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May Instagram Highlights!

YES Abroad May Instagram Highlights Collage

Alisa planting flowers at her host father's childhood temple


Alisa recently returned to the town in India where her host father grew up! While there, she planted flowers at the temple his family used to attend. The flowers they planted represent the integration of sustainability into urban life, as well as the planting of roots with her Indian host family. What a memorable experience, Alisa!

Natalie celebrating Eid with her former host community


Natalie, a YES Abroad alumna from over ten years ago, recently returned to visit her host family and friends in her former host community of Surabaya, Indonesia! She celebrated Eid, joined a traditional Javanese baby celebration, and shared many delicious meals--what a treat!

Elsa posing with a smiling group


Senegal participant Elsa reflected on what language learning meant for her time in Dakar. YES Abroad is a cultural immersion program, so language learning is one aspect of the experience, but not the goal. Elsa shared, “By searching for ways to get better at an unfamiliar language, I instead learned the simple importance of communication. By working to express myself in another language, I learned it was the usage that was important". What incredible insight, Elsa!

Lauryn posing for a picture with a city background


Lauryn, a YES Abroad participant placed in Senegal, was named the U.S. Department of State’s May 2024 American Abroad Student of the Month!

Lauryn volunteered regularly for two local NGOs, Janghi and SOS Villages, which work with educating disadvantaged children. Every weekend, Lauryn coached sports and assisted in the English language and art activities with the children. Lauryn brought this same commitment to her host family. From drawing and coloring with her younger host siblings, learning how to cook traditional meals with her host mother, and going to the hair salon with other cohort members, Lauryn built a strong relationship with all family members, each in their own way.