“YES to English” Continues in Sarajevo

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By Nino Lojpur, YES Alumni Coordinator for Bosnia and Herzegovina

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YES alumni in Bosnia and Herzegovina are proud to announce that this academic year we will continue our cooperation with the Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth in Sarajevo on the project “YES to English”, a free English tutoring program initiated almost two years ago by Dženana Brkić, YES ‘12 alumna and a former student of the Center.

Danijel Buzov, Nino Lojpur, Abedin Kustura, and Dženana Brkić.

Danijel Buzov, Nino Lojpur, Abedin Kustura, and Dženana Brkić.

On October 1, four YES alumni—Danijel Buzov, ‘11, Dženana Brkić and Abedin Kustura both ‘12, and I, ’10—visited the center along with four current participants of the YES Abroad program in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Emma Morgan, Luke Drakulic, Riley McCord, and Sarah Edgar.  Together, along with American Councils YES staff, we spoke to students from the center not only about the YES program and how to apply for it, but about “YES to English” as well.

This year, YES program staff in Sarajevo will conduct YES testing for students with additional needs at the Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth in Sarajevo on October 13 in order to ensure that more students have the opportunity to come out for testing and have a chance to participate in the YES program.

YES alum Abedin Kustra and YES Abroad participant Luke Drakulic get to know students at the center better.

YES alum Abedin Kustra and YES Abroad participant Luke Drakulic get to know students at the center better.

In addition to promoting YES, YES alumni and YES Abroad participants also want to encourage current students at the center to take advantage of “YES to English”. We will continue to teach English to students at the center in order to help them improve their English language skills and only want to see this program grow.

At our visit, we heard a lot of positive feedback from the students in attendance about both opportunities. We also had a lot of fun mingling with and getting to know them a little bit better. During this school year, we are hoping to hold multiple classes per week so that we can cover a lot of topics and provide as much access for them to learn English as we can.