YES Programs




YES 20th anniversary graphic with photo of Jamilah

By Jamilah Omar Hussein (YES 2022-2023, Tanzania, placed by YFU USA in Guttenberg, IA)

What are some of your biggest accomplishments since becoming an alumni of the YES program?

I got to complete my first community service project, and also participate in at least 4-5 community service projects that I was invited to. I have wanted to many of my own community service projects, but I can't right now as I will be in Form 4 class and preparing for my national exams.

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What are some of your favorite memories from the YES program?

I remember the first day of my school when I thought no one would talk to me, but I was wrong and I made friends that day. Another memory was on Halloween when I went at hunted house with my host family and it was bit scary. Also, Prom was a lot of fun as it was my first time experiencing it.

What are some of the ways you’ve stayed connected to fellow alumni since your exchange experience? What about your host family or friends?

I keep stay connect with my fellow alumni by communicating with them and meeting each other in different activities. As for my host family and friends, I chat with them once a week, mostly on Saturday or Sunday as I'm free on those days.

How did the YES program impact you professionally? What about personally?

Professionally, the program made me think about how I can do my job anywhere, including in my home country or a foreign country. Personally, it made me feel much more confident in what I want to do in the future, for example traveling, which I can do on own as I already experienced it once.

Alumna posing with her host family holding a sign that says Welcome Jamie

What is one piece of advice you would give to current or future YES program participants?

To not be afraid because they be staying away from their family for ten months. It's a great opportunity to get to experience different cultures and many others things, and also to form friendship with people from outside of your country.

In 10, 20, or even 30 years, what do you hope the legacy of the YES program will be?

That is will be good, as people are forming friendship with different types of people and there is peace and love between us all.