2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: Be There with American Councils

Eight years ago, Russia was selected to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. I was a junior in high school, I did not know what the Cyrillic alphabet was, and I had zero interest in soccer. I’m now in Saint Petersburg at this historical moment for modern Russia, occupying my days with its language and … Continue reading 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: Be There with American Councils


Not a Student? You Can Still Study Abroad

When one thinks about study abroad programs, college and high school students often come to mind, but how often does one think about a working professional's ability to participate in an overseas academic program? I'm neither a college nor a high school student. I didn't have a study abroad office to consult, but I was … Continue reading Not a Student? You Can Still Study Abroad

The Roof of the World

The Pamir mountain range and the Wakhan Valley are some of the most remote and mysterious places in the world.  There are more books written about the explorers, spies, conquerors, and kings who trod this area than one can read in a lifetime. It’s home to yaks, Bactrian camel, wolves, vultures, and other animals one … Continue reading The Roof of the World

Further Abroad

Since the last blog post, I’ve since been even farther away from home in Russia, with my group from St. Petersburg, along with students from other cities in ACTR’s Russian program, taking a long train ride to Volgograd, in the south, formerly Stalingrad. While there are certainly similarities between Americans and Russians in terms of … Continue reading Further Abroad

My Favorite Language Teachers: кӯдакон

My first host family experience was back in 2014, when I worked as a fille au pair (live-in nanny) in Marseille, France. I lived with a French-Italian family, took care of Titien (three years old) and Timoté (five), and improved my French language skills whilst playing Legos or long games of cache-cache (“hide and seek”). … Continue reading My Favorite Language Teachers: кӯдакон

Summing up the year in Vladimir

After spending 8 months in Vladimir Russia I can easily answer the questions that are asked to me every day. "Why study Russian?" Other than having the ability to travel to the largest country in the world and probably one of the most important ones at this moment in politics and history, the language just … Continue reading Summing up the year in Vladimir

Hola, Россия!

Immersing myself completely into Russian culture was one of my goals for my semester abroad, and for me, this meant drinking tea with my host family at any time of the day to understanding cultural nuances and (occasionally) learning some slang words once in a while. I knew that every day I would be doing … Continue reading Hola, Россия!