Volunteering Tag

Manasa with her Taiwanese friends
Manasa is from New Albany, OH and participated in the 2018 Chinese summer program in Taiwan. 大家好!我叫美娜,我是高中十二年级学生。这个夏天我去台湾学习中文。(Hi Everyone!My name is Manasa, a rising senior from Columbus, Ohio on the 2018 NSLI-Y Mandarin Chinese summer program in Taiwan.) I think it is very important to learn different languages so we are able to immerse ourselves in and appreciate cultures that are different from our own. It is always very important to remember that language and linguistics is something that is used in almost every single field. I experienced this first handRead More
Greta with her Taiwanese friends!
Every month the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs selects an outstanding exchange participant as the American Abroad Student of the Month. NSLI-Y is proud to highlight the accomplishments of Greta, who was selected as the American Abroad Student of the Month in March 2018. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Greta is currently studying Mandarin Chinese in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Throughout this year, she has found ways to increase her language proficiency by pursuing two things she is passionate about, volunteering and STEM! Through a volunteering club at WenzaoRead 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
Opening powerpoint slide of presentation
On November 16, 2017, current students on the Hindi academic year program shared about their community service experience in India so far and reflected on what it has meant to serve their local community and each other. The event took place during International Education Week, which celebrated the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. We invite you to watch the recording of this special event. Click here to watch the Q&A. Read about the NSLI-Y student speakers and watch their presentations below: Namaste! My name is Lucia and this year IRead More
Picture of NSLI-Y students volunteering at local Chinese school

Posted On September 29, 2017By Ligaya BeebeIn Global

Summer Highlights: Community Service, Part 1

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 Chinese participants in Xi’an looked forward to contributing to their community right away through volunteer service at a neighborhood kindergarten. What the students didn’t know was that the planned activity for the day was an all-hands-on-deckRead More

Posted On August 18, 2017By Ligaya BeebeIn Arabic

Giving Back: An Interview with Nicholas Wade

Did your study abroad program change your life? Is just joining the alumni network not enough? If so, you can give back to the program by volunteering with implementing organizations at their pre-departure orientation or using your skills and experience in any other capacity. Contact your implementing organization for information on volunteer or internship opportunities! They are always looking for alumni to help shape the way for future participants by contributing to their organizations. One such alum who did just that is Nicholas Wade. Nicholas Wade is a 2016 Arabic SummerRead More
NSLI-Y China student participate in a community service activity.
Community service is one of the key components of each NSLI-Y program. Below are a couple examples of previous community service activities from some of the summer 2016 NSLI-Y China programs. Xiamen: Cleaning Up Xiamen University Campus To help raise awareness for environmental protection, the University of Delaware NSLI-Y students organized a “Green Drive”, one of the three planned community service activities on the campus of Xiamen University in July. The students, in five groups, helped clean up the central campus around the beautiful Hibiscus Lake. The “Green Drive” was highlyRead 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
NSLI-Y students in Taiwan volunteer to clean up a local beach

Posted On December 5, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Global

Happy 2016 International Volunteer Day

Happy International Volunteer Day! International Volunteer Day 2016’s theme #GlobalApplause – give volunteers a hand, recognizes volunteers worldwide and all they do in making peace and sustainable development a reality. In honor of the 2016 theme, NSLI-Y Interactive would like to highlight some of the volunteer efforts of current students and alumni of the NSLI-Y program. If you have a volunteering story you would like to share, please submit your story here: http://www.nsliy-interactive.org/submit-a-story/ Pictured above: current students on the NSLI-Y Taiwan program spent a Saturday afternoon cleaning up a beach near theirRead More

Posted On August 9, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic

The NSLI-Y Journey Doesn’t End Here

Pre-Departure Orientations are a blur. Months of excitement and anticipation has built up, leading to a breakneck few days where you’re introduced to new people, new rules, and a new country. After the countless emails, web searches, and handouts, it is the tangible start to the NSLI-Y journey. My own PDO for Morocco in the summer of 2013 was jam-packed with dos and don’ts, trip itineraries, safety advice, and helpful vocabulary from iEARN staff and our Resident Director, to which my group responded with an unending stream of questions. WhileRead More