Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Nishesh Chaubey, a senior at Southside High Academy, recently participated in the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Program in Russia.
NSLI-Y is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. NSLI-Y provides opportunities to American youth that will spark a lifetime interest in language learning.
Nishesh traveled to Gatchina, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, and Yarolsavl, Russia as part of a group of American students chosen to improve proficiency in the Russian language and to learn about the country’s culture.
As part of the program, he attended Russian classes during the day and cultural activities in the afternoon and on the weekends. Activities included interactive classes on Russian music, dance, theater, cooking and folk art, and local outings and excursions to sites within and outside the host city. Participants spent the entire program living with a host family, and were required to make a final presentation at the end of the program.