“Aunt Valya will have my head if I don’t take care of you!” – Gender roles in Ukraine

This morning, my host mom, Valentyna, told me that as she and her husband would both be arriving late tonight, my seventeen-year-old host brother, Ruslan, would be taking care of me today, including getting dinner ready for me. I had initially thought that he would be heating up leftover borshch in the microwave or something …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: William Thornberry

William Thornberry reflects on his academic and cultural experience during the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. When I look back at my nine months in Tajikistan, I think most about the great people I met. From my warm host family to gifted teachers, I found that …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Cian Stryker

Cian Stryker reflects on his travels around Tajikistan while on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. One of the greatest benefits to learning a foreign language is that you gain the ability to travel and converse with people who you could not before. Entire portions of …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Milovan Dakic

Milovan Dakic reflects on his language acquisition experience during the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad recipient With an ever-changing political climate that seems to constantly be heading in a downwards slope of instability and potential danger, the United States is becoming more than ever required to think multiple …

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Piano Lessons in Azerbaijan

Every Tuesday and Thursday, I attend a one-hour piano lesson at a music school in Azerbaijan. Although some students favor picking up an entirely new activity during their time abroad, I preferred to bring with me an activity that was already quite familiar. In the midst of cultural, language, and even time differences, playing piano …

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Learning a New Language

Coming to Tajikistan to study Uzbek may seem counterintuitive, but if you have been to the northern suburbs of Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, and paid attention to the street chatter, you might have noticed that, alongside the familiar cadence of the Tajiki Persian dialect, you can find people of all ages speaking Uzbek to each other. …

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My First Three Weeks in Tajikistan

Coming to Tajikistan has been the most incredible experience. I first started studying Persian when I was in 10th grade with summer classes and I’ve continued over the years with classes here and there, wherever I could get them and with limited resources available to me, and not once did I ever think I’d travel …

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