My IVLP Exchange Program experience

After three weeks of visits, talks, panel discussions, meetings, and lectures in Washington D.C., New York, Georgia, Sacramento, and San Francisco

[photo courtesy of Kenton]

Stanford, California, U.S.

When: April 11, 2014

My visit to Stanford University Stanford campus

An afternoon visit to Stanford University

Anh Ngoc Dang at Stanford University campus

Anh Ngoc Dang in Stanford University campus

IVLP new media fellows at Stanford University campus

My other IVLP new media fellows touring Stanford University campus

Bronze statues by Auguste Rodin in Stanford University

Bronze statues by Auguste Rodin

Bronze statues by Auguste Rodin

Bronze statues by Auguste Rodin

Statues by Auguste Rodin are scattered through the campus

Statues scattered through the campus

Nice life as Stanford uni students

Nice life as Stanford uni students

Stanford walking area

Tharum at Stanford University campus

Familiar palm trees

IVLP new media fellows visiting Stanford

My other IVLP new media fellows visiting Stanford

From left: Madden, Asmerom Girma, Anh Ngoc Dang, Kenton X. Chance

Tharum loves Stanford University

It’s me!

Assembly hall by Leland Stanford

Assembly hall erected by Leland Stanford

Tharum Bun at Stanford University campus

During my three-week visit in the United States of America, I also paid a visit to Stanford University campus, where attended a panel discussion about Media Work: News, Networks and Power in the Digital Economy.

Tharum & Faine Greenwood

With my friend Faine Greenwood, who’s a student at the university

With my IVLP fellows at Stanford University

Felt good to get some of my IVLP fellows to come to attend the talk at Stanford University

During my very first trip to the United States of America, my other IVLP fellows and I had a chance to visit the 9/11 Memorial and paid tribute to the victims of the September 11 attacks.

A guide at 9/11 Memorial

Tharum at The 9/11 Memorial

Tharum Bun at The National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Visitors to National September 11 Memorial & Museum taking pictures

Tribute paid at the 9/11 Memorial International Visitor Leadership Program fellows touring National September 11 Memorial & Museum

When: 1 Apr 2014

Location: New York

IVLP exchange program fellows in San Francisco IVLP 2014 group: Media Literacy to promote civil society through new media

A group picture of 22 exchange program fellows who participated in media literacy to promote civil society through new media

IVLP 2014 group: Media Literacy to promote civil society through new media

News and people at Newseum

Newseum, Washington, D.C., United States of America

A group of 23 fellows from around the globe first met in Washington D.C.

IVLP 2014 group: Media Literacy to promote civil society through new media

I took this group picture during one of our tours of San Francisco

IVLP 2014 group: Media Literacy to promote civil society through new media

They’re some of the most amazing people in their home countries

Asmerom Girma Asmerom Girma

Ethiopia’s Asmerom Girma: “visiting the Googleplex is an exciting experience.”

Crystal Ching Chow Crystal Ching Chow

Hong Kong’s Crystal Ching Chow, Research Officer at Office of the Hon. Kenneth Leung

Omar Hatem Omar Hatem

Omar from Egypt: “I’m an architect. But I’m also a CEO & Founder of Radio Tram.”

Saif Kamal Saif Kamal

Saif Kamal: Bangladesh is ‘The Silicon Valley of Social Innovation’

Mohamed Fairooz Mohamed Fairooz

Sri Lanka’s Mohamed Fairooz

Mona Al AbdulRazzaq Mona Al AbdulRazzaq

Mona Al AbdulRazzaq from Kuwait

Janja Sesar Janja Sesar

Janja Sesar of Croatia

Matthew Madden Matthew Madden

Matthew Madden: just like in a horse race, are you ready for the finish line?

Cigdem Tongal

Cigdem Tongal

Cigdem Tongal of Turkey: “I love it when you guys mispronounce my name. To make it easy, just call me: Miss Istanbul.”

Andrei Fornea Andrei Fornea Moldova’s Andrei Fornea: Денис Токарский is my closest friend.

Rawan Da’as Rawan Da’as in New York

From Jordan, Rawan Da’as says “I’ve got more than just a dream. First, I want to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer. Second, I dream of being an ambassador to Pensacola, Florida [disclosure: I’m already an honorary citizen of this beach town.]”

Rawan is my first Jordanian friend; she’s amazing. She wrote a blog post about her experience, which is really worth reading: http://rawandaas.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/ivlp/

Mirza Ajnadžić Mirza Ajnadžić

Mirza Ajnadžić: I’m from Bosnia and Herzegovina. After my 3-week in the US of A, my IVLP fellows suggest that I consider to be a part-time model or playing in a Turkish soap opera.

Saleh Dawabsheh wrote on 16 April at 17:21:

“Mirza, all my female friends here are shocked that you’re a filmmaker and not a model.. they say he should be a model, you should think of this seriously my friend.. ”

Mirza: BASICALLY, I’m a filmmaker.

Saleh Dawabsheh Saleh Dawabsheh

Saleh Dawabsheh: “I’m from Palestine. I’m a storyteller.”

Quote of the first day: “When in a great program like this, please tweet less, but engage more.”

Na Ngổ Ngáo Na Ngổ Ngáo

“Hi, I’m Anh. You can call me Na. I’m from Vietnam. I work for a youth organization.”

The most innocent, memorable question ever asked: “Where did you raise your chicken?”

Alberto Nardelli Alberto Nardelli

“My name is Alberto. I live in London. But originally I’m from Italy. I run a company called TweetMinster.”

Updated: March 20, 2014

Washington D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Sacramento, and San Francisco: where tech intersects media BjgSLvEIEAIFiUM

A day in the life in Washington D.C.

March 23: Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian museum later today

March 22: Narita International Airport

March 22: Incheon International Airport

March 21: Phnom Penh International Airport