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Why Everyone Should Apply for the YES Competition

August 15, 2019
By Zhenya Marcheva, YES Bulgaria '19 The biggest advantage of the YES program is that it enables you to use YOUR best tools in cooperating with other people. You don't have to speak perfect English or be athletic. The traits you need to have for the program are ones every ...

BLI alumna reunites with host family

July 16, 2019
It's nice to hear when our program alumni stay in touch with their host families and when they reunite. Alexandra Karppi, Balkan Language Initiative alumna, while spending part of her academic year in Budapest, Hungary, decided to visit her host family in Belgrade this spring. Alexandra Karppi met with her ...

Grace with us

May 31, 2019
By Julia Georgieva, Host mother YES Abroad program Sofia, Bulgaria I met Grace for the first time at Sofia airport. Before that moment we haven’t had any kind of communication. I was very worried, probably she felt the same. I did not know what to expect. I applied for YES ...


May 27, 2019
By Behar Bunjaku, YES 2017-2018, Kosovo, hosted by CIEE in Palestine, TX On March 27, 2019, YES alumni from Kosova organized the fourth edition of Kosovo Slam Poetry at the Institute of History in Prishtina, Kosovo. Nine young poets performed their spoken poetry in front of a live audience of ...


May 21, 2019
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By Joey Johnson YES abroad Bulgaria '18 Today I passed by Roman ruins on my way into the metro. Nine months ago I would never have been able to walk past them without pausing. Anyone who knows me can tell you history is a passion of mine, and it’s one ...

The 2019 IDEAL Workshop

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: 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
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 ...