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The 2020 Oscars

Global Immersions Recruiting - Saturday, February 08, 2020

Oscars 2020



Watch the Oscars this Sunday, February 9th starting at 8pm Eastern Standard Time on ABC. For streaming access and more ways to watch, click here. This year’s ceremony celebrates the 92nd anniversary of the Oscars at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood! Did you know? Over 3,096 awards have been given out over the past 91 years of the Oscars. The first official Academy Awards took place on May 16, 1929, while the awards weren’t called the Oscars until ten years later in 1939. 



Want to watch the Red Carpet live starting at 6:30pm EST? Click here for ways to stream. Keep up with the looks here and scroll through some of the best and worst dressed from the past years, here




This year’s movie nominees for Best Picture are Little Women, Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, The Irishman, 1917, Parasite, Marriage Story, Joker, Jojo Rabbit and Ford V Ferrari. Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Robert Di Niro earned the most nominations with 11, while The Irishman, 1917 and Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Dakota Fanning, follow with 10 nominations each. Want to make predictions and see the full list of nominations? Click here




James Corden, Timothée Chalamet, Rebel Wilson, Mindy Kaling, Tom Hanks, and many more are presenting at the awards! To see the full presenters list, click hereBillie Eilish, Elton John, Janelle Monáe, Cynthia Ervio, Idina Menzel and more are performing! To see more about the singers, click here



Super Bowl Sunday 2020!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Saturday, February 01, 2020

Happy Superbowl Sunday!


Tune in Sunday, February 2nd at 6:30pm Eastern Standard Time to FOX to watch the 54th Super Bowl! This year, the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Garden, Florida. Demi Lovato will sing the National Anthem while Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will perform the Halftime Show! 




We all know that Americans love game day snacks and football parties, especially on Super Bowl Sunday! Approximately 1.3 million pounds of chicken wings, 88 million pounds of cheese, 10 million pounds of ribs and 3.8 million pounds of popcorn are eaten on game day every year! Domino’s reports that they sell about 2 million pizzas alone on Super Bowl Sunday! That’s insane! More statistics can be found here! For tasty Super Bowl recipes, click here and here!




The Super Bowl is known for their ads and some people only tune in to the biggest televised event of the year to watch the ads! Last year, a 30 second advertisement cost $5.25 million which is about $175,000 for every second. Over 114.4 million viewers watched Super Bowl XLIX, which makes it the most watched television broadcast in the history of the United States. Learn more about Super Bowl commercials here.


For more ways to tune in, click here!


Martin Luther King Junior Day (MLK)

Global Immersions Recruiting - Saturday, January 18, 2020

Happy Martin Luther King Junior Day!


January 20th, 2020, is a federal holiday to celebrate and honor Martin Luther King Junior. Although his birthday is January 15th, MLK Day is always observed on the third Monday of January. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill in 1983 to officiate the day, while it was initially presented to Congress in 1960. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first celebrated three years later in 1986 and we still continue to commemorate him today. 




Martin Luther King Jr. grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and received a quality education. He faced racism as a child which led him to advocate for equality for his whole life. At the young age of 15, Dr. King attended Morehouse College and graduated with a bachelor in sociology. He went on to Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania to obtain a bachelor in Divinity and then a PhD in theology from Boston University. He married Coretta Scott, had 4 children and was a minister at a local church in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Parks was arrested because she refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, which began the Montgomery Bus Boycott. King lead the Montgomery Improvement Association in attempts to desegregate the transit system. He supported sit-ins, protests and gave speeches to promote equality and speak out against racism. The “I Have a Dream” speech is most well known from the Washington March on August 28th, 1963. This lead to the Civil Rights Act being established a year later, which made discrimination officially illegal. He won a Nobel Peace Prize due to his activism in the Civil Rights Movement. King organized 1,500 people for the Selma March in 1965 which was met with extreme violence from authorities. The Voting Rights Act was established after this event caught the nation’s attention. He was assassinated on April 4th, 1968. 




Quotes: 


“Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'” - the March on Washington


“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”


We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”


“The time is always right to do what’s right.”


"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."


"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."


"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."



Martin Luther King Jr. played an important role in desegregation, equality and the Civil Rights Movement. Known for his peaceful protests, inspiring speeches and preachings, Dr. King’s legacy will live on forever.


Sources:

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Martin-Luther-King-Jr/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/01/16/mlk-day-martin-luther-king-jr-holiday-monday/2838025001/

http://drmartinlutherking.net/


Thanksgiving Favorite Foods

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, November 22, 2019

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and besides getting together with family and expressing gratitude, one of the big features of the holiday is the amazing and abundant foods!  It’s a display of all our favorite fall foods, coupled with some special dishes that are reserved for Thanksgiving itself. 

