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Celebrating Labor Day and the End of Summer

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Celebrating Labor Day and the End of Summer

Labor Day is on Monday, September 5 and will be celebrated across the country in various forms, the most notably of which is through many businesses being closed to observe the national holiday. This national holiday provides families a time to wrap up their summer adventures in preparation for a new school year, workers to […]

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Watching the Olympics Far From Home

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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

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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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What J-1 Visa Holders Need to Know About Filing Taxes

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What J-1 Visa Holders Need to Know About Filing Taxes

It is tax season in the U.S.! By January 31, 2016 anyone who received income from a U.S. source should have received a W-2 form for income from their employer or 1099 forms from investments such as bank accounts or stock funds. These documents are used to fill out both Federal and State income tax […]

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Honoring Veterans in the U.S.

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Honoring Veterans in the U.S.

Veterans Day, November 11 commemorates the sacrifices and contributions of military servicemen and women, both living and deceased, who served the country during war or peacetime. From the Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C. to Veterans Day parades happening across the country, it is a moment when many Americans give recognition and gratitude to those […]

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Election Day 2015: What You Need to Know

Filed in American Culture by on November 3, 2015 0 Comments
Election Day 2015: What You Need to Know

Election Day 2015 is here! While the United States presidential election isn’t until next year, today’s elections for state and local governments are just as important. States are granted authority to create and enforce laws under the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. These laws can include key issues, ranging from education, conservation, and immigration. […]

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