All posts by Kyle Sandmann

Posted On March 26, 2020By Kyle SandmannIn Korean

Learning Korean with NSLI-Y – March 31 at 6 PM ET

On March 31 at 6:00 PM ET, NSLI-Y Korean Academic Year alumni will come together to share Korean language learning strategies and resources for on-program and beyond. NSLI-Y alumni who have just completed their Academic Year program in South Korea will present about different language learning strategies: community engagement, blogs and vlogs, research projects, extracurricular activities, personal tips and strategies, plans for continued study, host families etc. Register for the event at http://bit.ly/KoreanLanguageLearning and learn innovative language learning strategies! Meet the speakers: Aaryanna has an interest in studying about different languages and cultures.Read More

Posted On February 24, 2020By Kyle SandmannIn Hindi

NSLI-Y Hindi Classroom Connection Event

On February 5, 2020, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the “Hindi Classroom Connection” event at Trinity High school in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Texas.. This event connected current students on the NSLI-Y Academic Year program in Delhi, India with a Hindi language classroom in the U.S. The NSLI-Y students presented about the NSLI-Y program, engaged in a discussion with the students on various topics, and answered questions from the students in the U.S. about the topics presented, learning Hindi, or life in India.Read More

Posted On February 19, 2020By Kyle SandmannIn Arabic, Global

Learning About Alumni Careers and Making Connections

Diana is from Chicago, IL and participated in the 2017 Arabic Summer program in Morocco. I participated in the Career Connections: Seminar for U.S. Exchange Alumni in Austin, Texas. The conference gathered 80 “U.S. alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs with expert career coaches, professionals from diverse fields, and international leaders” (alumni.state.gov) to network and learn how to leverage our international experiences to propel professionally. As an alumna of the NSLIY and YES Abroad programs, I have noticed a large portion of students that studied abroad on the NSLI-Y andRead More
Hello! My name is Halden, 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 opportunity and the desire to reciprocate this generosity. Annually, around eighteen NSLI-Y Alumni Representatives from across the nation come to Washington D.C. to participate in a workshop with the NSLI-Y Administration Team at American Councils. As a 2020 NSLI-Y Alumni Representative, I had the opportunity to travel to WashingtonRead More

Posted On December 23, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Korean

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 new challenge. However, it’s in interactions with locals that you can find a support system while learning about the country on an intimate level. Studying abroad in Jeonju with NSLI-Y taught me about many principles of Korean society: hard work, perseverance, and unselfish giving. Although I had learned about theseRead More

Posted On December 17, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Chinese (Mandarin)

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 one place I always returned to. It was a mountain called Chaishan (柴山), about a twenty minute bus ride from my university. I often climbed the mountain with my elderly Taiwanese friends. They were dedicated to the mountain and maintaining their health, and they climbed every day. AlthoughRead More

Posted On December 10, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Korean

NSLI-Y Broken Down: The Ultimate Guide for Beginners in Korea

Claire is from Atlanta, GA and participated in the 2019 Korean Summer Program in South Korea. 안녕하세요! 저는 클레어 입니다! 작년 여름에 전주시에서 한국어를 공부했어요. The day I received the notification from NSLI-Y about my acceptance to study Korean in Jeonju, I distinctly remember the wave of emotions that overwhelmed me as I sat, stunned, at my kitchen table. Not only was it a mixture of shock, excitement, and accomplishment, there was also a very distinguishable feeling that I had not expected: fear. Indeed, I was fearful of the experience.Read More

Posted On December 4, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn 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 age of five or six. As he got older, his interests shifted more to verbal languages. He studied French at an immersion school, picked up Hebrew at Shabbat services, and developed a taste for Soviet classics and Italian rap, among other examples. AJ went on to explore theRead More

Posted On November 26, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Chinese (Mandarin)

My Experience in China / 我在中国的经历

Shivam is from Saratoga, CA and participated in the Chinese Summer program 2019 in China. As exciting as the prospect of studying abroad for an extended period of time is, there also many questions, concerns and worries. What food will I get to I eat? Will I get along well with my host family? Will I make friends? Will it be hard to learn the language? Questions like these tend to dominate one’s mind before embarking on a life-changing journey such as this one, at least for me they did.Read More

Posted On November 18, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Arabic

Identity, Nationality, and Community in Morocco

Shraddha is from Round Rock, TX and is participating in the NSLI-Y Arabic Academic Year 2019-2020 in Morocco. “American… hmmm, but where are you really from?” It’s a question I hear multiple times each day, and at this point, I’ve made it into a game, because as a brown girl, saying “American” is never a satisfactory response. “Guess,” I respond, “What do you think?” Occasionally, people are spot on, greeting me with “Namaste” on the street, but surprisingly, the most common nationality assigned to me has been “Syrian.” Often, afterRead More