In December students with the National Security Language Institute Arabic (NSLI-Y) in Morocco returned from a trip to the Southwest coast, focused around the town of Sidi Ifni. The town has a unique history because it was the functional government capital during Spanish colonization of that region of Morocco. The organization that hosted the group during their stay in Sidi Ifni is called Dar Si Hmad, which focuses their efforts on development programs in the community focusing on education programs for both outsiders like our group and local children. Their main project is a fog collecting effort to capture water from the abundant fog in the region. That water is then used for several nearby villages to help reduce the amount of time that the ladies in the village spend retrieving water. The students visited the site of the fog nets, listened to Quranic chanting and shared a meal in the village, toured the town of Sidi Ifni, and had multiple discussions on the complexities of development work especially ones that aim to include human, environmental, scientific, and social elements.
NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. Now more than ever, it is important that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogue and support American engagement abroad. NSLI-Y aims to provide opportunities to American youth that will spark a lifetime interest in language learning.
Legacy International is one of 11 organizations nationwide that implements the National Security Language Initiative for Youth. Our NSLI-Y program takes place in Morocco throughout the year.
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.
TO APPLY to this program, fill out initial applications on the US government National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) website. Legacy’s NSLI-Y programs include home stays, site visits, student roundtables, and lectures. Legacy has provided this program in partnership with the Center for Language and Culture to US high school youth since 2007.