I am the Director of Business and Partnership Development at Fundación Capital, working to promote economic citizenship for low-income and vulnerable people throughout the world.
The YES experience is truly that: an experience. For the twenty or so days that the course lasts, you have the change to land in an unfamiliar place and to truly disconnect from your everyday life, only to find yourself enthralled in energetic conversations about changing the world. The like-minded individuals you meet during YES come from all over the world, and you will find that they are even more passionate about changing the world than you are! Their energy is infective!
I always say that it´s the people that make up the experience, and this is true for both for the fellow participants and the professors / staff members. The YES course gave me the opportunity to take a break from the routine and to immerse myself in sustainability. Some of the professors taught me new techniques and approaches that I never would have considered (which have later served me greatly in my work), and others provided fodder for further thinking, analyzing sustainability through new and unusual lenses.
More than anything, I emphasize that YES is community. I made some amazing friends during the course, some of whom I have met up with again during my later travels. One of them even convinced me to accept a job in her home country of Colombia and has become (along with her large family) one of my best friends. This sort of closeness does not happen in other courses or programs, and it is why I have repeatedly recommended the YES course to any and all who ask (and even those who don´t).