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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 ...

How YES Abroad students brought Halloween to Banja Luka

YES Abroad students Bryca, Chloe and Ella dressed up as American tourists to host a Halloween party for children at the American Corner in Banja Luka As Halloween was approaching, our YES Abroad students in Banja Luka eagerly decided to share some of the Halloween spirit with children and their peers as well. At ...

Re-entry Seminar Made the 2017 Bulgarian Alumni Part of the YES Family

July 20, 2017    Bulgaria, yes alumni
By Mirela Minkova, YES 2016-2017 Bulgaria, hosted by American Councils in Edwardsville, IL One of the most exciting parts of coming back to Bulgaria after one academic year in the United States is the re-entry seminar for the newest Bulgarian alumni. The meeting gave us the chance to share our ...

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 ...

Student Training and Empowerment Program (STEP)

April 4, 2017    Bulgaria, yes alumni
BULGARIA Step by Step Georgi Bakoev
  The Student Training and Empowerment Program (STEP), the newest program administered by the American Councils office in Bosnia and Herzegovina, aims to combat the growing societal problem known as “brain drain” in Bosnia and Herzegovina by teaching select junior and senior university students how to be competitive in the job market ...

Family reunion overseas!

March 31, 2017    host family, klyes, kosova, Kosovo, yes alumni
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

This post originally appeared on 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
This post originally appeared on 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
Mirela 1
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
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 ...