Turkey - Encounter Culture

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AAG wants to not only promote cultural exchange through our programs, but also provide an opportunity to travel the world virtually. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to learn more about a featured country with whom we are establishing and creating stronger business, political and human ties. This month we are featuring Turkey. (more…)

Taiwan - Travel the World

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AAG wants to not only promote cultural exchange through our programs, but also provide a breather to travel the world virtually. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to learn more about a featured country with whom we are establishing and creating stronger business, political, and human ties. This month we are featuring Taiwan. (more…)

World Cup 2014 - Sports Diplomacy

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As you well know, sports can be a significant part of a family’s life, whether that’s because you are taking your child to little league, football or swim practice, or maybe it’s because you remember from a very young age that your family has always rooted and cheered for the Aggies, Dallas Cowboys or Spurs (at least that was the case in my home as a child). Sports are a very iconic part of American culture. To many baseball has been regarded as the national sport of the USA since the late 19th century, but its American football that is definitely one of the most favorite spectator sport, and of course there is a huge following for American basketball.

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Ukraine: Encounter Culture in Eastern Europe

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AAG wants to not only promote cultural exchange through our programs, but also provide a break to travel the world virtually.  Our goal is to give you the opportunity to learn more about a featured country with whom we are establishing and creating stronger business, political and human ties. This month we are featuring Ukraine.

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Ukraine: A Student's Perspective

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Ukraine

By Oleksandr Tereshchuk Ukrainian Student Interning in the United States

There is a most unusual country that stretches across the territory of Eastern Europe. Its name is pleasing to my ear: Ukraine!

It is a country that has a unique nature, the most hardworking people, and unique traditions. I am struck by the beauty of the local landscape which is intimate with my heart. I can’t help but fascinate at the orchards generously giving their fruits to the people. Fields and meadows give birth to the light breeze of purity and freshness and symbolize freedom and tranquility. My heart is overwhelmed with love of the extraordinary and majestic Crimean Mountains and the Carpathians which lead to their hidden secrets and riddles promising to open them. Water of the Black and Azov Seas warms me as fresh milk and bodes serenity.

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Ukraine Update

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ukraine updateAs of March 22nd, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman traveled to Ukraine to meet with senior Ukrainian officials and representatives of civil society. “Secretary Sherman reaffirmed the United States’ strong support for the Ukrainian people and for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

AAG has been sponsoring students from Ukraine since 2004. We have several valuable partners in J-1 programs based here with whom we have worked very closely over the years. Part of what makes our partnerships strong is open communication and positive relationships. Last week we had the opportunity to candidly discuss the country’s situation first hand with Rustem Ayedinov, Director General of STUDY.UA. (more…)

Moldova - Encounter Culture Country Spotlight

Travel the World: Moldova

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moldovaOur featured country this month is Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova. It is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe situated between Ukraine and Romania, and very close to the Black Sea.  It is considered a parliamentary republic with a president as head of state and a prime minister as head of government. The climate is moderate winters and warm summers.

One of AAG’s very own Outreach Coordinators Mariana is from Moldova and had this to say:

Moldova is a small and relatively unknown country in Eastern Europe. Sandwiched between two of its more recognized neighbors, Romania and Ukraine, Moldova was formed in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union. Famous throughout Europe for its delicious wines, food and hardworking people. While not known to most of the world, Moldovans, such as myself, take a lot of pride in being from such a small, mysterious country. We value family, independence and hard work and we always welcome visitors with open arms. To me, this is what it means to be Moldovan.

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Thailand - Travel The World Country Spotlight

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ThailandTHAILAND, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country located at the Centre of Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia.  They are considered a constitutional monarchy, a form of democratic government in which a nonpolitical monarch acts as head of state within the boundaries of a constitution. Its size is slightly more than twice the size of Wyoming. The seasonal climate ranges from tropical; rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon (mid-May to September); dry, cool northeast monsoon (November to mid-March); southern isthmus always hot and humid. Thailand is a considered a happy, hospitable, fun-loving, exotic, tropical, cultured country rich in history.

FOOD: Traditional Thai restaurants will offer a wide variety of dishes; ranging from Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup) or Som Tum (spicy green papaya salad) or Tom Kha Kai (chicken in coconut soup). A common ingredient in Thai food is spicy chilies, so be prepared with a large glass of water just in case.

In addition, to delicious food they also are rich in culture and traditions. One custom that is very special in the Thai culture is their typical greetings commonly known as the ไหว้ (wai). Learn by watching this:

DANCE: If you were to travel to Thailand you would more than likely have a chance to see a live dance. In fact, dance is considered the main dramatic art form in Thailand. Like many Asian countries, dance can be divided into two major categories, classical dance and folk dance. If you are interested in witnessing a graceful gesture of movement you should watch this typical style of dance.

Click here to see 40 Thai foods we can’t live without

RELAX: Need a moment to relax and get away from your everyday work responsibilities. Visit Thailand through beautiful images. We promise you will be more relaxed and calmer after viewing this wonderful video.

The motto is: “Sabbesaṃ saṃghabhūtānaṃ samagghī vuḍḍhi sadhikā” which means:

Unity amongst those uniting brings about success and prosperity.

  • ThailandLanguage: Thai
    (English as a secondary language of the elite)
  • Currency: Thai Baht
  • Capital: Bangkok
  • Religion: Buddhism
  • Population: 65 million


Ukraine - Current News & J-1 Visa Cultural Exchange

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Ukraine & U.S. Support

During the U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing on Wednesday February 25, 2014, Deputy Secretary Burns stated that

We will continue to firmly support Ukraine’s unity and territorial integrity, and healthy relations with all of its neighbors.

Alliance Abroad Group has been working with our business partners in Ukraine since 2004, helping Ukrainian university students come to the United States on J-1 Visa Cultural Exchange Programs. We have directly sponsored and supported over 3,500 Ukrainian exchange visitors. Right now, the people of Ukraine are creating change and history. You may have seen Facebook, CNN or headlines in your local newspapers with regard to the changes in Ukraine’s political government.  We just want to take a moment and advise you that we are working very closely with our Ukrainian business partners to ensure we understand firsthand how our future 2014 Summer Work Travel applicants are doing.

At this point in time, we are not being notified of any significant changes that should affect the arrival of students who have been recruited.  American Embassy appointments are proceeding as normal and approval levels are being reported as very positive.  We will continue to keep you updated should anything change that would disrupt current plans.  Please note, Alliance Abroad Group is fully vested in our business relationships and will ensure we are making the best decisions with regard to the safety, health and welfare of all our customers.

Interested in more insight on the Department of State diplomacy effort click here: http://www.state.gov/

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