One of the most iconic Thanksgiving foods, and the one we always save a little extra room for, is pie!  While most people think of pumpkin pie when they think of Thanksgiving, a study done by GE looked at the preferences of 1,550 people around the U.S., and found some differing opinions in their favorite post-dinner treat.  As shown in the map below, while the prevailing favorite was pumpkin, the Northeast seems to actually favor apple pie and in the South pecan is the most popular pie for the season.


In a separate poll taken about the overall favorites across the U.S., pumpkin pie again takes the lead with 36% of the country choosing this as their ideal Thanksgiving pie.  Apple and pecan seem to be tied for 2nd most popular, with percentages around 15%, and sweet potato pie came in fourth with 10% of the vote.


A regional difference is also seen with the rest of Thanksgiving dinner as well, with favored side dishes varying largely in popularity by region.  Bostonians might not necessarily think of mac and cheese as a traditional Thanksgiving side, but in the South, 35% of people have it on their menu!   And squash makes an appearance in 56% of New Englander’s Thanksgiving feasts, as compared to only 18% of the nation overall.



While these seem to be the most traditional Thanksgiving foods in the U.S., every family embraces the Thanksgiving meal in their own way, and may have pieces of their own culture to add. Thanksgiving is really a time of coming together and welcoming, so we hope whatever side dishes, desserts, and main courses are your favorites, that you enjoy the time spent with family and loved ones!

Sources: Delish, Food and Wine, Lonely Planet, FiveThirtyEight





Explore Boston: Neighborhood Series

Global Immersions Recruiting - Sunday, October 20, 2019

This week in our Neighborhoods Series, we’re highlighting Arlington, Cambridge and Somerville. Closer to Boston, these cities have lots of fantastic restaurants, some colleges, and historical events and landmarks. And, of course, there’s never a shortage of activities to engage in - from museums to biking paths. We’ll start with the city furthest from Boston (Arlington) and move our way in!


Arlington

Located at the end of the Red Line, Arlington has more of a suburban feel, but definitely has a lot to do.  Home to the Jason Russell House (see picture above), this city, bordering Lexington, was a key player in the Revolutionary War. Originally a more rural community rooted in agriculture, Arlington eventually developed into a heavily populated suburb of Boston.  The Smith Museum, located right next to the Jason Russell House, has exhibits that show the development of the town from prehistoric times to present day. If you want to really experience the patriots march, you can walk or bike along the Minuteman Bike Path from Alewife to Lexington. Present day Arlington contains some gems of the Boston area in terms of food and activities. With a diverse range of restaurants, from Argentinian cuisine at Tango to authentic and delicious sushi at Toraya, they’ve got some good fancy eats as well as their fair-share of casual American fare and pizza parlors.  And if you’re looking to follow dinner with a movie, Arlington has a couple options, from more current movies at the Capitol Theatre to special musical performances and movie festival flicks at the RegentTheatre.  If you want to enjoy some dessert, Arlington has many options, from the mouth-watering cookies at Cookie Time to the rich ice cream at Abilyn’s Frozen Bakery.  And for your late night fix, The ScoopN Scootery is open and serving ice cream sundaes until 2 am!


Somerville

Getting closer to Boston, and further along the Red Line, Somerville has more of a city feel and has major centers for restaurants and boutiques in Davis, Porter, and Union Square. There are also a number of smaller squares, including Magoun, Inman, and Ball Square.  Somerville also houses Tufts University, so there are a lot of college-age residents in the area along with young families, immigrants, and long-time residents Being so highly and diversely populated, there is a huge variety of events, community groups, and things to enjoy. In Davis Square alone, there’s the over-100-year-old SomervilleTheatre which shows both contemporary films and also has special showings of classics like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, along with bowling and pizza at Sacco’sBowl Haven and Flatbreads, and live music at The Burren.  Not only that, but there’s a number of clothing stores, bars, and other amazing restaurants like Redbones BBQ and Tenoch Mexican and to enjoy. And while Somerville has a lot of older infrastructure, there is a lot of newly developing sections, like Assembly Row shopping center, which has restaurants, tons of shops, and a movie theater. There is always somewhere to be or something to do for any interest- whether it’s enjoying the view from Prospect Hill (see picture above) or going out one of the many festivals, concerts, or markets. 

