Archive for February, 2016

By on February 19th, 2016

International Students and Your Pets

There is no question that we love our pets in America. The multi-million dollar industry that surrounds our furry, feathered, fishy, or scaly friends is proof. Most of us think of our pets as part of the family, and their comfort, entertainment, and health is a priority. International students and interns may come from an area where pets aren’t common, or are not allowed inside, or have many other differences. That doesn’t mean that Fluffy needs to go, but there…

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By on February 17th, 2016

Learning from Your International Student

When you envisioned hosting an international student or intern, maybe you pictured showing them around, teaching them about American culture, helping them learn English, and welcoming them as part of your family. But there is a lot you can learn from your guest as well. Learning about your guest’s culture, language, and history is a huge benefit to being a host family. While it is important to remember that everyone is different, and your student can’t be considered a representative…

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By on February 15th, 2016

5 Things to Do in Irvine

International students choose Irvine, California, for many reasons. California is a popular choice for its diversity, climate, liberal educations, and many exciting attractions. As a host family, it is tempting to fill up days with the sights and adventures of your local area to share with your international student or intern. But with their time spent hard at work or studying, narrowing down the must-see local spots is important. You don’t want to overwhelm your guest while they struggle to…

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