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Molly’s Prom night

June 6, 2018
By Molly Maahs, YES Abroad PY2017-2018, Macedonia High School graduation in Macedonia is synonymous to Prom. Here it is called “matura” which signifies the coming of age for a typical student. The festivities are much more grand than a “prom” at home. I was lucky enough to join the 4th year ...

Job Opportunity: YES Programs Local Coordinator (Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

June 5, 2018
Job Location: Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina Position Type: Full-Time, Undetermined Term (after initial probationary period) Preferred Start Date: August 1, 2018 Description: The YES Programs Local Coordinator is responsible for functions related to implementation of the Kennedy- Lugar YES and YES Abroad programs in Banja Luka, while supporting and aiding the Country Representative ...

Public Speaking Workshops and Speech Competition

May 15, 2018
By Christina Carrington, YES Abroad PY2017-2018, Macedonia Molly and I were so thankful to join our school community at Josip Broz Tito Gimnazija. The students in our class welcomed us with open arms and our teachers, especially our coordinator Gordiana, were always there to support us. After we got used to ...


April 26, 2018
ENAM SPRING BOOTCAMP, MY EXPERIENCE -Elitsa Stoeva YES Alumna '17                                 “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford Recently, I had the huge honour to represent ...

TOEFL Tips and Tricks - a free course in Serbia

April 12, 2018    bell_plus, bell+, toefl
BELL+ program invites you to apply for a free of charge course "TOEFL Tips and Tricks" to be held at American Corners in Belgrade, Kragujevac, Novi Sad and Vranje. BELL+ is a program funded by the Embassy of the U.S.A. in Serbia, and organized by American Councils for International Education ...

Officially Part of Kansas State's Senate History!

April 11, 2018
I am Vesa Sherifi, an exchange student from Macedonia, placed in Kansas City Missouri. Being from such a small place as Macedonia, you want to talk to people about your country all the time and inform them more and more. The YES program has given me this opportunity in the ...

The Power of Compromise

April 4, 2018
By: Josie K., YES Abroad 2017-2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina You never know the meaning of the word “compromise” until you are locked in a room with twenty-seven other students––representing the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the State of Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and countless other nations––and you have ...

Travelling to Prague, Dresden, and Vienna with Josip Broz Tito High School

April 2, 2018
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By Christina Carrington, YES Abroad PY2017-2018, Macedonia   I stood at the center of the crowd as we all pushed and shoved each other in a competition to see who will get closest to the door of the bus. We were about to embark on a 24 hour bus ride to ...

Job Opportunity: Program and Administrative Assistant (Sofia, Bulgaria)

March 22, 2018
  Job Location: Sofia, Bulgaria Position Type: Full-Time, Undetermined Term (after initial probationary period) Preferred Start Date: June 1, 2018 Description: The Program and Administrative Assistant is responsible for functions related to implementation of YES and YES abroad student exchange programs and provides administrative and finance support to the American Councils office in ...

American Abroad Student of the Month: Jenesis Ortiz, February 2018

March 22, 2018
Jenesis Ortiz, a Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Program (YES Abroad) participant, is the U.S. Department of State’s February 2018 American Abroad Student of the Month.  From Connecticut, Jenesis is currently studying in Skopje, Macedonia. Since day one of her program year, Jenesis has demonstrated the qualities of an ...