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Seeing Student Similarities Halfway Around the World
In reflecting on the time I spent this summer in Skopje, Macedonia, I am flooded with fond memories. From the moment that I got off of the plane in Macedonia, I was welcomed with open arms by my host teacher, Maja B. She has since transferred to a different school, but when I visited she worked as an English teacher, and part-time assistant principal at a vocational high school. Being able to shadow her at school was such a wonderful experience. Although the students were not doing typical coursework because of their preparation for the national standardized test, I was […]
Tempe Sister Cities 2013 Year In Review
2013 has been a busy year for Tempe Sister Cities Members and all of our hardworking volunteers, so we thought it important to recap some of our top newsletter stories of the past year. We hope you will check our web site often as we continue to celebrate our Tempe Sister Cities and Hackett House activities during 2014. Our continued goal is “Bringing the World Together… One Friendship at a Time” Happy New Year from all of us at Tempe Sister Cities. January (Click Here to View Full Articles) New Zealand Educator Exchange News Hackett House School Tours […]
A Memorable Journey to Macedonia by Violetta (Bektesh) Armour
Call it Serendipity or fate but whatever it is, sometimes life has a way of coming full circle in a wonderful way. My recent trip to Macedonia and search for my ancestors was successful thanks to many chance encounters and to helpful people along the way. And Tempe Sister Cities played a big role in it all. I guess my story really begins over 90 years ago. My paternal grandparents, Spiro and Vaska Bektesh with their three sons, Peter, Dimitre and Milan (my father) immigrated to America from Prilep, Macedonia in 1921.
Tempe Sister Cities: Best Overall Program in America
Sister Cities International has recognized Tempe Sister Cities as the Best Overall Program in America. This is the sixth time that Tempe has been recognized as the Best Overall Program in America. Tempe has distinguished itself with a long history of successes. Past delegates have served as National Student Chairmen. Dick Neuheisel, co-founder and President of Tempe Sister Cities served as President of Sister Cities International for 16 years. Tempe Sister Cities was founded over forty years ago in 1970. In 1971 the first twinning relationship was established with Skopje, Yugoslavia, now Macedonia. Tempe was the first Sister City program […]
TSC Hosts Reception For President Gjorge Ivanov of the Republic of Macedonia
Tempe Sister Cities hosted a reception to honor President Gjorge Ivanov of the Republic of Macedonia on April 25, 2013. This was the first time Tempe Sister Cities has hosted a reception for a president of a country. It was a beautiful event held at the Hackett House. President Ivanov was impressed with the different displays in each room of Hackett House, representing the many cities that have twinned with Tempe. Later President Ivanov was presented with a cowboy hat by Dick Neuheisel who promised him a horse on his next visit.
Visit From Macedonian Ambassador Philip Reeker and Skopje Travel Itinerary for TSC Members
A special luncheon was held in honor of the visiting Ambassador Philip T Reeker.(pictured to the left) He spoke of the importance of the sister city relationship shared by Tempe and Skopje since 1971. This relationship has had a great impact on the people of Skopje. This unique sister city was the first in Eastern Europe and is our oldest relationship. A special 10-Day Trip to Skopje is being planned to depart around June 18th. This trip is open and available to all TSC Members.
THIRTY-TWO STUDENT DELEGATES SELECTED TO REPRESENT TEMPE
Selection Night was a memorable experience for 32 high school juniors from around Tempe. It was the night they were selected to be 2012 Tempe Sister City Delegates to 8 international destinations. The excitement was in the air as each student stepped up on the stage to hear which sister city they will be visiting this summer. Visiting Beaulieu sur Mer, France will be Hollly Berns, Kelsey Files, Colin McCormick,and Kimberely Valentine. Going to Carlow, Ireland will be
Student Delegates Return with Stories to Tell :A blog by Sheridan Rosner, Delegate to Skopje
I finally have time to begin my blog! The four of us (Natalie, Sean, David, and I) arrived on Sunday afternoon. We each left with our families and I finally met Sashka and her parents. She lives in a house about ten minutes from the center of the city by bus. Her mother made chicken and potatoes for lunch, saying she would start making more traditional foods the next day. We began the meal with a toast, with the operative word being “na zdravye,” meaning “cheers,” but you also say that when you finish a meal. I have used that […]
A Summer of International Travel and Adventure for 64 Students
Thirty-two Tempe Sister City students are embarking on their unique adventures in one of our many sister cities this month. They will spend 5 weeks with their sister city brother or sister and return with them as part of their exchange. Sixty-four students from all over the world will be experiencing all that Tempe, Arizona and the southwest have to offer.