The United States of America is a diverse land, covering more than 9.6 million square kilometers and is home to more than 320 million people. Americans have some common culture like celebration of national holidays and while there are values that unite Americans, there are regional nuances to American culture. Large, urban area like Los Angeles, California has a very different culture and way of life than a small town like Oxford, Mississippi. The diversity of cultures within the United States in one of the reasons it is a unique country and home to people of different religions, race, ethnicity and political beliefs. America is a great nation because of the rich history and heritage of our citizens.
- Research your location in the U.S. to get a feel for the culture, cost and climate.
- It is normal to have an adjustment period to a new country, which is sometimes referred to as culture shock.
- It is normal to miss family and friends but there are wonderful opportunities to meet new friends in the program, in the community or at work.
- Climates vary but it can be very cold in the winter and extremely hot in the summer. Learn more about the climate of where you will be living.
- Ask your supervisors and peers about volunteer opportunities in the community.
- Seek help or advice whenever you need it.
- Keep a journal/diary/scrapbook of your memories. This could be hand written or online via a blog or social media.
- Reach out to fellow international participants via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #AAG! You can find information on local events here: Things to do link
AAG highly encourages you to participate in as many cultural exchange opportunities as possible and there are a few ideas below to below. Throughout your program, AAG will provide opportunities and ideas for making the most of your time and offering ideas for experiencing American culture.
- Celebrate a U.S. holiday.
- Participate in or watch a sport you have never played.
- Participate in community events.
- Volunteer in your community.
- Attend a local music event or art show.
- Try eating or cooking local foods
- Listen to American music on the radio.
- Attend concerts, movies, theater, or other activities in your area.
- Check out “Things To Do in the USA” page on our website (link)