USTL provides full scholarships to outstanding students from Timor-Leste for two to four years of study at high-quality undergraduate degree institutions in the United States. Scholarship awards include full tuition toward either a bachelor’s degree or associate degree, travel, living stipends, medical insurance in the U.S., and visa costs. USTL is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State.

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Start of December students are faced with anxieties and nerves to face their finals however as finals are near, students also starts planning for their holidays. As international students, all the Timorese are traveling across the states and most are meeting with one another to avoid being alone and spending too much. Deciding what to do during winter break is a difficult task, as all expenses including accommodation and food must be accounted for. With the limitations and struggles however, most students are still able to make the right decisions, traveling with friends and explore the united states. Truly is a joyful experience to be able to have a long break from school and truly immerse into the American culture and its diverse landscapes.

Going back to classes, I would like to talk about the endless opportunities we as international students are able to introduce our country. As a junior student, classes are more major concentrated thus focus more on real life issues. I took a non-profit leadership class that is required for my concentration which is environmental leadership and management. In the class the final project was to create a non-profit in a group of three. The non-profit must address a worldwide issues that neither the government or the for-profit sectors would be able or would be willing to address. As the project is assigned, Timor-Leste came into mind. A high percentage of the population of timor-leste is still facing issues accessing clean water. It has been one of my dreams for timor-leste to ensure that all households have easy access to clean water because it will eliminate many other issues in the country. The issues associated with poor access to clean water including lack of education amongst the youth and variety of sickness amongst all age, which all contribute to poverty. The project allows me to introduce to a quite large amount of people about timor leste and raises awareness of the struggles of other people that we and most Americans take advantage of daily. It was a sense of pride to be able to make other students become aware and concern of my beloved country and to be able to present about it to class with my two other team mates who are Americans. I hope to be able to bring the non-profit plans into life later in the future.