In an era of globalization it is impossible to deal with educational problems independently in a frame of one country only. Internationalization is one of its components. In many instances, in Kazakhstan, studying abroad is not a question of dreaming or not, it is  matter of having international experience in developing the system that needs novelty from the west. Study abroad is a familiar topic to the students of all countries. And the reasons for it, in most cases, are the same. If someone says that he wants to study abroad, you understand him and do not ask why, because deep in the heart I also dream of going abroad to study. It is the mutual desire of all people, who are in favor of studying abroad.

Studying abroad is the best way to understand the people of different countries, to acquire their way of thinking and joking. Yes, we gain some understanding of other cultures through newspapers, books, magazines, TV and internet. However, they only give you the limited knowledge of what you want to know. Once a person goes abroad, he finds out even more that no books, no magazines, and no TV, internet resources cannot convey the slightest idea of foreign experience. To understand it one should go there once than hear about it thousand times.

First hand foreign experience is the best way to improve the relations between the countries. The main reason of different conflicts happening in the world is in misunderstanding. It happens because of the lack of communication and international exchange. Many people go abroad for various reasons: to study, to do research, to rest, to earn money, to see the life of another culture and to learn a foreign language. International exchange is good in accomplishing all these tasks. For instance, learning a foreign language requires a foreign environment.

Q: What do usually teachers do in teaching a foreign language?

A: They create an artificial environment of a foreign language. The reason they do so is the necessity of linguistic environment to learn a language. “Without good linguistic capability, especially in foreign languages, internationalization of the individual is like strategy discussed on paper.” There are many factors that define international exchange to be effective in teaching and learning. Many scholars admit that going abroad is indeed a good training for a person to widen his world outlook. If a person with narrow outlook thinks about the coffee someone prepared for him, a person with rich world outlook will think about the peasants who collected each coffee all day, all night. On the other hand, going abroad is good examination of the feelings: for the country, for the dearest person. As proved, the feeling of love strengthens once a man goes abroad. The love for their country and for their family has never been so strong.

A man, who experienced such feeling says, “My girlfriend has entered a new environment and new level, and if I keep treading the same ground and fail to advance with her, the two of us are quite likely to lose our common language as the distance between us increases.”

Recently, this fact was proved when one of my friends told me about her students in America, who watched the Opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Astana through internet and said ” We feel a real pride, being here, in the U.S., for our country –  Kazakhstan”. I was glad to hear it, because when I was in the opening ceremony I really cried. Cried because of happiness!

As a matter of fact, these games are the result of international exchange policy. I hope after this great event many people found out more about our republic and they no more ask themselves “Kazakhstan!? Where is it?” trying to find an answer about that little country. Little country with strong ambitions and rich heart.

Even though, today, many students of Kazakhstan dream of going to the U.S., Canada, Britain to study, I hope that in future representatives of these and other foreign countries will desire to study in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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After the weekend spent with my uncle’s family I am sitting there to share with you all the events happened with me within the two days. As a matter of fact, I didn’t have day-off this weekend.  Because they were the working days due to the summit of OSCE. Some of the summit members are coming already and our Nazarbayev University students have a chance to meet with some f them.

I am glad our Kazakhstan is moving rapidly to the global market economy. The first reason is OSCE summit. It is a great privilege to hold world important event here in our mother country. I am proud that our republic is the first to organize such kind of important summit among post soviet countries. Another reason is the Seventh Asian Winter Games. These two events are burgeoning factors to the development of the country. As a volunteer of the Asian winter games in Astana I can say that these winter games will be eye-catching headlines of many Mass Media resources. Even creating a unique TV channel to broadcast the duration of the games is in perspective. After we had classes with our PDP teacher I and Ainagul hurried to the Organization Committee. We were informed to be leader-volunteers. The day before we also had a meeting there and Inessa, organizer of the Asian Games, told us that we would have special clothes with Asian logo. I was glad! Not because we will have clothes, but rather we will present our country in Asiada with dignity. All in all, I am grateful to Bakhyt, who helped us to become volunteers. If we didn’t meet her in the train, we would never be there. All the tickets for Asiada are being sold quickly, because the opening day is already defined: it is January, 30 at 18:00 at Astana Arena Stadium.

 The another news I want to share with you is Volunteer Commencement Day. It will be in December, 9 in Sport Complex “Daulet” at 17:00. The certificates of psychological training and our volunteer IDs will handed in our hands. And only after the commencement we can say we are volunteers of Asian Games in Astana. By the way, it will be my third commencement day. ( I hope I will have the fourth that I am solicitous of as well).

There are so many things about organizing Asian winter games in Astana, and there are so many memorable events awaiting our people. As a secret(formally), I hurry to acknowledge you that there will be built Ice Town in Astana due to the program of  “Cultural Asiada” in the RK. The Ice Town will be a representation of Kazakh culture and traditions and the place where Asian Winter Games Torch will be placed in a period of games. As the official website of the Seventh Asian Winter Games states “On the 11th of January in Al-Kuwait, where the headquarters of OCA is situated, during the solemn lighting ceremony the Flame of our Relay will be lit. It is planned to organize broadcasting of the lighting ceremony of the flame on all national channels. On the 12th of January, the Torch will come to Almaty, Kazakhstan. After the welcoming ceremony of the Torch, Relay will go along streets of the South capital, and then the regions. During 20 days the Torch will travel throughout all regions of Kazakhstan and on the 30th of January, it will finish in Astana at the “Astana-Arena” stadium at the opening ceremony of the Asian games.” So the people of capital city as well as the tourists coming especially for the winter games can see the torch in the center of the city in a span of 7 days.

