• 14 2018 September

    The Questioning of My Box Braids: Teaching Others Unexpectedly in Seoul, South Korea

    Danielle is from Miami, FL and is an alumna of the 2017 Korean summer program. Some of the experiences I valued most that the NSLI-Y program provided me with were instances where I was provided with the opportunity to teach

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    Danielle and friends pictures in traditional Korean dress

    Danielle is from Miami, FL and is an alumna of the 2017 Korean summer program. Some of the experiences I valued most that the NSLI-Y program provided me with were instances where I was provided with the opportunity to teach

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  • 10 2018 September

    NSLI-Y Indonesian Alumni Webinar – October 24, 2018 4:00 PM (EST)

    NSLI-Y Interactive welcomes you to join the first ever NSLI-Y Indonesian Alumni Webinar! NSLI-Y had its first Indonesian summer program this year and now alumni from the program would love to tell you about it. Join us for reflections, stories,

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    webinar announcement

    NSLI-Y Interactive welcomes you to join the first ever NSLI-Y Indonesian Alumni Webinar! NSLI-Y had its first Indonesian summer program this year and now alumni from the program would love to tell you about it. Join us for reflections, stories,

    read more →
  • 10 2018 September

    Helping to Breakdown Stereotypes Through Language Connections

    Kate is from Madison, WI and participated in the 2017-18 Chinese AY program in Taiwan. Born in the Guangxi Zhuang region of China, Kate Jasenski was adopted at a year old. She grew up embracing American multiculturalism with both her

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    Photo of Kate on a swing

    Kate is from Madison, WI and participated in the 2017-18 Chinese AY program in Taiwan. Born in the Guangxi Zhuang region of China, Kate Jasenski was adopted at a year old. She grew up embracing American multiculturalism with both her

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  • 07 2018 September

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

    NSLI-Y Interactive is excited to announce the first webinar of our virtual event season! This webinar will feature four alumni who will share how they have used stories from NSLI-Y in their lives and careers. From college applications to outreach

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    storytelling webinar announcement

    NSLI-Y Interactive is excited to announce the first webinar of our virtual event season! This webinar will feature four alumni who will share how they have used stories from NSLI-Y in their lives and careers. From college applications to outreach

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  • 30 2018 August

    Chinese and Robots: How NSLI-Y Taiwan Helped Me Find the Connection Between Two Very Different Passions

    Manasa is from New Albany, OH and participated in the 2018 Chinese summer program in Taiwan. 大家好!我叫美娜,我是高中十二年级学生。这个夏天我去台湾学习中文。(Hi Everyone!My name is Manasa, a rising senior from Columbus, Ohio on the 2018 NSLI-Y Mandarin Chinese summer program in Taiwan.) I think it

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    Manasa with her Taiwanese friends

    Manasa is from New Albany, OH and participated in the 2018 Chinese summer program in Taiwan. 大家好!我叫美娜,我是高中十二年级学生。这个夏天我去台湾学习中文。(Hi Everyone!My name is Manasa, a rising senior from Columbus, Ohio on the 2018 NSLI-Y Mandarin Chinese summer program in Taiwan.) I think it

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Arabic

Picture of NSLI-Y students having a discussion

Love of Arabic

Wafae Baghnaoui, an NSLI-Y language partner and journalism student in Rabat, Morocco created a video on the 2017-2018 NSLI-Y Academic Year program in Rabat. Students share their language learning journies and their cultural discoveries as well. We encourage you to watch these

July 23, 2018
Picture of Allan in front of mosque by water.
CJ smiling with a friend.

Chinese (Mandarin)

Photo of Kate on a swing

Helping to Breakdown Stereotypes Through Language Connections

Kate is from Madison, WI and participated in the 2017-18 Chinese AY program in Taiwan. Born in the Guangxi Zhuang region of China, Kate Jasenski was adopted at a year old. She grew up embracing American multiculturalism with both her American life

September 10, 2018
Manasa with her Taiwanese friends
Picture of Andrew holding dragon made out of candy.

Korean

Danielle and friends pictures in traditional Korean dress

The Questioning of My Box Braids: Teaching Others Unexpectedly in Seoul, South Korea

Danielle is from Miami, FL and is an alumna of the 2017 Korean summer program. Some of the experiences I valued most that the NSLI-Y program provided me with were instances where I was provided with the opportunity to teach someone something

September 14, 2018
Picture of Alex on the beach with Korean friends
Alex with his host brother.

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

storytelling webinar announcement

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

NSLI-Y Interactive is excited to announce the first webinar of our virtual event season! This webinar will feature four alumni who will share how they have used stories from NSLI-Y in their lives and careers. From college applications to outreach to breaking

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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