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A Summer Road Trip to America’s National Parks

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A Summer Road Trip to America’s National Parks

Documentary film maker, Ken Burns, describes national parks as “America’s best idea.” National parks are indeed popular destinations in the United States. Many Americans plan summer road trips to one or more of the over 400 units of the National Park Service, which was created in 1916, and now spans the nation from coast to […]

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Getting to Know a J-1: Nadine Hartung

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Getting to Know a J-1: Nadine Hartung

Current Location: New York City Originally From: Germany What have you found most surprising about America? America’s diversity really surprised me. What’s the strangest thing you’ve observed while on your visit? A strange and one of my best experiences was watching the sold out Rangers game in Yankee stadium while it was snowing and ice […]

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Three Ways to Celebrate America’s Independence Day

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Three Ways to Celebrate America’s Independence Day

Joining your U.S. friends and colleagues to celebrate America’s Independence Day provides exhilarating opportunities to see the country at its finest. On no other day of the year do Americans of all political beliefs, religious backgrounds, ethnic heritages, and economic realities come together in a celebration of our nation. If you’re outside on Friday night, […]

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Getting to Know a J-1: Isaac Safdie

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Getting to Know a J-1: Isaac Safdie

Current location: Boston, MA Originally from: Brazil. What one thing would you like America to adopt from your home? The passion for soccer. What has been your least favorite part about your experience here? The winter was pretty bad. I never experienced something like that. Someone you know from back home is coming to America […]

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World Cup Fever – American Style

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World Cup Fever – American Style

We’re into the third week of the World Cup, which is being viewed by an estimated 3.2 billion viewers around the world. Despite the global popularity of soccer (known as football in the rest of the world), the U.S. has actually been slow to catch soccer fever. In fact, in the U.S. the most popular […]

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Immigrant Innovators in the United States

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Immigrant Innovators in the United States

Many of the products and services we all use daily started with an immigrant’s innovative idea. From telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell to Google co-founder Sergey Brin, immigrants have been the brains behind many things we use every day. Across the United States of America, there is no doubt that highly skilled immigrants are vital […]

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What Is a Barbecue (and How Do You Make It)?

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What Is a Barbecue (and How Do You Make It)?

You might be invited to a typical American barbecue this upcoming holiday weekend or at some point this summer. So for those of you who might think all barbecues are the same, I have news for you. As a native, Alabamian, if I went to a barbecue and saw burgers, hot dogs, or grilled fish […]

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What Graduation Means to an American Student

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What Graduation Means to an American Student

Each spring, tens of thousands of young people graduate from high schools across America. It is the culmination of 12 years of education and marks the beginning of young adulthood. To give you a sense of what graduation means to one American teen, Lorenza Ramirez has written up her thoughts for J1Journeys. After reading please […]

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Summer Cultural Scavenger Hunt

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Summer Cultural Scavenger Hunt

All work and no play do not a cultural exchange make!  So, join our summer scavenger hunt of American cultural activities and you may be featured as a future Exchange Visitor of the Month.  All you’ll need to do is locate and participate in at least six of the activities below and then send us […]

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IEC Launches 2014 Annual Photo Contest

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IEC Launches 2014 Annual Photo Contest

Today, we announce the opening of our 2014 Annual Photo Contest. We are calling for submissions of photographs that represent your life as a J-1 exchange visitor in the United States. These can include photos of natural landmarks you took while on a road trip, snapshots taken during a local celebration or simply photos of […]

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