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Why We Celebrate Diwali: An Exchange Visitor’s Reflection

Filed in Exchange Visitor Reflections by on November 15, 2016 0 Comments
Why We Celebrate Diwali: An Exchange Visitor’s Reflection

All cultures have holidays and festivals that capture the uniqueness of the people and country in which they take place. Take a moment to research holidays particular to any given country, and list after list will present itself. Often, these celebrations mark specific religious holidays and come with particular traditions and cuisine that support the […]

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How J-1 Exchange Visitors Celebrated Halloween in the United States in 2016

How J-1 Exchange Visitors Celebrated Halloween in the United States in 2016

Marcal Prats is from Spain and is currently training with a digital communications company in Washington, D.C. On Halloween I hung out with friends around Georgetown in Washington D.C. We were dressed up in costumes specifically for the occasion. I dressed with a horror Halloween Theme. I wore a giant spider on the top of […]

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Around the World in 450 Days

Filed in Exchange Visitor Spotlight by on October 25, 2016 0 Comments
Around the World in 450 Days

Bastien Chirat has been “extremely passionate about aeronautics” since long before he learned about the J-1 visa or exchange visitor programs. As a committed student at the French Civil Aviation University, he is pursuing a degree in engineering at a highly specialized university where he is gaining technical skills and learning applied econometrics and marketing […]

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Celebrating Labor Day and the End of Summer

Filed in American Culture by on September 2, 2016 0 Comments
Celebrating Labor Day and the End of Summer

This national holiday provides families a time to wrap up their summer adventures in preparation for a new school year, workers to take a brief break after the summer work activities and preparations for fall, and individuals to fit in one last vacation before buckling down for fewer hours of sunshine and cooler weather. Want […]

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Watching the Olympics Far From Home

Filed in American Culture by on August 12, 2016 0 Comments
Watching the Olympics Far From Home

The 2016 Summer Olympics provides us all with an opportunity to celebrate amazing athletes from around the globe and sit in awe of their accomplishments. The Olympics promote good relations and amiable competition among countries around the world, and date back more than 3,000 years to ancient Greece. Since those first games, the worldwide event […]

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J-Day: Eat. Play. Give.

Filed in American Culture by on July 27, 2016 0 Comments
J-Day: Eat. Play. Give.

Every year, cultural exchange sponsor organizations all over the United States plan an events to celebrate the power and impact of the international exchange visitor program and also to give back to local communities where exchange visitors are being hosted. This day is known as J-Day, and the Alliance for International Exchange provides resources to […]

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Have You Experienced Culture Shock? This Theory May Explain Why

Filed in American Culture by on July 19, 2016 0 Comments
Have You Experienced Culture Shock? This Theory May Explain Why

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a new sojourner throwing yourself into the wide world of international experiences, it is likely that now or in the past you have experienced symptoms of cultural adjustment. This may include a general euphoria when you’ve arrived at your international destination that may dissolve into moments of confusion about […]

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Graduation Traditions in the U.S.

Filed in American Culture by on May 25, 2016 0 Comments
Graduation Traditions in the U.S.

May and June bring a flurry of graduation celebrations across America. Both high school and college seniors mark the end of their studies at commencement ceremonies. Spring commencement is a time to celebrate with family and friends who travel to their graduates’ university to attend a formal ceremony and watch their son, daughter, brother, sister, […]

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What Does Mother’s Day Mean to You?

Filed in American Culture by on May 6, 2016 0 Comments
What Does Mother’s Day Mean to You?

Mother’s Day is a special day each year where we can honor and celebrate our mothers, as well as other influential mother-like figures in our lives, for the strong and wonderful people that they are. In the United States, it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It is a day to recognize and […]

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Vibrant America: An Experience to Cherish

Filed in Exchange Visitor Spotlight by on March 4, 2016 0 Comments
Vibrant America: An Experience to Cherish

By Vinayak Gupta, J-1 Trainee from India I set off for an 11-month J-1 training at American Express in Arizona with the primary intent of enhancing my business knowledge and growing my leadership skills. However, I have come to discover various other opportunities that will be useful to me when I return to my native-India. […]

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