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Family reunion overseas!

March 31, 2017    host family, klyes, kosova, Kosovo, yes alumni
by Rinë Fetahu, YES 2013-2014, Kosova, hosted by American Councils in Baton Rouge, LA It only took me a thirty minute drive with small talks on our way back from the airport to feel like I never left! Baton Rouge, Louisiana was the place where I spent my YES exchange ...

Exploring Europe with Gymnasia Josip Broz Tito

March 24, 2017
By Jaleh S., YES Abroad 2016-2017, Macedonia High school students in Macedonia usually take a big school trip, or excursion, in the spring of their third year. This year, the students at Gymnasia Josip Broz Tito (JBT) took a five day excursion to Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. Even though we’re just ...

The Best Year of My Life

This post originally appeared on yesprograms.org By Tea Drmac, YES 2016-2017, Bosnia and Herzegovina, hosted by American Councils for International Education in Lacy Lakeview, TX I always wanted to go somewhere, to visit new places, to do something new, and America was one of the places that I always wanted ...


March 21, 2017
By Vesa Saqipi, YES student from Macedonia, currently on the program in Oregon, OH The fact that I was given the opportunity to live this beautiful experience inspired me to write a couple of words to let you know how my experience has been so far. My host family welcomed ...

Intercultural Saturday in Sofia

March 13, 2017
                by  Shebnem Niazi, YES 2013-2014, Bulgaria, hosted by World Link in Kalona, IA On the 25th of February American Councils for International Education together with Youth for Understanding (YFU) Bulgaria organized a workshop called “Coloured Glasses”. YES alumni, exchange students from both organizations ...

A Historical Trip Through Hungary and Poland

March 8, 2017
By: Maeve Brind'Amour YES Abroad Bosnia and Herzegovina, PY 2016-17 Last weekend, the other YES Abroad students in Sarajevo and I had the opportunity to travel to Budapest, Hungary and Krakow, Poland with our fellow classmates from our host school “Druga gimnazija.” As part of the curriculum in the Bosnian ...

Fighting Bullying in Bosnia and Herzegovina

March 7, 2017    Bosnia and Herzegovina, klyes, yes alumni
This post originally appeared on yesprograms.org By Merima Muhic YES Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015-2016 My name is Merima Muhic, from Zivinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and I was an exchange student in 2015-2016. I was placed in Apex, North Carolina, where I attended the local high school. While in the U.S., I was ...

FLEX Serbia Alumni at the International Student Festival in Trondheim

March 3, 2017
SERBIA Trondheim, Norway, FLEX Serbia alumni Marko Vignjevic '14 and Ksenija Micic '16 in the group photo during the sports event
Written by Kasandra Baltic '12 FLEX Serbia Alumna I never thought that any student conference could compare to CEW i attended, but i guess i was wrong. Marko Vignjevic '14, Ksenija Micic '16 and I just got back from Trondheim, Norway, and all we have to say about ISFiT is ...

FLEX Alumnus from Montenegro Empowers Youth in the Region

March 3, 2017
(Originally posted on the Bradly Herald.) FLEX alumnus from Montenegro, Stefan Raicevic ’12 (Bar, Montenegro/Parsons, KS), is using what he learned during his exchange year to empower youth in the Balkans through the organization Movement of Cooperation and Development of Youth (MCDY).  Established in 2016, the organization launched its first project ...

Baba Marta in Illinois - Teaching my community about Bulgarian traditions

March 3, 2017    Bulgaria, klyes, yes alumni
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Today we got a letter from Mirela Minkova, YES student currently on the program. Here is how she celebrates Bulgarian Holiday and share about her country and customs to her American friends and her host community! Dear American Councils, Thank you for the great opportunity that you have given me ...