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From Thailand to the City That Never Sleeps

Filed in Exchange Visitor Spotlight by on March 1, 2017 0 Comments
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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Why We Celebrate Diwali: An Exchange Visitor’s Reflection

Filed in Exchange Visitor Reflections by on November 15, 2016 0 Comments
Why We Celebrate Diwali: An Exchange Visitor’s Reflection

All cultures have holidays and festivals that capture the uniqueness of the people and country in which they take place. Take a moment to research holidays particular to any given country, and list after list will present itself. Often, these celebrations mark specific religious holidays and come with particular traditions and cuisine that support the […]

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Around the World in 450 Days

Filed in Exchange Visitor Reflections by on October 25, 2016 0 Comments
Around the World in 450 Days

Bastien Chirat has been “extremely passionate about aeronautics” since long before he learned about the J-1 visa or exchange visitor programs. As a committed student at the French Civil Aviation University, he is pursuing a degree in engineering at a highly specialized university where he is gaining technical skills and learning applied econometrics and marketing […]

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Vibrant America: An Experience to Cherish

Filed in Exchange Visitor Reflections by on March 4, 2016 0 Comments
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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Riding “The Wave” as a Tech Engineer Intern in San Francisco

Filed in Exchange Visitor Reflections by on October 30, 2015 0 Comments
Riding “The Wave” as a Tech Engineer Intern in San Francisco

 By Sander Vocke, J-1 Intern at Mindtribe If you’re a techie, you probably have a few preconceptions about life as an engineer in the San Francisco Bay area. I also did when I began a three-month J-1 internship at Mindtribe, a product development company in the heart of San Francisco. Now the time to return to […]

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Getting to Know a J-1: Ramachandran Nallusamy

Filed in Exchange Visitor Spotlight by on August 21, 2015 1 Comment
Getting to Know a J-1: Ramachandran Nallusamy

 Name: Ramachandran Nallusamy Training Location: Suwanee, Georgia Originally From: India What have you found most surprising about America? 99 percent of the people are following traffic rules. What’s the strangest thing you’ve observed while on your visit? Punctuality What one thing would you like to take from America and bring back home? The people are enjoying life […]

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How My J-1 Experience Shaped My Entrepreneurship

Filed in Exchange Visitor Reflections by on May 15, 2015 0 Comments
How My J-1 Experience Shaped My Entrepreneurship

By Loet Rammelsberg, CEO of Vicancy. While sitting in a high-speed train between Amsterdam and Berlin–on my way to an investors pitch–I’m reflecting on my time in the U.S. a couple of years ago. I was a student of Tropical Agriculture in Wageningen, a town in the central Netherlands, and launched (sort of by coincidence) […]

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Getting to Know a J-1: Tanya Kakaradova

Filed in Exchange Visitor Spotlight by on April 13, 2015 0 Comments
Getting to Know a J-1: Tanya Kakaradova

Name:  Tanya Kakaradova Training Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana Originally From: Bulgaria What have you found most surprising about America? Regardless of how advanced this country is in many aspects, building wooden houses instead of the solid concrete and brick alternative still astonishes me. What’s the strangest thing you’ve observed while on your visit? The colorfulness of the […]

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Reflecting on Living in Chicago as a European

Filed in American Culture by on February 6, 2015 0 Comments
Reflecting on Living in Chicago as a European

Claire P. is a J-1 Trainee at Oak Street Real Estate Capital, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. Having an international background, I never thought integration would be an issue for me. I was born in Cape Town to Belgian parents, lived all over Europe except Belgium, and spoke perfectly fluent English. I expected my time in Chicago […]

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Celebrating Christmas in New York City as a European

Filed in American Culture by on January 9, 2015 0 Comments
Celebrating Christmas in New York City as a European

Cecilia Lusardi is a J-1 Trainee at the Alessandro/Weber Design Agency in New York, New York. Before coming to the U.S., average Europeans think they know everything about celebrating a proper Christmas: what kind of decorations they are supposed to use, how to set up a Christmas Tree, the carols that should be played and how to go […]

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