Our country did its utmost on the sixteenth Asian summer games in Guangzhou and took the fifth place. A good result! I hope we will improve our results in Winter Games! It is expected that opening ceremony of Asiada 2011 in Kazakhstan will be much better than any other world events. Nevertheless, the time will show. Only 61 days are left untill the Seventh Asian Winter Games 2011 in Astana-Almaty.

Yesterday I woke up very early as usual. At 7:15a.m. I was at the university standing in a queue for breakfast. I had nothing to do except my assignment on PDP in the morning. At 2:30p.m. I went to PDP classes and we watched “Dead poet’s society”, a film about the novelty that makes people others be against of. Then I and Ainagul hurried to our psychological training. The training was more serious comparing with previous ones for we touched upon an arduous theme of conflict management. All of us were excited and ready to da any activity. Out psychologist Zhanara asked us to be vigilant in dealing with different critical situations. Conflict is an indispensable part of our life. Despite our attitude and wish to avoid disputed cases we are sometimes forced to cope with them in the street, at home and in the shop. It is impossible to protect yourself from shouts, quarrels and cries, but it is possible to resolve the situation in a peaceful way. That is what we are to do in Asian Games. On the training we acted out different situations and possible means of dealing with them. I am a peaceful person, I cannot even pretend to be  quarrelsome. (However, I should admit I am not soooo peaceful when is comes to my rights and personal territory.) We played a game, where two people stand with their backs to each other. The task of the first person is to say rude, bad words addressing to her partner, the task of the second person is the same, but to say only good, kind and warm words. She will make a step with each kind word uttered until she stands near the bad person. I and Aidana were the first pair to act it out. I was a good person, Aidana – bad. So we began. I was saying: “Aidana, you are good, clever. I appreciate your opinions. Each time I pay attention to your thoughts.” But I was receiving a feedback like ” You are bad. Shut up! I don’t want to listen to you.” So did all of us. Later when we shared our feelings about the activity,  the girls said that it was difficult to say bad words against good ones. It is really difficult to be rude when someone is polite to you.

Further on, we were given a paper with different disputed cases. We were to write our responses to them. Some of us wanted to respond on the basis of the first reactions. These are some of the examples I remembered: “You promised to promote me instead of Mr.X. Why did you promote him then?”, “You made a mistake, so I won’t allocate money from the budget to your department”, “I can’t finish the work today”. etc. In addition, we told such situations from our own life. Moldir (volunteer from school#28) told that she broke up with her best friend because of nothing. Now they study in the same class and do not communicate, though they studied in different classes when they were friends. The life!

Do noy try to create conflicts!Avoid them! Conflicts raise problems, antipathy, vengeance. It causes different unpleasant situations. Every case can be solved in a peaceful way. Just think about how! Have more friends and NO enemies!

This  and the next years are promised to be successful for Kazakhstan for we have OSCE on December, 1-2, 2010 and we tend to organize and hold the Seventh Asian Winter Games in Astana-Almaty from January, 30 till February, 6, 2010. Both events bear grandiose importance to the country as well to the people who are responsible for it. Realizing this fact and being a patriot of my country I decided to partake in Asian Winter games. With a burden to support my country in such kind of assiduous task I became a volunteer of SWAG in Astana. It is my first time when I participate in world event and surely I feel excited. I hope I will get more experience of working in a world level, find more new friends in Kazakhstan and in foreign countries as well. It makes me feel happy, I anticipate for the beginning of the games. I think that success of this Asian games partially depends upon us – volunteers! Volunteer is an image and the first impression of the country. That’s why we should do our utmost to demonstrate our republic from the good sides. It is due to us how other countries will remember Kazakh people, what their opinion about our ability will be. It is a hard, but at the same time a rewarding job. To my mind, such kind of events are push-ups to the further development and recognition in world economy.

However, finding the right volunteers to represent the status of the republic is a difficult and responsible task. The function of the organization committee is not only to fill the rows of potential and want-to-be volunteers, but to develop them, to prepare them to any unexpected situations and to teach them how to cope with definite barriers during the games. The process of becoming a volunteer requires passing application, psychological training and accreditation processes. All of them are very important and here I would like to share my feelings from the first day of psychological training.

Psychological training is a process of releasing your inner world, a process that helps you to break the walls of mistrust, a process that motivates to believe in your abilities, to show your strengths, to attenuate your weaknesses. My psychological training has begun today. It lasted only for two hours, but the time passed very quick. To tell my truth I didn’t expect anything unusual from it, I accepted it formal, must-to-be meeting. However, it was much better, I dare say super! First of all, we introduced ourselves ( there were only 7 of us) and then we played a rather interesting game called ‘iceberg’. The point of the game is to unite people unfamiliar with each other to reach a common purpose. The rule of the game was to stand unitedly on small pieces of paper and do not let anybody from your ‘friends’ to fell out. Amazing!

Furthermore, iceberg was followed by switching the roles games. We formed pairs and told about ourselves to our partners in a span of five minutes and vice versa listened to them during the next five minutes. Then we told everything that we found out about our friend intending to be that person himself. It was funny to hear your story from the other person. Really funny! After we listened to not less interesting lecture on the theme of reproductive systems and watched a cartoon about the way our organs function. In the end each one shared their feelings about the training and were grateful  to spend to the staff of the center.

On my part, I can say that I am really happy that I enrolled in Asian games as a volunteer. I consider it as a way full of pleasant adventures. Our psychological training will last for five days. And I am looking forward for the next meeting…..