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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
Matt’s commitment to immersing himself into his host community and his love for Bosnia and Herzegovina are highlighted in press and TV interviews.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brendan's quick improvement in his Chinese language skills helped him become an active and enthusiastic member of his new community in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
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.
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.
Originally from North Carolina, Sam volunteers teaching English at the local primary school in Changzhou, China while improving his Mandarin language skills.
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.