Coming Back Giving Back Tag

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

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
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
Picture of Alex on the beach with Korean friends

Posted On August 7, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Looking back on a Year of Language Advances in South Korea

Alex is from Las Vegas, NV and participated in the Korea AY program from 2017-2018. Alex’s language journey began in 9th grade. Her first time walking through the many Asian markets of her hometown, Las Vegas, Alex experienced a new variety of smells, tastes, and most intriguingly, languages. “Las Vegas is one of the most racially diverse cities in America. I was fortunate to experience Korean, Chinese, and other Asian cultures first hand while growing up.” Korean culture provided the motivational spark for Alex to begin studying Korean. She didRead More
Alex with his host brother.

Posted On May 16, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Returning to Korea: One Year later

Alex is from Louisville, CO and participated in the 2014 Korea summer and 2016-2017 Korea academic year programs. 334 days, 11 hours, and 25 minutes after my initial departure, I find myself back in Seoul, South Korea; the city that was my home for 268 days, 10 hours, and 20 minutes. At first everything seems just as I left it, nothing changing, everything the same. I can still effortlessly navigate the subways by memory; I easily remember the location of my favorite candy at a local convenience store I frequented;Read More
Opening slide of virtual event
NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the first Virtual Event of the 2017-2018 Academic Year on Saturday, September 30. The event featured four NSLI-Y alumni who shared how NSLI-Y has impacted their lives and what they are up to now. If you were not able to attend the live event, we invite you to watch the recording! Prospective NSLI-Y students, the NSLI-Y application is now open and the deadline to apply for 2018-2019 programs is November 2, 2017 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Click here to watch the Q&A. Introducing the speakers for theRead More

Posted On August 18, 2017By Ligaya BeebeIn Arabic

Giving Back: An Interview with Nicholas Wade

Did your study abroad program change your life? Is just joining the alumni network not enough? If so, you can give back to the program by volunteering with implementing organizations at their pre-departure orientation or using your skills and experience in any other capacity. Contact your implementing organization for information on volunteer or internship opportunities! They are always looking for alumni to help shape the way for future participants by contributing to their organizations. One such alum who did just that is Nicholas Wade. Nicholas Wade is a 2016 Arabic SummerRead More
Lauren pictured with her host family at the airport
Starting a new chapter of my life at American University has made me reminiscent about my NSLI-Y experience in Zhuhai, China. Learning how to navigate a new city has reminded me of trying to blend in on the streets of Zhuhai, even though I was clearly a “老外”, or foreigner.  While it has been a few years since my NSLI-Y program, the lessons I learned both in and out of the classroom continue to contribute to my personal, academic, and professional growth. Being immersed in a different lifestyle with aRead More
Madeleine standing with peers in traditional outfits

Posted On July 31, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

A Dandelion in Marrakech

In military communities, there is a saying that military brats (children of service men and women) are like dandelions—they can grow anywhere. I reminded myself of this as I packed eight months’ worth of modest, desert-appropriate apparel into two large suitcases. In September of 2015, my mom drove me from Fort Bragg, NC, to Washington, DC, with my luggage and a complete lack of Arabic language skills, for my NSLI-Y Pre-Departure Orientation. A few days later, with my Resident Director and eleven other students, I boarded a plane headed toRead More
Shobhit at American Councils with Alumni Representatives
After being raised in a small town in Maryland, Shobhit Kumar had the opportunity to attend an international high school in New Mexico called United World College (UWC), where the majority of the students are international. While there, he was exposed to many foreign cultures for the first time. UWC is also where he first learned about NSLI-Y from peers. His decision to apply to learn Chinese was influenced by his Chinese friends at UWC; although they were close friends, he still felt a cultural gap. He concluded that studyingRead More