Ukrainian Exchange Students Celebrate Flight Home From Miami

Exchange students traveling home to Kiev expressed their excitement before boarding a flight at the Miami International Airport on Monday, April 27, with some dancing in the terminal.

This video, shared by the Ukrainian Embassy, shows secondary-school students from the FLEX Program celebrating their long-awaited trip back home. Sponsored by the State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program offers students in Europe and Eurasia the opportunity to study in the United States.

The Ukraine International Airlines flight brought 259 of its countrymen home to Kiev from Miami, including 119 students, in the fourth diplomatic mission to bring Ukrainians abroad back home, the embassy said. The embassy wrote on Facebook that more than 1,200 Ukrainians have been brought home safely through these efforts so far.

“Thanks everyone who made this possible despite current pandemic challenges,” the embassy wrote in a tweet. Credit: Ukrainian Embassy via Storyful