All posts by Meike Faber

Taiwan AY NSLI-Y participants at the beach

Posted On April 25, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Taiwan Makes Me Really Happy!

Olivia is from Tallahassee, FL and is participating in the NSLI-Y Chinese Academic Year program in Taiwan. Wow! I can’t believe it’s already the end of April! When I applied for NSLI-Y, I never thought ten months would feel like too short of an exchange. There are many things about my life in Taiwan that I’ll miss, because so many of my experiences have made my life fuller. These last few months, my only goal has been to not miss any opportunities, because when I return to America, I don’tRead More
Hannah with her Host Family in Taiwan

Posted On March 21, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

A Very Taiwanese New Year

Hannah is from Toledo, OH and is participating in the NSLI-Y Chinese Academic Year 2018-2019 program in Taiwan.  I was fortunate enough to spend the 2019 Chinese New Year in Taiwan with my host family. While Chinese New Years is celebrated by about 1.4 billion people, I had no idea what to expect from the 23-day celebration. Through news reports on the celebration and lectures at school I came to expect that Chinese New Year would involve three key details: 1.) The color red 2.) A dancing dragon 3.) FirecrackersRead More
NSLI-Y Alumni at 2019 Workshop

Posted On March 14, 2019By Meike FaberIn Global

NSLI-Y Alumni Representative Workshop

On the first weekend of 2019, 18 NSLI-Y alumni flew into the nation’s capital for the 2019 NSLI-Y Alumni Representative Workshop. The training prepared us for a new leadership role and fostered deep friendships! Every hour of our stay was packed with informative, skill-building sessions meant to enable us to fulfill our roles. From a presentation about Department of State resources, to a leadership training session, event brainstorming activities, trivia competition, and a public speaking hour, we all left DC with a new understanding of what it means to be a NSLI-Y AlumniRead More
Ingrid with her host mom
Ingrid, a current NSLI-Y student in Taiwan, was recently nominated as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ American Abroad Student of the Month for January 2019. Congratulations, Ingrid! “Ingrid passionately integrates herself into her host community through volunteering. She planned and implemented English language classes for students and young adults, led cultural exchanges through sports and cooking with students at Qingye and Taiwu Elementary schools, and volunteered with a local food bank and an organization dedicated to assisting the elderly. In the latter, Ingrid was able to utilize vocabulary fromRead More
Vanessa in Tajikistan!

Posted On February 20, 2019By Meike FaberIn Persian (Tajiki)

Alumni Spotlight: Vanessa

Vanessa is from in New Brunswick, NJ and participated in the Persian Summer 2018 program in Tajikistan. 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 speaking both Chinese and English. She also learned Spanish in school and self-taught herself Japanese. She loves to spend hours studying the syntax and structures of languages. Her linguaphile tendencies hit a pinnacle when she participated in an International Linguistics Competition in Dublin, Ireland. At the competition,Read More
Tamia volunteering at local hospital
Tamia is from Bensalem, PA and participated in the Chinese Academic Year 2018-2019 program in China.  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 and home setting. So far, I dedicated 24 hours to volunteering at the First People’s Hospital of Changzhou. I helped people register for an appointment in the hospital, directed them to where they could pay their hospital fees, and/or assisted the occasional English-speaking foreigner in navigatingRead More
David with his Galaxy Class

Posted On February 15, 2019By Meike FaberIn Korean

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 not previously learn Korean through classes or self-study. Because I had learned Korean by conversing with my Korean parents, I did not formally learn basic grammar. Therefore, I thought that I would not be able to follow along with the class. Will my Korean really improve? What willRead More
Kristin with friends in Moldova

Posted On February 7, 2019By Meike FaberIn Russian

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 my love for languages. That summer, I completed the NSLI-Y program in Kirov, Russia. It changed my life and ignited a passion for language learning. The next summer I intensively studied Chinese at the University of Mississippi. This past school year, I participated in the NSLI-Y academic yearRead More
Graffiti in Morocco

Posted On February 5, 2019By Meike FaberIn Arabic

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 above all, the language. Shwiya b shwiya (little by little), however, I discovered connections between Morocco and my life in the United States through the people I met. I left Rabat at the end of the summer with the realization that no matter how different people seem fromRead More
Alice with teacher in India

Posted On January 31, 2019By Meike FaberIn Hindi

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 study?” — “How can it be?” Mishra Sir asked, holding up the international section of the newspaper. He began to read aloud about the proposed border wall between my home country and its southern neighbor. Mishra Sir, with his bright sense of curiosity, often asked this question aboutRead More