Host Family Experience Tag

Anjali pictured cooking with her host family.

Posted On April 4, 2018By DioIn Russian

Remembering Russia

Anjali is from San Ramon, California and participated in the 2017 Russian summer program. After a long week of Russian language classes, pre-professional meetings, and adventures with my Russian and American friends, I was always ready to spend the weekend with my eleven-year-old host sister and her parents. Although I enjoyed every weekend with them, my last weekend was especially memorable. В пятницу, я готовила вкусную пиццу и смотрела “дневник принцессы”. Но, я устала и уснула раньше. On Friday, we made a delicious pizza and watched “The Princess Diaries” in Russian. However, I was veryRead More
NSLI-Y Korea student Tobi and a soccer team.

Posted On March 21, 2018By DioIn Korean

How Soccer Changed My Time in Korea

Oluwatobi is from Houston, Texas and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. My relationship with my host family was great from the beginning. I played with my 2 younger host sisters, and I talked to my host mom frequently. However, my relationship with my host dad was a little awkward. Anytime we would run into each other, there were rushed greetings and rushed goodbyes. I am quite a shy person, and my host dad is too. We struggled to find things to connect over. It wasn’t until one ofRead More
Alisa on a host family trip with Greta and Katie.
Alisa is from Troy, Michigan and participated in the Taiwan Academic Year, 2017-2018 and Zhuhai, China Summer, 2016. 大家好!我的名字是王新菡,我現在在高雄,台灣是個NSLIY國語的學生。我在台灣住了十個星期了,所以我想介紹一下我的在台灣的生活。 Hey all! My name is Alisa and I’m currently on the Mandarin AY program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Since I just passed the 10-week mark, I thought I’d share what my daily schedule: 早上: 我一般七點二十分起來,七點四十五分跟我阿姨在樓下見面。我的阿姨會送我去學校,因為跟她辦公室順路。第一門課九點十分才開始,所以我在外面坐著,看書,等著我的NSLI-Y同學們到。 第一門課只是我們八個nsliy同學們。我們有三個老師,她們都是文藻的學生。我們會學新的語彙,也會聯繫我們的說和聽的能力。老師們也會幫我們解答我們的華語中心課的問題。 我們的第二門課是華語中心的國語課。我們八個都上不同的班,因為我們的級不一樣。因為文藻是學外語言的大學,所以文藻的華語中心很幫,就會有很多外國人來學中文。我的課裡有印尼,日本,越南,和美國的同學。每一天老師會用課本教我們新的生詞,我們也會聯繫說,聽,和寫。我很喜歡這門課因為我的老師們教的超好,我也很喜歡我的同學們。 Morning: I wake up at 7:20, get ready, and meet my host mom downstairs at 7:45. I’m really lucky because my host mom drives me to school; on the way we chat and grab breakfast.Read More
A beautiful scenic panoramic picture of the beach.

Posted On February 21, 2018By DioIn Korean

Not Just Another Day at the Beach

Sofia is from Mililani, HI and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. I’ll be honest, my time with my host family wasn’t easy in the beginning. My host family and I were both very shy, and to make matters worse, none of them spoke English very well, with the exception of my little nine-year-old sister with whom I still couldn’t discuss international affairs or the intricacies of South Korean culture with. I was disappointed because I knew that the riveting and eye-opening discussions about culture and politics that IRead More
Carlie and her fan dancing team.

Posted On February 19, 2018By DioIn Korean

The Small Things Can Have the Biggest Impact

Carlie is from Dallas, TX and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. For International Education Week I’ve decided to share one of my favorite experiences while studying in Seoul, South Korea over the summer. Every Seoul summer NSLI-Yan is required to choose a culture club to participate in each Friday during the program. I chose Fan Dance (부채춤), a Korean performing art where a group of dancers utilizes hand fans to create elegant shapes and stories. Soon after making my choice, I received some performance fans (부채) to bringRead More
Cheyenne and her friend at a Korean museum.

Posted On February 12, 2018By DioIn Korean

Summer in Seoul

Cheyenne is from LaGrange, GA and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. It must have been a strange sight to see 50 kids crying and hugging each other at an airport terminal. It was at Incheon Airport where we were full of excitement at first, then 6 weeks later we arrived back at the airport as a bittersweet moment. For me to have the opportunity to go to Korea was a blessing itself. I have always dreamed and wished of traveling the world, and Korea was the start ofRead More
Katie pictured at the sea.

Posted On January 31, 2018By DioIn Korean

Subway Reflections

Katie is from Libertyville, IL and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. With a bittersweet taste on my tongue, I sat on the cold metal seats of the line 2 subway returning from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul towards my host family’s apartment for the last time. Korean conversations that no longer sounded foreign to me fluttered in and out of my ears as I stared into the harsh blackness of the subway tunnel, eyes filled to the brim with tears at what I saw. I’d spent the pastRead More
Chloe pictured with a friend in front of massive buildings.

Posted On January 10, 2018By DioIn Russian

Имя Обозначает Ребенка

Chloe is from New York City, New York and participated in the 2017 Russia summer program. In my opinion, the most noticeable difference between Russian and American culture is the attention which Russians allot to superstitions compared to the lack of attention Americans accredit to similar beliefs. This struck me hardest while having dinner with my second host mother. I had just finished explaining that despite any Russian heritage, my parents chose to give me a Russian middle name. She smiled and told me an old Russian saying, “имя обозначаетRead 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