• 15 2018 November

    Bonding Through the World Cup

    Aidan McGahey is from Drexel Hill, PA and participated in the Morocco Summer 2018 program. Traveling to another country for an extended period of time is hard in any situation, but traveling to Morocco with no prior experience in Arabic really proved to

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    Picture of NSLI-Y group sitting on ledge in Chefchaouen

    Aidan McGahey is from Drexel Hill, PA and participated in the Morocco Summer 2018 program. Traveling to another country for an extended period of time is hard in any situation, but traveling to Morocco with no prior experience in Arabic really proved to

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  • 07 2018 November

    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

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

    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

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  • 31 2018 October

    NSLI-Y and Citizen Ambassadorship – November 14, 2018 9:00 AM (EST)

    On Wednesday, November 14, at 9:00 am EST, NSLI-Y students from the Korea and Taiwan Academic Year programs together presented on the theme of Citizen Ambassadorship. The presenters shared about why citizen ambassadorship is important and what it means to

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    Opening slide of powerpoint presentation

    On Wednesday, November 14, at 9:00 am EST, NSLI-Y students from the Korea and Taiwan Academic Year programs together presented on the theme of Citizen Ambassadorship. The presenters shared about why citizen ambassadorship is important and what it means to

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  • 30 2018 October

    Summer Highlights Community Service: Working with Youth

    Visit to a Local Orphanage In June, NSLI-Y students went with members of the Imam Ghazali association to an orphanage in a working class neighborhood of Rabat. While there, they played games with the students, including a riddle competition and

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    Working with Youth

    Visit to a Local Orphanage In June, NSLI-Y students went with members of the Imam Ghazali association to an orphanage in a working class neighborhood of Rabat. While there, they played games with the students, including a riddle competition and

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  • 24 2018 October

    Homecoming

    William Yee is from Los Angeles, California and participated in the 2018 Taiwan summer program. He is currently a student at the University of Chicago. I’m not Chinese. I’m American. Despite being the son of a Taiwanese immigrant, I constantly

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    William pictured outside a restaurant with his host family

    William Yee is from Los Angeles, California and participated in the 2018 Taiwan summer program. He is currently a student at the University of Chicago. I’m not Chinese. I’m American. Despite being the son of a Taiwanese immigrant, I constantly

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Arabic

Picture of NSLI-Y group sitting on ledge in Chefchaouen

Bonding Through the World Cup

Aidan McGahey is from Drexel Hill, PA and participated in the Morocco Summer 2018 program. Traveling to another country for an extended period of time is hard in any situation, but traveling to Morocco with no prior experience in Arabic really proved to be a

November 15, 2018
Posing with fellow NSLI-Y students
Looking to the Future
September 25, 2018
Picture of NSLI-Y students having a discussion
Love of Arabic
July 23, 2018

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

Opening slide of powerpoint presentation

NSLI-Y and Citizen Ambassadorship – November 14, 2018 9:00 AM (EST)

On Wednesday, November 14, at 9:00 am EST, NSLI-Y students from the Korea and Taiwan Academic Year programs together presented on the theme of Citizen Ambassadorship. The presenters shared about why citizen ambassadorship is important and what it means to them. This

October 31, 2018
Picture of Kyla in traditional Korean dress
Closing ceremony with fellow NSLI-Y students

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

Halle posing with her host parents

My Second Family in Latvia

Halle is from Baltimore, MD and participated in the 2018 Russian summer program in Latvia. Before I came to live in Latvia for six weeks I knew that I wanted to live in a host family with siblings. I wanted to get

September 4, 2018
Pictured are Madison and her host mom.
John with his host family

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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