1. YES alumni in Bangladesh launched a six-month project called Teach through Tech in an effort to expand educational opportunities for students living in marginalized communities. Alumni set up a computer lab equipped with ten laptops, and they are offering courses in Microsoft Word, navigating a computer, and typing.
2. Visar Zeka (YES 2015-16) from Kosovo volunteered as an English Teacher on a six-week United Nations project called Magic Steps in Istanbul, Turkey. Visar (pictured above) team-taught a class of 12 sixth grade students intermediate English using interactive games and songs.
3. Together with five international volunteers, Luh Widyaningrum (YES 2013-14) helped lead Indonesia Education Camp, a seven-day English camp in Ubud, Bali for 300 students from rural areas. Each volunteer taught a class of approximately 30-40 students. In addition to English lessons, the teachers also taught the students about their home countries and cultures.
4. When Mohammed Smadi (YES 2016-17) returned to Jordan from the U.S. this summer, he noticed that many of his peers had difficulty with English. Mohammed began offering his help, and as word spread about the opportunity, Project M.O.E. was born. Mohammed’s father furnished their home’s basement with tables and desks to allow Mohammed to welcome as many students as possible. Mohammed now has more than 25 students (pictured above) to whom he teaches English, American culture, and presentation skills.
5. Koussay Khelile (YES 2012-13) and Mohamed Aziz Medhioub (YES 2016-17) from Tunisia served as trainers at the Go My Code Summer Academy, an intensive summer programming camp for youth sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Tunis. The YES alumni, who are also alumni of the camp, led workshops on app development and coding.
6. Emmanuel Godfrey (YES 2015-16) from Liberia launched the second phase of his Workshop for Effective English Teaching and Speaking (WEETAS), an initiative funded by a WYLET alumni grant. In August, Emmanuel worked to develop the English skills of 40 students through lessons on writing, reading, public speaking, leadership, and test- taking strategies.