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Valentine's Day

26 Jan

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Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day, is observed on February 14th. This day is celebrated by millions every year and in many countries all around the world. This is a great opportunity for employers to show your gratitude for your international and domestic employees alike. Your management team can shower your employees and participants with cards and candies!

dia-dos-namoradosIn honor of cultural exchange, here is an interesting fact about how they celebrate Valentine’s Day in Brazil. In short, they don’t. Due to Carnival being held each year around the same time they forgo celebrating on February 14th and instead celebrate Dia dos Namorados, or “Lovers’ Day,” on June 12th. Celebrations for Dia dos Namorados in Brazil and those for Valentine’s Day in most other countries are similar. Typically, couples exchange romantic gifts, such as chocolates or flowers, and they may also share a “date night”. Additionally, beautifying home decorations are common as a part of the celebration. The day is festive, with colorful street decorations, parades, and carnivals. Common musical celebrations include samba dancing and other folk music celebrations.

 

 

Purdue University Google On Air Broadcast

19 Jan

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Thank you for your interest in Alliance Abroad Groups Work Experience Australia program.

Please fill out the form below and you will automatically be taken to the Alliance Abroad Group/Purdue University Google On Air Broadcast via YouTube. Bookmark the page and join us on Wednesday January 28th at 6pm EST.

Travel The World: South Africa

19 Dec

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AAG wants to not only promote cultural exchange through our programs, but also provide an opportunity to travel the world virtually. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to learn more about a featured country with whom we are establishing and creating a stronger business, political and human ties.

2101154bce74c0efeaa17e596f958228This month’s featured country is South Africa, home of the 2010 World Cup and next years World Youth and Student Travel Conference. South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA) is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. It has 1,739 miles of coastline that touches both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. South Africa is the 25th largest country in the world and is also the 25th most populous country with 53 million people.

South Africa boasts a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Its constitution recognizes 11 official languages, which is among the highest number of any country in the world.

The interior of South Africa consists of a vast, in most places, almost flat, plateau with an altitude of between 3,300 feet and 6,900 feet, highest in the east, sloping gently downwards towards the west and north, and slightly less so to the south and south-west This plateau is surrounded by the Great Escarpment[ whose eastern, and highest stretch is known as the Drakensberg.

The climate in South Africa is as diverse as its cultures and topography. With Mediterranean-like wet winters and hot, dry summers in the southwest to extreme deserts in the north.

ea219f2e19a10b47fcd447f6ff26a86cSouth Africa is home to numerous mammals such as lions, leopards, white rhinos, blue wildebeests, impalas, hyenas, and giraffes. It is also home to more than 20,000 different plants!

The motto of South Africa is: !ke e: /xarra //ke  which is /Xam for Diverse People Unite or Unity in Diversity. The currency for South Africa is the Rand. South African capitals include; Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein The major faiths practiced in South Africa are Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, traditional African religions and Judaism. European and other foreign settlers brought most of these religions.

Host Company Photo Contest

18 Dec

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This month we will be holding the first annual “Host Company Cultural Exchange Photo Contest.” The winning Host Company with the best photo chosen by AAG will be featured in our March edition of Encounter Culture.

Upload your photo by February 10th with a description of what you did with your team to promote cultural exchange.

A few ideas to get you started include:

  • Host a Super Bowl party
  • Take advantage of volunteer opportunities in your community
  • Host a movie night (80’s movies, romantic comedies, all American sports movies)
  • Start a book club

We look forward to seeing all your great submissions!

Host Company Photo Contest

Port Douglas: Waitstaff, Chef, Kitchen Steward, Porter, Housekeeping Positions

18 Dec

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Work for a 5 Star Beachfront Resort Near the Great Barrier Reef

Our returning client, a global brand resort just north of Cairns is hiring multiple positions for the upcoming peak season. Don’t miss this opportunity to work at a deluxe resort on the famous Four Mile Beach. Nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, this property is an oasis of luxury designed for the most discerning clients.

Eligibility Requirements

Be between the ages of 18 to 30 and meet the requirements of the Australia Working Holiday Visa. Experience in hospitality or related industry preferred.

This pre-placement program requires a fee to participate. Payment options are available. Contact us for more information. 

Apply Now to Reserve your Interview in March!

Interviews for these positions will be held during a Skype Interview Fair March 17-18th, 2015. Only those who are qualified and apply by February 16 with an application fee will be considered for the interview fair. There are a lot of positions available, so tell your friends to join you in paradise and receive a referral compensation. 

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