March 2018 - Margaret R.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

From Chicago, Illinois and a graduate of Saint Ignatius College Prep, Greta is currently studying in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Greta is a role model for American students abroad.


February 2018 - Jenesis O.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Since day one of her program year, Jenesis has demonstrated the qualities of an exemplary exchange student while studying in Skopje, Macedonia.


January 2018 - Adam W.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Adam wrote that passing his first geography test in Russian felt like one of his biggest accomplishments so far as a NSLI-Y participant in Moldova.


December 2017 - Christina C.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Christina has demonstrated a number of qualities that make her an exemplary exchange student. First, she is enthusiastic about learning Macedonian culture and making Macedonian friends.


November 2017 - Gregory R.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Greg’s Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language skills have been particularly impressive. He is already able to hold fluent conversations with native speakers and has shown extraordinary progress in writing the languages as well.


October 2017 - Dana S.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Dana Slayton, a NSLI-Y student, has been excelling during her time in Morocco! Coming in with an advanced level of Arabic language, she has been working tirelessly to further strengthen her Arabic language skills.


April 2017 - Anthony A.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Anthony has made the most of his abroad experience by studying hard to learn more Chinese and immersing himself in activities that allowed him to engage with his new community.


March 2017 - Benjamin B.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Known for his spirit of service, positive attitude, maturity and great sense of humor, Ben has been a joy to his host family and academic community in Sarajevo.


February 2017 - Ariadna C.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Ariadna started a debate team at her host school in Amman, Jordan and takes cooking classes with her host mother on the weekends.


January 2017 - Cricket L.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Cricket's generous and affable nature has made her a beloved member of her host community in Senegal.


December 2016 - Tana K.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Tana is an enthusiastic and curious student who cares deeply about serving her new community in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


November 2016 - Durowaa A.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Regarding the exchange experience, Durowaa says, “The amazing thing about exchange is that in an instant, complete strangers transform into your best friends or even become your family."


October 2016 - Mackenzie H.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Although apprehensive at first about jumping into Chinese-only classes, Mackenzie embraced her experience and has taken advantage of resources such as her tutors and classmates.


September 2016 - Cyrus J.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Cyrus’s experience in India is best summed up in his own words: “No matter what the cultural differences between people are, the fundamental nature of all humans is the same."


April 2016 - Elizabeth S.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Elizabeth has become deeply connected with her host family and community in Ghana and has a keen interest in making traditional Batik fabric and learning traditional sewing techniques.


March 2016 - Ryan F.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Ryan had very little exposure to Chinese at home in Phoenix, Arizona, but he built on his previous study of Japanese and quickly moved from the beginner level to an intermediate Chinese class.


February 2016 - Matt M.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Matt’s commitment to immersing himself into his host community and his love for Bosnia and Herzegovina are highlighted in press and TV interviews.


January 2016 - Melita P.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Melita quickly integrated into her host community by reaching out to her Chinese classmates and made great strides in her language learning progress, even giving interviews about her experience in Chinese to local media.


December 2015 - Maxwell M.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Maxwell Meyers fully embraced the YES Abroad program's ideals by going above and beyond to learn about his host country Macedonia and share his American culture.


November 2015 - Fay L.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Fay Lee seeks out opportunities to share her American experience with her Malaysian peers in her host city of Shah Alam by facilitating discussions between her fellow YES alumni and her Malaysian peers.


October 2015 - Tiarra F.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Tiarra's cheerful demeanor, dedication to learning Korean, and volunteering to teach English in her host school makes her an ideal classmate, tutor, and friend.


May 2015 - Precious K.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Precious radiates ambassadorial spirit and contributes to her community in Accra, Ghana through volunteering, learning the local languages, participating in sports at her school, and joining in local dance traditions.


April 2015 - Daniel H.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Daniel hit the ground running when he landed in Bosnia and Herzegovina for his exchange, learning the language quickly and getting involved with numerous clubs and volunteer organizations.


March 2015 - Brendan R.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Brendan's quick improvement in his Chinese language skills helped him become an active and enthusiastic member of his new community in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


February 2015 - Alessandra G.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Since arriving in her host city of Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alessandra has shown a remarkable understanding of cultural differences and an impressive eagerness to immerse herself into the local community.


January 2015 - Carolyn W.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Lawrence, Kansas native Carolyn made a substantive impact in her host community of Ahmedabad, India by volunteering to help women and children with disabilities and helping food services reach underprivileged schools.


November 2014 - Sam C.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Originally from North Carolina, Sam volunteers teaching English at the local primary school in Changzhou, China while improving his Mandarin language skills.


October 2014 - Erica A.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

Erica, from Watertown, WI leapt into her exchange year in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa with enthusiasm and an open mind, joining many clubs and volunteering activities as well as organized community cleaning events.

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