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National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Highlights from the Summer 2017 Shanghai Program

Week 6

It is hard to believe that the 2017 Shanghai NSLI-Y program has almost come to an end. It feels like the group of 25 students just arrived yesterday!

The students completed their third (and final) community service activity during this final week. They went to a Home of Sunshine in a community center, which is a daycare and learning place for people with mental challenges. During the two-hour services, the NSLI-Y students performed for the residents, and spent the majority of the time painting a mask with them. In return for their kindness, the NSLI-Y students also enjoyed some well-practiced singing and gifts from the residents. It was a very touching moment.

The most memorable experience of this week was the graduation ceremony, during which time all of the 25 students presented their final projects and played fun Chinese games together. Final project topics included: feminism in China, energy, environmental protection, transportation, One Belt One Road policy, Chinese etiquette, baseball and Ping Pong comparison, to name a few.

In a few hours the group is going to depart for Shanghai Pudong Airport and all students will return home after their six-week learning journey.

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The NSLI-Y program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.