• 23 2018 February

    American Abroad Student of the Month – Adam in Moldova

    Adam, a current NSLI-Y student in Moldova, was recently recognized as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ American Abroad Student of the Month for January 2018. Congratulations, Adam! From New York and a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Adam is

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    Adam, a current NSLI-Y student in Moldova, was recently recognized as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ American Abroad Student of the Month for January 2018. Congratulations, Adam! From New York and a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Adam is

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  • 21 2018 February

    Not Just Another Day at the Beach

    Sofia is from Mililani, HI and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. I’ll be honest, my time with my host family wasn’t easy in the beginning. My host family and I were both very shy, and to make matters

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    A beautiful scenic panoramic picture of the beach.

    Sofia is from Mililani, HI and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. I’ll be honest, my time with my host family wasn’t easy in the beginning. My host family and I were both very shy, and to make matters

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  • 12 2018 February

    Summer in Seoul

    Cheyenne is from LaGrange, GA and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. It must have been a strange sight to see 50 kids crying and hugging each other at an airport terminal. It was at Incheon Airport where we

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    Cheyenne and her friend at a Korean museum.

    Cheyenne is from LaGrange, GA and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. It must have been a strange sight to see 50 kids crying and hugging each other at an airport terminal. It was at Incheon Airport where we

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  • 08 2018 February

    Safety on NSLI-Y 2017 Programs

    The story was compiled by Shraddha Joshi who participated in the Jordan summer program in 2017. Shraddha is from Round Rock, Texas. After submitting an application for what might potentially be a life-changing experience abroad, participating in NSLI-Y starts to feel increasingly

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    Marrakech, Morocco

    The story was compiled by Shraddha Joshi who participated in the Jordan summer program in 2017. Shraddha is from Round Rock, Texas. After submitting an application for what might potentially be a life-changing experience abroad, participating in NSLI-Y starts to feel increasingly

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  • 31 2018 January

    Subway Reflections

    Katie is from Libertyville, IL and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. With a bittersweet taste on my tongue, I sat on the cold metal seats of the line 2 subway returning from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul towards

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    Katie pictured at the sea.

    Katie is from Libertyville, IL and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. With a bittersweet taste on my tongue, I sat on the cold metal seats of the line 2 subway returning from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul towards

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  • 14 0201 February

    Intercultural Learning through Internships

    Paula is from Libertyville, IL and participated in the 2014 Korea summer program. Although it’s been a bit since my participation in the NSLI-Y Korean summer program in Seoul, the love of languages it nurtured in me and curiosity about

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    Paula posing with a group of people.

    Paula is from Libertyville, IL and participated in the 2014 Korea summer program. Although it’s been a bit since my participation in the NSLI-Y Korean summer program in Seoul, the love of languages it nurtured in me and curiosity about

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Arabic

Picture of Dana with her guitar

American Abroad Student of the Month – Dana in Morocco

Dana, a current NSLI-Y student in Morocco, was recently nominated as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ American Abroad Student of the Month for October 2017. Congratulations, Dana! Dana Slayton, a NSLI-Y student, has been excelling during her time in Morocco! Coming

January 3, 2018
Opening powerpoint slide for virtual event
Moroccan traditional cuisine.

Chinese (Mandarin)

Heather and her host mom.

Bonding With My Host Mom

Heather is from Inwood, WV and participated in the 2016-2017 Taiwan year program. Being abroad can be challenging sometimes, especially if you’re abroad for a longer period of time like I was. At first, I had a little trouble connecting with my

December 1, 2017
Pablo posing in front of a beautiful forest.
Justin pictured with friends in a scenic mountainous picture.

Korean

A beautiful scenic panoramic picture of the beach.

Not Just Another Day at the Beach

Sofia is from Mililani, HI and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. I’ll be honest, my time with my host family wasn’t easy in the beginning. My host family and I were both very shy, and to make matters worse, none

February 21, 2018
Cheyenne and her friend at a Korean museum.
Summer in Seoul
February 12, 2018
Katie pictured at the sea.
Subway Reflections
January 31, 2018

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

American Abroad Student of the Month – Adam in Moldova

Adam, a current NSLI-Y student in Moldova, was recently recognized as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ American Abroad Student of the Month for January 2018. Congratulations, Adam! From New York and a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Adam is currently studying

February 23, 2018
Opening slide introducing presentation
Chloe pictured with a friend in front of massive buildings.

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

Picture of the Taj Mahal

My Indian Summer

Kate is an alumna of the 2017 Hindi summer program in Indore, India. She is originally from Big Sky, Montana. “Kate! Chalo!” My host mom calls from downstairs, using a common Hindi word meaning, “let’s go”. I grab my bag and run

November 9, 2017
Opening powerpoint slide of presentation
Coca-Cola Scholars Banquet

Global

Marrakech, Morocco

Safety on NSLI-Y 2017 Programs

The story was compiled by Shraddha Joshi who participated in the Jordan summer program in 2017. Shraddha is from Round Rock, Texas. After submitting an application for what might potentially be a life-changing experience abroad, participating in NSLI-Y starts to feel increasingly real. The

February 8, 2018
Pictured is Hudson High School's auditorium with a group of students at an outreach event.
Banner for NSLI-Y Interactive summer highlights post.

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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