U.S. Mission Speaker Program – November 2019

Ambassador Lynda Blanchard and her family visited the Catering and Tourism High School of Celje. After introducing her home state of Alabama, herself, her family and her career as a business executive and international humanitarian, Ambassador Blanchard was happy to answer all of the students’ questions. They were interested in many things, including education in the United States, differences in lifestyles between the U.S. and Slovenia, and where they should visit when traveling to the United States. They were also interested in what a typical day in the life of the Ambassador looks like. After visiting the classroom, we had an opportunity to meet with the school’s Principal, Vice Principal and English language teachers and try snacks prepared by the talented catering students. Everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you very much for the great experience, “Srednja šola za gostinstvo in turizem” in Celje!

“I. Osnovna šola Žalec” kindly invited us to visit the school’s 10th annual language and multicultural day. Deputy Chief of Mission Susan Falatko attended the opening of the multicultural day, visited the students’ food stands—which included pastries from many different countries–and gave a presentation about American culture and holiday traditions. Since this year event’s topic was about holidays bringing people together, Susan discussed the celebration of different important holidays in the United States, and the students explained how they celebrate special Slovenian holidays. Thank you for your great hospitality!

Deputy Public Affairs Officer Brian Street visited high school students at the Bio-technical Educational Center in Ljubljana. He discussed life of a diplomat and shared an interesting presentation on the great diversity of foods in the United States. The students also shared their knowledge about the diversity of food in Slovenia, which changes based on the region. Brian also answered many great questions from the students. At the end of the visit, the students presented a beautiful, delicious apple pie (complete with an American flag!) that they had baked themselves. Thank you for a tasty Thanksgiving treat!