• 01 2017 December

    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

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    Heather and her 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

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  • 21 2017 November

    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

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    Mira at a marketplace.

    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

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  • 19 2017 November

    Reflections on Russian Literature from Kirov

    Grace is from Salem, OR and participated in the 2017 Russia summer program. Здравствуйте / Hello, I think that it’s worth saying that unlike many of the NSLI-Y summer program students who joined my Kirov program with a serious interest

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    Grace and a historian at Kirov Library.

    Grace is from Salem, OR and participated in the 2017 Russia summer program. Здравствуйте / Hello, I think that it’s worth saying that unlike many of the NSLI-Y summer program students who joined my Kirov program with a serious interest

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  • 19 2017 November

    “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

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    Gavin and his friends jumping on the Salt Lake.

    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

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Arabic

Michael and his peers at the conference

Friendship and Cross-cultural Understanding through NSLI-Y

Michael is an alumnus of the 2017 summer Arabic program in Rabat, Morocco. He is originally from Leawood, Kansas. Last summer, for six weeks I studied Arabic in Rabat, Morocco with NSLI-Y. This experience helped me immensely in learning Arabic through immersion, and

November 7, 2017
Group shot in Morocco

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.

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

Grace and a historian at Kirov Library.

Reflections on Russian Literature from Kirov

Grace is from Salem, OR and participated in the 2017 Russia summer program. Здравствуйте / Hello, I think that it’s worth saying that unlike many of the NSLI-Y summer program students who joined my Kirov program with a serious interest in foreign

November 19, 2017
Devon Parikh and his NSLI-Y group in Latvia.
Picture of Catherine at Grishko Dance

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
Picture of the five students in their Hindi classroom with teacher
Coca-Cola Scholars Banquet

Global

Summer Highlights - Alumni Interactions with Current Participants

Summer Highlights: Alumni Interactions with Current Participants

NSLI-Y Interactive not only describes the name of our blog, but also the sense of culture within the NSLI-Y community. NSLI-Y alumni interact with the community by writing stories on our blog, pursuing language and diplomacy academically, and supporting current participants. Read

November 13, 2017
NSLI-Y Chinese summer alumnus Matthew with his mom
NSLI-y 2017-2018 (4)

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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