All posts by Ligaya Beebe

NSLI-Y Students help clean up trash

Posted On April 22, 2016By Ligaya BeebeIn Global, Slider

2016 Happy Earth Day

Today is Earth Day! Today and always, let’s remember the importance of taking care of the planet!  Celebrate Earth Day and learn how NSLI-Y students and alumni saved this beautiful planet. Here are their special stories! Volunteering in Amman (October 14, 2014) The U.S. and China on Climate Change (April 21, 2015) Community Clean-Up (August 29, 2014)Read More
Collage of students at the conference.

Posted On April 22, 2016By Ligaya BeebeIn Korean

Sustainable Development Goals in Korea

The 66th UN DPI/NGO Youth Pre-Conference was held in Sookmyung Women’s University on April 9, 2016. This event is part of the introductory programming leading up to the UN DPI/NGO Conference which is going to be held in Korea in May. Three NSLI-Y Korean students, Tiarra, Lauren W., and Will, had the opportunity to participate in the Pre-Conference event thanks to Better World’s president, who is on the event’s Youth Committee. After the opening ceremony, NSIL-Y students had an opportunity to meet with the Director of the Outreach Division ofRead More
"How are you going to change the world?" Promotional Pic

Posted On April 15, 2016By Ligaya BeebeIn Global

Global Youth Service Day

What are you doing for GYSD this year? Current NSLI-Y students and alumni, please consider submitting a story to NSLI-Y Interactive about any service projects you are doing this weekend. NSLI-Y alumni, how are you giving back to your home communities? Be a part of the “Coming Back, Giving Back” campaign by sharing your story.Read More
“Language proficiency can help your studies across a range of majors you may be considering for college. It’s an experience that goes beyond the tourist perspective and really builds the foundation for a lifelong commitment to the language and culture.” – Nicole Don, NSLI-Y Alumna by Gedaliah Dreyfus, Korea Year, 2013-2014 On March 12, 2016, NSLI-Y alumni, Nicole Don (Turkey Summer) and Gedaliah Dreyfuss (Korea Academic Year) and South Florida’s Diplomat-in-Residence, Ms. Catherine Rodriguez, met at the National Society of High School Scholars’ annual member conference at Florida International UniversityRead More
Seth Paternostro with Host Parents.
Seth has had a deep interest in the Chinese language and culture for a long time, to a degree he says was unique in his high school. It was in his freshman year that he learned about NSLI-Y from his Chinese teacher, and he knew that it was something he wanted to do. However, he decided he would wait until his junior year to apply so that he would have more experience with the language. Fortunately, his family—including his twin brother—was very supportive of his participation in NSLI-Y. What attractedRead More
Melita pictured in front of a beautiful mountain.
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 Melita, who was selected as the American Abroad Student of the Month in January 2016. Originally from Knoxville, TN, Melita is currently studying Mandarin Chinese in Changzhou, China. In addition to making rapid progress in learning Chinese, she has also been actively participating in extracurricular and cultural immersion opportunities. She used her Mandarin skills to participateRead More

Posted On April 6, 2016By Ligaya BeebeIn Arabic

Teaching English and Learning Arabic

Maya is a NSLI-Y student in the Academic Year program in Morocco (2015-2016) administered by Legacy International. NSLI-Y Interactive sent Maya some questions about the Connect Program in Morocco, where NSLI-Y students teach English to underprivileged Moroccan public school teenagers, and asked her about how language teaching has affected her language learning. Below are excerpts from her responses. In terms of English language learning, the Moroccan students in the Connect Program are at a disadvantage to their private school peers because they begin English much later, so the program affords them an opportunity to counteract thatRead More
Thumbnail for NSLI-Y Russia Virtual Event.
On March 14, 2016 NSLI-Y Interactive hosted a virtual event, “Moldova Through the Eyes of NSLI-Y Russian-Language Students.” Five NSLI-Y students who are currently studying Russian language in Moldova gave presentations about their experiences as language students, cultural ambassadors, and NSLI-Y scholarship recipients. All presentations and the Q&A were in Russian. High school students from Staten Island Technical School in Staten Island, NY and students from the Friends school of Baltimore in Baltimore, MD joined and had the chance to interact with and ask the NSLI-Y students questions in Russian. The NSLI-Y InteractiveRead More
Students listen as others present their cultural explorers project

Posted On March 17, 2016By Ligaya BeebeIn Korean

NSLI-Y Korea – Cultural Explorers Project

The Cultural Explorers project pairs NSLI-Y scholars with Korean college students (“supporters”) to study a cultural topic of their choice. For two months each team worked very hard on their projects and were excited to present what they had learned. On February 25, 2016, NSLI-Y students and their “supporters” gathered for the last time to present their final presentations. This year many teams prepared videos to show their results. Below are just a few examples of the excellent work the students produced. The TTT (Temple Time Travelers) used the time slip concept where they went back toRead More
Pictured are NSLI-Y Omani students, all in traditional Omanese dress.

Posted On February 23, 2016By Ligaya BeebeIn Arabic

My NSLI-Y Summer in Oman Story

By Janel, NSLI-Y Oman, Summer 2015 In the summer of 2015, I was incredibly fortunate to receive a NSLI-Y scholarship to study Arabic in Muscat, Oman. In just under seven weeks, I went from not knowing the alphabet to being able to talk about myself and even give a four-minute presentation completely in Arabic. I also got to explore the beautiful country of Oman, learn about its culture and history, and make connections with some of the people there. I created six short videos organized into “episodes” covering different parts ofRead More