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Moldova - Encounter Culture

26 May

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This month Encounter Culture – Alliance Abroad Group will focus on Moldova. Sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova emerged as an independent republic following the collapse of the USSR in 1991.  The capital, Chişinău, is in the center of the country and has 740,000 inhabitants.

The name “Moldova” is derived from the Moldova River; the valley of this river was a political center when the Principality of Moldavia was founded in 1359. The origin of the name of the river is not clear. According to a legend recounted by Moldavian chroniclers Dimitrie Cantemir and Grigore Ureche, the river was named by prince Dragoș after hunting an aurochs: after the chase, his exhausted hound Molda drowned in the river. The dog’s name was given to the river and extended to the Principality.

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Flag Day 2015

26 May

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In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. In August 1949 Congress established National Flag Day. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1, § 110 is the official statute for Flag Day; however, it is at the President’s discretion to officially proclaim the observance. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday.

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Father's Day 2015

26 May

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Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June. Father’s Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.

The history of how Father’s Day first came to be varies by account, but was believed to be first observed in 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia. Inspired by Anna Jarvis who successfully created Mother’s Day, Grace Clayton proposed the idea after losing her father and the death of 361 minors, 250 of them fathers leaving over a thousand children fatherless. Clayton suggested her pastor Robert Thomas Webb of the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South honor all those fathers. This event would be replicated throughout the next several years in small towns in the United States including Spokane, WA, where Sonora Dodd who proposed the idea to her pastor in honor of her father the late William Smart. Smart had raised all six of his children by himself. Although Dodd initially suggested June 5, (her father’s birthday), the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. Several local clergymen accepted the idea, and on 19 June 1910, the first Father’s Day, sermons honoring fathers were presented throughout the city.

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#FauxPas Friday

22 May

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Welcome to AAG’s #Fauxpas Friday page. Here we will all commiserate on just one of the many things that makes traveling to different parts of the world so enthralling. More specifically we’re going to tell stories about how we did something while abroad that caused raised eyebrows and made people look at us sideways!

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Alliance Abroad Group Launches U.S. – Mexico Intern Program with U.S. Department of State

15 May

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The Austin-based leader in cultural exchange will visit Universities and Government Officials in Mexico City to promote internships with Texas organizations

Austin, TX – May 15, 2015 – Alliance Abroad Group, a leader in cultural exchange announced today it is travelling to Mexico City with the U.S. Department of State to promote Texas-based internships in the fields of Management, Business, Commerce and Finance; Public Administration and Law; Information Media and Communications; The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, and Industrial occupations.

“This program is a great opportunity for Texas organizations to promote cultural exchange and support U.S. – Mexico relations while also gaining high-quality interns,” said James Bell, President at Alliance Abroad Group. “Hosting an international intern brings a new, global dynamic into an organization. We are honored to represent Austin and invite any and all organizations interested to reach out to us.”

The trip will launch the U.S.-Mexico Intern Program developed between the Presidents of the United States of America and the United Mexican States for the creation of the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII). This internship program was created in order to develop a short and long term shared vision in the areas of higher education, research and innovation, that promote human resources and economic development of both countries.

Alliance Abroad Group is the only J1 Visa sponsor from Texas invited to attend the U.S.-Mexico Intern Program trip on May 20, 2015.   Alliance Abroad Group will meet with Mexico City University and Government Officials to promote Texas internships to high-quality candidates.

For more information on hosting an international intern from Mexico in your organization, contact James Bell at jbell@allianceabroad.com

About Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group (AAG) has been the leader of international recruitment for over 20 years. Since 1992, we’ve successfully matched more than 100,000 international students with many of the world’s leading tourism and hospitality companies. AAG has been a U.S. Department of State-designated program sponsor for the J-1 Visa Work & Travel program,

Intern/Trainee programs, and Teacher programs since 2009. AAG adheres to rigorous standards to maintain their standing and accreditation. And as with each of our programs, we pride ourselves on world-class service, high-quality placements and 24/7 personal assistance prior, during and after the experience

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