Coming Back Giving Back Tag

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

Posted On October 14, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Korean

Through the Eyes of a Host Family: Chapter 2

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 2: Thoughts on the NSLI-Y Program, Advice to Future Host Families You have now received three American students who went to Korea to study Korean… Among the things you have learned from these students, what is the most important and interesting thing? 한국에서 교환학생을 3명 받았는데Read More

Posted On August 10, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Pen Pals in China and the U.S.

My trip with NSLI-Y to Zhuhai, China was a life-changing experience. Never before had I been exposed to so much new culture, language, food, so many new people and new perspectives. My host family helped me understand Chinese culture more deeply than I thought possible. I felt so connected to people that I had only known for a few weeks, and I am still in deep gratitude to them for helping me widen my perspective to think about things from points of view I didn’t even know existed. The impactRead More

Posted On August 9, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic

The NSLI-Y Journey Doesn’t End Here

Pre-Departure Orientations are a blur. Months of excitement and anticipation has built up, leading to a breakneck few days where you’re introduced to new people, new rules, and a new country. After the countless emails, web searches, and handouts, it is the tangible start to the NSLI-Y journey. My own PDO for Morocco in the summer of 2013 was jam-packed with dos and don’ts, trip itineraries, safety advice, and helpful vocabulary from iEARN staff and our Resident Director, to which my group responded with an unending stream of questions. WhileRead More
By Nilaya, NSLI-Y Persian, Tajikistan Summer 2014 My travel experiences in Tajikistan two summers ago with NSLI-Y inspired me to apply my knowledge of Persian-speaking territories to explore my interest of women’s rights. Last year, I decided to conduct an independent study project that consisted of over sixty hours of research on women’s issues in Afghanistan. As part of my research, I conducted a personal interview with Miss Naheed Samadi Bahram, the director of Women for Afghan Women, a civil society organization based in Afghanistan and New York which isRead More
NSLI-Y Alum at NYC Networking Event

Posted On May 4, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Global

Alumni Representatives Work to Build Community

This year the thirteen NSLI-Y Alumni Representatives have been working hard to strengthen the alumni network and connect alumni from all generations of the program. Recently networking events have been held in Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta and DC, and there are several more planned for the coming months. In New York, alumni met in January at the iEARN USA office for a networking pizza party where they shared stories of their study abroad experience. Alumni first did a speed-networking activity where they quickly spoke with everyone else at the event toRead More

Posted On May 2, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

One Way NSLI-Y Changed My Life

By Adam, NSLI-Y Morocco, Summer 2015 My experience as a NSLI-Y scholar in Rabat, Morocco, last summer was a turning point in my life. Apart from learning Arabic and enjoying the Moroccan culture, I met amazing people, from fellow American scholars to local Moroccans. One thing I did not anticipate was that I would become so passionate about helping refugees in my community. Influenced by other NSLI-Y students who had helped refugees in the U.S., and prompted to action by the unfolding tragedy of the Syrian refugees, I was setRead More

Posted On April 28, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic

The Long Way From Cairo to Canada

by Starr Brainard, NSLI-Y Arabic, Egypt Fall Semester 2009 I had the honor earlier this month to be a presenter in the “Coming Back, Giving Back” webinar  to talk about my experience working in environmental sustainability. As a high school student, I had the good fortune to be awarded the NSLI-Y scholarship to spend a semester abroad in Egypt to study Arabic my senior year of high school. From then on, the rest is history. I returned to Egypt in the years following my NSLI-Y experience for both study and work. I carryRead More
NSLI-Y Students help clean up trash

Posted On April 22, 2016By Ligaya BeebeIn Global, Slider

2016 Happy Earth Day

Today is Earth Day! Today and always, let’s remember the importance of taking care of the planet!  Celebrate Earth Day and learn how NSLI-Y students and alumni saved this beautiful planet. Here are their special stories! Volunteering in Amman (October 14, 2014) The U.S. and China on Climate Change (April 21, 2015) Community Clean-Up (August 29, 2014)Read More
Alumni Presenters
On April 6th 2016, the NSLI-Y Alumni Association and iEARN USA hosted the “Coming Back, Giving Back: Using Your NSLI-Y Experience for Good” Virtual Event! This webinar is part of a month-long campaign encouraging NSLI-Y alumni to share stories of how they have used their study abroad experience to give back to their communities. It featured five speakers talking work they have done in immigration services, ESL, LGBTQ advocacy, working with under-served youth, and environmental research. The goal of the presentations was to not only celebrate the incredible work that NSLI-YRead More