All posts by Ligaya Beebe

Pablo Gutierrez’s music teacher gave him his first introduction to Chinese language and culture. To further this interest, he attended Mandarin Startalk summer language learning programs two years in a row. It was through StarTalk that he also learned about NSLI-Y and decided to apply. He participated in the 2016-2017 academic year program in Taiwan. Pablo was first struck by how different things were in Taiwan. From humorous things like garbage trucks playing whimsical music to more challenging aspects such as standing out as a foreigner, there was much toRead More

Posted On November 20, 2019By Ligaya BeebeIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Rewarding Challenges: Natalie in China

Natalie Johnson was raised in Milwaukee. As a child, she developed an interest in East Asia through her passion for anime. During her junior year of high school, she took a Global History class that covered modern Chinese history, which sparked a specific interest in China and a desire to experience it firsthand. At this time, she learned about NSLI-Y through her older sister. Her dreams came true when she participated in the summer 2014 and academic year 2015-16 programs in China. Her NSLI-Y experiences were rewarding, but also challenging.Read More

Posted On November 19, 2019By Ligaya BeebeIn 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 career. When he asked what languages would be most important to learn, he was told that Arabic was in high demand. The officer also told him about the NSLI-Y scholarship to study less commonly taught languages. Because of that conversation, he began studying Arabic on his own afterRead More
Summer Highlights: Community Service Abroad
Community service continues to shape NSLI-Y participants’ interaction with their host country in a manner that transcends spoken language: volunteering. By volunteering, NSLI-Y students continue to study their target languages outside of the classroom by engaging and helping locals. Read part 3 out of 3 of our series below. NSLI-Y Chinese students began their summer community service project, which focuses on reducing waste from plastic bag usage throughout the city. The project began with groups of students designing surveys to conduct with local citizens, with questions ranging from “How many plastic bags doRead More

Posted On February 23, 2018By Ligaya BeebeIn Russian

American Abroad Student of the Month – Adam in Moldova

Adam, a current NSLI-Y student in Moldova, was recently recognized as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ American Abroad Student of the Month for January 2018. Congratulations, Adam! From New York and a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Adam is currently studying in Chisinau, Moldova.   While excelling in his NSLI-Y Russian coursework at Ion Creanga State Pedagogical University, Adam has also immersed himself in extracurricular and volunteer activities in Chisinau. Since November, Adam has been volunteering as a leader of the Haverim youth English club. In this role, heRead More
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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
What is the biggest difference between NSLI-Y and other study abroad programs? Who was Santa Clause for the school’s holiday party? What is in a “ping dong baozi”? What is it like to have a second hometown? Watch NSLI-Y alumni Claire (’16-’17 Korean) and Joey (’16-’17 Chinese) answer these questions and chat about some of their favorite moments from their experience studying language abroad for an academic year. Claire and Joey were in New York City to share their experience and expertise with several of the 2017-2018 NSLI-Y Academic YearRead 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 September 27, 2017By Ligaya BeebeIn Turkish

A Little Taste of Ramadan: Stephanie in Turkey

Stephanie is a 2014 Turkey summer program alum recollecting her experience abroad. I think I heard the famous Turkish drummers this morning! I woke up at 3am, and I remember hearing drums. I told myself to get out of bed and to grab my phone and record it, but I guess I just fell asleep again. Whoops. Hopefully I’ll get another chance tomorrow. The Ramadan drummers I’m referring to are the traditional ones from Muslim history in Turkey that awake those that are fasting for their pre-dawn meal. While this traditionRead More

Posted On August 23, 2017By Ligaya BeebeIn Arabic

It’s the Little Things that Really Matter

By Shraddha from Texas, NSLI-Y 2017 Jordan Summer I was packing my bag for school when I heard a knock on my door and a shy voice calling out my name. As I stepped out, I saw Osama, my little host brother standing outside the room. In his hand, he held a broken hair tie. I remember my hair tie breaking the day before, but I wasn’t sure where it had fallen. With the snapped rubber in hand, he explained to me in Arabic that he had tried to fixRead More