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The Christmas Spirit in November

December 6, 2013    disabilities, Kosovo, orphanage, volunteering
Saranda Qunaku, YES Kosovo '11 YES Kosovo alumni at SOS Children's Village in Pristina. In November, we YES alumni in Kosovo held our yearly activity at SOS Children’s Village in Pristina, much beloved by the children and alumni alike.  We helped the children there to make Christmas and New Year’s ...

Visit to the Eldery House in Pristina

December 5, 2013    Kosovo, volunteering
By Tringe Sokoli, YES Kosovo ‘11 Alumni setting up snacks and treats On October 19, a sunny Saturday afternoon, five of us visited the Elderly House in Pristina, Kosovo for the second time this year.  We picked up cakes and drinks and showed up at the facility after the residents ...

Habitat for Humanity in Bulgaria

December 5, 2013    Bulgaria, Habitat for Humanity, volunteering
Lili Valtcheva, YES Alumni Coordinator for Bulgaria Lili and other Habitat volunteers on site. This is the third month I’ve volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Bulgaria. I really feel like they are my family now because even though we are small group of volunteers, we always have fun helping ...

Together We Do Better--Recognizing International Day for Persons with Disabilities

December 5, 2013    disabilities, health, Montenegro, volunteer
Ksenija Popovic, A-SMYLE Montenegro ‘07 Ksenija and her fellow representatives from the Montenegrin Medical Students International Committee On November 22nd I took part in a project called “Together We Do Better”, which was created and organized by the Montenegrin Medical Students International Committee (MoMSIC).  This project was inspired by the ...

Creative Workshops In Girls’ Orphanage

November 15, 2013    Bosnia and Herzegovina, orphanage
By Kristina Lukajic & Katarina Sesic, YES Bosnia and Herzegovina ‘13 The project we organized took place in a girls’ orphanage in our town, Banja Luka. It consisted of five creative workshops over a number of weeks, during which we did craft projects, origami, interior design, and fashion and makeup ...

Balkan Youth Voices, Summer 2013

November 15, 2013
The newest edition of Balkan Youth Voices is now available! Read the full edition here.Submit articles or photos for the Fall 2013 edition of BYV by December 9, 2013, to balkanyouthvoices@gmail.com.

Book Drive for Orphanage in Sarajevo

November 11, 2013    book, Bosnia and Herzegovina, drive, orphanage
By Nino Lojpur, Alumni Coordinator for Bosnia and Herzegovina Staff and children of the Bjelave orphanage, along with Nino and Etienne and the donated books and supplies. On Wednesday, October 1, 2013, on behalf of the YES alumni and YES Abroad participants in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Etienne Grenierm, YES Abroad ...

YES Albania’s First Charity Drives

November 11, 2013    Albania, book, clothing, drive
By Olta Myslimi, Alumni Coordinator for Albania Ina Male, YES Albania '13, hands out donated clothes in the village of Maliq. In September 25th, YES alumni in Albania combined a recruitment trip to the city of Pogradec, where they gave recruitment presentations to 64 10th and 11th grade classes, with ...

Clean-Up Mission: Avala

November 8, 2013    environment, Serbia
Nemanja Miltenovic,  A-SMYLE Serbia ‘13 A-SMYLE at Avala, a mountain near Belgrade. The month of September was pretty busy for A-SMYLE alumni.  The newest generation had the objectives to create their first projects, attend a leadership seminar, promote the A-SMYLE program, and much more.  There were also two environment events ...

A-SMYLE Alumni Volunteer in Djerdap Nation Park

November 1, 2013    clean-up, environment, Serbia
By Teodora Milojevic, A-SMYLE Serbia ‘13 A-SMYLE alumni get to working cleaning the park. What makes us humans is not our physiology or the ability to think and make decisions, but the feeling of empathy and readiness to help, improve, and do good.  Led by that, on September 21, twelve ...