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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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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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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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How J-1 Exchange Visitors Celebrated Halloween in the United States in 2016

How J-1 Exchange Visitors Celebrated Halloween in the United States in 2016

Marcal Prats is from Spain and is currently training with a digital communications company in Washington, D.C. On Halloween I hung out with friends around Georgetown in Washington D.C. We were dressed up in costumes specifically for the occasion. I dressed with a horror Halloween Theme. I wore a giant spider on the top of […]

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Watching the Olympics Far From Home

Filed in American Culture by on August 12, 2016 0 Comments
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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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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2012 Photo Contest Winner: Sharon Panackal, “Blue Angels” (Seattle, WA)

2012 Photo Contest Winner: Sharon Panackal, “Blue Angels” (Seattle, WA)

In November of last year, the International Exchange Center began publicizing our Annual Photo Contest. We received an email from Sharon Panackal: “I am attaching the photograph with this email, and below is the caption I have written about the photograph… On the day after the completion of my internship at Starbucks, and the day […]

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March 2014 Exchange Visitor of the Month: Carla Parzianello

March 2014 Exchange Visitor of the Month: Carla Parzianello

Carla Parzianello is a J-1 trainee in Human Resources Management from Brazil. During her time at YMCA of the Rockies in Colorado, Carla has reached out to local Americans to share her culture. She has organized events for adults and spoken to kids in local schools. Check out her tips on how you can do […]

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IEC Videos: American Food

Filed in Exchange Visitor Spotlight by on November 27, 2013 0 Comments
IEC Videos: American Food

Do you know where your food comes from? This video highlights some of the most popular fruits, veggies, meats and spices that originated in the Americas. You may be surprised to see your favorite foods on this list.

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IEC Videos: Our National Parks

Filed in Exchange Visitor Spotlight by on October 28, 2013 0 Comments
IEC Videos: Our National Parks

Explore the natural wonders of the United States! Watch this video to learn more about the history of America’s National Parks and which parks are near you.

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