How to Handle Reverse Culture Shock

J-1 Work & Travel Participant, 2017
Dec 21 2018

All travels eventually come to an end. You are probably catching your flight home after the end of your J-1 program feeling bittersweet. Like most independent travelers, you may be thinking about the homemade meal you have been craving, or about finally seeing your beloved pet again. But once you have survived your long 10-hour… Continue reading »

What is Thanksgiving in the USA?

Thanksgiving in the USA
Nov 15 2018

Thanksgiving in the USA is meant to bring family and friends together over a big meal to express gratitude and thanks. Historically, the holiday commemorates the unity of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans, who gathered together in 1621 for a feast symbolizing peace and goodwill between their cultures. This autumnal dinner became a tradition… Continue reading »

Medical Care in the USA while on the J-1 Program

J-1 Teaching Assistants take notes during CICD's annual presentation
Nov 14 2018

Medical care and insurance may not be the first thing on your mind as you prepare for your J-1 Internship, but it is extremely important to be prepared for an unexpected illness or emergency while traveling abroad. The U.S. is known for having high healthcare costs – it’s true!  Find a Medical Center That Accepts… Continue reading »

Qualify for the J-1 Internship and Training Visa

J-1 Interns gathered in Seattle for CICD's annual teaching intern conference
Nov 08 2018

Congratulations! You found an Internship or Training program in the U.S. Now what? Take CICD’s Qualify Quiz to see if you may qualify or read the below eligibility requirements. How to Qualify as a J-1 Intern Apply for the J-1 Intern program if you are a foreign national who is currently enrolled in and pursuing studies… Continue reading »