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 the same!
This summer, Carla and a volunteer at her YMCA host site organized regular cultural events at the Snow Mountain Ranch. Exchange visitors gave 40 minute presentations on their home countries, with emphasis on tourist spots, food and cultural events. The events drew an audience of volunteers, retired people, host families, American staff and other guests. They also hosted a lively international fair with food and dancing! Read the interview to learn how to host fun cultural exchange events.
What is your impression of US culture?
Everybody is really friendly here. Brazilians can be even friendlier. It’s important for me to be more assertive in Anglo-Saxon culture. South Americans tend to be less assertive. In my training, I’ve learned that there is a focus on paperwork compliance. We have that in Brazil as well, especially with larger companies.
People visit here in Colorado from all over the country, so I’ve learned about some of the cultural differences in different regions of the US. People from the South are considered more laid back, people from the East Coast are more work-‐driven. You see those kinds of differences in Brazil as well.
In the winter of 2010, Ignacio De Solminihac Sierralta arrived in New York City to start a law internship. He was only in the US for two months, but on the day before his scheduled flight back to Chile, February 27, 2010, the sixth largest earthquake ever recorded hit Chile. The magnitude 8.8 earthquake also set off a devastating tsunami that reached all the way across the Pacific Ocean to Japan. Here’s his story.
Roman Derco is from Slovakia and has also lived in Hungary and the Czech Republic. Currently, he lives in Champaign, Illinois. Roman has been in the US for two months as an exchange visitor. He interns with Wolfram Research Inc. and he will complete his internship in December 2012.
This month we had the chance to speak with Scott Marshall from Australia about his current training in Los Angeles. We also talked about an epic road trip he took to Yellowstone and the differenced between basketball in the States and down under...
Luca Marty is a J-1 trainee from Italy at a travel agency in Bethesda, Maryland,near Washington, DC,where he is learning how to create customized trip plans that often combine visits to centers of culture and the arts, such as Rome and Florence, with a relaxed experience in the Italian countryside in places like Tuscany and Umbria.