Summer Tag

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
Banner for NSLI-Y Interactive summer highlights post.

Posted On December 22, 2017By Ligaya BeebeIn Global

Summer Highlights: Community Service, Part 2

Community service is an important component to all NSLI-Y programs. Community service allows NSLI-Y scholars to build relationships with and give back to their local communities. Community service also provides an opportunity for NSLI-Y scholars to practice their target language skills. Below are some community service highlights from the 2017 summer programs. The NSLI-Y Russian participants spent their first weekend in Russia volunteering at Belochka Camp, located outside of Kirov. Four hundred children live at Belochka and were excited to meet the NSLI-Y participants. Many of the campers had neverRead More
Moroccan traditional cuisine.

Posted On December 18, 2017By DioIn Arabic

Finding Comfort in Food Abroad

Diana Pham is from Chicago, IL and participated in the 2017 Morocco summer program. Throughout my summer in Morocco, I loved eating all the tajines (طاجين) at school. Most had chicken with potatoes, carrots, zucchini, and cauliflower, topped with caramelized onions and raisins (sometimes prunes). Each day at our school, we would all have tajines with bread or خبز (khobz) and a side of honeydew, watermelon or grapes. Fridays, everyone had couscous (كسكس). I truly loved eating Moroccan food at school, with my host family and with my friends at smallRead More
Summer Highlights - Alumni Interactions with Current Participants
NSLI-Y Interactive not only describes the name of our blog, but also the sense of culture within the NSLI-Y community. NSLI-Y alumni interact with the community by writing stories on our blog, pursuing language and diplomacy academically, and supporting current participants. Read below some alumni interaction highlights from the 2017 Summer programs. Persian (Tajiki) On July 4th, the NSLI-Y Persian (Tajiki) students were fortunate to have an NSLI-Y alumni guest speaker. Richard Porter, a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, is a 2013 NSLI-Y alumnus and was in DushanbeRead More
Picture of the Taj Mahal

Posted On November 9, 2017By DioIn Hindi

My Indian Summer

Kate is an alumna of the 2017 Hindi summer program in Indore, India. She is originally from Big Sky, Montana. “Kate! Chalo!” My host mom calls from downstairs, using a common Hindi word meaning, “let’s go”. I grab my bag and run down the stairs. Knowing that we could be going anywhere, I have learned to always have a bag prepared with my raincoat (it’s monsoon season), a few hundred rupees (although my host parents never allow me to pay), my small notebook (filled with Hindi vocabulary), and a shawl toRead More
Michael and his peers at the conference
Michael is an alumnus of the 2017 summer Arabic program in Rabat, Morocco. He is originally from Leawood, Kansas. Last summer, for six weeks I studied Arabic in Rabat, Morocco with NSLI-Y. This experience helped me immensely in learning Arabic through immersion, and it broadened my worldview and provided me with insight into how other global citizens view the United States. Within the NSLI-Y program, there is much emphasis put on working with people to bond and share American culture and values while also learning about the culture of the hostRead More
Devon Parikh and his NSLI-Y group in Latvia.
Devon Parikh had the opportunity to participate in the 2017 NSLI-Y summer program to study Russian in Daugavpils, Latvia, where 95% of the population speaks Russian. He wanted to study abroad because he had only studied languages in the classroom, and he wanted to study and use Russian in real situations and have an immersive experience. Prior to NSLI-Y, Devon had signed up for a beginner Russian class in high school and did not know much about Latvia. He feels he progressed significantly in the language and improved his understanding ofRead More
Picture of Catherine at Grishko Dance

Posted On October 27, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

My Unforgettable NSLI-Y Experience

By Catherine Cata, summer 2017 NSLI-Y Moscow alumna, from Stafford, Virginia It all began at the JFK Airport when our group of thirteen in matching green t-shirts waited anxiously for the plane. I remember thinking before I got on the plane to Russia, “this is really happening.” It was going to be my first time abroad and I was anxious but excited not knowing what Russia held for me. When I arrived in Russia I experienced jet lag for the first time. I was confused if I was hungry orRead More
Whether through public speaking, research projects, or global cooperation and diplomacy, NSLI-Y participants are constantly developing skills to advance international dialogue and compete effectively in the global economy. Explore how NSLI-Y students prepare to be global citizens below. NSLI-Y Arabic participants visited EcoPeace, a local organization that aims to bring Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists together. People throughout the region are dependent on the same natural resources and participants had the chance to learn how maintaining these natural resources is key to promoting peace and security in the greater region. During the lecture,Read More
Group shot in Morocco

Posted On October 24, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Reflections on NSLI-Y Morocco 2016

NSLI-Y alumni Grace and Rimsha share their reflections on their summer 2016 NSLI-Y program in Rabat, Morocco. They touch on language classes, host family relationships, and Moroccan hospitality. They also share how NSLI-Y has continued to impact their lives since returning home. They have both continued to study Arabic in college, Grace at Georgetown and Rimsha at the University of Chicago. Grace is originally from Los Angeles, California and Rimsha is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. Following their reflections, please enjoy a video Grace created from their summer in Rabat. LearnRead More