NOD Voices

The Nacel Open Door Blog is a place to share stories, experiences, photos, information, videos, advice, and just about anything else related to the exchange experience for host families and students.

Sam

Throwback Thursday: DC/NYC Trip

In recognition of Throwback Thursday and the start of the AYP bus trip to DC/NYC on Saturday (be sure to follow along with us on Instagram!), we wanted to share all the great memories of last year!
Exchange Student Tips: Making Friends

Exchange Student Tips: Making Friends

Making friends for an exchange student can be hard, but with the right advice, it can get easier. The first day you go to school, most American teenagers are going to be curious and say “Hi!” or smile to you. To make sure that a simple hello turns into a true friendship, you should put in a little effort.
Video Contest

NOD Video Contest Time!

The Nacel Open Door Video Contest is officially underway! Send us a one-minute video (or shorter) letting us know your first impressions, and you could win an Amazon gift card!
Sara from Italy

Holidays Explained: Halloween

While many countries celebrate some version of Halloween (it started in Ireland), it is a huge holiday in America, especially for young people.
advisors angle

Advisor's Angle: Describing Emotions in English Part 2

Learning a second (or third, fourth, fifth) language is an exciting prospect. Nacel Open Door participants arrive to the USA ready to study and interact in English.
Back to school

Back To School Advice

"Time goes by really fast, especially if you are a senior in high school," I thought as I was standing at the exit door of Logan Airport in Boston while thinking about what I had done during the summer.
Kalina

You vs. Culture Shock & Homesickness

The first part of your stay is all honeymoon. You are loving it there, you love America, and everything is so great. Well, that’s not going to last forever, because once you get into a routine and things stop being as exciting as they were, you’re probably going to start missing home.
Mid Autumn

Holidays Explained: Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest holiday celebrated by cultures and countries in east Asia and expats around the world.
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Your American Family

 

Kalina

American High School Stereotypes vs. Facts

 

Advisor's Angle: Starting Out Right

Advisor's Angle: Starting Out Right

 

Vitoria

What Would I Have Done Differently During My Exchange Program?