Host Family Experience Tag

Posted On May 28, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Turkish

Understanding Islamic Bayram Celebrations

During October’s Bayram celebration, NSLI-Y students joined their host families in activities with revered cultural symbolism. Students learned about the significance of these rituals from their host families and participated in the festival with open minds. One of the Bayram Islamic traditions involves the observance of the story of Abraham’s sacrifices by preparing meat for the less fortunate. Although it was easy for them to identify the cultural differences, the Bayram celebration connected the students with the shared values of family, charity, and community. Bayram was a great new experienceRead More
NSLI-Y participant Nathan and his host family.

Posted On August 29, 2013By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Host Family Life in Nizhny Novgorod

Nathan and Brooklyn participated in the 2013 NSLI-Y Russian Summer program in Nizhny Novgord. Students of the NSLI-Y Russia Summer program in Nizhny Novgorod have testified that living with a host family is one of the most helpful tools for learning about Russian language and culture. Host families are an integral part of the immersion experience, bridging the gap between classroom study and the ‘real world.’ From the moment students wake up, conversation is in Russian, and practice continues during meals and afternoons spent together. On weekends and afternoons, familiesRead More
Christian and his host family.

Posted On November 6, 2012By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Studying Chinese with My Two Year Old Sister

Christian Wooddell is from Farmington, Missouri and participated in the 2012- 2013 NSLI-Y Taiwan program. It’s been a little over two months now since the sweaty, tiring (albeit great) day of our arrival in the tropical city of Kaohsiung in the southern part of Taiwan. The past two months have thrown more experiences at me than I possibly could have expected. I, like many of my fellow scholars, have done the exchange thing before, and I have dealt with culture shock, but nothing could have prepared me for the amazinglyRead More