Academic Culture- KZ to USA

This fall, I began to teach a class of students on how to write essays in English for college applications. It has easily been one of the most rewarding experiences that I have had since my arrival. The students here have such a thirst for knowledge, regardless of how boring the subject material may be. …

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International Education Week blogs, part 2

We are celebrating IEW using the hashtags #AbroadLessTraveled and #IEW2018. If you haven’t already, share your photos of traveling off the beaten path with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! To get you inspired, here are three blogs that embody #AbroadLessTraveled. Tajikistan's Unfettered Nature – Ellie was a participant on the Eurasian Regional Language Program …

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Happy International Education Week!

Happy International Education Week! International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate international exchange and education worldwide. Every year, the U.S Department of State and Department of Education highlight programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future participants from abroad to study, learn, and exchange life experiences. Here at American Councils …

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Why I’m studying Russian in Kazakhstan

My choice to studying abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan was an unusual pick considering I was a Russian major. But when I went to Moscow for a 6 week study abroad program at Moscow State University I was exposed to Central Asian culture. I took a liking to their cuisine and became interested in this region, …

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A Guest Among the Yaghnobis

The Yaghnob, or “icewater,” is a tributary feeding the Zarafshan River, which in turn feeds the great Amu Darya further downstream. Its headwaters are in the lofty peaks of the Fan Mountains of northern Tajikistan, from which it flows through a high (averaging 3000 meters above sea level) and steep-sloped valley which is at certain …

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When I Tell People I’m in Russia, They Don’t Picture a Tropical Paradise

Recently, everyone on the AC program in Russia traveled together with several Russian friends to Russia’s third capital: Sochi.  After a month or so in Moscow, where it is actually a challenge to find a hill, my Colorado-raised heart was ecstatic to see the incredible Caucasus Mountains jutting straight out from the Black Sea.  For …

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Reflections on Host Family Life in September 2018 during ERLP Tajikistan

The first few weeks since our arrival in Dushanbe have flown by at a relentless sprint, leaving my mind reeling and trying to make sense of all the events and impressions of the beginning of this program. I hope that this blog post will both prove passable reading material and help set my scrambled thoughts …

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Visually Impaired and a Year in Kazakhstan

Individuals with disabilities are often hesitant to study abroad because of the lack of infrastructure in less developed countries along with the fear of not getting support. As a person who is visually impaired and understands these challenges, I would like to share my experience studying abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Along with linguistic and cultural …

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