My visit to Moscow was the most enriching foreign travel experience I have ever had, as it opened my eyes to the role the U.S. plays in the world. It forced me to research and understand the U.S. position, defend it, and attempt to find common ground with foreign counterparts.
Yet this interaction was initiated and paid for by Russia's government rather than my own. .... American students want to be engaged, we don't have the opportunity.
The United States, while maintaining an excellent exchange program, needs to focus more efforts and resources toward empowering young people from the U.S. to not just experience foreign cultures but to engage in dialogue about pressing global issues.