All posts by Meike Faber

Gilda in traditional Korean dress

Posted On October 31, 2019By Meike FaberIn Korean

What I Learned Studying Abroad

Gilda is from Mastic, NY and participated in the 2018 Korean summer program in South Korea.  Having the opportunity to study abroad is a real blessing for anyone who loves to learn foreign languages and cultures. I studied in China as an exchange student when I was in elementary school, and the experience was so positive that I wanted to study abroad again. I found out about the NSLI-Y program when I was 13 and was immediately attracted to the idea of a program offering full immersion. NSLI-Y was a longRead More
Jacob: Alumnus of the 2012 Morocco program

Posted On October 25, 2019By Meike FaberIn Arabic

Alumni Spotlight: Jacob

Jacob is from Malaga, New Jersey and participated in the 2012 Arabic summer program in Morocco.  Jacob is using his language skills to help the next generation learn Arabic. After returning from the NSLI-Y Arabic program, Jacob carried on his Arabic studies at high school during his senior year. He was so determined to continue studying that he had to drop his lunch period to fit Arabic into his tight schedule! It was during this time that his knack for Arabic linguistics began to take hold and the language became,Read More
Turkish and Persian Virtual Alumni Event
On Monday, October 21 at 8pm ET, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted a Turkish and Persian Alumni Virtual Event! This event featured four alumni speakers from the NSLI-Y Turkish and Persian programs, who presented on why they chose their NSLI-Y languages, what they gained from their program experiences, and what daily life on a NSLI-Y program looks like. The alumni also shared advice they had for prospective students applying for NSLI-Y – don’t forget, the application deadline is on October 30! Attendees were able to connect virtually with the speakers and askRead More

Posted On October 1, 2019By Meike FaberIn Persian (Tajiki), Uncategorized

Building a Library in Tajikistan

Abigail is from Wyckoff, New Jersey and participated in the 2018 NSLI-Y Summer Persian program in Tajikistan. After spending seven, life-changing weeks last summer with NSLI-Y in Dushanbe, Tajikistan became my second home. However, no home is perfect. Educational resources are extremely limited in Tajikistan, and I was motivated to give back to the country that had taught me so much. Last December, I launched an initiative to build a library in Tajikistan. Working with Sultan Akif, CEO and founder of the “Library in a Week” organization (they aim toRead More
Hassane in Taiwan

Posted On September 26, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Being a Superhero Abroad

Hassane is from Westchester, NY and participated in the 2019 Summer Chinese program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Not all superheroes wear capes. Myself along with the fellow Taiwan participants didn’t wear super suits or costumes. Yet, we had superpowers abroad. When I first applied and earned acceptance to NSLI-Y, I had many expectations. I believed I would study Mandarin Chinese and immerse myself in Taiwanese culture. But, I not only left the island with a sense of Taiwanese life but also a realization of my own identity. I’m not a typical personRead More

Posted On September 16, 2019By Meike FaberIn Global

Life after NSLI-Y Virtual Event

On September 25, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted its first virtual event of the season. Life after NSLI-Y featured three alumni from different NSLI-Y programs who spoke about their NSLI-Y experiences, how NSLI-Y has impacted their life and career goals and any words of advice they have for future applicants. Special guest, Christopher Schwab, Program Officer at the Department of State also joined the event to share about future career opportunities for NSLI-Y alumni. Watch the recording of this webinar here and read more about the alumni speakers below! For more information about the 2020-2021Read More
Maryam in Russia

Posted On August 20, 2019By Meike FaberIn Russian

From до свидания to new friendships

Maryam is from Mankato, MN and participated in the 2019 Summer Russian program in Russia. Русский язык очень трудно. Russian is very difficult. Whenever I tell people I am learning Russian, this is usually their first response, including Russian people themselves. I knew about the difficulty of learning Russian going into NSLI-y Russian Summer program as a complete beginner, but this fact became apparent for the first time when I started the first Mango Languages lesson a few weeks prior to departure. When applying to NSLI-y the only Russian wordRead More
NSLI-Y Turkish participants visit the office of the Ministry of Education in Bursa.

Posted On August 15, 2019By Meike FaberIn Turkish

A Summer in Turkey

Check out these highlights from our Summer 2019 Turkish program in Turkey! At the end of June, the NSLI-Y Turkish participants arrived in Istanbul and visited the U.S. Consulate where they were briefed by consulate staff and went on a tour of the compound. From there, the students traveled to Bursa and met their host families, started language classes, and met their peer language partners. The NSLI-Y students soon began enjoying spending time with their ‘Peer Language Partners’ doing various activities. One activity consisted of students finding common places inRead More
Hindi Class

Posted On August 4, 2019By Meike FaberIn Hindi

Life in Pune, India

Highlights from the 2019 NSLI-Y Summer Hindi program in India. Arrival in Pune! On June 21, the NSLI-Y Hindi students arrived in Pune, India and attended a welcome ceremony to initiate their summer abroad. The Chairman of the Sanskriti Group of Schools, which is the school the NSLI-Y students are attending, gave a welcome speech. That evening, the NSLI-Y students finally their host families! The students and their families bonded over ice breaker games. First Week at the Sanskriti School Students walked into Sanskriti School for their very first weekRead More
Visit to the Botanical Garden

Posted On July 19, 2019By Meike FaberIn Persian (Tajiki)

Welcome to Tajikistan!

Highlights from the 2019 Summer Tajiki program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan June 22nd: Arrival in Dushanbe NSLI‐Y students arrived in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in the early morning of June 22. After some time to rest and an arrival orientation, the students were ready to explore the city. Together with their resident director and local coordinator, the group visited important landmarks in Dushanbe and learned how to navigate the city. June 24th: First day of class On Monday, all NSLI‐Y students had their first day of Tajik language class. They learned some key phrasesRead More