Alumni Tag

NSLI-Y alumna, Elise, was chosen as the alumni of the month by ECA for January 2017.

Posted On February 9, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Global

Creating a More Global World: Elise Harwell

NSLI-Y alumna, Elise Harwell, was recently selected as the International Exchange Alumni of the Month for January 2017. Elise participated in the 2015 Arabic summer program in Rabat, Morocco. Inspired by her NSLI-Y experience, Elise founded and serves as the president of the Arabic Culture club at her high school, where she shares Arabic language and culture with her classmates. Below is an excerpt from the article published on the International Exchange Alumni website. The full article can be read here. Elise is an active member of the exchange alumniRead More
Group picture of 2017 alumni representatives

Posted On February 8, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Global

2017 NSLI-Y Alumni Representative Workshop

The 2017 Alumni Representative Workshop was held at American Councils headquarters in Washington, DC on January 6-8. The 2017 NSLI-Y Alumni Representative cohort consists of sixteen alumni from across the United States. They gathered in DC for a weekend of training on their responsibilities to lead and support the NSLI-Y Alumni Association by helping alumni learn, grow, connect, and serve. On Friday,  two members of ECA’s alumni relations team presented on International Exchange Alumni opportunities and resources, after which American Councils staff gave an overview of the workings of theRead More
NSLI-Y 10th Anniversary Logo
The third and final webinar in the tenth anniversary celebration series, “Making a Worldwide Difference,” was held on Thursday, December 12, 2016 in collaboration with the Partnership for Public Service (PPS). Two representatives from PPS, Kari Rea and Ella Holman, presented on federal hiring information and opportunities, how to apply to federal jobs, background checks and security clearances, and the Pathways Program. They also gave detailed explanations on how to evaluate federal job postings on USA Jobs, and tips for using the website and completing online applications. As the processRead More
Opening slide of webinar presentation titled United States Institute of Peace: Making Peace Possibe
In the ongoing celebration of NSLI-Y’s 10th Anniversary, NSLI-Y administrative staff continues the alumni webinar series, “Making a Worldwide Difference.” The second webinar in the series, “United States Institute of Peace:  Service and Careers in Peace Building,” took place on December 1, 2016 at 4 PM EST. Two USIP representatives, Allison Sturma and Melissa Nozell, spoke on their work with and resources for students, how to connect where you are now as a NSLI-Y alum to career possibilities in peace building, how peace building can be incorporated into other careersRead More
NSLI-Y students in Taiwan volunteer to clean up a local beach

Posted On December 5, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Global

Happy 2016 International Volunteer Day

Happy International Volunteer Day! International Volunteer Day 2016’s theme #GlobalApplause – give volunteers a hand, recognizes volunteers worldwide and all they do in making peace and sustainable development a reality. In honor of the 2016 theme, NSLI-Y Interactive would like to highlight some of the volunteer efforts of current students and alumni of the NSLI-Y program. If you have a volunteering story you would like to share, please submit your story here: Pictured above: current students on the NSLI-Y Taiwan program spent a Saturday afternoon cleaning up a beach near theirRead More
Meal in America

Posted On December 5, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Korean

Through the Eyes of a Host Family: Chapter 5

Through the Eyes of a Host Family: A collection of interviews on what it takes to be a successful student or host family, language learning, culture shock in both Korea and the U.S., and many more topics. By Alexi, NSLI-Y Korea AY 2015-2016 Chapter 5: Advice from an American host family What advice would you give to foreign students who are coming to the U.S.? What makes the host student successful? 미국에 오는 외국인 학생들에게 어떤 조언을 해주고 싶으신가요? 어떤 것이 학생들이 성공적인 경험을 할 수 있도록 도와주나요? Willingness toRead More
Korean host family visits America

Posted On November 28, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Korean

Through the Eyes of a Host Family: Chapter 4

Through the Eyes of a Host Family: A collection of interviews on what it takes to be a successful student or host family, language learning, culture shock in both Korea and the U.S., and many more topics. By Alexi, NSLI-Y Korea AY 2015-2016 Chapter 4: Korean Host Family on Returning Back to Korea Post U.S. Trip, and Reflections What do you miss about the U.S.? 미국의 어떤 점이 그리운가요? Response 1: The thing I miss the most is the Hanover green and campus. Every morning we went to the Co-opRead More
Mayesha in her family's home in Tajikistan

Posted On November 15, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Persian (Tajiki)

Sharing Cultures: Mayesha in Tajikistan

Mayesha Awal’s favorite subject has always been science. After an internship in a biochemistry lab the summer before her senior year, she became particularly interested in biochemistry. Her goal is to one day work in a laboratory and attend medical school. Along with her interest in science, Mayesha’s home life also sparked in her a passion for culture and languages. Her heritage as a Bangladeshi-American Muslim gave her a multicultural upbringing and exposed her to Bengali and Arabic. She has been very involved in the Bangladeshi community in her homeRead More
NSLI-Y Alumni Webinar on The Peace Corps Experience

Posted On November 14, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Global

10th Anniversary Alumni Webinar 1: The Peace Corps Experience

To celebrate NSLI-Y’s 10th anniversary, NSLI-Y administrative staff is facilitating an alumni webinar series, “Making a Worldwide Difference.” The first webinar, “The Peace Corps Experience,” was held on October 20th and included four Returned Peace Corps Volunteers: Keeley Hayes, Sally Y. Kim, Pharren Crawford, and Harris Javed. Each spoke about their experiences as PeaceCorps Volunteers and their current work at Peace Corps Headquarters. During her service, Keeley worked on education in the Kyrgyz Republic. Sally worked in Kazakhstan on Community Economic Development. Pharren worked on health in Mozambique. Harris workedRead More

Posted On October 25, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Connecting Language and Culture: Omar in Jordan

Omar Obregon-Cuebas was an active, accomplished student by his senior year of high school. “I was the team captain of my school’s JROTC academic bowl team; we made it to nationals two years in a row. I was also the Co-President of my school’s Model United Nations club, and I founded the Student of Color Club at my school.” He says that his hard work in school and extracurricular activities was inspired in large part by his mother’s example. “My mother is a Puerto Rican woman who moved to theRead More