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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Big Business (Classes) in Moscow

Last time I was in Moscow I was here as a full-time student. This time things are a little different. While I still attend Moscow International University I am here as part of the Business Russian Language Program. This means that, unlike in the fall where I spent a full 24 hours weekly in language …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Indigo Clingerman

Indigo Clingerman reflects on her internship during the Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. Sitting in D.C., a few a days before leaving for the Critical Language Scholarship program in Tbilisi, Georgia, I received an email from the volunteer coordinator at the GULAG History Museum …

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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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Six Months in Tajikistan

The following blog post is from Eli Pollock, a Fulbright-Hays fellow from the Fall 2017 Eurasian Regional Language Program cohort. For more information about the Fulbright-Hays fellowship, please visit our website. At my home university, I study Farsi and international security. I am required to become proficient in a foreign language to graduate and had …

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Productivity and Exploration

A typical day in my Moscow life consists of attending classes at Moscow International University and then either going to my internship, meeting with my conversation partner, taking a dance class, or going on excursions. This routine sure does keep me busy, and on top of that, my new Russian friends are always inviting me …

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Conducting Research with Afghan and Tajik Border Police in Dushanbe

Besides taking Farsi and Tajiki language classes in Dushanbe, I have also been working with EU Border Management in Northern Afghanistan (EU-BOMNAF). BOMNAF, a UNDP Tajikistan affiliate, works with Afghan and Tajik border police and customs officials to equip them with the skills to control their borders. This July, BOMNAF hosted a two-week border security …

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Language Matters for Development Work

Last week my internship with the National Democratic Institute in Georgia took me to the beautiful resort town of Borjomi, where I had the unique opportunity to observe trainings for local government officials.  The topic of the training was election campaign management, and NDI flew in an American expert for the occasion – a distinguished …

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