Cambridge

Right next to Somerville, Cambridge directly borders Boston, and feels almost like an extension of the city. It is host to many prestigious colleges, like Harvard and MIT, and, like Somerville, has a wide diversity in its population.  There are so many fun places to explore for all different interests. For the cinephile, Kendall Landmark Theatre and Brattle Theatre both host a number of independent films and movie marathons, like the upcoming Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party at Brattle. And if you’re more interested in shopping, there are malls like the CambridgesideGalleria for more well-known stores and also lots of vintage stores, like RaspberryBeret. On a beautiful sunny day, you can drop by Paddle Boston and rent a canoe, paddleboard, or kayak to take out on the Charles River. If the weather is crummy, there are also many museums in the area to check out, including the Harvard ArtMuseums (pictured above) for art lovers, the Museum of Science for an interactive experience for the whole family, or the MIT Museum for a mix of technology and history. In terms of food, Cambridge has too many options to list! For everyone from the carnivore to the vegan, fine-dining to fast casual, and a huge cultural diversity in cuisine. You can check out this list of “33 Essential Cambridge Restaurants” to get an idea of all the options out there.


Leaf Peeping in New England

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, October 11, 2019

Fall is in full swing, with a crisp in the air and all your favorite seasonal treats coming back into rotation.  One of the most wonderful parts about living in New England is that we get such distinct seasons, and with the Fall comes the changing of leaves.  Vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows dominate the New England color scheme throughout September and October, and present the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the colorful scenery with some leaf peeping!

Every state has different peak foliage time; for Massachusetts, mid-October is the best time to go peep some leaves.  If you want to head outside of the state, check out this live “Peak Fall Foliage Map” to see how the color progresses through all of New England.

With many state forests and scenic drives, there are options to catch the fall leaves whether you want to stay closer to Boston or drive up to New Hampshire or Vermont.  Here’s a list of some options for every type of leaf peeper to enjoy!

Middlesex Fells


Often referred to simply as the Fells, this state park stretches across Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, and Winchester.  There are more than 100 miles of hiking trails and two reservations  for you to explore.  To really get a good glimpse of the leaves, hike up to Wright Tower where you’ll get a spectacular view of Boston, the surrounding area, and the bright foliage!

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary


Broadmoor is an Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary that over 800 acres on the Charles River in Natick and Sherborn.  It’s got 9 miles of hiking trails through forest, wetlands, and fields.  In the fall, one of the best activities to do there is canoe along the Charles River and take in the beautiful variety of colors.

Walden Pond


Just down Route 2 in Concord, Walden Pond is a serene getaway where you can hike the trails to see the home of Henry David Thoreau or take a boat out on the pond and get a 360 degree view of the trees and their vivid reflections on the water.

Emerald Necklace


The Emerald Necklace cover 1,100 acres in the Boston Area, and is made up of several parks and recreation areas including the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica, Pond, Olmstead Park, and The Riverway.  You can walk the 7 miles from one end to the other or explore park by park.  To see a huge variety of trees, the Arboretum bordering Roslindale and Jamaica Plain has a lot of leaves to peep with 14,980 different kinds of plants.

If you are feeling more ambitious, there are an abundance of scenic drives that you can take to get out of Boston and be immersed in the fall beauty.  The Berkshires have many scenic drives and hikes to enjoy.  To see a comprehensive list of leaf peeping drives, check out this Boston Magazine article on “The 15 Best Foliage Drives in New England”.





Explore Boston: North Neighborhoods

Global Immersions Recruiting - Sunday, September 22, 2019

Explore Boston: Neighborhoods

This week in our Explore Boston series, we’re heading back to the north of Boston to check out Medford, Malden and Revere. These cities cover a large stretch, on one side bordering Somerville and Arlington and, on the other, Winthrop, Everett and the Broad Sound.  Each town is so distinct in itself, so let’s start the tour with Medford!

Medford


The name Medford originates from “the ford by the meadow” or “Meadford”, highlighting importance of the fordable part of the Mystic River just west of Medford Square.  While it has developed to have more of an urban feel, there are still many historical landmarks, houses, and monuments.  One example is the Royall House and Slave Quarters, a Colonial mansion house and what are believed to be the only surviving freestanding slave quarters in the Northeast.  Medford also boasts a lot of natural beauty with the Middlesex Fells, Mystic River State Reservation, and Wright’s Pond.  In terms of food, Medford has got you covered from breakfast at Donuts with a Difference or Magnificent Muffin and Bagel Shoppe to dinner at one of the abundant Italian restaurants like Nappi’s or Bocelli’s.  Finish off your day with some delicious ice cream at Colleen’s Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop, which has been a staple of Medford Square since 1990.

