On June 19, as part of the Batory High School’s end-of-year celebrations, Deputy Chief of Mission Bix Aliu spoke to students at one of the oldest and most prestigious high schools in Warsaw highlighting the longstanding relations between Poland and the United States and the fact that “It is the people-to-people connection that has provided the bedrock foundation of our relationship all along.”
Deputy Chief of Mission Aliu encouraged the students to consider studying in the United States and take part in various exchange programs in the United States offered to Polish students, including internship opportunities in American businesses and on Capitol Hill and the FLEX program, which sends Polish high school students to the United States for a year of study in an American high school.
He underscored the importance of these exchanges where young Poles become ambassadors of their own country by teaching Americans about Poland and also bringing the U.S. experience back to their own country.
After giving remarks Bix Aliu then met with Fryderyk Sitnik, a FLEX alum from 2017-2018 and current student at Batory High School who spent one year living with an American family and going to school in Nebraska. In a true sign of the value of these exchanges, Fryderyk was accompanied by his host brother who is currently visiting Poland to learn more about Fryderyk’s home country.