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  1. Lessons Learned from Teaching English to Mothers of Visually-Impaired Children

    When Marquita Green accepted the fellowship for the English Language Fellow Program in Morocco, she never imagined she would have the opportunity to work with such a dedicated group of teachers and staff. Through the program, Marquita has worked at an American Language Center in Marrakech, teaching English to the mothers of blind or visually impaired children, so the mothers are able to read to their kids and help them learn.

  2. New Year's Eve in Dubai

    Before traveling to Oman on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program, Dylan Hoey had never left the United States.

  3. Finding a Second family in Thailand

    "Take the leap into the unknown. It will be the best choice you make..."

  4. Finding Her Voice in Bosnia

    Katie’s passion for culture, language, and food was a perfect fit in Bosnia.

  5. Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking: Exchange Builds Confidence

    Prior to the academic year Aaron spent in Russia as a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) participant, he had only given a few speeches to an audience – in English. A native of Portland, ME, Aaron never imagined that during his year abroad he would speak in Russian to an audience of World War II veterans.

  6. The Language of Dance

    Alana has studied ballet for thirteen years and hopes to become a professional ballet dancer. At an audition for an intensive summer ballet program, she heard about the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program implemented by the Russian American Foundation (RAF). This program combines Russian language instruction, cultural immersion, and ballet training with Master Teachers of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

  7. Fulbright U.S. Student Connects With At-Risk Youth in Rio de Janeiro Through Boxing

    In Rio de Janeiro, Nicholas studied Sociology at Pontifica Universidad Catholica Do Rio De Janerio (PUC-Río) during the day and spent his evenings at the gym, volunteering with children, learning and experiencing the different cultures in Brazil from the classrooms to the inner city.

  8. Make an Impact: Learn Chinese in China!

    Ryan Mandado, a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) alumnus, tells us about why he chose to study Chinese.

  9. Gain Cultural Competency: Learn Japanese in Japan!

    Grace Meng, a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) alumna, tells us about the CLS program enhanced her career in nursing.

  10. Enhance Your Career: Learn Turkish in Turkey!

    Liz Clark, a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) alumna, tells about how learning Turkish on her CLS program helped enhanced her career.