Gura family with Boris

Don and Mary Gura of Kendallville joined their daughter, Kinzie, in Greece earlier this summer and had the opportunity to travel with their former AFS YES student, Boris, in front, wearing sunglasses. They also spent time with his parents and brother.

To the editor:

We wanted to send a thank you letter with a photo of our recent trip to Greece and Macedonia.

Kinzie was doing study-abroad in Greece and so we met her upon completion and spent 12 days there.

Our former AFS YES student Boris met us on our first day in Athens and we did some amazing trips along with eating some amazing foods.

This included a three-hour electric bike tour of downtown Athens.

We then traveled to Mykonos Island and Santorini Island where we spent four days.

After that we flew to Bulgaria and then to Macedonia to meet and stay with his parents. We arrived at 1 a.m. after a long car trip and a pass through customs border security.

We stayed four days with them and after a short time of talking it was like we had known them our whole life.

We toured Macedonia and then stayed two days at Lake Ohrid in a villa built in the late 1800s.

The whole European cultural experience was a one-of-a-kind trip due to the AFS YES program and the volunteers who promote and facilitate host families like us.

You can certainly use us as an example to promote the program and families to become host families. I am not sure how many families ever take or have the opportunity to personally meet their student’s family.

Boris is starting graduate school in October for the next two years.

He graduated from Arizona State with a B.S. in public policy and international studies.

He will be going to school in Italy to University of Bologna (the oldest university in the world) to study international affairs/cultural diplomacy.

The photo is of all of us in the capital city of Macedonia, Skopje, where we toured and experienced the cultural diversity.

I have told all of of those involved with the AFS YES exchange program thank you, but I wanted to take a quick minute to say it again for making this happen even though it began back in 2014.

Don Gura


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