Three Highlights from Indonesia

Masjid Tiban  These photos were taken at Masjid Tiban, a large mosque about an hour outside of the center of Malang. In addition to being a mosque, it is also a pesantren, or a Muslim boarding school for students from around the area. The story behind the mosque is that it was built in one …

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Two Summits, One Semester

Merhaba! My name is Karenna, and I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh where I am majoring in International Studies, English Writing, and Turkish. Before enrolling in American Councils’ Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP) I had taken two years of Turkish at Pitt. Although my dad is Turkish and I have visited Turkey …

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Visiting an Aul in Western Kazakhstan

After months of living in the modern metropolis of Almaty, my fellow Americans and I decided to embark on one last adventure before the end of our semester together in Kazakhstan. Lucky enough, we had befriended a local student at our university who invited us to visit his аул (aul/the Kazakh word for village) in …

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Immersion and Excursions in Taiwan

Being in the second-to-last week of the Taiwan Intensive Summer Program has been a very beneficial experience for me. For example, I was able to learn so much in a short amount of time, raise my level of Chinese proficiency, and being able to be more open towards others. I really like learning Chinese in …

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A Trip to Sergiev Posad

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of taking part in an excursion to Sergiev Posad, which is a small, historical city a few hours by train outside of Moscow. This was an unplanned and pleasantly wonderful daytrip, where I was introduced to students on partner American Councils programs and where I was able to …

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