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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Women’s Political Participation in Georgia

In my orientations preparing for Georgia, gender was a major topic of discussion. I learned that while society is progressing, there are still traditional biases about women and women’s' roles in Georgia. I prepared to be treated differently as a woman in the country. Some of my expectations were met consistently: men, for example, do …

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Workplace Dynamics

This summer abroad program is my second study abroad experience in Russia (the first being in Petersburg), and my first extended stay in Moscow. On one hand, I feel quite adept in certain areas of language, day-to-day activities, and engaging in Russian culture thanks to my previous experience. On the other, as my continually increasing …

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