• 06 2020 February

    Learning How to ‘Rep’: The 2020 NSLI-Y Alumni Representative Workshop

    Hello! My name is Halden Levin, and I am the NSLI-Y Alumni Representative for Chapel Hill, NC in the Southeast region. Traveling to Chengdu, China in 2018 through NSLI-Y, I was overcome with gratitude for the experiences I was granted

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    Hello! My name is Halden Levin, and I am the NSLI-Y Alumni Representative for Chapel Hill, NC in the Southeast region. Traveling to Chengdu, China in 2018 through NSLI-Y, I was overcome with gratitude for the experiences I was granted

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  • 08 2020 January

    Once a NSLI-Yan Always a NSLI-Yan

    Diogene is from Brooklyn, New York and participated in the 2017 Korean Summer Program in South Korea.  He is also a member of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Abroad) Committee. Over the summer, I was boarding a plane to

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    Diogene is from Brooklyn, New York and participated in the 2017 Korean Summer Program in South Korea.  He is also a member of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Abroad) Committee. Over the summer, I was boarding a plane to

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  • 06 2020 January

    Reconnecting: Discussions with My Host Family

    Tobi is from Houston, Texas and participated in the 2017 Korean Summer Program in South Korea.  She is also a member of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Abroad) Committee. After my time in Seoul two years ago, I made

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    Tobi is from Houston, Texas and participated in the 2017 Korean Summer Program in South Korea.  She is also a member of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Abroad) Committee. After my time in Seoul two years ago, I made

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  • 23 2019 December

    An Open Letter to My Host Sister

    Treasure is from Washington D.C. and participated in the 2019 Korean Summer Program in South Korea.  To 황금빛, Study abroad is a challenge in and of itself. From the language barrier to navigating public transportation, every day comes with a

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    Treasure is from Washington D.C. and participated in the 2019 Korean Summer Program in South Korea.  To 황금빛, Study abroad is a challenge in and of itself. From the language barrier to navigating public transportation, every day comes with a

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Arabic

Bringing Down Barriers: Nicholas in Morocco

Nicholas Wade’s future changed unexpectedly when he met a Foreign Service Officer at a career fair during his freshman year of high school. She described to him the life and work of a Foreign Service Officer; he immediately became interested in the

November 19, 2019
Jacob: Alumnus of the 2012 Morocco program
Alumni Spotlight: Jacob
October 25, 2019

Chinese (Mandarin)

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The Sounds of Chaishan (柴山的聲音)

Sarah is from Plano, TX and participated in the 2018-19 Chinese (Mandarin) Academic Year program in Taiwan. In Taiwan, I spent most of my time at the university or with my host family. Whenever I found a free moment, though, there was

December 17, 2019
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Celebrating Underrepresented Stories Abroad

Korean

Once a NSLI-Yan Always a NSLI-Yan

Diogene is from Brooklyn, New York and participated in the 2017 Korean Summer Program in South Korea.  He is also a member of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Abroad) Committee. Over the summer, I was boarding a plane to a continent

January 8, 2020

Persian (Tajiki)

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Building a Library in Tajikistan

Abigail is from Wyckoff, New Jersey and participated in the 2018 NSLI-Y Summer Persian program in Tajikistan. After spending seven, life-changing weeks last summer with NSLI-Y in Dushanbe, Tajikistan became my second home. However, no home is perfect. Educational resources are extremely

October 1, 2019
Visit to the Botanical Garden
Vanessa in Tajikistan!
Alumni Spotlight: Vanessa
February 20, 2019

Russian

Crashing Chisinau: My Summer in Moldova

AJ is from Elk River, MN and participated in the Russian Summer Program 2019 in Moldova.  AJ has always enjoyed learning about languages and linguistics. The first non-native language he learned was American Sign Language. He acquired this skill at the young

December 4, 2019
Maryam in Russia

Turkish

NSLI-Y Turkish participants visit the office of the Ministry of Education in Bursa.

A Summer in Turkey

Check out these highlights from our Summer 2019 Turkish program in Turkey! At the end of June, the NSLI-Y Turkish participants arrived in Istanbul and visited the U.S. Consulate where they were briefed by consulate staff and went on a tour of

August 15, 2019
Gavin and his friends jumping on the Salt Lake.
Stephanie, standing in the foreground, with a vast cityscape sprawling out behind her on a sunlit day.

Hindi

Hindi Class

Life in Pune, India

Highlights from the 2019 NSLI-Y Summer Hindi program in India. Arrival in Pune! On June 21, the NSLI-Y Hindi students arrived in Pune, India and attended a welcome ceremony to initiate their summer abroad. The Chairman of the Sanskriti Group of Schools,

August 4, 2019
Alice with teacher in India
Migratory Words
January 31, 2019

Global

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Learning How to ‘Rep’: The 2020 NSLI-Y Alumni Representative Workshop

Hello! My name is Halden Levin, and I am the NSLI-Y Alumni Representative for Chapel Hill, NC in the Southeast region. Traveling to Chengdu, China in 2018 through NSLI-Y, I was overcome with gratitude for the experiences I was granted through this

February 6, 2020
Turkish and Persian Virtual Alumni Event

About NSLI-Y Interactive

NSLI-Y Interactive showcases language learning and cross-cultural experiences of students on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The multimedia stories on this site share the experiences of students on the NSLI-Y program with youth, educators, and language learners in the U.S. for further cultural exchange and language learning.

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Remembering Russia
April 4, 2018