Malden


Bordering the Mystic River and the Middlesex Fells, Malden was originally settled by Puritans and was considered part of Charlestown.  They eventually established themselves as a separate town and have grown into a diverse and developing community.  If you’re looking to spend the day on puzzles and games, grab a group of friends head to Boda Borg or 8D Escape Room to put your mind to the test.  Afterwards, you can grab a bite to eat at one of Malden’s many incredible ethnic restaurants – try All Seasons Table for modern Pan-Asian cuisine, Exchange Street Bistro for Spanish-French fusion tapas, or Habesha for Ethiopian.  For some quality time in nature, head out to the Fells or Pine Banks Park to enjoy the beautiful hiking trails.

Revere


Revere was originally inhabited by Native Americans who belonged to the Pawtucket Tribe, but was taken over by Colonial settlers who established as the town of Revere in 1871, in honor of Paul Revere.  The Revere Society for Cultural and Historic Preservation operates a museum that documents the city’s history from its origins in the early Colonial period to the present. If you’d rather do something outdoorsy, you could do some bird-watching at Rumney Marsh Reservation or walk the trails and see the last remaining salt marshes at Belle Isle Reservation.  If you just want to relax on the beach, Revere Beach is a 3-mile stretch which hosts a yearly International Sand Sculpting Contest with some incredible submissions.  And if you need to grab a bite, there is no shortage of amazing seafood and seaside restaurants, including Hook and Reel Cajun Seafood, Kelly’s Roast Beef, and The Marina Restaurant and Bar.

August 2019 Festivals

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, August 09, 2019

African Festival of Boston




Saturday, August 10th from 10am - 7pm at the Boston Commons Park join the African Festival of Boston. This event is FREE and open to the public! Learn about African heritage through music, dancing and fun! For more information click here

India Day Festival


Saturday, August 17th from 3 - 8pm go to City Hall Plaza to attend the India Day Festival! This FREE event features Indian music, food and dance to celebrate Indian Independence Day. Enjoy and learn about Indian culture at this festival. Click here for more information.

Fort Point Festival

Sunday, August 18th from 12 - 5pm head to Thomson Place and Stillings Street for the Fort Point Festival! This street party is FREE with music, games, dancing, food and yoga! Hear a Prince tribute band, play cornhole and pose at the photobooth! This is the festival’s 2nd year and it’s going to be bigger than last year! Click here for more information.

Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration

Thursday, August 29th from 8:30 - 9pm enjoy fireworks at the 7th annual Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration. Fireworks can be seen from Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, Piers Park in East Boston and Fan Pier in the Seaport District. This FREE event celebrates summer, the city and the community. There will be live music at Christopher Columbus Park starting at 6:30pm. For more details, click here.

Boston Jazz Festival

Friday, August 30th and Saturday, the 31st check out the Boston Jazz Festival at Maritime Park in the Seaport! This event is FREE and full of live performers starting at 12pm! There’s plenty of food, music and fun to enjoy as this is their 9th year of the festival. Jazz originates in the United States with African American roots and this festival showcases everything from the classic to contemporary. For more information click here.

Explore Boston: Neighborhoods South

Global Immersions Recruiting - Saturday, July 20, 2019

Aside from Boston’s most touristy neighborhoods, there are great suburbs to explore! In our Explore Boston series: Neighborhoods we will highlight and explore some of the neighborhoods and towns where our hosts call home. This blog takes us to the following neighborhoods: Hyde Park, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan.


Hyde Park:

Hyde Park is commonly named “A Small Town in the City.” The town has its own charm to offer. If you have the chance to explore around Hyde Park, make sure to head to Cleary Square for food stops, storefronts, and historical landmarks. In the square you will find the Vertullo Building. Built in 1868, the Vertullo Building is a must-see in Hyde Park as it is the only surviving wooden commercial building in the area! Nearby you will find Everett Square Theatre. Built in 1915, the theatre was originally used as an artistic space for theatre, musical, and other live performances. The town is now working to restore and renovate the historical building. If you are looking for outdoor activities away from city life, Hyde Park is also close to Blue Hills and Stony Brook Reservation where you can enjoy beautiful New England foliage and scenery. Finally, if you are looking for a bite to eat in HP, check out Ron’s Ice Cream (for both your bowling and ice cream needs) as well as Tutto Italiano, and the Fairmount Grille. Click here for a list of other recommended restaurants nearby.



