Summer Tag

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
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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
David posing in front of a Chinese temple.

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

New Perspectives: Studying Chinese in Zhuhai

David is from Las Cruces, NM and participated in the 2017 China summer program. When I first arrived at my host family’s apartment, I was tired and jetlagged but also extremely excited to see my home for the next six weeks. From the nineteenth floor, I could see all around the city of Zhuhai; with parks, shops, highways, and high-rise buildings stretching as far as the eye could see. This vista was the first of many new perspectives which I discovered while studying Mandarin in China. Participating in the NSLI-YRead More
Chloe pictured with a friend in front of massive buildings.

Posted On January 10, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

Имя Обозначает Ребенка

Chloe is from New York City, New York and participated in the 2017 Russia summer program. In my opinion, the most noticeable difference between Russian and American culture is the attention which Russians allot to superstitions compared to the lack of attention Americans accredit to similar beliefs. This struck me hardest while having dinner with my second host mother. I had just finished explaining that despite any Russian heritage, my parents chose to give me a Russian middle name. She smiled and told me an old Russian saying, “имя обозначаетRead More
Banner for NSLI-Y Interactive summer highlights post.

Posted On December 22, 2017By Ligaya BeebeIn Global

Summer Highlights: Community Service, Part 2

Community service is an important component to all NSLI-Y programs. Community service allows NSLI-Y scholars to build relationships with and give back to their local communities. Community service also provides an opportunity for NSLI-Y scholars to practice their target language skills. Below are some community service highlights from the 2017 summer programs. The NSLI-Y Russian participants spent their first weekend in Russia volunteering at Belochka Camp, located outside of Kirov. Four hundred children live at Belochka and were excited to meet the NSLI-Y participants. Many of the campers had neverRead More
Moroccan traditional cuisine.

Posted On December 18, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Finding Comfort in Food Abroad

Diana Pham is from Chicago, IL and participated in the 2017 Morocco summer program. Throughout my summer in Morocco, I loved eating all the tajines (طاجين) at school. Most had chicken with potatoes, carrots, zucchini, and cauliflower, topped with caramelized onions and raisins (sometimes prunes). Each day at our school, we would all have tajines with bread or خبز (khobz) and a side of honeydew, watermelon or grapes. Fridays, everyone had couscous (كسكس). I truly loved eating Moroccan food at school, with my host family and with my friends at smallRead More