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Office Holidays

December 28, 2016
In 2018, the American Councils office in Tirana will be closed on the following holidays and on select days in accordance with local guidelines as announced: January 1nd  Monday New year March 14th Wednesday Spring Day March 22nd Thursday Sultan Novrus April 2th Monday Catholic Easter April 9th Monday Orthodox Easter ...

From Access With Hope

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In November 2016, the YES Alumni community in Bulgaria joined the global initiative "Letters of Hope to Syrian Refugees". There are many organizations that provide humanitarian relief, food baskets, grocery debit cards, emergency shelter and hygiene kits to Syrian refugees. However, something more needs to be delivered and that is ...

A Brewed Awakening: Bosnian Tradition Brings the Feeling of Home

December 27, 2016
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By: Ben B., YES Abroad 2016-2017, Bosnia and Herzegovina This story was originally written for the Sarajevo Times, an online English language media outlet based in Sarajevo, on November 24, 2016.  Almost every day, my host brother asks me, "Hoćeš kafu? Do you want coffee?”, to which I always reply yes. After preparing the ...

Dinner with the U.S. Ambassador Baily in Macedonia

December 19, 2016
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By Arshia Badani, YES Abroad 2016-17, Macedonia (Skopje) Dinner with Ambassador Baily I chose to study abroad to be able to fully integrate into a new culture and way of life for a full year. Naturally, a profession that has always stuck out to me is Foreign Service, namely, becoming ...

Thanksgiving in Macedonia

December 1, 2016
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By Jeremy Slater, YES Abroad 2016-17, Macedonia (Skopje)   Wow! Time is flying by. As the remaining leaves wither and fall from the trees and the temperature continues to drop, I am reminded of my favorite season, fall. I love this season for many reasons; however, Thanksgiving is by far ...