2017 ACES NSLI-Y – Moscow, Russia

This summer, a group of fifteen motivated American teenagers journeyed to Moscow, Russia for six weeks to immerse themselves in Russia’s language and culture. As scholarship recipients through the US Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Program, these ambitious students took part in a rigorous program focused on language acquisition along with cultural excursions and volunteer service. Students lived with a Russian host family during the program, which enhanced their language and cultural learning.

Students arrived in Moscow and quickly met their host families and began their classes at The Moscow School of Economic and Social Sciences. There students attended classes daily and also interacted with their Peer Language Partners, who soon became great friends.

Students with host siblings and peer language partners:













Student with her host family:












Students with their newly planted Lilac tree:













During their time in Moscow, students participated in a variety of cultural excursions and activities. They volunteered at a local school, with some students planting trees and others creating motivational posters to put up around the school. Students also visited the Kremlin, Red Square, the Troitskaya Tower, and Cathedral Square.

Student eating a meal with her host family:



















Students perform a Russian song in class:












By the end of the program students had improved their language skills, build strong relationships with their host families and Peer Language Partners, and learned about a new culture.

Students in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral:
















Building Trust: