• 20 2019 February

    Alumni Spotlight: Vanessa

    Vanessa is from in New Brunswick, NJ and participated in the Persian Summer 2018 program. Vanessa is a language lover, plain and simple. This is apparent from the multitude of languages she is studying. Vanessa is a Chinese American, and

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    Vanessa in Tajikistan!

    Vanessa is from in New Brunswick, NJ and participated in the Persian Summer 2018 program. Vanessa is a language lover, plain and simple. This is apparent from the multitude of languages she is studying. Vanessa is a Chinese American, and

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  • 20 2019 February

    Exploring Future Career Paths Abroad: The Benefits of Volunteering

    Tamia is from Bensalem, PA and participated in the China Academic Year program 2018-2019.  Boy, do I have a story to tell! For the past three months, I have been searching for opportunities to use Chinese in more settings than in

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    Tamia volunteering at local hospital

    Tamia is from Bensalem, PA and participated in the China Academic Year program 2018-2019.  Boy, do I have a story to tell! For the past three months, I have been searching for opportunities to use Chinese in more settings than in

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  • 15 2019 February

    은하수에 닿으라 Reach for the Galaxy

    David is from Furlong, PA and participated in the Korean Summer 2018 program.  The first day of Korean class was almost here. Most students were excited because Korean classes were going to start, but I was very worried. In reality,

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    David with his Galaxy Class

    David is from Furlong, PA and participated in the Korean Summer 2018 program.  The first day of Korean class was almost here. Most students were excited because Korean classes were going to start, but I was very worried. In reality,

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  • 07 2019 February

    Learning to Communicate

    Kristin is from Chicago, IL and Winter Haven, FL and participated in the Russia Summer 2015 program and the Moldova Academic Year 2017-2018 program. “What have you learned about the world from language study?” I was fifteen years old when

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    Kristin with friends in Moldova

    Kristin is from Chicago, IL and Winter Haven, FL and participated in the Russia Summer 2015 program and the Moldova Academic Year 2017-2018 program. “What have you learned about the world from language study?” I was fifteen years old when

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  • 06 2019 February

    Character Development and Self-Growth in Moldova – February 20, 2019 12:00 PM (EST)

    On February 20th, current NSLI-Y students studying Russian in Moldova presented on the theme, Character Development and Self-Growth. Topics included managing time and the benefits of independence, challenging oneself academically and personally, and finding direction for the future. The NSLI-Y

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    Opening slide of PPT

    On February 20th, current NSLI-Y students studying Russian in Moldova presented on the theme, Character Development and Self-Growth. Topics included managing time and the benefits of independence, challenging oneself academically and personally, and finding direction for the future. The NSLI-Y

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  • 05 2019 February

    Finding Connections an Ocean Apart

    Amy is from Shoreview, MN and participated in the Morocco Summer 2018 program. During my first week in Morocco, I was overwhelmed by the stark contrast between Rabat, my host city, and Minnesota. Everything was so different: the food, clothing,

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    Graffiti in Morocco

    Amy is from Shoreview, MN and participated in the Morocco Summer 2018 program. During my first week in Morocco, I was overwhelmed by the stark contrast between Rabat, my host city, and Minnesota. Everything was so different: the food, clothing,

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Arabic

Graffiti in Morocco

Finding Connections an Ocean Apart

Amy is from Shoreview, MN and participated in the Morocco Summer 2018 program. During my first week in Morocco, I was overwhelmed by the stark contrast between Rabat, my host city, and Minnesota. Everything was so different: the food, clothing, streets, and

February 5, 2019
Kate with NSLI-Y friends in Jordan
Cous Cous: A Popular Moroccan Dish

Chinese (Mandarin)

Tamia volunteering at local hospital

Exploring Future Career Paths Abroad: The Benefits of Volunteering

Tamia is from Bensalem, PA and participated in the China Academic Year program 2018-2019.  Boy, do I have a story to tell! For the past three months, I have been searching for opportunities to use Chinese in more settings than in my school

February 20, 2019
Food in China
City view in Taiwan

Korean

David with his Galaxy Class

은하수에 닿으라 Reach for the Galaxy

David is from Furlong, PA and participated in the Korean Summer 2018 program.  The first day of Korean class was almost here. Most students were excited because Korean classes were going to start, but I was very worried. In reality, I did

February 15, 2019
Lauren with her classmates in Korea
Lunch with Friends in Korea
Where Food Equals Family
December 6, 2018

Persian (Tajiki)

Vanessa in Tajikistan!

Alumni Spotlight: Vanessa

Vanessa is from in New Brunswick, NJ and participated in the Persian Summer 2018 program. Vanessa is a language lover, plain and simple. This is apparent from the multitude of languages she is studying. Vanessa is a Chinese American, and grew up

February 20, 2019
Mira at a marketplace.
Mayesha in her family's home in Tajikistan

Russian

Kristin with friends in Moldova

Learning to Communicate

Kristin is from Chicago, IL and Winter Haven, FL and participated in the Russia Summer 2015 program and the Moldova Academic Year 2017-2018 program. “What have you learned about the world from language study?” I was fifteen years old when I uncovered

February 7, 2019
Opening slide of PPT
NSLI-Y students in Moscow

Turkish

Gavin and his friends jumping on the Salt Lake.

“That’s So Niche”: Reflecting on My Summer in Ankara

Gavin is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the 2015 Turkey summer program. At Harvard, concentration declaration—that is choosing a major—is a significant step in the collegiate experience. For most students, this might be a fairly ordinary event as they join

November 19, 2017
Stephanie, standing in the foreground, with a vast cityscape sprawling out behind her on a sunlit day.
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Hindi

Alice with teacher in India

Migratory Words

Alice is from Milwaukee, WI and participated in the Hindi Academic Year 2017-2018 program.  On the occasion of International Education Week, I reflected on a question recently posed by the NSLI-Y Alumni page: “What have you learned about the world from language

January 31, 2019
Shraddha with friends in Jordan
Lauren with her classmates in Korea

Global

Summer Highlights

Summer 2018 Highlights: Events with Local Peers

Highlights from the NSLI-Y 2018 Summer programs in China, Taiwan and Morocco. NSLI-Y Chinese Students Participate in Community Events NSLI-Y Chinese students in China participated in a basketball carnival with local high school students. The basketball carnival featured local high school teams,

February 15, 2019
Title slide of webinar presentation
SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS: USG PROGRAMS

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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