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Congrats - A Taste of Culture Winners!

 Congratulations to Kiko from Japan, Michelle from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Leonardo from Brazil for their winning recipes & photos! Their recipes were selected from over 100 entries from students around the country representing meals from home.



Thank you to everyone who participated in the Taste of Culture recipe contest. It was so great to see all the traditional meals, outfits, and fun families times happening over delicious food. We look forward to trying some of your recipes and hearing more about your adventures on your #CIEEBestYearEver!

Catch all the photo submissions in the CIEE USA High School Class of 2015 - 2016 Facebook Group!

P.S. If you missed the chance to enter for a chance to win big this time, be on the look out for the Share the Love Valentine's Day contest launching in February!


Did you miss your chance to enter the My American Bucket List contest? Is all this talk about Thanksgiving making you hungry? Maybe even homesick for some of your favorite foods from home?

USAHS Facebook Recipe ContestFill up and cheer up by entering our A Taste of Culture annual Recipe Contest. This is your chance to feed your host family some of your favorite foods. Be on the look out for more contest details & check out last year's entries to get some inspiration!

The contest runs November 16th - December 4th - get ready for the holidays with some new swag!




Congratulations Manuela - your American Bucket List won you a gopro!

Congratulations to Manuela from Spain for her winning American Bucket List and selfie! Check out all the neat things she hopes to accomplish in Maine (shout out!) this year while she is studying in the United States.

You rock, Manuela - send us pictures of your new adventures!


Check out Manuela touring around Portland on a boat with an awesome light house behind her!

The American food Manuela wants to try: pancakes - and a big BBQ too!

The American tradition Manuela  most looks forward to: an American football game

The American activity Manuela wants to try: cheerleading - Manuela doesn't have that activity at her school in Spain - she thinks it's fun & interesting! 

The American holiday Manuela most looks forward to: Christmas - because in Spain they celebrate it but it's not the same. She wants to see the lights and all the Christmas trees & spirit. 

Manuela hopes to teach her host family: how to make Spanish tortilla - The Kennedy Family told her they are so excited about trying the Spanish tradition on New Year's eve of eating grapes for each bell until midnight!

Manuela 's biggest goal at school: to make a lot of international friends - it's important for her to learn the American culture and how to work together in class, because in Spain they class system is very individual. Americans do everything as a team and that's very different and interesting to Manuela. 

The American celebrity Manuela most wants to meet: Taylor Swift! She is a BIG fan of Taylor and dreaming of her is free :) We are hoping she spends her holidays in Portland too, Manuela!


 Congratulations Manuela - we hope you have the #CIEEBestYearEver!

Congratulations Tahir - Your American Bucket List Won You a GoPro!

Congratulations to Tahir from Pakistan for his winning American Bucket List and selfie! Check out all the neat things he hopes to accomplish in Oklahoma this year while he is studying in the United States.

You rock, Tahir - send us pictures of your new adventures!


Check out Tahir on top of the highest point in Oklahoma - Mount Scott in the Wichita Mountains! 

The American food Tahir wants to try: meatballs with spaghetti

The American tradition Tahir most looks forward to: prom

The American activity Tahir wants to try: kayaking

The American holiday Tahir most looks forward to: Christmas - because he has never seen snowy trees in his life!

Tahir hopes to teach his host family: how to cook Pakistani food because his host family (The Akin's!) love his country's food

Tahir's biggest goal at school: is to be prom king - we would vote for you Tahir!

The American celebrity Tahir most wants to meet: Angelina Jolie - she has been to his country 3 times to help people during floods.

 Congratulations Tahir - we hope you have the #CIEEBestYearEver!

My American Bucket List - CIEE High School Team Edition!


The CIEE High School Team is excited to welcome you to the United States. We have created our own Bucket List and will be working to check everything off this year!

A new American food we want to try: 

Mac & Cheese - there is a new food truck near our office!

An American high school tradition we look forward to is:

Homecoming - share your pictures with us via #CIEEBestYearEver

A new American activity we will try:

Skiing & Snowboarding - this winter is supposed to be snowy!

An American holiday we can't wait to celebrate:

HALLOWEEN - can you say (virtual) costume party?!

We want to teach our host families how to:

Be open and accepting to trying new, and maybe not-so-American foods you cook them during our Taste of Culture Recipe Contest coming up in November

Our biggest goal at school (the office!) this year is:

To gather more than 2,000 #CIEESelfies

An American celebrity we want to meet: 

Taylor Swift - because, it's Taylor Swift. 


Don't forget to enter the CIEE My American Bucket List Contest by September 25th for your chance to win a GoPro camera.

Click here to submit your Bucket List & Selfie!

Student of the Month

Meet Diego from Ecuador!

  Diego SOTM

Above: Diego enjoying Christmas with some new friends.

CIEE: What is your favorite part of your typical day in the U.S.?

Diego: I like the school because we always have different experiences with the different classes but my favorite part is that sometimes I can play the guitar with some friends

CIEE: What is your favorite American food?

Diego: My favorite American food is the apple pie. That’s the best dessert in the world.

CIEE: What has been the most surprising thing about America or your new host city?

Diego: The most surprising thing could be the lot of shows that you can go like music concerts and entertainment shows.

CIEE: What have you shared about your own home country/culture since you’ve been in the U.S.?

Diego: I have share a lot of thing I always try to compare the American's life style with my country's life style and also we always talk about food or music or literature.

 CIEE: What have you learned about yourself so far?

Diego: That I can be very responsible and I started to take the best decisions for me.


Share the Love Photo Contest...Coming Soon!

If you were unable to participate in the Taste of Culture Recipe contest, here is another photo contest you can enter for Valentine’s day! In the U.S., people send each other notes, candy, and small gifts to share their love for one another around Valentine's day. Have you thought of a way to share your love with your host family yet?

Next month, you can enter the CIEE Share the Love contest to share your love for your host family with the world!

Think about what your host family means to you and how you can capture that in a photo! Next month, you will receive detailed instructions, along with a CIEE valentine in the mail, containing the items you need to enter. 

 Share the love pic

After you enter the contest on Facebook, you can encourage your friends and family to vote on your photo by “liking it.” The photos with the most votes/likes by the contest deadline will be the winners!

Taste of Culture Recipe Contest winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Taste of Culture contest. It was great to see students share some of their favorite recipes and traditions with their host families and friends here in the U.S.!

Congratulations to Jan from the Czech Republic, Prima from Thailand, and Stefano from Italy, for their winning recipes in this year’s Taste of Culture Recipe Contest! Their recipes were selected from over 50 delicious submissions by students from around the world.

  Recipe Winners pic

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our Facebook page to view additional contest photos!