On September 18 the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center hosted seven American high school students, soon to depart for an eight-month study abroad program in Muscat, Oman, for a presentation to introduce them to Oman's rich cultural heritage.
The students will be studying Arabic through a program sponsored by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) and managed by AMIDEAST. The students convened in the Center's cultural room, where they enjoyed a display of traditional Omani handicrafts, including pottery pieces and hand-woven rugs. Makeda Jones, SQCC's administrative officer, gave a presentation on Omani culture and offered tips to help the students prepare for their exciting trip. Following the presentation the students were able to ask questions and were invited to tour the Oman Library at The Middle East Institute.
NSLI-Y is a study abroad program funded by the U.S. Department of State that provides scholarships to American youth to learn languages that are less commonly taught. AMIDEAST is an organization that aims to support cross cultural exchange between Americans and people living in the Middle East through international education.