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September 3, 2020
American Councils for International Education is happy to announce an open competition for the YES high school student exchange program. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, YES is a fully funded (FREE) opportunity for high school students in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, and North Macedonia to spend an academic year ...

FLEX program competition now open online! Deadline: October 15, 2020

September 3, 2020
FLEX Logo (with words)
American Councils for International Education is proud to announce an open competition for the FLEX high school student exchange program. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, FLEX is a fully funded (FREE) opportunity for high school students in Montenegro, Serbia and Greece to spend an academic year in the United States.  Finalists ...

YES Alumni Story: My success story

September 1, 2020
2.Me with dolphins in Florida.
By Igor Stojkov (YES 2019-2020, Chaska, N. Macedonia, placed by Greenheart Exch in Northwood, NH) I am Igor Stojkov and I just returned from the YES Program 2019-2020. I was placed in the state of New Hampshire, up north. It was really cold and snowy- just perfect for me. Participating ...

YES Alumni Story: Leadership Workshop

September 1, 2020
NORTH MACEDONIA - VALT follow-up project - sessions lead by alumna Marija Arsovska '19 (Kumanovo)
On July 6-7, YES Alumna Marija Arsovska '19 organized a virtual Leadership Workshop inspired by VALT (Virtual Alumni Leadership Training). Having picked up new knowledge on leadership, brainstorming and project planning, she organized a 2-part workshop specifically for YES alumni. Marija wanted to pass down the knowledge she learned to ...

World Day for Cultural Diversity Celebration

June 8, 2020
Inspired by the World Day for Cultural Diversity, on May 21, the Bulgarian alumni community organized a webinar entitled What Does Diversity Mean in Today’s world. Diversity is one of the biggest lessons YES and FLEX alumni shared about their experience during the cultural exchange, and the subject is more ...

Kristijan Naumcheski YES '17 - Exchange Experience Story

April 13, 2020
I was a part of the YES program in 2016/2017 and was placed in Northwestern Missouri. I had fulfilled my wish to move out of my home country to visit the “Western World”. The first stop was, obviously, the United States of America. I had the opportunity to live, for ...

American Councils' COVID-19 Response Update

March 20, 2020
March 17, 2020—American Councils’ leadership continues to closely monitor the rapidly-developing reports on the COVID-19 pandemic. American Councils’ primary concern during this emergency is the safety and well-being of our participants, partners, and staff worldwide. American Councils’ senior management and program teams have worked diligently to keep our participants, partners, parents, ...

High School Students from Gimnazija Josip Broz Tito Visited the Macedonian Parliament

March 12, 2020
Maia Villarica from Barrington, Rhode Island is a gap-year YES Abroad student at Gimnazija Josip Broz Tito in Skopje, North Macedonia. On March 6, 2020, Maia had the opportunity to attend a forum at the Macedonian Parliament. This activity modeled the real life Macedonian law making processes. In this event, ...

Opening Doors with Language

February 26, 2020
Karina Mobley, YES Abroad Bulgaria '19 Здравейте (hello) from Bulgaria! I’m in the midst of my second flu vacation which has given me time to reflect on the last six months in this country. The most obvious accomplishment to me is that I can now (almost) speak Bulgarian! I came ...

Hikaru Hayakawa read a poem at the 70th Anniversary of the Institute of the Macedonian Language

February 26, 2020
Hikaru 2
Hikaru Hayakawa is a gap-year YES Abroad student from Livingston, New Jersey hosted this year at Gimnazija Orce Nikolov in Skopje. Having never hosted a U.S. exchange student before, the school has an amazing experience with Hikaru. He immediately won the hearts of his teachers and classmates with his polite ...