Volunteering Tag

NSLI-Y students in Taiwan volunteer to clean up a local beach

Posted On December 5, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Global

Happy 2016 International Volunteer Day

Happy International Volunteer Day! International Volunteer Day 2016’s theme #GlobalApplause – give volunteers a hand, recognizes volunteers worldwide and all they do in making peace and sustainable development a reality. In honor of the 2016 theme, NSLI-Y Interactive would like to highlight some of the volunteer efforts of current students and alumni of the NSLI-Y program. If you have a volunteering story you would like to share, please submit your story here: http://wordpress-217859-683370.cloudwaysapps.com/submit-a-story/ Pictured above: current students on the NSLI-Y Taiwan program spent a Saturday afternoon cleaning up a beach near theirRead More

Posted On August 9, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic

The NSLI-Y Journey Doesn’t End Here

Pre-Departure Orientations are a blur. Months of excitement and anticipation has built up, leading to a breakneck few days where you’re introduced to new people, new rules, and a new country. After the countless emails, web searches, and handouts, it is the tangible start to the NSLI-Y journey. My own PDO for Morocco in the summer of 2013 was jam-packed with dos and don’ts, trip itineraries, safety advice, and helpful vocabulary from iEARN staff and our Resident Director, to which my group responded with an unending stream of questions. WhileRead More
By Nilaya, NSLI-Y Persian, Tajikistan Summer 2014 My travel experiences in Tajikistan two summers ago with NSLI-Y inspired me to apply my knowledge of Persian-speaking territories to explore my interest of women’s rights. Last year, I decided to conduct an independent study project that consisted of over sixty hours of research on women’s issues in Afghanistan. As part of my research, I conducted a personal interview with Miss Naheed Samadi Bahram, the director of Women for Afghan Women, a civil society organization based in Afghanistan and New York which isRead More

Posted On April 28, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic

The Long Way From Cairo to Canada

by Starr Brainard, NSLI-Y Arabic, Egypt Fall Semester 2009 I had the honor earlier this month to be a presenter in the “Coming Back, Giving Back” webinar  to talk about my experience working in environmental sustainability. As a high school student, I had the good fortune to be awarded the NSLI-Y scholarship to spend a semester abroad in Egypt to study Arabic my senior year of high school. From then on, the rest is history. I returned to Egypt in the years following my NSLI-Y experience for both study and work. I carryRead More
NSLI-Y Students help clean up trash

Posted On April 22, 2016By Ligaya BeebeIn Global, Slider

2016 Happy Earth Day

Today is Earth Day! Today and always, let’s remember the importance of taking care of the planet!  Celebrate Earth Day and learn how NSLI-Y students and alumni saved this beautiful planet. Here are their special stories! Volunteering in Amman (October 14, 2014) The U.S. and China on Climate Change (April 21, 2015) Community Clean-Up (August 29, 2014)Read More
Alumni Presenters
On April 6th 2016, the NSLI-Y Alumni Association and iEARN USA hosted the “Coming Back, Giving Back: Using Your NSLI-Y Experience for Good” Virtual Event! This webinar is part of a month-long campaign encouraging NSLI-Y alumni to share stories of how they have used their study abroad experience to give back to their communities. It featured five speakers talking work they have done in immigration services, ESL, LGBTQ advocacy, working with under-served youth, and environmental research. The goal of the presentations was to not only celebrate the incredible work that NSLI-YRead More
Pictured are Ben and his students.
This story is part of the “Coming Back, Giving Back” campaign sharing how NSLI-Y Alumni are using their study abroad experience to make a difference. Submit your story today to [email protected]!  by Ben Guggenheim, NSLI-Y Chinese, Suzhou Summer 2014 I am constantly building on my NSLI-Y summer in Suzhou, China experience, and it is awesome when I am able to  give back to my community at the same time. Last year I was fortunate enough to receive the Rosenblatt Summer Fellowship Grant to fund my community service project, Gupeng’s ChineseRead More

Posted On April 6, 2016By Ligaya BeebeIn Arabic

Teaching English and Learning Arabic

Maya is a NSLI-Y student in the Academic Year program in Morocco (2015-2016) administered by Legacy International. NSLI-Y Interactive sent Maya some questions about the Connect Program in Morocco, where NSLI-Y students teach English to underprivileged Moroccan public school teenagers, and asked her about how language teaching has affected her language learning. Below are excerpts from her responses. In terms of English language learning, the Moroccan students in the Connect Program are at a disadvantage to their private school peers because they begin English much later, so the program affords them an opportunity to counteract thatRead More
Community Service Russia
NSLI-Y Alumni have gone on to do incredible things in their communities and in the world. From working in interfaith dialogue, to fighting for international women’s rights, there are countless ways alumni have used their language and cross-cultural skills to make the world a better place. In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2016, NSLI-Y is launching the “Coming Back, Giving Back” campaign to highlight service projects and careers alumni have undertaken to use their NSLI-Y experience for good. NSLI-Y Interactive is calling on alumni to submit stories about how theyRead More
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study abroad and be immersed in another language and culture? Perhaps you are fascinated by the Turkish language and culture and want to learn more? Join NSLI-Y interactive on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 and hear directly from students and alumni who are currently studying on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program in Turkey or recently returned. These students and alumni will provide a window into the study abroad and language immersion experience for you or your students as theyRead More