deeper academic failure; and broken families are the surest predictor of more broken families in the next generation and the generation beyond that. This is a sentence of unequal opportunity for…

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The Challenge of a Moral Revolution

By liadmin | November 2, 2017

If I have to summarize what I’m living now in the Professional Fellowship Program, the word would be “Challenge.” The same challenge was raised by the Algerian youth 63 years ago, on the 1st day of November 1954, when they wrote history, a history in which young people moved from the idea to the field,…

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My Dream Has Wings

By liadmin | November 2, 2017

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” – Paulo Coelho. Being here is not coincidental, it is part of our dreams that we believe in, which took wings and flew—through Legacy—to discover each other and exchange experiences. We, the Algerian and Egyptian delegations, belong to North Africa where we…

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Perfect Strangers

By liadmin | November 2, 2017

Have you ever felt this strong sensation when you meet somebody for the first time as if you have known them forever? Like love … But it’s not. Sometimes life puts in your way perfect strangers who become, day after day, an inseparable part of your life. Before starting this experience, I admit that I…

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Serving Youth from Algeria to America

By liadmin | November 2, 2017

My name is Hamza Berrouane and I am from beautiful Algeria. In my country, I work in civic society and the focus of all my projects and activities is youth development, so I consider myself very lucky to be placed in an organization that shares the same goals and focuses like “Youth Service America.” I…

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The Power of Peer Learning

By liadmin | November 2, 2017

I always have in mind Helen Keller’s quote “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” and I truly believe that real change does not happen with one person, or one organization, but that it’s a collective effort. For some time I have been thinking about my work, on the impact…

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The Human Side of You is Stronger

By liadmin | November 2, 2017

“Algeria and Egypt had their fair share of conflict back in the 70’s and even in the late 2000’s. The story, for both conflicts, was about soccer—something shameful for both nations. Two of the greatest and most ancient civilizations in the world fighting over a ball of fancy rubber and leather. And the worst thing…

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Fall Fellows Learn Lessons

By liadmin | January 1, 2016

For seven years, Legacy International  has administered the Professional Fellows Program (PFP) that brings leaders in the fields of civic engagement, NGO management, women and youth empowerment and entrepreneurship from Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Algeria to the United States to broaden their professional expertise and create the groundwork for further international cooperation and world development.…

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In the News

“Egypt Offers Hope and Hardship” by Congressman Scott Klug Congressman Klug, was a U.S. delegate traveling to Egypt and wrote a column for the Wisconsin State Journal.


“Reflections from Egypt: What is True Democracy?” by Paul S. Ryan Ryan, of the Campaign Legal Center, a U.S. delegate in Legacy’s Legislative Fellows Program traveling to Egypt, wrote about the delegation’s program in Egypt.


"Dispatches from Egypt: Deep Frustration" by Larry LaRocco Former Congressman from Idaho posted regular and in-depth observations and analysis of the political situation in Egypt in the Idaho Statesmen.


"Educator from Oman Learns Political Lessons Through U.S. Election" Participant Yasmin Shannan Al-Bulushi says working on a campaign during the U.S. presidential election has inspired and prepared her to improve the political process in her country.


"The Importance of Democracy in North Africa" by Peter Fenn Peter Fenn, U.S. Delegate wrote for the U.S.News & World Report about his impressions as the group met with Moroccans from all walks of life including members of parliament, local officials, community leaders, students, and educators.