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J-1 Trainees Kick Off the 2017 Holiday Season

Filed in Exchange Visitor Reflections by on December 11, 2017 0 Comments
J-1 Trainees Kick Off the 2017 Holiday Season

Kamila Nadrowska is from Poland and is currently training with a food manufacturer in Rochester, New York. My host company had an amazing lunch for the employees, where everybody presented their own favorite dish. I tried several American Thanksgiving dishes, such as roasted veggies, crispy sweet potatoes, cornbread, stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet corn casserole, […]

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Filed in American Culture by on September 27, 2017 0 Comments
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States each year beginning on September 15, marking the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Independence Day for Mexico, Chile, and Belize follows shortly after, on September 16, 18, and 21, respectively. The holiday continues through October […]

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The Founding Father of American Volunteerism

Filed in American Culture by on August 17, 2017 0 Comments
The Founding Father of American Volunteerism

Volunteerism has long been rooted in the American spirit, with the country relying on volunteers as far back as the Revolutionary War. That same drive to help and build community continues today, as many Americans turn to volunteerism to aid others, establish community ties, and foster a philanthropic attitude. Benjamin Franklin, one of the country’s […]

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Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day on July 4?

Filed in American Culture by on July 3, 2017 0 Comments
Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day on July 4?

If there’s one certainty on the Fourth of July, it’s that Americans will come together to celebrate it with grilled food, family, and fireworks. Despite these annual traditions, there is a certain level of mystery surrounding the holiday’s origins. On Independence Day, Americans celebrate the legal separation of the country’s original Thirteen Colonies from Great […]

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Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers: Why America Celebrates Memorial Day

Filed in American Culture by on May 26, 2017 0 Comments
Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers: Why America Celebrates Memorial Day

Americans will observe Memorial Day this year on May 29, often using the time to gather with family and welcome the summer months. However, it’s best to not lose sight of the meaning behind this federal holiday. Originally called Decoration Day, based on the centuries-old tradition of adorning the graves of fallen soldiers with flags, […]

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This U.S. Tradition Allows Employees to Bring Their Children Into Work for a Day

Filed in American Culture by on April 26, 2017 0 Comments
This U.S. Tradition Allows Employees to Bring Their Children Into Work for a Day

“Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” is an annual U.S. tradition celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April. Millions of families and organizations participate in the effort to reinforce the value of an education, interact in a workplace environment, and ultimately expand opportunities. According to Carolyn McKecuen, Executive Director of the Take Our […]

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Meet the Outstanding Immigrants Honored at the Washington DC Immigrant Achievement Awards

Filed in American Culture by on April 12, 2017 0 Comments
Meet the Outstanding Immigrants Honored at the Washington DC Immigrant Achievement Awards

On Thursday, April 6, the American Immigration Council hosted the annual Washington DC Immigrant Achievement Awards. As part of the Council’s mission to “strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration,” three extraordinary immigrants were honored for their enormous impact on their communities. The […]

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Celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month

Filed in American Culture by on March 15, 2017 0 Comments
Celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month

Since 1991, Americans have marked each March as Irish-American Heritage Month. This month gives Irish-Americans an opportunity both to celebrate the contributions they have made to the United States, and to reflect on the struggles faced by generations of Irish immigrants who made the long journey from Ireland to the new shores of the United […]

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From Thailand to the City That Never Sleeps

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From Thailand to the City That Never Sleeps

Noat Somprakit came to the United States from Thailand as an Exchange Visitor to complete a Business Management traineeship in New York, New York in the summer of 2016. Since then, Noat has been immersed in American culture and shared his own rich culture with colleagues and friends. He has become a part of the […]

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Presidents’ Day: A Centuries-Old Tradition

Filed in American Culture by on February 15, 2017 0 Comments
Presidents’ Day: A Centuries-Old Tradition

Americans will celebrate Presidents’ Day on February 20. The day will bring sales at retail stores, war re-enactments, and a variety of other ceremonies.  However, it is an important time to reflect back on the initial intent of this long-standing federal holiday. Presidents Day was originally celebrated on February 22, the birthday of America’s first […]

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