by Lela Draganić, YES Programs Local Coordinator for Bosnia and Herzegovina
YES alumni Jelena Pilipović, Đorđe Šukalo and Kristina Lukajić recently gave an interview and spoke about their experiences in the United States and what they learned while on program.
The three young alumni are based in the city of Banja Luka, in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and during a conversation with ”BUKA Online Magazine”, one of the most popular websites in the country, stated that BiH citizens have a lot to learn from Americans. Jelena, Kristina and Đorđe revealed how they hope their compatriots would learn how to ”be prouder and value more our own country, culture and heritage”, something they saw Americans do exceptionally well. They were also happy to see how united the civil society in the U.S. is, without any unnecessary divisions, and they would like to see Bosnia and Herzegovina follow that model.
All three alumni gave a valuable insight into what it looks like to go to an American high school, live with an American family and what everyday life looks in the United states. They had a chance to spend 10 months in the United States, on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, which is fully funded by the U.S. Department of State. To find out more about the YES program and how you can participate, go to yesprograms.org
Testing for YES will start in Bosnia and Herzegovina in October and to find out more about the testing dates, requirements and locations, find us on Facebook: YESProgramBiH or check our website for more updates.
You can read Đorđe’s, Kristina’s and Jelena’s entire interview here