Local History Tag

Caine and his classmates practice yoga virtually

Posted On September 4, 2020By Kyle SandmannIn Hindi

I Am Become Death: An Essay on Sanskrit Literature

Caine is from Noblesville, IN and an alumnus of the Hindi 2020 Virtual Summer Intensive program. Over the past five weeks, I have been learning Hindi with the National Security Language Initiative for Youth Virtual Summer Intensive (NSLI-Y VSI). The NSLI-Y VSI is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in which we dedicate five weeks to the study of a critical language—mine being Hindi. As the culmination of the program approached, I dedicated myself to the study of ancient Sanskrit literature. WhileRead More
Grace and a historian at Kirov Library.

Posted On November 19, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

Reflections on Russian Literature from Kirov

Grace is from Salem, OR and participated in the 2017 Russia summer program. Здравствуйте / Hello, I think that it’s worth saying that unlike many of the NSLI-Y summer program students who joined my Kirov program with a serious interest in foreign service, I initially wanted to participate in the NSLI-Y Russia program simply because I love to read Russian literature. For a long time, my conception of Russia has been tied up in the (translated!) words of Turgenev, Akhmatova, Lermontov, Zamyatin, Kharms, and others. Nevsky Prospekt, dueling, and teatimeRead More
Picture of a fountain and golden statues in Moscow.
Lorae is from Cincinnati, Ohio and participated in the 2017 Russian summer program. Днём, мы с моей принимающей сестрой гуляли по Москве. Она мне показала её любимые места что она тоже думала было бы интересно для меня. Мне понравилась Музей Москва-Сити в небоскребе “Империя”. Эта музей на 57ой этаже. Мы могли видеть большую часть города через окно, потому что был солнечный день. Она мне объяснила размещение Москва, и она мне показала в каких местах мы были. В этом зале также была телефоны которые играли различные записи граждан Москвы, объясняя, почему ониRead More

Posted On August 14, 2017By Nicole WeitznerIn Turkish

Why NSLI-Y Matters: My Distinctive Experience

Watch Noah’s video montage of the sights seen during the NSLI-Y Turkey mid-year orientation in Antalya, a popular destination for sightseeing and the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast. Below, he writes about how his experiences in Turkey have changed him and the true significance of cultural exchange.  By Noah, NSLI-Y Turkey, Academic Year 2014 – 2015 Whether it is the 14-year-old Syrian scrap metal collector, the Turkish soldiers on the train, or fishermen playing backgammon in the street, I am always willing to stop and have a discussion. BeforeRead More
Pictured is a hanok, a traditional Korean home.

Posted On January 12, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Confucianism and Modern Education

Each month, the NSLI-Y program takes us on a “cultural enhancement excursion” to experience various aspects of Korean culture and help us think in new ways. These trips are always some of my favorite times of the month and each one has been unique and insightful. Our November cultural enhancement program took us south-east to a traditional village in Andong called “하회 마을” (Hahhae village). The trip was lots of fun and as someone who isn’t a huge city person, I really enjoyed the escape into the countryside where lifeRead More
Third Tunnel
My trip to the DMZ was an experience I will never forget. Two years ago near the end of my world history term, my teacher had assigned a project on conflicts among countries during the Cold War era. Having studied Korean for several months at the time, I jumped at the opportunity to delve further into what really happened during the Korean war. What I had learned during that time all came rushing back to me when I got the opportunity to witness first hand the area I had spentRead More

Posted On July 14, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic, Technology

Three Things Morocco Has Taught Me (Besides Arabic)

  It’s almost been a year since I left for Morocco with NSLI-Y. In that timespan I’ve been able to evaluate my experiences and recontextualize them into a broader picture. In that very same timespan I’ve also successfully pushed off and procrastinated on compiling all the footage I shot while over there until just recently. Being a glass half full kind of a person, I’d like to see my disregard for deadlines as a blessing in disguise, as I got the opportunity to relive the moments I captured on my cameraRead More
This photograph, submitted by Joelle Bohringer, won the $500 grand prize in the Nicholas Sparks Foundation’s 2015 Student Travel Photography Competition. Joelle is a student at Boscobel High School in Boscobel, Wisconsin. At the time she took this photograph, she was living and studying in Pune, India, as part of an exchange program run by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth.
This reflection was written by a NSLI-Y Alumni featuring her first-prize submission to the Nicholas Sparks Foundation’s 2015 Student Travel Photography Competition. The original photo and caption can be viewed  here. By Joelle, NSLI-Y Hindi, Summer 2015, Pune I found out about the Nicholas Sparks Foundation competition because it was posted on the NSLI-Y Alumni page. I vividly remember the moment I took this photo. I was about 15 miles into the pilgrimage, and I was extremely sore and tired. I looked up and saw this man, who was much olderRead More
NSLI-Y group in Shanghai with local peers.
By Tyler, Jacob and Brad, NSLI-Y China, Academic Year 2015-2016, Beijing Program 今年十一月份,北京市第八十中学国际部学生去江苏省旅行。我们班过了四天为了了解这个地方。我们去上海、杭州、苏州和乌镇。   This November, the students of Beijing No. 80 school’s language classes went to the Jiangsu Province of China. Our class spent four days there in order to better understand the area. We went to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Wuzhen, all located in what is known as the Yangtze Delta region.   虽然我们去的所有地方都给了我一个深深的影响,但是上海留下了最深的影响。去上海的那天,我们班参观了很多有意思的景点。最美丽的是上海外滩。站在外滩时,能看到上海的最大,最好看的建筑。座座建筑都有许多五彩灯,个个灯都亮了。   Although all of these places left a deep impression on me, the deepest impression was from Shanghai. On that day, we all sawRead More
Thumbnail for NSLI-Y virtual Turkey event.

Posted On November 6, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Turkish

One Day in the Life in Turkey – October 27th, 2015

On October 27th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted a virtual event connecting five NSLI-Y students currently studying in Izmir, Turkey and two alumna who studied for a summer in Ankara, Turkey in live time with an enthusiastic audience made up of students, family members, and others from all over the U.S. The students and alumni gave presentations in English, integrating words and expressions in Turkish, on the theme of “One Day in the Life in Turkey,” during which they shared their own photos and videos. Within these authentic presentations, the speakers provided valuable insights into Turkish culture, languageRead More