By: Taha Ferfir (YES 2018-2019, Libya, hosted by Ayusa in San Antonio, TX)
February has been a blast so far! I got to meet new people, visit new places, participate in a contest, and many other things that made this month so special to me. It started with participating in an art contest between a lot of schools for the district regional. My school had 56 students participate. I ended up with perfect scores for my two paper entries; I used charcoal for one, and for the other I used graphite.
This month I also had an event with my placement organization to go to the Rodeo of San Antonio and it was on the 14th, the same day as Valentine’s Day, so I dressed up in a suit and everybody loved it! Usually we use magic words like, "please, thank you, excuse me", but in the rodeo there are four magic words, "Let's rodeo, San Antonio." I enjoyed my time watching the shows, I also tried to do some flips just to show off!
February the 17th was the national day of the Libyan revolution. The significance of that day is when the Libyan people went out with a united word saying we want our freedom. People forget their sorrows on that day and go out to meet people from all over the country and have fun together. I dressed in my traditional costume the whole day. It was Sunday, so when I visited church everybody was wondering what I was wearing, and some people invited me for coffee and baklava the next day. It was amazing speaking with them, and I also volunteered on that day too!
In conclusion, this month has given me the best days of my life. I wouldn't have done without the support of my family, host family, and the YES program. It was my honor to meet all of the new people who I have met and get time to speak with them. It was also a pleasure to participate in activities and highlights throughout the month. It has been an honor to represent my country and the program, giving them the image that they deserve!