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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 ...

Abbie In Wonderland

February 3, 2020
Abbie Hill, YES Abroad Bulgaria '19 I’ve been in Bulgaria for, wow, has it really been five months already? As a member of the Yes Abroad program. To be honest, after all this time, I’m still not entirely sure where in the world I belong. My decision to apply here ...

Connecting Cultures through Cuisine

January 27, 2020
kena Foley YES abroad Bulgaria '19     Ever since my arrival, Bulgarians have been eager to share everything they know about their favorite traditional foods. I realized immediately that people are very proud of their country’s cuisine and are excited to share it with me. I’m often asked if I’ve ...

One Day at a Time

October 15, 2019
Emma and friends
By Emma H., YES Abroad 2019-2020, Bosnia and Herzegovina  A couple of weeks ago marked one month since I landed in Sarajevo. And it has been a very busy month! From misunderstandings to getting sick to losing my bus pass (thankfully one of my amazing neighbors found it), it has definitely had ...

YES Student Honored as Homecoming King

August 26, 2019    klyes, macedonia, YES
Homecoming King Igor and his Queen
By Igor Stojkov '20, currently on program in U.S.   Hello everyone, my name is Igor Stojkov and I come from North Macedonia. I have just started my exchange year, but however, I experienced a thousands of different things and feelings. I was really nervous and excited about coming to ...

Why I Applied for the YES Program

August 25, 2019
By Zhuliyan Zhelyazkov, YES Bulgaria '19 It was October, 2018 when I first learned something about the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program. I saw an online invitation to apply for this exchange program which said something like “If you are in 9th or 10th grade apply for YES Scholarship ...

Why I applied for YES program and my American dream

August 25, 2019
Ivanova, Maria, YES Bulgaria '19
By Maria Ivanova, YES Bulgaria '19   Why I applied for YES program? I am interested in American culture and American people. The prospect of studying in a different country will give me a great chance to understand the host society and their true everyday life at first hand. And ...

Why everyone should apply and what was most challenging for me during the YES competition

August 25, 2019
Hristova, Zhanita, YES Bulgaria 19
By Zhanita Hristova, YES Bulgaria '19 "Right now, being a finalist, my goal which I worked for hard is finally reached . However, I still remember the time around one year ago when I was still unsure and being a finalist on YES seemed to me as a dream that ...

American Councils Names Dr. David Patton as its Next President and CEO

August 16, 2019
AUGUST 15, 2019 WASHINGTON — American Councils for International Education and its Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of David Patton, PhD, as the third president and CEO to lead the 45-year-old nonprofit. Dr. Patton’s tenure as president began on August 1, 2019. For the past five months, Dr. Patton has served ...