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International Education Week 2022

Graphic promoting IEW 2022

International Education Week (IEW) occurred from November 14-18 and the YES program celebrated with a series of virtual events! Follow the YES Instagram to hear from YES alumni and students about their IEW celebrations and projects.

  • Tuesday, November 15 at 10am ET: Instagram Live chat with Catherine Moshiro YES ‘14 (Tanzania) and Sonja Vanovac YES ‘22 (Bosnia & Herzegovina).

On Tuesday, November 15 at 10am ET, YES alumnae, Catherine and Sonja, went live on the YES Instagram to chat about their IEW experiences in the U.S. and how they’ve celebrated international education since returning home from the program. Watch the live below or on the YES YouTube!

  • Friday, November 18: Instagram Story Takeover with Charissa Audrey Pradana YES ‘23 (Indonesia) hosted in Arkansas.

On November 18th, Audrey, a current student placed in Arkansas took over the YES Instagram and show the YES community a day in the life of IEW!

International Education Week is an annual joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the importance of international education in the U.S. and worldwide and to promote awareness and understanding of our world’s diverse cultures.

Each year, YES students and alumni get involved in IEW by presenting about their countries and cultures in their host communities, as well as implementing projects promoting the importance of international education around the world. In 2021, YES students gave over 3,000 presentations that reached more than 60,500 people in 528 host communities in the U.S. Over the years, alumni have celebrated IEW by implementing projects around communication & diversitymutual understanding, and sharing their exchange experiences.

Meet the 2022 IEW guest speakers:

Headshot of Sonja Vanovac

Sonja Vanovac (YES 2021-2022, Bosnia & Herzegovina, placed by Greenheart in Oneida, NY) was placed in New York. After returning from her exchange year in the U.S. she became a City Representative for her home town, trying to improve her community by organizing projects and presentations. She has been working with EducationUSA, preparing for the American colleges. Sonja is also helping kids and her classmates keep up with their classes, mostly English classes, while keeping her grades up and passing the exams she missed during her stay in the U.S.

Headshot of Audrey Pradana

Halo semuanya! My name is Charissa Audrey Pradana (YES 2022-2023, Indonesia, placed by PAX in DeQueen, AR) but call me Audrey, for short. I am from Indonesia and currently hosted in De Queen, Arkansas. In the short while I’ve been in the U.S, I have joined several school clubs such as FCCLA, Interact, Quizbowl and more (I’m even Vice President of FCCLA and an officer of others), accumulated 39 hours of volunteering and cooked many many Indonesian dishes for my community. But, my time here has mostly been spent on livestock shows where my host family, the Seymours, regularly show animals. All this has given me the biggest opportunity to be the October YES Student of the Month. Please look forward to my IEW takeover!

Headshot of Catherine Moshiro

Catherine Abel Moshiro (YES 2013-2014, Tanzania, placed by PAX in Berryville, VA)