Excursion Tag

Picture of Deni in front of world flags

Posted On April 6, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Sharing the Impact of NSLI-Y Back Home

The impact of NSLI-Y extends beyond the personal experience of going abroad. After returning home, NSLI-Y students will often seek out opportunities to give back to their home communities, and remain engaged with the target language.  Deni, Alumni Representative for the Boston area, is one such student who is using his NSLI-Y experience to give back. Deni was recently featured in Worcester County’s Telegram & Gazette for the work he is currently doing through a club he founded at his school. Below is an excerpt from the article. Read the full articleRead More
Group picture of NSLI-Y students in India

Posted On March 23, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Hindi

Reminiscing About My Summer In India

During my summer immersion in Indore, India, I encountered a sensory explosion of colors, scents, sounds and images that I would like to share. The crowds, hustle and bustle that surrounded me made an indelible impression. The richness and diversity of Indian culture has had an impact across the globe, in exoticism, cuisine, design and culture. I was fascinated by the people and their warm hospitality. New friendships were quickly solidified and welcomed to an open-minded young foreigner coming in their country to partake in their culture. The melodic HindiRead More
Picture of student Kyra at the environmental conference in Marrakech.

Posted On March 14, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Student Reflection: Climate Change in Marrakesh

Since the moment I found out that the COP 22 was going to happen during my NSLI-Y year abroad, I knew that I somehow had to gain entrance. Environmental justice is a passion of mine that I imagined could be in no place better embodied than at one of the largest environmental forums in the world. Through a connection with the sustainability-promoting NGO that I intern with, I giddily walked through the gates into the massive complex filled with politicians, scientists, environmental activists, and ambitious amateurs alike. Here, they congregatedRead More

Posted On January 12, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Confucianism and Modern Education

Each month, the NSLI-Y program takes us on a “cultural enhancement excursion” to experience various aspects of Korean culture and help us think in new ways. These trips are always some of my favorite times of the month and each one has been unique and insightful. Our November cultural enhancement program took us south-east to a traditional village in Andong called “하회 마을” (Hahhae village). The trip was lots of fun and as someone who isn’t a huge city person, I really enjoyed the escape into the countryside where lifeRead More

Posted On October 28, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Korean

Through the Eyes of a Host Family: Chapter 3

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 3: After Hosting an American Student, Koreans Experience the U.S. for Themselves As you were speaking English at the dinner table, what were you thinking? (Difficulties and pleasures of exchange student life, about learning languages, etc). 영어를 말하는 가족들과 함께 탁자에서 이야기하면서 무슨 생각을 했어요? (교환학생의Read More
Group picture of students in Tajikistan
On September 26, 2016, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “A Day in the Life in Tajikistan.” Four NSLI-Y alumni reflected on their experiences as Persian language students, cultural ambassadors, and NSLI-Y scholarship recipients. Each also presented on one specific aspect from their summer in Tajikistan (language learning, language practice, religion, and cultural differences). Through their presentations, these alumni provided invaluable insight on the culture, everyday life, and life as a NSLI-Y student in Tajikistan. Please support these amazing young scholars by watching their presentations and by sharing this story orRead More
Third Tunnel
My trip to the DMZ was an experience I will never forget. Two years ago near the end of my world history term, my teacher had assigned a project on conflicts among countries during the Cold War era. Having studied Korean for several months at the time, I jumped at the opportunity to delve further into what really happened during the Korean war. What I had learned during that time all came rushing back to me when I got the opportunity to witness first hand the area I had spentRead More
Students goofing off on the beach during their school trip

Posted On July 6, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Korean

NSLI-Y Student Reflects on Korean School Trip

Last April, NSLI-Y Korea Academic Year student Stacia went on a school field trip to Busan and Tongyeong with her classmates from her high school in Seoul. Stacia got to explore the cities with her classmates and interact with them through completing travel missions and playing games. It was a great experience of bonding with classmates and practicing Korean since there were no other English speakers on the trip. Having experienced a school trip in Korea, Stacia was able to reflect on the differences between American school trips and Korean school trips.Read More
Students pose with their janggus and their instructor

Posted On February 5, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Korean

Alexi Explores Korea’s Theatre Culture

The weekend of December 12, 2015, NSLI-Y Korea students learned how to play a traditional Korean drum called the Jangoo (장구) and saw a play, Secretary Bae (배비장전). NSLI-Y Korea student Alexi shares her thoughts on a recent NSLI-Y trip to the theater. By Alexi, NSLI-Y Korea, Academic Year 2015-2016 Each month we have a different Korean culture theme, and December’s theme was arts. Even though I played the Jangoo three times before at Daewon High School, it is still very hard. While hitting one side of the drum youRead More
One of the most amazing things about studying abroad is that the ordinary things become extraordinary. Things we often see as routine, like eating a meal or going to school, can be totally different and vibrant experiences. They come with new customs, new rules to learn, and new ways of doing things. In our home country, commuting to work or going to and from school is hardly something that excites the average person. While studying abroad though, it can be a very different and valuable experience for NSLI-Y students andRead More