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Alumni Support their Communities through COVID-19
Over the last few months, YES Abroad alumni have found ways to help their local communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the YES Abroad Instagram to see more alumni highlights!
Eloah, who returned from Ghana in 2020, has been getting up early in the morning to help safely distribute newspapers, packages, and groceries at her local senior residency. Read more about Eloah's experience in Ghana here!
Eloah M. (YES Abroad 2019-20, Ghana)
When Sophia’s classes at McGill University in Montreal went online due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 and then ended altogether, Sophia found a job nannying full-time for a family with two children and two parents who are healthcare workers. "Here in Quebec, the rainbows in people’s windows symbolize hope for a return to our regular lives after this challenging time. They are accompanied by a hopeful phrase I think we can all agree with: 'Ça va bien aller,' or 'Everything will be alright!'"
Sophia W. (YES Abroad 2014-15, Morocco)
YES Abroad alumna Natalie, who studied in Indonesia, started the initiative Global Tutors for Coronavirus Impacted Youth together with YES-inbound alumna, Feruzah from Ghana. Global Tutors provides free tutoring for youth who are currently out of school due to the spread of COVID-19. Read more about Global Tutors here!
Natalie R. (YES Abroad 2011-2012, Indonesia)
Inspired by her YES Abroad host mom in Malaysia, Mia decided to start the Guardian on the Go Coronavirus response project by making masks and donating 100% of the proceeds to frontliners, vulnerable communities and COVID-19 vaccine development. So far, Mia has sold over 800 masks and raised $8000+ dollars to donate to different organizations. Learn more about Mia's project here!
YES Abroad alumna, Lili, is a nurse in Minnesota and like many healthcare workers is experiencing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic firsthand.
Lili A. (YES Abroad 2014-15, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Since returning from Jordan, Austin has been helping out his community by working at a local grocery store. "Since I got back from my year abroad with AMIDEAST and the K-L YES Abroad program, I've spent most of my time working at my local Kroger, trying to spread positivity and help our customers as much as possible. It's really been a fulfilling experience giving back to the country which has given me so much during these difficult times."
Austin S. (YES Abroad 2019-2020, Jordan)