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Birds eye view of empty orchestra seats

Posted On April 20, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Moroccan Roll: Playing with a Moroccan Orchestra

Music has been a part of my life since I was in elementary school, sitting on my mom’s lap learning to read music notes on the piano at the same time I was learning to read letters in school. When I moved to Morocco to study Arabic through the NSLI-Y scholarship, I brought my cello in hopes that I would be able to find a way to continue playing music with others and that I might use music as a way to engage with my new community. [Last December] I wasRead More
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 students volunteering in Korea

Posted On April 4, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Project Based Learning in Korea – April 29th, 2017

NSLI-Y Interactive is excited to announce the final Virtual Event of the 2016-2017 Academic Year featuring current Academic Year students on the NSLI-Y Korean program in Seoul, Korea. Three NSLI-Y students will present on their winter break projects and their final projects. Following their presentations will be a Q&A with the audience. Topics will include: Korean Pottery’s Making Processes and Cultural History The Definition and Value of Traditional Filial Piety in Modern Korea to Different Generations Korean Shamanism and Gut Sasang Constitutional Typology The Crisis of Elderly Poverty in KoreaRead More
Picture of Q&A with all students on webcams
On February 22nd, 2017, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “Russian Language Learning Strategies.” Five current NSLI-Y Moldova students gave presentations in Russian to two Russian language classrooms in the U.S. (Baltimore, Maryland and Anchorage, Alaska). The NSLI-Y students shared about their lives in Moldova and how they maximize an immersion environment for language learning. After the presentations, the students in the U.S. were given the opportunity to ask the NSLI-Y students questions in Russian about their time in Moldova so far. Please support these impressive young scholars by watching their presentations and by sharing thisRead More
Picture of NSLI-Y students at Education USA event
Last summer the University of Minnesota NSLI-Y Chinese students had the opportunity to serve on a panel hosted by Education USA, a U.S. Department of State network that promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world. The event was conducted at the Shanghai American Center. During this two-hour event, conducted entirely in Chinese, the student panel shared information on their high school experience with 60 audience members. The students answered questions relating to academic course load and stress, college preparation, extracurricular activities, and social and emotional support. Read more about theRead 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
Traditional Korean Building

Posted On March 9, 2017By Elaine HuangIn Korean

Being Korean American in Korea

My summer resolution was to return to the country my parents and grandparents call home and reconnect with my Korean roots through NSLI-Y’s unique language and cultural immersion program. Although aspects of Korean culture are still present in my everyday life, this past year I realized how detached I had become from the Korean side of my Korean American identity. I had lost the majority of my Korean speaking skills, could not write or read Hangul, and could not list South Korea’s most important holidays and traditions. My grandparents hadRead More
Catherine pictured at Amnesty Morocco.

Posted On January 23, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Interning at Amnesty Morocco

One of the most rewarding aspects of my time here in Morocco has been my internship with Amnesty International. In high school, I was part of Amnesty USA, so it’s been fascinating to observe the differences and similarities between two branches of the same international organization. I mainly make illustrations for brochures and social media, but I also help out with anything that needs to be done around the office: this can mean putting together paper lanterns, addressing envelopes, or putting up posters. Recently, I helped design materials for theRead More
Hindi AY students share a meal with their teachers in celebration of Eid al-Fitr

Posted On December 14, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Hindi

Celebrating Eid at Daly College

On July 7th, the NSLI-Y Hindi academic year participants visited the homes of two Muslim faculty members at the Daly College, their host high school, in celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, and means festival of breaking the fast. It is common for Muslim families to visit each other’s homes to celebrate Eid, and the NSLI-Y students were happy to participate in this tradition. At both homes, the students were joined by their language teacher, Dr. Rajopadoyay, who prepared the students with holiday greeting phrasesRead More
Picture of all students during the Q&A
On November 15th 2016, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “Relationship Building in Language Immersion.” Three current NSLI-Y Taiwan students gave presentations in Chinese to two Chinese language classrooms in the U.S. The NSLI-Y students shared about the relationships they have built with their host family, school peers, and local community members. After the presentations, the students in the U.S. were given the opportunity to ask the NSLI-Y students questions in Chinese about their time in Taiwan so far. Please support these impressive young scholars by watching their presentations and by sharingRead More