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Bulgaria Update #2

Posted on 06/30/2011 @ 06:09 PM

Tags: Bulgaria

Greetings from Bulgaria

We just completed our third day of the Ambassadors to Bulgaria program. Our days have been filled with new friendships, cross-cultural lessons, and laughter. As usual I wanted to share a particularly meaningful update with all of you. Right before the opening of the trip, we received exciting news that our community would include teens from not just three but from five different countries. We have teens from America, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, and Albania.

Today, while the teens were engaging in meaningful conversations with their new friends and learning about the differences and similarities in each other’s cultures, we found that our interactions with our Albanian participant were especially impactful. Bessos is 15 years old and shared with us that he is the only Jewish teen he has ever met in his country.

Opportunities such as this one remind me that not only does BBYO give our teens from all over America the chance to give back and gain insight on global Jewry, but also we are creating a Jewish community for teens that would not have a community otherwise. Our teens are having an outstanding experience and also giving kids around the world a place to call home.

I wish you could all see teens from five different countries all wearing the same BBYO t-shirt.

This is the proof that our hard work every day is making an impact.

Shabbat Shalom,

Amanda

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