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Justin pictured with friends in a scenic mountainous picture.
Justin is from Salem, Oregon and participated in the 2017 China summer program. Weary-eyed, all twenty-one of us dragged our luggage down to the lobby of the academic building, taking our last looks around the school we had called our own for the past six weeks. I glanced around at the glass windows, the marble floors, the little coffee tables, and chairs off to the side. Memories flooded my mind – I remembered the morning I ran into this lobby, clutching my backpack tight, sweat raining from my temples andRead More

Posted On August 23, 2017By Ligaya BeebeIn Arabic

It’s the Little Things that Really Matter

By Shraddha from Texas, NSLI-Y 2017 Jordan Summer I was packing my bag for school when I heard a knock on my door and a shy voice calling out my name. As I stepped out, I saw Osama, my little host brother standing outside the room. In his hand, he held a broken hair tie. I remember my hair tie breaking the day before, but I wasn’t sure where it had fallen. With the snapped rubber in hand, he explained to me in Arabic that he had tried to fixRead More
Lauren pictured with her host family at the airport
Starting a new chapter of my life at American University has made me reminiscent about my NSLI-Y experience in Zhuhai, China. Learning how to navigate a new city has reminded me of trying to blend in on the streets of Zhuhai, even though I was clearly a “老外”, or foreigner.  While it has been a few years since my NSLI-Y program, the lessons I learned both in and out of the classroom continue to contribute to my personal, academic, and professional growth. Being immersed in a different lifestyle with aRead More
Group picture of NSLI-Y students and Youth Summit participants

Posted On August 1, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

NSLI-Y Arabic Students Present at 2017 iEARN Youth Summit

NSLI-Y students currently studying in Rabat, Morocco traveled to Marrakech to join the 2017 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit from July 16 to 18. On July 16, the group visited and volunteered at the Amal Women’s Training Center and Moroccan Restaurant, a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of disadvantaged women through restaurant training and job placement. While there, the NSLI-Y students learned how to cook some traditional Moroccan dishes, cleaned, and gardened. On July 17, the group attended the opening plenary sessions of the iEARN conference, and then attended YouthRead More
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
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
Korean host family visits America

Posted On November 28, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Korean

Through the Eyes of a Host Family: Chapter 4

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 4: Korean Host Family on Returning Back to Korea Post U.S. Trip, and Reflections What do you miss about the U.S.? 미국의 어떤 점이 그리운가요? Response 1: The thing I miss the most is the Hanover green and campus. Every morning we went to the Co-opRead More
Global Education Conference Announcement

Posted On November 21, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Global

NSLI-Y and YES Abroad at the Global Education Conference

The Global Education Conference is an annual free, week-long online event bringing together educators, students and innovators from around the world. The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects all related to international education and global competency. This year, the virtual conference event was held 24/7 from November 13-16, 2016. NSLI-Y and YES Abroad alumni, as well as the NSLI-Y Taiwan Resident Director, presented at the Global Education Conference on their exchange and language learning experiences. See below to view the recordings from their sessions: Host Family Experiences in Study AbroadRead More
Mei with host family

Posted On November 2, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Hindi

16 Little Things I Miss from India

(September 11, 2016) The Hindi Summer 2016 kids arrived back in the U.S. almost a month ago, and that is unfathomable. I cannot even describe how hard it is to comprehend that fact, in addition to all of the amazing things I did while in India. Being back, it has allowed me to spend some time reflecting about my exchange there. I have realized that it’s the little things that I miss the most of that amazing country. 16 Things I Miss from India: 1. My extremely bumpy morning busRead 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