Summer Tag

Roshni overlooking the beautiful scenery

Posted On August 23, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Hindi

Breaking My Cultural Iceberg: India’s Diversity

Roshni is from State College, PA and participated in the 2016 India summer program. You awake to the aroma of spices while putting on your school uniform, but it’s a new place. You say “सुप्रभात!” to greet your host mother and sister, but it’s a new language. The culture slowly immerses you with the natives, but it’s a new lifestyle. Now, you’ll experience the memories of living in India through the eyes of a NSLI-Y exchange student, me. The AFS cultural iceberg metaphor resonates with me—I observe the ice aboveRead More
Alisa posing in a busy Chinese street.

Posted On April 16, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Discovering Myself in Chengdu

Alisa is from Short Hills, NJ and participated in the 2017 China summer program. During the first week of my program in Chengdu, China, I remember hearing a thought provoking statement during our visit to the U.S. Consulate. A foreign service officer explained to us that the relations between two countries are built on people-to-people interactions, more so than exchanges between media, government, etc. I remember thinking that this concept was so simple, yet so powerful. After finishing my program, I can now say with certainty that the people-to-people interactionsRead More
SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS: USG PROGRAMS

Posted On April 6, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Global

Summer Highlights Series – USG Programs

Morocco – YES NSLI-Y Rabat led a session at the YES Inbound Pre-Departure Orientation at the end of their second week. In the picture on the right, NSLI-Y student Reagan is presenting to future YES students about family life in the U.S., and other students presented about social life, extracurricular activities, and academic life in the U.S. After the presentations, all of the students broke up into small groups and talked about history, politics, and modern life in the U.S. The NSLI-Y students answered many questions the future YES studentsRead More
Summer Highlights: Community Service Abroad
Community service continues to shape NSLI-Y participants’ interaction with their host country in a manner that transcends spoken language: volunteering. By volunteering, NSLI-Y students continue to study their target languages outside of the classroom by engaging and helping locals. Read part 3 out of 3 of our series below. NSLI-Y Chinese students began their summer community service project, which focuses on reducing waste from plastic bag usage throughout the city. The project began with groups of students designing surveys to conduct with local citizens, with questions ranging from “How many plastic bags doRead More
Kathryn and her group posing in TASS.

Posted On March 26, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

Altering Misconceptions

Kathryn participated in the 2017 Russian summer program. Russia has fascinated me ever since I was a young child. I remember coming home from my first day of second grade and being extremely eager to tell my parents about how I learned to say “Good-bye” (До свидания) in Russian. I always knew I wanted to learn this beautiful language, but I did not realize how much studying Russian in Moscow would impact my life. I had so many incredible academic and social experiences which definitely impacted my long-term outlook asRead More
Summer Highlights: Twenty-First Century Skills

Posted On March 23, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Global

Summer Highlights: Twenty-First Century Skills, Part 2

Whether through public speaking, collaborating on research projects, or learning about global cooperation and diplomacy, NSLI-Y participants are constantly polishing skills that will become and already are vital to surviving and thriving in the twenty-first century. Explore how NSLI-Y students prepare to be active participants in modern global conversations below. The NSLI-Y Arabic participants in Rabat were invited to visit the U.S. Peace Corps Morocco office in Agdal, Rabat. Close to 5,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps in Morocco since the inception of the country post in 1963. TheRead More
Title slide of powerpoint
On March 21st alumni of the NSLI-Y Arabic summer program in Jordan shared about what their lives were like in Jordan on the NSLI-Y program. Following the presentation, audience members were invited to engage with the speakers during the live Q&A session. We invite you to watch the recording of the first virtual event showcasing the NSLI-Y program in Jordan. Click here to watch the Q&A. Introducing the speakers for the event: Organizer: Deni Hoxha – 2016 Summer My name is Deni Hoxha and I am from Worcester, MA. I studiedRead More
Outside of Mok Hyang.

Posted On March 5, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Mok Hyang Tea House in Insadong

Jacquelin is from Irvine,CA and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. Another tea house I’m trying out! Probably my 3rd time experiencing a traditional tea house. Out of the other tea houses, Mok Hyang I rate it a 3/5. It’s in the middle range and is not bad. But there really isn’t much of a traditional experience to it. The tea house is located on the second floor of a traditional Hanok house and is pretty small compared to other tea houses I’ve been to. We sat at aRead More

Posted On March 2, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Global

Summer Highlights: Visits to U.S. Embassies, Part 1

NSLI-Y Arabic participants had a busy day after the Eid Al-Fitr holiday starting with their Arabic classes in the morning and a safety and security briefing with representatives from the U.S. Embassy in the afternoon. The briefing was followed by activities with the Local Coordinator and preparations for the NSLI-Y final program projects. Students concluded the day by meeting their language partners. On June 29th, another NSLI-Y Arabic group visited the U.S. Embassy in Rabat. They were excited to learn more about possible future careers with the Foreign Service. They also had a security briefingRead More
Gillian and a group of her fellow ballet dancers.

Posted On February 23, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

The Experience of a Lifetime

Gillian is from Boalsburg, PA and participated in the Russia Summer 2017 program. My NSLI-Y journey began in New York City as I boarded a plane to Russia with twelve other amazing participants. Leaving behind a city I had gotten to know over the course of three weeks, and walking onto a plane departing for Moscow was daunting. This wasn’t my first trip abroad, and I was desperately trying to conjure up information from my past experiences but nothing could have prepared me for the life-changing opportunity I was aboutRead More