By Rumyana Yotova, program and administrative assistant, AC Bulgaria
After more than 10 months in U.S. the eighth generation Bulgarian participants in YES program arrived home on June 16th. Ten students from different cities in Bulgaria was selected for scholarship and spent one academic year living with American host family and studying in American high school. These are Kuncho Atanasov from Stara Zagora, Teodora Demirova from Silistra, Venelin Deribeev from Sofia, Emel Hyusein from Varna, Rada Lazarova from Varna, Mirela Minkova from Pavlikeni, Stanimira Peycheva from Stara Zagora, Elitsa Stoeva from Svoge, Petya Stoyanova from Gabrovo and Mihail Todorov from Sofia.
The students shared their excitement of coming back to Bulgaria with their friends and family who were waiting for them at Sofia airport with balloons, flowers and posters “Welcome home”. According to an old Bulgarian tradition they were welcomed with homemade bread with salt and honey and “banitsa”.
The 10th YES participants generation 2016/2016 will join the alumni community as part as which they can organize different initiatives for popularization the YES exchange program, as well as to put into practice the new skills they have acquired in the U.S. We would like to wish these young boys and girls good luck and to be brave to make their ideas come true.