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A Chinese New Year Primer

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The Year of the Rooster is upon us as Saturday, January 28th marks Chinese New Year! Not sure what it’s all about? Here’s a rundown of the basics: Origins According to legend, a sea-dwelling monster named “Nian” would come up to the land every year on new year’s eve to eat people and livestock. Each year, the villagers in Nian’s ...

Striving for Excellence Amidst Industry Challenges

It’s always an exciting time for a company or industry to see rapid growth and a surge of interest in their product or service. But with this rapid growth come many new challenges, and an industry often finds itself scrambling to adapt to and address these issues even as things continue to move at lightning pace. This is absolutely the ...

Promoting Understanding Through Cultural Exchange

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The 2016 United States presidential election has come and gone, and amidst all the noise, perhaps one thing has become clear – we all have room for improvement when it comes to understanding and listening to perspectives that differ from our own. We all generally like to surround ourselves with people who think like we do, who share the same worldviews, ...

AmeriStudent Catching the Industry by Storm – Study Abroad Programs

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Study abroad programs Study abroad programs are nothing new. In fact, sending students to study overseas is a time-honored tradition that allows students to see the world and experience new countries and cultures, even as they further their academic pursuits. Unfortunately, the system for housing foreign exchange students has not changed significantly in decades, despite major technological innovations and a ...

How to Prepare a Bedroom for a Foreign Exchange Student

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There are many benefits to hosting Foreign Exchange Student in your home, including the ability to make new friends and learn about another culture, the chance to help a motivated student expand his or her horizons, and even the opportunity to bring a bit of extra income into the household. But you will be living with a student for at ...

A Guide to International Celebrations for Host Families

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There are certain annual events that nearly every country around the world celebrates, such as the arrival of the New Year (although there is more than one date attributed to this festivity, depending on country and culture). But most countries also celebrate a variety of holidays throughout the year that are linked to religion, history, honored persons, and more. Just ...

Introducing International Students to Popular American Pastimes

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Hosting international students can be a fun and fulfilling experience for the host family, but there’s no denying that there could also be some hurdles along the way. You may face a language barrier, cultural differences, and familial misunderstandings that lead to embarrassment, offense, or other problems. And more likely than not, you’ll find that your foreign exchange student is homesick ...

How to Ease Culture Shock When Studying Abroad

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Studying Abroad Jetting off to a foreign country when studying abroad while living with a host family is bound to be the adventure of a lifetime. And it’s made much easier when you find a host family that can show you the ropes and keep you from making dangerous blunders. But you’re still bound to experience a measure of culture shock ...

Preparing to Welcome a Foreign Exchange Student Into Your Home

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Foreign Exchange Student When you decide to become a host family for students looking to study abroad, you’re providing a useful service to those young adults and their families. Simply put, people feel safer going with a host family rather than relying on campus dorms. Apart from their increased comfort, though, you will also earn a little extra money and ...

5 Smart Spending Tips for Students Studying Abroad

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Studying Abroad When studying abroad and you start looking at host families in different cities near the colleges you would prefer to visit as a foreign exchange student, one of the many factors will be cost. And you need to be smart about how you spend your money. This will ensure that your experience is a good one and that ...

How Foreign Exchange Students Can Prepare for American Culture

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Foreign Exchange Student There is bound to be some level of culture shock the first time a foreign exchange student visits a new country, no matter how prepared he or she is. That said, the more you know about your host culture going into the situation, the more quickly you’ll be able to acclimate, fit in, and enjoy yourself. And there are ...

How Foreign Exchange Students Can Adjust to American Life and Culture

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Foreign Exchange Students There are few times in life when people are so unencumbered that they can simply pick up and jet off to another country for several months in search of knowledge, social activities, and adventure. But students are prime candidates for just such an excursion. With no job, mortgage, spouse, kids, or adult responsibilities to hold them back, ...

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