Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Eleanor Dunbar

Eleanor Dunbar reflects on her summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and learning languages from her host family. “Be khord, be khord,” my Tajik host mother orders in a shrill tone. In Farsi, this is a command to eat, and my Tajik host family takes eating …

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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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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Victoria Breshears

Victoria Breshears reflects on her summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and media in Tajikistan. As I sit here getting packed to head home, I cannot fathom the changes I have gone through while in Tajikistan. Although I have only been here for five months, I …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Gabriel Rody-Ramazani

Gabriel Rody-Ramazani reflects on his summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and his appreciation for Tajik citizens. I will always be awe-struck by the intense and fascinating differences that I discovered in the experiences and thoughts of many of the Tajik people I met this past …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: John Caves

John Caves reflects on his summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and Tajikistan’s history of multilingualism. The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V once remarked that he spoke “Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.” In like fashion, the Mughals …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Ellie Campton

Ellie Campton reflects on her summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and Tajikistan's development. For all the study and talk we have of Iran and Afghanistan, there is little comparative research and study of Tajikistan. Tajikistan, understudied I will argue, holds perhaps one of the most …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Sanam Analouei

Sanam Analouei reflects on her summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and life in Tajikistan. “Tajikistan...where is that?” “Oh...you mean Kazakhstan?” “Next to Afghanistan! That doesn’t sound safe…” These were a few of the comments and questions I got when I told people I was going …

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