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.

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.

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 Festival; Holidays Explained

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.

Your American Family



American High School Stereotypes vs. Facts


Advisor's Angle: Starting Out Right

Advisor's Angle: Starting Out Right



What Would I Have Done Differently During My Exchange Program?


Teen slang

American Teen Slang in 2018


NOD students come to the U.S. to improve their English, but some words in our culture that they learn from their American counterparts won't be found in a dictionary.

American Bucket List

American Bucket List


Our students talk about their time in America as a dream come true. In our year-end surveys, most students say that their time here was too short.