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American Councils Bulgaria Awarded by the Bulgarian NGO Portal

February 23, 2017    Bulgaria
NGObg awards
On February 22, 2017 the annual award ceremony organized by the Information Portal of Nongovernmental Organizations in Bulgaria  ( was held in Sofia. The NGO Portal is the main source of information about Bulgarian non-profit organization; it contains database of more than 13500 registered organizations and every organization can publish ...

YES Alumna Creates Hometown Book Exchange

February 22, 2017
By Emma Morgan, American Councils BiH Administrative Intern, YES Abroad Bosnia and Herzegovina ’14 After spending a year in Chaska, Minnesota as a YES student, Anela Tiro (PY 2015-16) knew how powerful it was to discover and engage with a different perspective. She wanted to bring that experience to people ...

"Surva" - Bulgarian masquerade festival between the tradition and the modernity

January 31, 2017    Bulgaria, yes abroad
By Rumyana Yotova,  American Councils Bulgaria Program assistant On January 28th American Councils team in Sofia together with YES abroad students Rachel Freeman and Elijah Septoff visited the International festival of masquerade games “Surva”. The festival traditionally takes place in the city of Pernik every year in the last weekend ...

Not Quite 17 Again: A YES Abroad Alumna Returns to Sarajevo

A picture of me when I first arrived in Sarajevo as a YES Abroad student in 2013
By Emma Morgan, American Councils BiH Administrative Intern, YES Abroad Bosnia and Herzegovina '14 Returning to the place where you were a high school exchange student is a strange thing. At times, you feel like you’re 17 again, but the trick is to remember that you’re not. You’re older now, ...

YES Abroad Macedonia Mid-Year Orientation (January 16th and 17th, 2017 – Veles, Macedonia)

January 20, 2017
By Vesna Naumovska, YES Abroad Coordinator It’s been 5 months that we have Jeremy, Kyra, Jaleh and Arshia in Macedonia. They were not happy at all that they are on a half way of their exchange, so instead of Mid-Year Orientation we called this Orientation “Trip to Veles”. We organized ...

TEACHING OPPORTUNITY (U.S. citizens) at American Councils, Southeast Europe

January 12, 2017
SR Brochure FLEX timeless (SR FINALl ADJUSTED AUGUST 2016)9
  American Councils in Southeast Europe (SEE) seeks PDO Teachers to prepare U.S. State Department FLEX and YES exchange program scholarship winners for the 2017-18 school year. Under the guidance of American Councils, PDO Teachers and FLEX/YES alumni Teaching Assistants will orient finalists to American culture and family life at ...

Holiday gifts for socially disadvantaged families

January 12, 2017
Our English Microscholarship Access students from the Islamic High School Elci Ibrahim-pasina Madrasah Travnik, the Catholic School Center “Petar Barbaric” Travnik and the High school Mjesovita srednja skola „Travnik“ in Travnik, the High school Srednja mjesovita skola “Zepce” in Zepce and the Islamic High School Osman ef. Redzovic Madrasah in ...

Holiday Cheer At The American Corner in Banja Luka

YES Abroad student Tana and Deputy Director of the Embassy Branch Office with kids at Thanksgiving
By Lela Draganić, YES Programs Local Coordinator for Bosnia and Herzegovina   YES Abroad student Tana and Deputy Director of the Embassy Branch Office with kids at Thanksgiving For three years now, the American Corner in Banja Luka has been a wonderful partner to American Councils in Bosnia and Herzegovina. ...

From Access With Hope

December 28, 2016
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
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 ...