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Why Do Americans Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican Holiday?

Filed in American Culture by on May 3, 2019 0 Comments
Why Do Americans Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican Holiday?

If you’re just arriving to the United States for your exchange program, you may be wondering: why do Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday? In the United States, the May 5 holiday is celebrated with tacos, margaritas, and music at bars, restaurants, and parties around the country. But if you cross the border […]

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How Did Exchange Visitors Celebrate the Holidays? See Our Video Contest Winner

How Did Exchange Visitors Celebrate the Holidays? See Our Video Contest Winner

For many of our exchange visitors, the winter season marks the first time they’ve celebrated the holidays in the United States. From our country’s Thanksgiving feast to Christmas and New Year’s traditions that are unique to the United States, exchange visitors have the opportunity to see the holidays in a new way. That’s why this […]

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Why Is the US Government Shut Down and What Does It Mean for J-1’s?

Filed in American Culture, J-1 Regulation Explainers by on January 15, 2019 0 Comments
Why Is the US Government Shut Down and What Does It Mean for J-1’s?

As an exchange visitor to the United States, you may have some questions about how the nation has entered a government shutdown and what comes next. Simply put, the U.S. government can enter a shutdown if Congress doesn’t provide enough money to keep it open, or if the president refuses to sign bills that would […]

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The Culture Exchange Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

The Culture Exchange Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. Families travel from afar to gather around a table of food and give thanks for all that has happened in the past year. One of the most important parts of this holiday is the food. Many of the recipes are passed down from […]

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How Women’s Role in the Labor Movement Helped Create Labor Day

Filed in American Culture by on August 31, 2018 0 Comments
How Women’s Role in the Labor Movement Helped Create Labor Day

Each year on the first Monday of September, the United States celebrates Labor Day. Considered to be the official end of the summer season, many Americans spend the holiday gathering with family, swimming, or barbecuing. But Labor Day is far more than just a Monday off from work—in fact, it honors the very people who […]

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Is Your Exchange Program Almost Over? Consider Taking These Day Trips Before Leaving the US

Filed in American Culture by on August 17, 2018 0 Comments
Is Your Exchange Program Almost Over? Consider Taking These Day Trips Before Leaving the US

With many exchange visitors’ programs ending in August and September, you may be wondering which excursions you should take before leaving the United States. There are plenty of options for tourists looking to plan last-minute trips at a low cost. August and September are some of the best times to travel in the United States, […]

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What to Do – and What to Avoid – as an Exchange Visitor in the United States

Filed in J-1 Regulation Explainers by on July 30, 2018 0 Comments
What to Do – and What to Avoid – as an Exchange Visitor in the United States

Whether you’re participating in the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program as a trainee or intern, you’re required to follow a certain set of regulations that the U.S. Department of State has issued. The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program was designed to give foreign students and recent graduates like yourself exposure to U.S. culture and hands-on training in […]

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Get Ready to ‘Eat, Play, and Give’ During J Day 2018

Filed in Exchange Visitor Spotlight by on July 19, 2018 0 Comments
Get Ready to ‘Eat, Play, and Give’ During J Day 2018

Each year, the international exchange community comes together to recognize J Day, a nationwide celebration of the power of international exchange. American sponsor organizations and exchange visitors use the day to share cultural customs, learn about voluntarism in the United States, give back to their local communities, and get to know one another under the […]

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Fourth of July Celebrations Across the United States

Filed in American Culture by on July 2, 2018 0 Comments
Fourth of July Celebrations Across the United States

Filled with barbecued food, family, and flags—the Fourth of July is a celebration of the United States independence from British rule. In 1777, the first Fourth of July celebration took place in Philadelphia, one year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The festivities included 13-gun cannon salutes and fireworks to honor each colony. […]

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Observing Ramadan and Celebrating Eid Al Fitr 2018 in the United States

Filed in American Culture by on June 11, 2018 0 Comments
Observing Ramadan and Celebrating Eid Al Fitr 2018 in the United States

The holy month of Ramadan 2018 will come to an end this week. Eid Al Fitr, the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan, will be enjoyed by Muslims around the world with family, feasts, and merriment. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is mandatory for all Muslims as part of the five pillars of […]

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