Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Eva Kuras

Eva Kuras reflects on the beating the summer heat while living abroad on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. The first week was the hardest. The heat was intense: dry but still sweltering. I worried that my jean skirt was too short, although it almost hit …

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My Internship in Dushanbe

This past summer I was able to study Persian in Dushanbe, Tajikistan with the help of American Councils. For Persian language, options for an immersive overseas experience are few and far between. Tajikistan is one of the only places that speaks a form of Persian as its national language and American citizens can safely travel …

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My Favorite Memories of Tajikistan

As my time in Tajikistan has progressed, my favorite moments have been with my host family and bonding with the young children, as well as sharing other cultures including my own with them. Two highlights were taking my host family to this cinema where we saw Toy Story 4, of course in Russian, and another …

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Gardens of Dushanbe

The closeness to nature that is experienced throughout Tajikistan is also reflected in the multitude of gardens that the capital, Dushanbe, contains. Many of them originate from the Soviet era, but the Tajik government has also clearly placed a lot of effort in constructing new ones, especially those surrounding the Nowruz Palace. Overall, the city’s …

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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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Throwback Thursday

American Councils was established in 1974, and since then we’ve been passionate about international exchange and language training. Check out the blogs below to see where we’ve been, and then visit our website at acstudyabroad.org to see where you can go with us! Speaking with Confidence – Jason learned that it’s better to speak and …

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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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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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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Margarita Valkovskaya

Margarita Valkovskaya reflects on her summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and the connection between language and culture. During my time in Tajikistan, I understood that language does not live in isolation from culture. A sentence may mean something to an American in direct translation, but …

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