Local History Tag

Posted On June 30, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Exploring Estonian Culture

Participants of the American Councils administered NSLI-Y Academic Year 2014-15 program in Estonia completed a semester research paper and presented their work in Russian in May 2015. The research paper was part of a larger portfolio project completed by participants to showcase their experience in Estonia. The research paper component is designed to enhance students’ oral and written proficiency and allow them to choose a topic that will provide further insight into host country culture.Re Participants chose a topic of interest and created a research plan in consultation with theirRead More

Posted On May 7, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic

One Day in the Life in Morocco – May 2nd, 2015

On May 2, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted its fourth virtual event connecting four NSLI-Y students currently in Morocco with a large and diverse group of students, educators, and family members from all over the world. The students gave presentations in English with interspersed usage of Arabic throughout the “One Day in the Life in Morocco” supplemented by authentic photos and videos providing vivid insight into the various elements of their experiences.     Then, four of the NSLI-Y student presenters spoke on their chosen topics. Zoe began the event with a video capturing a typical dayRead More
NSLIYIANS posing together.

Posted On April 7, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Korean

Cultural Explorers of Korea

The Cultural Explorers Project is a winter break project that gives NSLI-Y Korea students the opportunity to learn more about their interest in a specific cultural topic of Korea through group research and field trips. Each team has a Korean teammate who is not only also interested in the topic, but also has knowledge and experience in the subject. In this way, NSLI-Y students are able to learn about their topic in depth and get feedback from their Korean teammates. The project started in mid-January with study group meetings and wrapped up with excursionRead More
Both NSLIY and Korean students posing near the DMZ.

Posted On February 26, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Korean

Weeklong Youth Exchange Exploring U.S. – Korea Relations

From January 26 to 31, 2015, NSLI-Y Korea students participated in the Alumni Youth Leadership Program (AYLP), along with six Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs), each of whom brought along five to six of their students. The AYLP’s main goal was to have its participants learn about issues surrounding the relationship between Korea and the United States and reflect on the past, present, and future of people-to-people ties between the two countries. On the first day, the NSLI-Y Korea students introduced themselves in Korean. Each student shared his or herRead More

Posted On February 19, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Cultural Exploration Trip to Bălți and Soroca, Moldova

As part of the first semester programming in Moldova, American Councils organized a cultural exploration program trip as part of the students’ winter break. Bălți is the country’s third largest city, by population, after Chisinau and Tiraspol. Often referred to as Moldova’s “Northern Capital,” Bălți is located 127 kilometers north of Chisinau. Soroca is smaller in size, but holds culturally important sites, including Soroca Fort, a location the group was able to use their Russian skills to learn more about. Soroca is 160 kilometers north of Chisinau, and along Moldova’sRead More

Posted On January 8, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Kul Sharif, A Symbol of Tatarstan

By: Will, NSLI-Y Russia, Academic Year 2013-2014 It hasn’t even been a week since I arrived in Kazan, Russia, and already our group is making an excursion to one of the most well known sites in the city. As we enter the walls of Kazan’s Kremlin, I can’t help but be amazed. This thousand-year-old fortress, the only remaining citadel of the early Tatars, remains one of the most significant centers of Tatar culture in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan. Our resident director shows us various famous buildings, from the governor’sRead More

Posted On November 3, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Turkish

Living Classrooms

In a recent excursion facilitated by AFS, students were able to experience Turkey’s exquisite nature and unique history During this time, which featured visits to cultural sites such as the Mausoleum of Atatürk, museums, and visits to sites of world renowned beauty, NSLI-Y Turkey students were exposed to the living classroom of their country. Sometimes words just aren’t enough. I have been asked the question ‘What is Turkey like?’ multiple times and I always struggle to answer it. It’s not that I can’t think of things to say, it isRead More
Pictured are all the NSLI-Y participants outside of Seodaemun Prison.

Posted On October 31, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Korean

Journey into History with Seodaemun Prison History Hall

By Brady, NSLI-Y Korea, Academic Year 2014-2015 Last Saturday, October 25, 2014, I traveled, along with the other members of my program, to Seodaemun Prison History Hall. Seodaemun served the purpose of a sort of internment camp, where the Japanese military housed, tortured, and executed Korean citizens who opposed the forced occupation of Korea by Japan from 1910 until Korea’s liberation in 1945. Walking through the halls of Seodaemun both saddened me and stirred a sense of indignation within me.  We saw artifacts and documents showing the many attempts byRead More

Posted On October 27, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Connecting in Russia Through Cooking

By: Kathy, NSLI-Y Russia, Academic Year 2011-2012 Most Russian families gather with their friends and relatives for a trip to the dacha, a country house which provides a perfect retreat away from city life and work. I was lucky enough to spend the weekend at my host family’s dacha, where we planted potatoes, strolled through the forest, and relaxed by the banya (Russian styled spa). A huge part of the dacha experience was the meals I shared with my host family. Each time we gathered around the dining table, we satRead More

Posted On October 16, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Snapshots: Religion in Moldova

 Take a look at some photos capturing NSLI-Y students and a few of their experiences with religion in Moldova.Read More