Mattapan:

The neighborhood of Mattapan is located between Dorchester, Milton, and Hyde Park. The neighborhood was originally a predominantly Jewish neighborhood and since the 1980s has gained large Haitian, African, and Caribbean populations making for diverse people, food, and culture! If you have the chance to walk around, the first place on your list should be Mattapan Square! This marks the center of the town where Blue Hill Avenue, River Street, and Cummins highway intersect. Here you will find the most commercial (not residential) part of the neighborhood with shops and small businesses. If you continue down Blue Hill Avenue, you will find many “Triple-Decker” homes which are quintessential to Mattapan amongst other Victorian and brick style houses. The neighborhood is also well known for the historic Mattapan Trolley. This antique train, although slower at times, serves as a connector to the Red Line at Ashmont. For a Boston neighborhood, Mattapan is filled with more green spaces than most including the Harambee Park, the Franklin Park Zoo, the Boston Nature and Wildlife Sanctuary, the Clark Cooper Community Gardens, and Forest Hill cemetery. Mattapan is also home to one of the Boston Public Library branches! Lastly, here are some of Mattapan’s favorite restaurants.



Roslindale:

Fondly referred to as Rozzie, Roslindale is a beautiful quaint suburb in southern Boston surrounded by hills and dales between Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury. The neighborhood was officially annexed by Boston in 1873. The most famous place to visit in Roslindale is Roslindale Village where you will find shops, stores, and restaurants! Here are some of our favorite places to eat including Romano’s Pizzeria and Taqueria, Fornax Bread Company, and Redd’s in Rozzie. If you are looking for some natural scenery, make sure to explore the neighboring south end of Arnold Arboretum or Adam’s Park for Roslindale community events. From June until November, there is also a Roslindale Farmer’s Market on Saturdays for all to enjoy.


Jamaica Plain:

Jamaica Plain, or JP, is a neighborhood filled with artists, activists, young professionals, and families. The most popular spot to check out is Centre Street. There you will find the neighborhood’s locally owned shops and restaurants known for the best thrift shopping and delicious food. Some of our favorite restaurants in the area include Tres Gatos, Ten Tables, Doyle’s Cafe (for Tuesday night trivia), and JP Licks. Make sure to walk through City Feed and Supply, Jamaica Plain’s very own local market, to purchase organic food and community goods. If you are a thrift shopper, 40 South Street will be up your alley! For those interested in art, make sure to walk to the MFA or Isabella Stewart Gardner. Finally, if you are looking for parks and nature walks, JP is just for you. Part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace, visitors can enjoy the views of Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, and Forest Hill Cemetery. There is something for everyone to enjoy!


Host Tip of the Week: The First House Tour

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, June 06, 2019


Our most recent Host Tip discussed strategies on how to best welcome visitors into your home by making the outside of your residence easily accessible. Making sure your home is properly marked and easy for the new visitor to find will help ease the transition to their new home in Boston. This week we want to talk about another important aspect of welcoming visitors into your home: how to perfect the first House Tour! What should you do when a visitor first arrives to your home? First impressions are important and as always we want both our students and our hosts to feel as comfortable as possible. Most likely the student will be tired or jet lagged upon arrival. The key to a successful first greeting is to find a balance between communicating necessary information while not overwhelming the student with excess information.

  • First, show them their bedroom and help them carry their belongings to where they will stay. From there, offer to give the student a brief tour of the home showing them their bathroom, kitchen, living room, and other common areas.
  • Depending on their arrival time, many hosts advise having a snack or meal prepared upon the student’s arrival after their long travel day. Would the student like to shower, take a nap, or have a snack before continuing the house tour? Always best to check-in before overwhelming the student with information.
  • After the student is settled in, it’s time to talk logistics! Make sure to provide a house key and show the visitor how to use the key and door lock. During this time, also make sure to provide the visitor with any specifics about your home. Is is best to use the front or back door? Is there an alarm system they will need to know how to shut off? Practice each lesson a few times to ensure they feel confident on how to enter the home. Try to remember other nuances of your home as well. Show your student where to place their dishes, how to turn on the shower, how to use the TV, etc. It is also imperative that you exchange contact information with your student so that they know the best way to reach you at all times!

 

If the visitor arrives late to the home and has to be up early the next day and take public transportation to their daily destination here are a few pointers:

  • Do all of the above and when the visitor is settled, discuss public transportation and how to get there from your home. Where can they find the bus stop near your home? Do they have walking directions to follow? If they do not have directions, write down your own for them labeled with landmarks. Will they need a T pass? How do they use it? Will they need to switch trains?
  • If a visitor arrives during daylight hours, we recommend accompanying the student to the bus stop and/or train station. We advise discussing house rules during dinner the next evening once the visitor has had a chance to sleep and will be more prepared to absorb new information.
  • Lastly, make sure to discuss how to get home, especially if the student will come when it is dark outside, and where to get off the bus, etc. How do they get home and will someone be home when they get there? Walk through every logistical step with them so they know what to expect! 

Have hosting tips of your own? We would love to hear your thoughts! Please share your recommendations with us here.



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