Stereotypes are Meant to be Broken

When people heard that I was going to Russia, most had something to say about it. Stereotypes are thrown around like fishing nets, they trap anyone who hears them and unless you go experience it for yourself, you don’t have anything else to believe. My observations are based off my experience in Moscow, which doesn’t …

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Experiencing Moscow for the First Time

When I first applied for the Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training Internship Program through American Councils, I was looking for an adventure. I had never been overseas before and I wanted to immerse myself in a new culture. I chose Moscow, Russia despite not knowing a single word of the Russian language, so I knew …

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First Impressions of Armenia

As I walked out of the Zvartnots Airport, I immediately knew my experience in the dazzling country of Armenia would be different. I feel, after being here for two weeks now, that Armenia cannot be compared to any other country that I’ve ever visited. Its authenticity and uniqueness satiates my appetite for travel like no …

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Adjustment to Life in Moscow

Adjusting to life in Moscow has been different than what I had expected. Adjustment is supposed to be unexpected and this is not surprising; the particularities for why it is different are, however. Hearing a foreign language, seeing a different alphabet with new characters, all the while sensing the change in customs and creed that …

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Join Us on the #AbroadLessTraveled

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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New Horizons

Upon landing at Domodedovo International Airport, I quickly became aware of the fact that I was indeed very anxious – almost to the point of shear fright. I couldn’t seem to understand why, though. After months of anticipation, excitement, and preparation, I was finally here - in Russia. In Moscow. This was the culmination of …

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Armenia and Kyrgyzstan

Instead of comparing Armenia to the U.S., I instead initially started off by comparing Armenia to Kyrgyzstan. Last summer, I spent two months living in Kyrgyzstan, which was the longest consecutive duration of time I’ve ever spent abroad. Armenia will come close but not quite top that at a six-week stay. Hence, I initially assumed …

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Kazbegi and Khinkali: Places to visit and things to eat in Georgia

Georgia – no not the state, the country – is perhaps one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the pleasure of traveling to. Aside from the incessant mosquitos and decently warm weather, there is little to nothing to even consider complaining about. The people are unbelievably kind, food is delicious (khachapuri and …

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Finally in Moscow

Hi there! I first want to start off by introducing myself. My name is Cydnie, I’m a senior at the University of Oregon double-majoring in Linguistics and Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, as well as minoring in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching in Russian. I have been studying the Russian language for almost five …

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