Local History Tag

Posted On August 14, 2017By Nicole WeitznerIn Turkish

Why NSLI-Y Matters: My Distinctive Experience

Watch Noah’s video montage of the sights seen during the NSLI-Y Turkey mid-year orientation in Antalya, a popular destination for sightseeing and the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast. Below, he writes about how his experiences in Turkey have changed him and the true significance of cultural exchange.  By Noah, NSLI-Y Turkey, Academic Year 2014 – 2015 Whether it is the 14-year-old Syrian scrap metal collector, the Turkish soldiers on the train, or fishermen playing backgammon in the street, I am always willing to stop and have a discussion. BeforeRead 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
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

Posted On July 14, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic, Technology

Three Things Morocco Has Taught Me (Besides Arabic)

  It’s almost been a year since I left for Morocco with NSLI-Y. In that timespan I’ve been able to evaluate my experiences and recontextualize them into a broader picture. In that very same timespan I’ve also successfully pushed off and procrastinated on compiling all the footage I shot while over there until just recently. Being a glass half full kind of a person, I’d like to see my disregard for deadlines as a blessing in disguise, as I got the opportunity to relive the moments I captured on my cameraRead More
This photograph, submitted by Joelle Bohringer, won the $500 grand prize in the Nicholas Sparks Foundation’s 2015 Student Travel Photography Competition. Joelle is a student at Boscobel High School in Boscobel, Wisconsin. At the time she took this photograph, she was living and studying in Pune, India, as part of an exchange program run by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth.
This reflection was written by a NSLI-Y Alumni featuring her first-prize submission to the Nicholas Sparks Foundation’s 2015 Student Travel Photography Competition. The original photo and caption can be viewed  here. By Joelle, NSLI-Y Hindi, Summer 2015, Pune I found out about the Nicholas Sparks Foundation competition because it was posted on the NSLI-Y Alumni page. I vividly remember the moment I took this photo. I was about 15 miles into the pilgrimage, and I was extremely sore and tired. I looked up and saw this man, who was much olderRead More
By Tyler, Jacob and Brad, NSLI-Y China, Academic Year 2015-2016, Beijing Program 今年十一月份,北京市第八十中学国际部学生去江苏省旅行。我们班过了四天为了了解这个地方。我们去上海、杭州、苏州和乌镇。   This November, the students of Beijing No. 80 school’s language classes went to the Jiangsu Province of China. Our class spent four days there in order to better understand the area. We went to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Wuzhen, all located in what is known as the Yangtze Delta region.   虽然我们去的所有地方都给了我一个深深的影响,但是上海留下了最深的影响。去上海的那天,我们班参观了很多有意思的景点。最美丽的是上海外滩。站在外滩时,能看到上海的最大,最好看的建筑。座座建筑都有许多五彩灯,个个灯都亮了。   Although all of these places left a deep impression on me, the deepest impression was from Shanghai. On that day, we all sawRead More
Screenshot from Krista's presentation on her host family

Posted On November 6, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Turkish

One Day in the Life in Turkey – October 27th, 2015

On October 27th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted a virtual event connecting five NSLI-Y students currently studying in Izmir, Turkey and two alumna who studied for a summer in Ankara, Turkey in live time with an enthusiastic audience made up of students, family members, and others from all over the U.S. The students and alumni gave presentations in English, integrating words and expressions in Turkish, on the theme of “One Day in the Life in Turkey,” during which they shared their own photos and videos. Within these authentic presentations, the speakers provided valuable insights into Turkish culture, languageRead More
Just four more days until NSLI-Y Interactive goes live with students and alumni who are currently studying on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program in Turkey or recently returned! It’s not too late to register! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study abroad and be immersed in another language and culture? Perhaps you are fascinated by the Turkish language and culture and want to learn more? Join NSLI-Y interactive on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm EST and hear directly from NSLI-Y Turkish languageRead More

Posted On October 22, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic

Maroc and Roll

Watch a video compilation created by Amanda (NSLI-Y Morocco, Summer 2015) for a glimpse into her eye-opening journey in Morocco. I was one of the lucky ones to be able to study Arabic in Rabat, Morocco during summer 2015 on a NSLIY scholarship. I left for Africa with no previous language experience at all, which to be honest was a very scary thing. However, through the language classes we took every day, I learned more than I ever thought possible in such a short amount of time. I gained aRead More

Posted On October 9, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

NSLI-Y Latvia in Daugavpils and Ventspils

NSLI-Y Russian students in Latvia experienced a fulfilling and exciting summer focused on language learning but made time for excursions to various cities for a deeper study into culture and history.     NSLI-Y students visited the Dinaburg Fortress (also known as the Daugavpils Fortress), which lies on the banks of the Daugava River. Students enjoyed a walking tour around the main points of the Fortress, the only early 19th century military fortification of its kind in Northern Europe that has been preserved without significant alterations. The Fortress is also the site ofRead More