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Share the Celebration of Thanksgiving with an Exchange Student

PORTLAND, OR, UNITED STATES, November 20, 2017 / -- In celebration of one of the most famous American traditions, Thanksgiving, Education, Travel & Culture (ETC), a non-profit high school student exchange program, encourages you to share your culture with someone from another country. Imaging inviting your friends and family over for dinner to enjoy a juicy turkey, stuffing, jams, rolls, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and an exciting story or cultural tradition from an exchange student! Even the Pilgrims invited the local Native Americans to dine in their feast of Thanksgiving of their successful new colony, which eventually grew and become the United States, a home for us all. Thanksgiving is a great time to share food, family, and culture with those around us. Most countries don’t have a “Thanksgiving” celebration, which is why American Thanksgiving celebration is memorable event for international exchange students.

Also during November and just before Thanksgiving time, International Education Week (IEW) gives exchange students an opportunity to share their culture and benefits of international education with their communities. During IEW, the week of Nov 13-17, students have the opportunity to share with their classmates and host families some of their favorite cultural items, dances, traditions, and other activities. IEW is a joint venture between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs, like ETC, that prepare Americans for a global environment and worldwide goodwill! For more information on hosting an international high school student or volunteer opportunities with ETC, visit or contact Field Director, Brenda Ferland at

Brenda Ferland
Education, Travel & Culture
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