Hi! My name is Miriam and I’m from Washington, DC. This year I will be participating in a State Department-run exchange program called NSLI-Y (National Security Language Initiative for Youth). I will be living in Muscat, the capital city of Oman and studying Arabic. This blog will chronicle my experiences and provide a window into daily life in the Persian Gulf. I’m so excited to get started on this new adventure and can’t wait to find out what kind of experiences I am going to have in the coming year. Although most of my friends are now starting college (a whole different type of adventure) I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to discover the world in a whole new way.
NSLI-Y is a program that sends high-school aged students abroad to learn less-commonly taught languages on location, enabling students to not only gain language skills but also learn about local culture, customs and society. This helps to provide a more well-rounded and rich knowledge of the language and the people who speak it. NSLI-Y languages include Arabic, Russian, Turkish, Hindi and Korean. For more information on NSLI-Y visit http://www.nsliforyouth.org/