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Moroccan traditional cuisine.

Posted On December 18, 2017By DioIn Arabic

Finding Comfort in Food Abroad

Diana Pham is from Chicago, IL and participated in the 2017 Morocco summer program. Throughout my summer in Morocco, I loved eating all the tajines (طاجين) at school. Most had chicken with potatoes, carrots, zucchini, and cauliflower, topped with caramelized onions and raisins (sometimes prunes). Each day at our school, we would all have tajines with bread or خبز (khobz) and a side of honeydew, watermelon or grapes. Fridays, everyone had couscous (كسكس). I truly loved eating Moroccan food at school, with my host family and with my friends at smallRead More
Heather and her host mom.

Posted On December 1, 2017By DioIn Chinese (Mandarin)

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 host family because they were so much older than me with both of my host parents being over 50 and all my host siblings living out of the house except for one very busy grad student at home. I was so afraid of saying or doing something offensive.Read More
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 play. The script was on my iPad and when I saw the notification, I cut my line short, opened my email, read the acceptance, and began jumping up and down. The people around me were confused because both interrupting rehearsal and jumping up and down where uncharacteristic behaviors, but IRead More
Picture of the Taj Mahal

Posted On November 9, 2017By DioIn Hindi

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 down the stairs. Knowing that we could be going anywhere, I have learned to always have a bag prepared with my raincoat (it’s monsoon season), a few hundred rupees (although my host parents never allow me to pay), my small notebook (filled with Hindi vocabulary), and a shawl toRead More
Michael and his peers at the conference
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 it broadened my worldview and provided me with insight into how other global citizens view the United States. Within the NSLI-Y program, there is much emphasis put on working with people to bond and share American culture and values while also learning about the culture of the hostRead More
Picture of Catherine at Grishko Dance

Posted On October 27, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

My Unforgettable NSLI-Y Experience

By Catherine Cata, summer 2017 NSLI-Y Moscow alumna, from Stafford, Virginia It all began at the JFK Airport when our group of thirteen in matching green t-shirts waited anxiously for the plane. I remember thinking before I got on the plane to Russia, “this is really happening.” It was going to be my first time abroad and I was anxious but excited not knowing what Russia held for me. When I arrived in Russia I experienced jet lag for the first time. I was confused if I was hungry orRead More
Whether through public speaking, research projects, or global cooperation and diplomacy, NSLI-Y participants are constantly developing skills to advance international dialogue and compete effectively in the global economy. Explore how NSLI-Y students prepare to be global citizens below. NSLI-Y Arabic participants visited EcoPeace, a local organization that aims to bring Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists together. People throughout the region are dependent on the same natural resources and participants had the chance to learn how maintaining these natural resources is key to promoting peace and security in the greater region. During the lecture,Read More
Picture of NSLI-Y students interacting with local Chinese peers
As an immersive language program, NSLI-Y helps American youth become part of local communities abroad. As a result, long-lasting friendships are made. These friendships between peers from around the world increase mutual understanding and prepare this next generation of global citizens to be global leaders. Here are some highlights from the 2017 summer programs featuring interactions between NSLI-Y students and local peers. At the beginning of the summer, NSLI-Y Chinese participants were introduced to their language partners, who act as language tutors and guides to Zhuhai during the summer program. After introductions, theRead More
Picture of a tram car in Morocco

Posted On September 29, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Tram and Transportation in Rabat, Morocco

Diana is from Chicago, IL and participated in the Arabic Summer program in 2017. I used walking, taxiing, and being driven as transportation throughout the summer, but taking the tram was always my favorite. Each day to school, I would walk about 40 minutes from my neighborhood of Agdal 1.8 miles to my school in Souissi. Although it seems like a long distance to walk, it was a great way to stay healthy, spend some time by myself, and collect my thoughts before each day. Occasionally, I would take aRead More

Posted On September 27, 2017By Ligaya BeebeIn Turkish

A Little Taste of Ramadan: Stephanie in Turkey

Stephanie is a 2014 Turkey summer program alum recollecting her experience abroad. I think I heard the famous Turkish drummers this morning! I woke up at 3am, and I remember hearing drums. I told myself to get out of bed and to grab my phone and record it, but I guess I just fell asleep again. Whoops. Hopefully I’ll get another chance tomorrow. The Ramadan drummers I’m referring to are the traditional ones from Muslim history in Turkey that awake those that are fasting for their pre-dawn meal. While this traditionRead More