• 11 2018 December

    Reflecting on My Time in Jordan

    Kate Jensen is from Norfolk, VA and participated in the Jordan Summer 2017 program. Looking back, the application process for NSLI-Y went by in a flash; before I knew it, I was being rocked by the turbulence of a plane

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    Kate with NSLI-Y friends in Jordan

    Kate Jensen is from Norfolk, VA and participated in the Jordan Summer 2017 program. Looking back, the application process for NSLI-Y went by in a flash; before I knew it, I was being rocked by the turbulence of a plane

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  • 06 2018 December

    Where Food Equals Family

    Ellie Cook is from Spokane Valley, WA and participated in the Korea Summer 2018 program. My host mother stands firmly by the principle that food, like all other good things, should be served with generous portions of love. Among the

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    Lunch with Friends in Korea

    Ellie Cook is from Spokane Valley, WA and participated in the Korea Summer 2018 program. My host mother stands firmly by the principle that food, like all other good things, should be served with generous portions of love. Among the

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  • 04 2018 December

    A Mistake Turned Life Lesson

    Lillian Cox is from Fargo, ND and participated in the Morocco Academic Year 2017-2018 program. In late November of 2017, I found myself huddled with two of my friends in a cold house in rural Morocco. During my gap year

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    Cous Cous: A Popular Moroccan Dish

    Lillian Cox is from Fargo, ND and participated in the Morocco Academic Year 2017-2018 program. In late November of 2017, I found myself huddled with two of my friends in a cold house in rural Morocco. During my gap year

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  • 29 2018 November

    Video of Moscow Summer 2018 Program

    Gretchen Moulton is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the Russia Summer 2018 program. I compiled a collection of videos I took this summer, during my time in Moscow, Russia with the Russian American Foundation. Enjoy!  

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    NSLI-Y students in Moscow

    Gretchen Moulton is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the Russia Summer 2018 program. I compiled a collection of videos I took this summer, during my time in Moscow, Russia with the Russian American Foundation. Enjoy!  

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  • 29 2018 November

    The Crossroads of Culture in Seoul

    Ashley Hajimirsadeghi is from Baltimore, MD and participated in the Korea Summer 2018 program. During my time in Seoul, South Korea, in the summer of 2018, it was in my wildest dreams to go and eat my culture’s food with

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    Ashley with her host family

    Ashley Hajimirsadeghi is from Baltimore, MD and participated in the Korea Summer 2018 program. During my time in Seoul, South Korea, in the summer of 2018, it was in my wildest dreams to go and eat my culture’s food with

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Arabic

Kate with NSLI-Y friends in Jordan

Reflecting on My Time in Jordan

Kate Jensen is from Norfolk, VA and participated in the Jordan Summer 2017 program. Looking back, the application process for NSLI-Y went by in a flash; before I knew it, I was being rocked by the turbulence of a plane descending over

December 11, 2018
Cous Cous: A Popular Moroccan Dish
Picture of NSLI-Y group sitting on ledge in Chefchaouen

Chinese (Mandarin)

Group picture in Taiwan with students and their host families during orientation

Finding Common Connections through Language in Taiwan

Hailing from Seattle with one of the largest Chinese-American populations in the U.S., Wilson had always been surrounded by Chinese culture and language. As an Asian American himself, he saw the interaction with Chinese-Americans as an important cultural exchange. Wilson wanted to

November 7, 2018
Opening slide of powerpoint presentation
William pictured outside a restaurant with his host family
Homecoming
October 24, 2018

Korean

Lunch with Friends in Korea

Where Food Equals Family

Ellie Cook is from Spokane Valley, WA and participated in the Korea Summer 2018 program. My host mother stands firmly by the principle that food, like all other good things, should be served with generous portions of love. Among the first questions

December 6, 2018
Ashley with her host family
Opening slide of powerpoint presentation

Persian (Tajiki)

Mira at a marketplace.

Бисёр Тарбуз ва Чой: A Day in My Tajik Summer

Mira is from Norman, Oklahoma and participated in the 2017 Tajikistan summer program. When I found out I had made it into the NSLI-Y Tajikistan program, I was in the middle of reading a line during a rehearsal for a play. The

November 21, 2017
Mayesha in her family's home in Tajikistan
Thumbnail for NSLi-Y Tajikistan Virtual Event.

Russian

NSLI-Y students in Moscow

Video of Moscow Summer 2018 Program

Gretchen Moulton is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the Russia Summer 2018 program. I compiled a collection of videos I took this summer, during my time in Moscow, Russia with the Russian American Foundation. Enjoy!  

November 29, 2018
Halle posing with her host parents
Pictured are Madison and her host mom.

Turkish

Gavin and his friends jumping on the Salt Lake.

“That’s So Niche”: Reflecting on My Summer in Ankara

Gavin is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the 2015 Turkey summer program. At Harvard, concentration declaration—that is choosing a major—is a significant step in the collegiate experience. For most students, this might be a fairly ordinary event as they join

November 19, 2017
Stephanie, standing in the foreground, with a vast cityscape sprawling out behind her on a sunlit day.
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Hindi

Roshni overlooking the beautiful scenery

Breaking My Cultural Iceberg: India’s Diversity

Roshni is from State College, PA and participated in the 2016 India summer program. You awake to the aroma of spices while putting on your school uniform, but it’s a new place. You say “सुप्रभात!” to greet your host mother and sister,

August 23, 2018
Photo of a bustling street in India
My Favorite Activity
August 21, 2018
Zina wearing a traditional wedding sari
An Indian Wedding
August 16, 2018

Global

Title slide of webinar presentation

NSLI-Y Alumni Storytelling Webinar – September 27, 2018 7:00 PM (EST)

On September 27, 2018 NSLI-Y Interactive the first webinar of the 2018-2019 season. This webinar featured four alumni who shared how they have used stories from NSLI-Y in their lives and careers. From college applications to outreach to breaking regional stereotypes, these

September 7, 2018
SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS: USG PROGRAMS
Summer Highlights: Community Service Abroad

About NSLI-Y Interactive

NSLI-Y Interactive showcases language learning and cross-cultural experiences of students on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The multimedia stories on this site share the experiences of students on the NSLI-Y program with youth, educators, and language learners in the U.S. for further cultural exchange and language learning.

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