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The 2019 IDEAL Workshop

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From March 29 to April 2, 2019, 65 FLEX and YES alumni from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia gathered in Vrsac, Serbia, for the third annual IDEAL Workshop. The workshop consisted of two distinct but intermingled programs, one for 51 “junior” alumni of generations 2015-2018 ...

The 2020 KAEF Graduate Fellowship Program is open

April 4, 2019
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The 2020 application for the KAEF Graduate Fellowship Program is open and will be available until 11:59 PM (EST) on July 8, 2019. Apply now: https://www.kaef-online.org/ The Kosovo American Education Fund (KAEF) is dedicated to the long-term economic development of Kosovo through the education of its people. KAEF provides graduate fellowships ...

Alumni in Kosova use creativity to help the community

March 12, 2019
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By Arbresha Beqiri, YES 2016-2017, hosted by American Councils in Cedar Falls, IA Over the course of three weeks in November, I held four workshops on addressing community issues through art with 23 seventh grade students at Muharrem Shemsedini Middle School in the suburbs of Ferizaj with help from Visar ...

Bulgarian journey in Sitka, Alaska

March 8, 2019    Alaska, Sitka, YES Bulgaria
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By Yulvie Izet, YES Bulgaria '18 It’s already March and my journey in the states is fast approaching its end. Luckily, I have the opportunity to share with you some of my impressions before some of the enthusiasts among you come and have your own. It’s been...let me count them ...

Introduction to Kosovo American Education Fund through KAEFA Academy

February 27, 2019
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Prishtina, Kosova, On February 26th, Kosovo American Education Fund Alumni hosted the first session of KAEFA Academy on the topic of “Introduction to KAEF.” The academy took place at the National Library with more than 70 students showing interest and joining the academy.   Blendrit Elezaj (KAEFA ’17) opened the ...

Black History Month in Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Black History month Workshop in Banjaluka
On February 14th, eleven 7th grade students from a local elementary school Georgi Stojkov Rakovski in Banjaluka had an opportunity to meet our YES Abroad exchange students Chloe Koebel, Ella Thompson and Bryca Song-Weiss for an interactive workshop on the topic of the Black History Month. This event was organized ...

FREE English Language Lessons at American Corners in Serbia and Public library in Negotin!

February 6, 2019
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Ako mislite da bi Vam znanje engleskog jezika pomoglo da pronađete odgovarajući posao, upišite se na besplatne tečajeve engleskog jezika za odrasle BELL+ u Američkom kutku u Vašem gradu! Od ove godine BELL+ možete pohađati i u Narodnoj biblioteci "Dositej Novaković" u Negotinu! Beginner English Language Learning Plus -  BELL+  je ...

Everyday is a Holiday

January 21, 2019    Bulgaria, exchangeourworld, klyes, yesabroad
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By Grace Bird, YES abroad Bulgaria '18 Today while eating breakfast with my host mom, she laughingly told me, “Today is a holiday!”. We laugh because every day, especially in the recent weeks of late December and Early January, there has been a new celebration. Bulgaria is primarily Orthodox Christian, ...

Belgrade Photo Blog - A Slice of Life

January 17, 2019
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by Adriana Garcia, 2018-19 Balkan Language Initiative program participant Belgrade Photo Blog - A Slice of Life This photo above was taken during one of my cultural activities last month at a 'посориште' or theater in Belgrade, Serbia. I got the opportunity to attend this event with my host-mother and ...

Appreciation level-unmatched

January 7, 2019
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by Lauren Leadbetter YES abroad Bulgaria '18                               In the past few months, I’ve been given the opportunity to travel outside of Bulgaria and see some of the places that travelers in Sofia often talk about. ...