May 4, 2016
This month, 27-year-old Huyen Tran from Vietnam and 29-year-old Dhani Astuti from Indonesia stepped on American soil for the first time this week.
They were selected to participate in an exchange program administered by the International City/County Managers Association, which is funded by the U.S. State Department.
While in Tallahassee they’ll learn about roles and responsibilities from various city departments.
“My community project is engaging civil participation and I think going to the U.S. where I know they have very good civil participation in how to run the government,” said Dhani Astuti.
Not only are the participants selected, but the host cities must also apply. City officials say they’re happy to host international fellows for the 4th year in a row.
“We’re looking forward to working with the fellows, showing them practices, policies, and other things they can take back to their countries,” said Alison Faris with the City of Tallahassee.
And after just three days, Huyen and Dhani already have a notebook full of knowledge.
“The opinion of the citizen counts. That’s pretty impressive to me,” said Huyen Tran.
“Whether you are working in the government or nonprofit organization, accountability is number one,” said Astuti.
And when they’re not handling government business, they plan to indulge in some American cuisine.
“I’d like to compare whether the Dunkin Donuts here is the same as the Dunkin Donuts in Indonesia,” said Astuti.
And of course enjoy the Capital City.
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