• 14 2016 July

    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

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  • 08 2016 July

    Using My NSLI-Y Experience to Raise Awareness of Global Women’s Issues

    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

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    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

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  • 06 2016 July

    NSLI-Y Student Reflects on Korean School Trip

    Last April, NSLI-Y Korea Academic Year student Stacia went on a school field trip to Busan and Tongyeong with her classmates from her high school in Seoul. Stacia got to explore the cities with her classmates and interact with them through

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    Last April, NSLI-Y Korea Academic Year student Stacia went on a school field trip to Busan and Tongyeong with her classmates from her high school in Seoul. Stacia got to explore the cities with her classmates and interact with them through

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  • 02 2016 June

    Overcoming Stage Fright, in Korean

    It has already been over eight months since the NSLI-Y students came to Korea and started studying Korean. Recently several students applied to the 19th Annual Foreigners Korean Speech Contest, organized by Kyunghee University, as a way to put their

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    It has already been over eight months since the NSLI-Y students came to Korea and started studying Korean. Recently several students applied to the 19th Annual Foreigners Korean Speech Contest, organized by Kyunghee University, as a way to put their

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  • 27 2016 May

    Your Morocco is Far Better

    In a few short weeks, you will look out the window of a crowded airplane for the first time and for the first time, you’ll see your second home. Dear NSLI-Y Student, Congratulations on your acceptance into the NSLI-Y program!

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    The Morocco you will live in is a far call from the glittering luxury hotels and supermalls on the outskirts of the city. Your Morocco is far better. (2)

    In a few short weeks, you will look out the window of a crowded airplane for the first time and for the first time, you’ll see your second home. Dear NSLI-Y Student, Congratulations on your acceptance into the NSLI-Y program!

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  • 02 2016 May

    One Way NSLI-Y Changed My Life

    By Adam, NSLI-Y Morocco, Summer 2015 My experience as a NSLI-Y scholar in Rabat, Morocco, last summer was a turning point in my life. Apart from learning Arabic and enjoying the Moroccan culture, I met amazing people, from fellow American

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    By Adam, NSLI-Y Morocco, Summer 2015 My experience as a NSLI-Y scholar in Rabat, Morocco, last summer was a turning point in my life. Apart from learning Arabic and enjoying the Moroccan culture, I met amazing people, from fellow American

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  • 01 2016 May

    Six Years Later: Reflecting on My NSLI-Y Experience

    By Katy, NSLI-Y Arabic, Egypt Spring Semester 2010 As a sophomore in high school, I was the young Hermione Granger of my Spanish class. Anytime a question was asked, my hand would shoot up over-enthusiastically and I was genuinely excited

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    By Katy, NSLI-Y Arabic, Egypt Spring Semester 2010 As a sophomore in high school, I was the young Hermione Granger of my Spanish class. Anytime a question was asked, my hand would shoot up over-enthusiastically and I was genuinely excited

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  • 11 2016 March

    Coming Back, Giving Back: Share Your NSLI-Y Service Story Today!

    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

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    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

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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

July 14, 2016
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The Morocco you will live in is a far call from the glittering luxury hotels and supermalls on the outskirts of the city. Your Morocco is far better. (2)

Chinese (Mandarin)

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Using My NSLI-Y Experience to Run a Chinese Summer Camp

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 nsliystories@us.iearn.org!  by Ben Guggenheim, NSLI-Y Chinese, Suzhou Summer 2014 I am constantly

April 11, 2016
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Korean

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NSLI-Y Student Reflects on Korean School Trip

Last April, NSLI-Y Korea Academic Year student Stacia went on a school field trip to Busan and Tongyeong with her classmates from her high school in Seoul. Stacia got to explore the cities with her classmates and interact with them through completing travel

July 6, 2016
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Persian (Tajiki)

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Using My NSLI-Y Experience to Raise Awareness of Global Women’s Issues

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

July 8, 2016
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April 22, 2016
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“Moldova Through the Eyes of NSLI-Y Russian-Language Students” – March 2016 Virtual Event

On March 14, 2016 NSLI-Y Interactive hosted a virtual event, “Moldova Through the Eyes of NSLI-Y Russian-Language Students.” Five NSLI-Y students who are currently studying Russian language in Moldova gave presentations about their experiences as language students, cultural ambassadors, and NSLI-Y scholarship recipients. All

March 25, 2016
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Turkish

Turkey Summer Minute

My NSLI-Y Summer in Turkey in One Minute

Watch a video compilation by Hank (NSLI-Y Turkey, Summer 2015) to catch a glimpse into his experience in Turkey! While I was in Turkey, I took one-second video clips of interesting experiences I had, and then I picked my favorite at the

January 13, 2016
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Hindi

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.

Hindi Alumna Wins First Prize in Nicholas Sparks Foundation Photo Contest

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

March 1, 2016
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Global

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Alumni Representatives Work to Build Community

This year the thirteen NSLI-Y Alumni Representatives have been working hard to strengthen the alumni network and connect alumni from all generations of the program. Recently networking events have been held in Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta and DC, and there are several more

May 4, 2016
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2016 Happy Earth Day
April 22, 2016
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About NSLI-Y Interactive

NSLI-Y Interactive showcases language learning and cross-cultural experiences of students on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The multimedia stories on this site share the experiences of students on the NSLI-Y program with youth, educators, and language learners in the U.S. for further cultural exchange and language learning.

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