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Idioms in English

Global Immersions Recruiting - Monday, September 10, 2012

In many languages spoken words can have a completely different meaning than their dictionary definitions, and English is no different! These discrepancies come from how English has evolved as it is actually spoken day to day. Some words or phrases may begin to deviate, or completely change, from the strict dictionary definition. The general term for this spoken version of English is “conversational English,” and linguists call it “colloquial language”. This spoken English includes oddities like slang, jargon and idioms that aren’t included in the dictionary. Learning a new language can be so complicated!

An idiom is a phrase where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definition of the individual words. Learning idioms can be a fun conversation starter with your visitor! Here is a list of some of the commonly used idioms in the English language.

To be “green with envy” --  to be jealous

“In so many words” -- a short definition or summary

“You’re pulling my leg” -- to joke or lie

“Let’s get to the bottom of the situation” -- to figure something out

“Give the contestants a big hand” -- to clap loudly

We’ll “play this by ear” -- we don’t have a plan or schedule

He “drives me up the wall” -- he exasperates or annoys you

I “feel like a million dollars” – you feel good

We’re almost “out of the woods” – a problem or bad situation has been solved

That sounds “fishy” – that sounds suspicious

“Hang on” – wait

He’ll “tag along” – he’ll come with us  

There are literally thousands of idioms in the English language! Can you think of any more unusual ones? Here is a full list of interesting idioms, pick your favorites and share them with Global Immersions! 

Labor Day Celebrations

Global Immersions - Friday, August 31, 2012

This Monday Americans will celebrate Labor Day, signifying the end of the summer and the beginning of the fall season. In most of the world the holiday is known as “International Workers Day” or “May Day” and is customarily celebrated on May 1, as opposed to the first Monday in September. The holiday was established to commemorate the achievements of workers and was championed by American labor unions that were fighting to institutionalize the eight-hour workday. 

On May 1, 1886, 35,000 workers in Chicago boycotted from their jobs until they were given “eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest”. On the third day an unidentified person threw a bomb in the demonstrators leading to a gunfight where eight police officers and an undetermined amount of civilians were killed. 

Demonstrations against this violence and the rights of workers spread to France, the Netherlands and other countries that were struggling to regulate the workday after the successes of the industrial revolution. “International Workers Day” “May Day” or “Labor Day” is now celebrated in more than 80 countries and is an unofficial holiday in many other countries worldwide.  

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September only in America and Canada – a date shared due to the close ties between American and Canadian labor unions and businesses when Grover Cleveland first made Labor Day a national holiday in 1894. He chose September, rather than May, for the celebration because he didn’t want to commemorate the violent riots in Chicago in 1886. 

Today, Workers Day is celebrated similarly all over the world, with parades, patriotism, family and food. Most businesses, government buildings and offices are closed, and workers are often given a paid holiday.

Because Labor Day commemorates so many social movements and is celebrated at different times all over the world, this is a great opportunity to ask your visitor how they celebrate workers in their home country! Labor Day originated in America but its message has spread globally, so as you enjoy the last days of summer and the three day weekend, make sure to share the holiday with your visitor!  Don’t forget to email Global Immersions your photos so we can put them in our photo gallery! 

Sources: Wikipedia.com 


   

Global Immersions Group Programs

Global Immersions - Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Global Immersions specializes in providing quality group homestay services catering to the needs and interests of each and every client.   Our staff spends time discussing and determining exactly what each client wants their visitors to experience during their stay in Boston. We then create a customized homestay program to match these needs and place the visitors with hosts who meet the group's criteria from our extensive hosting network.  The goal is to ensure a positive and educational experience for the visitor and host. This summer we have happily welcomed groups from previous years as well as a number of new groups.  There is not a minimum or a maximum on the length of stay or number of visitors in the group. Global Immersions Homestay provided services for hundreds of visitors this summer ages 14 to 55 from Taiwan, Spain, China, Japan and Italy who attended language schools, universities, and cultural immersion programs all over the city. 

