School Life Tag

Joey and his Wenzao Track tream.

Posted On May 22, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Running for a Purpose

Last October, I ran into this team on accident as I was practicing on the track at a school close to my host family’s house. Coach Liu, the coach of the private team, took notice in my running capabilities and invited me to practice with them. He worked all year on improving my form, which in return aided me in running the 400m. The older and more experienced teammates would not only coach me, but also motivate me to do better. To have someone constantly take time from their practiceRead More

Posted On April 4, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Project Based Learning in Korea – April 29th, 2017

On April 29th, 2017, three NSLI-Y students presented their winter break and final projects. Topics included Korean pottery, Sasang constitutional typology, and elderly poverty. After the presentations, the presenters asked questions from the audience about their time in Korea. If you were not able to attend the live event, we invite you to watch the recording! Click here to learn about the winter break and final projects. Click here to watch the Q&A. NSLI-Y Student Speakers: My name is Claire, and I’m from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. This fall, I will be attendingRead More

Posted On November 1, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Chinese (Mandarin)

A Day in Chinese High School

Blog Excerpt: 09/08/2014 I’ve officially attended Changzhou Senior High School (常州高级中学) for a full week! Unlike most of the other NSLI-Y students, my host brother and I go to the same school, and we’re even in the same class. There are four Chinese language classes a day (approximately 4 hours worth) with the other NSLI-Y students, and for the rest of the time, we go to our assigned Chinese classes, where we’re expected to pay attention or do our own work quietly. Each of us is assigned to our ownRead More
Dancing on Independence Day in India

Posted On September 21, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Hindi

An Unforgettable Day in India

August 15th is India’s Independence Day. I was lucky enough to get the chance to spend it as one of my last days in India at school. No regular classes were scheduled, only a program and a DJ dance party afterwards. I stepped on the bus dressed in full Indian makeup, courtesy of my host mom, ready to take on my last day in my host city, Indore. As apart of our cultural learning in school, we prepared a dance to the Bollywood song, Nagada Sang Dhol, and two HindiRead More

Posted On September 14, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Russia Beyond the Stereotypes

With so much media coverage of the current political situation, it is no wonder that many Americans view Russia in a negative light. Movie portrayals, news segments, and cultural stereotypes all contribute to a conception of Russia that often does not hold true once setting foot in the country. NSLI-Y Russia Summer 2016 participants Kaitlyn, Anna, Ashley, and Sarah found that life in Moscow surprised them in many ways, disproving more than a few expectations. Kaitlyn: “Before departing for this trip, I expected Moscow to be an entirely different worldRead More
AFS IND Emeralds Class

Posted On August 26, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Hindi

A Snapshot of a Day in Indian High School

Two weeks into her program, NSLI-Y Hindi summer participant, Lucy, reflected on a day at her host school. During the summer Lucy attended Emerald Heights International School in Indore, India. Find Lucy’s reflection below: About half of the NSLI-Y summer students…are attending Emerald Heights International School, a remarkable institution servicing around 4,000 students, both boarders and commuters. There are 52 busses that bring in children from the reaches of sprawling Indore, and the rest just walk from their dorms across campus. The campus is beautifully maintained by many colorfully deckedRead More
On Tuesday August 9, 2016, NSLI-Y students in Nanjing travelled via train to Shanghai for a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., and other Department of Education officials. The meeting was held at the U.S. Consulate in the historic district in Shanghai, home to many embassies and historic mansions. The students were greeted by Joshua Lustig, Cultural Affairs Officer and Marina Ritseme, Vice Consul. The students were given a brief tour of the Consulate, a historic mansion, and then were seated for a discussion with theRead 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
Thumbnail for NSLI-Y Taiwan virtual event.
On November 19, 2015, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted a virtual event with NSLI-Y students currently studying in Taiwan, and two classrooms of their peers studying Chinese in the United States. Students from Marble Hill School School for International Studies in the Bronx, NY and students from McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC, heard NSLI-Y students share about daily life in Taiwan for a young American student and had the chance to interact with and ask the NSLI-Y students questions in Chinese.   Much of the NSLI-Y students’ presentations were in Chinese,Read More
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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