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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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

I am thankful for… Thanksgiving!

Elementary school students wave "Thank you!" after their Thanksgiving workshop
This year’s Thanksgiving wasn’t only different for our YES Abroad exchange students in Banjaluka, but also for a group of 5th and 6th grade students from a local elementary school “Borisav Stankovic”, who had an opportunity to participate in an educational, interactive workshop about the history and meaning of Thanksgiving. ...

YES Program: A Postcard From Indianapolis

April 16, 2017    Bosnia and Herzegovina, klyes, yes alumni
Toni Bevanda Program Postcard
-- by Toni  Bevanda, YES Program 2016-2017, Bosnia and Herzegovina Hi there, My name is Toni, I am from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and am placed in Indianapolis, Indiana. These 9 months have been a real roller coaster, because during this period I have had to adjust to a new ...

Family reunion overseas!

March 31, 2017    host family, klyes, kosova, Kosovo, yes alumni
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by Rinë Fetahu, YES 2013-2014, Kosova, hosted by American Councils in Baton Rouge, LA It only took me a thirty minute drive with small talks on our way back from the airport to feel like I never left! Baton Rouge, Louisiana was the place where I spent my YES exchange ...

The Best Year of My Life

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This post originally appeared on yesprograms.org By Tea Drmac, YES 2016-2017, Bosnia and Herzegovina, hosted by American Councils for International Education in Lacy Lakeview, TX I always wanted to go somewhere, to visit new places, to do something new, and America was one of the places that I always wanted ...

Fighting Bullying in Bosnia and Herzegovina

March 7, 2017    Bosnia and Herzegovina, klyes, yes alumni
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This post originally appeared on yesprograms.org By Merima Muhic YES Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015-2016 My name is Merima Muhic, from Zivinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and I was an exchange student in 2015-2016. I was placed in Apex, North Carolina, where I attended the local high school. While in the U.S., I was ...

Baba Marta in Illinois - Teaching my community about Bulgarian traditions

March 3, 2017    Bulgaria, klyes, yes alumni
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Today we got a letter from Mirela Minkova, YES student currently on the program. Here is how she celebrates Bulgarian Holiday and share about her country and customs to her American friends and her host community! Dear American Councils, Thank you for the great opportunity that you have given me ...

YES Alumna Creates Hometown Book Exchange

February 22, 2017    Bosnia and Herzegovina, klyes, yes alumni
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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 ...