Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES)

Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program

The  Youth  Exchange  and  Study  (YES)  is  a  program established in October 2002 and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State  to  provide  scholarships  to  high  school  students between 15 and 17 years old, from countries with significant Muslim population, who will have the opportunity to attend an academic year in the United States. This program is vital to expanding communication between the people of the United States and its partner countries, in the interest of promoting mutual understanding and respect. Students live with host families, attend high school and engage in activities that allow them to learn about the American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their country and culture.

From  2003  to  the  present,  more  than  10,500  students  have  participated  in  the  KL YES program.  During  the academic  year  2018-2019,  more  than  850 students  joined  the program, coming from: Afghanistan, South Africa, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gaza, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan , Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia,  Mali,  Morocco, Nigeria,  Oman,  Pakistan,  Philippines,  Qatar,  Saudi  Arabia, Senegal, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, West bank of the Jordan River, Yemen and Mozambique.

In 2008, Mozambique was selected and sent five students to the US for the first time in the program, in the 2009-2010 academic year. Since then, more than 100 Mozambican students have participated in the program.

On their return, the students apply their leadership skills in their countries of origin. In addition, they form groups of former participants, called ALUMNI which are involved in many  community  service  activities  including  collection  of  clothes  for  donation, counselling young people and children and English teaching, immunization campaigns and more.

The YES program is managed by four organizations and their partners in each country. In Mozambique, AFS-USA works with AFS Interculture South Africa, in collaboration with the YES Alumni Mozambique Association (AYAMO).

In addition to Mozambique, AFS implements the YES program in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the Philippines, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kenya, Thailand and Turkey.

For more information on the YES/AFS programs, please consult On this site, AFS answers the most common questions raised in the recent implementation of its programs.


  • Be Mozambican currently living in Beira, Maputo, Nampula, Pemba;
  • Be aged between 15-17 years old;
  • Be attending between 9th and 11th grade of the National Education System.
  • Have NOT failed in the last 3 years.


For   general   information   about   the   YES   program,   contact   or

In  Mozambique,  please  contact  the  Public  Affairs  Section  of  the  US  Embassy; Arsénio Penga or 84 504 6089 (National Coordinator – Maputo) and Jonito Ribeiro or 82 358 2916 (National Coordinator – Nampula).

Below  are  other  useful  contacts  and  places  for  collecting  information  about  the program:

  • Instituto de Línguas de Nampula – Dr. Saeze;
  • Evanildo Bambamba (Maputo) – 84 583 1931;
  • Maximiano Mangue (Maputo) – 84 636 6133;
  • Nilza Abade (Beira) – 84 574 0276;
  • Roberto Artur (Beira) – 84 575 8307;
  • Bernad Valeta (Nampula) – 84 731 1522;
  • Nadine Rodriguês (Nampula) – 82 316 4329;
  • Evlizy Alfândega (Nampula) –  84 934 6655;