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Halloween: An American Tradition with Immigrant Roots

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Halloween: An American Tradition with Immigrant Roots

On October 31, Americans celebrate Halloween and pretend that ghosts and goblins are in the air, where candy is prevalent, and everyone can dress up as their favorite character. Walk around any neighborhood or block of stores and you are likely to see Halloween decorations and advertisements for special events.  Don’t let the ghosts, and […]

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Getting to Know a J-1: Vladislav Haralampiev

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Getting to Know a J-1: Vladislav Haralampiev

Name: Vladislav Haralampiev Training Location: San Francisco Originally From: Bulgaria What have you found most surprising about the U.S.? First three things that come to my mind: People work harder the U.S. than in Bulgaria. The weather in San Francisco is very nice. From what people tell me, this is year round. And after visiting the de […]

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Take a Fall Color Road Trip

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Take a Fall Color Road Trip

While summer may be a great time for a road trip, the transition from summer to autumn and the harvest season is another time to take a road trip to see the changing season’s color displays. When it comes to viewing autumn’s changing colors, many places across America offer opportunity for dramatic drives through spectacular […]

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How Baseball Echoes U.S. Immigration Patterns and Social History

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How Baseball Echoes U.S. Immigration Patterns and Social History

By John Rebstock. Sports are an integral part of world culture, and it’s impossible to go anywhere without coming across a local game. Canadians are known for loving hockey, Southeast Asia and the West Indies for cricket, and most of the rest of the world for association football, but America’s National Pastime is baseball. Baseball […]

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International Day of Older Persons Recognizes Challenges for Elderly in the U.S. and Across the Globe

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International Day of Older Persons Recognizes Challenges for Elderly in the U.S. and Across the Globe

Since 1991, October 1 has been recognized as International Day of Older Persons by the United Nations. This year’s theme, “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All,” emphasized the needs of the elderly (those age 65 or older). There are many challenges the world faces in providing care to the elderly, but recognizing […]

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Tailgating: An American Sports Tradition Since 1869

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Tailgating: An American Sports Tradition Since 1869

When it comes to American sports, it’s not just about what happens on the field. Many fans of football (the American version where players catch the ball instead of kicking it) will spend the hours before cheering on their team first in a park, parking lot, field, or whatever empty space they can find outside […]

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Know Your Documents: The J-1 Visa, DS-2019, DS-7002, I-901, and I-94

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Know Your Documents: The J-1 Visa, DS-2019, DS-7002, I-901, and I-94

In our new Common J Visa Questions series, Jai Misra, International Exchange Center Program Specialist, will take frequently asked question received from exchange program participants and attempt to answer them in the most comprehensive way possible. This information and much more is available in our FAQs section on our website. As you may have noticed, there are many documents that […]

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The History Behind the Star Spangled Banner

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The History Behind the Star Spangled Banner

This weekend marks the 200-year anniversary of the writing of America’s national anthem. “The Star Spangled Banner” is one of the most recognizable songs in the United States. But it is more than just a patriotic song. Behind this piece of music is a rich history that sheds light into the country’s first years as […]

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How It Felt to Return Home After My J-1 Experience

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How It Felt to Return Home After My J-1 Experience

Heinke Conrad was J-1 Participant in Billerica, MA. She is originally from Germany. Before describing how it felt to come home to Germany after working in the United States, I should mention that I had visited Germany twice during my 18 month stay as a trainee in the field of biology in the Boston area. […]

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Celebrating Labor Day and the End of Summer

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Celebrating Labor Day and the End of Summer

By the calendar, summer ends in the Northern Hemisphere at 10:29 P.M. EDT on the night of September 29, 2014. This is the day when the sun sets exactly twelve hours after sun rise. For the next three months the hours of sunlight will shorten by a few minutes each day. Forget the calendar! In […]

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