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YES Program Kicks off in Sarajevo

The following post is by Selma Čampara, YES Abroad Program Coordinator, American Councils Bosnia-Herzegovina

Group at AirportAfter tearful farewells from friends and family members, the fifth generation of Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) participants joined together on a Monday night in August at the Gateway Hotel in Sarajevo. American Councils kicked off the YES program with a pre-departure travel orientation, followed by a meet-and-greet with representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo.Oslobođenje YES

By Tuesday, August 13th, the 2013-14 YES participants from throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina headed to the U.S.; their departure marked by extensive local and national media coverage. The young, ambitious students were interviewed by two of Bosnia’s and Herzegovina’s main daily newspapers, Oslobođenje and Dnevni Avaz, as well as the Cantonal TV station (TV Sarajevo).

Oslobođenje highlighted the role American Councils’ office in Sarajevo plays in implementing the YES program, noting that the next round of YES recruitment in Bosnia and Herzegovina is slated to begin this fall in high schools throughout the country.  

American Councils Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Year of Many Accomplishments

American Councils Bosnia and Herzegovina would like to share with you a few accomplishments from 2012—what an amazing year this was!

Happy HolidaysBosnia

Untitled1February 2012: In collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, American Councils Bosnia and Herzegovina launched its “Tolerance through English” program, aimed to bring together high school students from Croat and Bosniak ethnic groups to share a classroom for the first time in 20 years. Seven students from the Bosniak ethnic group, and seven students from the Croat ethnic group, shared a classroom, where they studied English language and American culture during a 27-week course.


May 2012: Three Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) fellows from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Marijana Kapovic, Emir Muhic, and Edina Rizvic-Eminovic, returned from their semester abroad learning and teaching at universities in the U.S. This is the second to last cohort of JFDP fellows from Bosnia and Herzegovina.


June 2012: The third generation of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program scholarship recipients successfully completed their year in the U.S., and participated on the End-of-Stay Orientation in Washington, D.C., along with 190 other YES program participants from countries throughout the world. All 10 students arrived safely to Sarajevo on June 14, where they were welcomed by Mr. Thomas Mesa, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy and Sarajevo, and Ms. Sunshine Ison, Cultural Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, American Councils staff, and their families and friends.

Untitled4August 2012: On August 13, eleven of the twelve YES Program participants, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, departed for their study abroad year in the U.S.

On August 14, the first generation of YES Abroad students from the U.S. arrived in Sarajevo with smiles on their faces and excitement in their voices. Ms. Emily Armitage, Deputy Cultural Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, host families, and American Councils staff, welcomed the students at the Sarajevo International Airport.

Untitled5October 2012: On October 6, EducationUSA and American Councils, in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, organized the first-ever College Fair, where a number of American colleges and universities presented their undergraduate programs for international students to numerous guests.


November 2012: On November 16, we marked the 10th anniversary of the YES Program, as well as ten years since the opening of the American Councils office in the Bosnia and Herzegovina. Everyone had a great time!

Warm Wishes,

American Councils Bosnia and Herzegovina