YES Abroad Scholars Arrive in Mali
The high school students are participating in a semester-long, intensive cultural program, which aims to build bridges between students around the world, particularly in countries with significant Muslim populations.
The 5 YES Abroad scholars are residing with host families in Bamako, which is the capital of Mali and home to roughly 2 million people. Divided in two by the meandering Niger River, the sunny city has been historically and remains an important regional commerce site in West Africa.
While in Mali, the students will complete coursework at private Malian high schools, alongside their Malian peers. The US students will study French and live with host families who also speak an additional language, such as Bambara.
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES), established in 2002, provides scholarships for high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to study in the US. YES Abroad was created in 2007 to provide a similar experience for U.S. students. YES and YES Abroad are funded by the US Department of State and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.