 Living in homestay is the best way to learn firsthand about U.S. culture.  We help our visitors and hosts explore Boston by providing age appropriate events happening in the city during the stay.  The events are fun, often free and varied to cover a wide variety of interests.  Here’s just a glimpse of what some of our Global Immersions groups have done this summer while living in homestay!


TALK visitors celebrate a birthday

The Taiwanese group attended TALK School of Languages at Regis College for the first time this summer!  These high school students came to Boston to improve their English and experience American culture. Our hosts were able to share unique American experiences like the 4th of July fireworks at Gillette Stadium, a hike in the Catskill Mountains, the opening night of a blockbuster movie, a visit and tour to a local fire station and a visit to Boston area beaches. The visitors also enjoyed a tour of Harvard Square, shopping at the Natick Mall and a few visitors cooked authentic Taiwanese dinner for their hosts.


Spanish teachers at Global Immersions Explore Boston Event

The Madrid Regional Ministry of Education in Spain sent another group of middle school teachers to Boston to attend a customized four-week program at Boston University CELOP.  The History/Geography and English teachers, ranging in age from 25 to 55, came to Boston to hone their respective educational fields as they experienced American culture first hand while living in homestay.  Many were able to live with former teachers, and all got to experience the rich history of Boston as they perfected their English. They were able to share 4th of July with their hosts, attend concerts at Tanglewood, visit historic sites like Concord and Lexington and tour Salem and Cape Cod.  Many also attended Global Immersions Explore Boston event at the Institute of Contemporary Art, where we took a free tour of the museum and heard live music from local Berklee College students.


Italian visitors on the USS Constitution 

The Italian group attended EC Boston Junior's Program at Simmons College.  These high school age visitors came to improve their English, experience Boston and learn about American culture while living with our hosts. A few highlights of their homestay experiences included watching the World Cup at an American style BBQ, eating lobster dinners, the IMAX theatre, and making an Italian dinner for their host families to show them what “real” Italian food tastes like!   In addition to the Italy group, we provided homestay services for two large Chinese groups attending the EC Junior's Program at Simmons College.

As Boston’s Homestay Specialists we work hard to ensure each visitor has a positive experience and each group program meets the needs and goals of the client. Our groups this summer have been from all over the world and each had different requests and needs.  We are confident that each visitor had a full immersion into U.S. culture.  They will take a piece of Boston life back home along with their new friendships made while living in homestay.  Check out our photo gallery for images from this summer’s visitors!  

Explore Boston - Walking Tours

Global Immersions - Thursday, August 09, 2012

Boston is famous for a variety of things – historical landmarks, unique neighborhoods and some of the nation’s top Universities. The best part is that it’s all easily accessible by foot! Boston is well-known as a “walking city” and there are numerous companies that offer walking tours of the city’s top attractions. There are also self-guided tours that are easy to follow with online maps and guidebooks. Here are a few of our favorites, catering to any interest!



The Public Art Walk
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Art Commission designed the City of Boston’s first edition of Public Art Walks, featuring both historic and contemporary art installations throughout the neighborhoods of Boston. This walk includes Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the Financial District and the North End. In the future, they hope to create walks featuring the rest of city. For now, you can explore artworks in every neighborhood using their interactive map.  A map is also available for download

Black Heritage Tour
The Black Heritage Trail explores the history of the 19th century free Black community of Boston. The trail consists of 14 sites and begins at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street. Self-guided tours can be conducted at any time with maps obtained at the Abiel Smith School during site hours. Guided tours are held daily in the summer at 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm. A reservation is required (617) 742-5415. Adult tickets cost $5. 


The Freedom Trail 

Boston’s most popular walking tour can be done solo or as part of a group. The 2.5-mile, brick-lined route leads you to 16 historically significant sites — each one an authentic treasure. Explore museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds. Discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston, where every step tells a story. If you’d like to walk without the group,  their website offer audio guides and trail maps. Tours leave every hour on the hour (beginning 11:00am from Boston Common Visitor Information Center) and every hour on the half-hour (beginning 10:30am from Arts Boston BosTix booth at Faneuil Hall). Discount tickets are available online for $11


Pizza Tours
Boston Pizza Tours offers unique walking tours, mixing food, fun and history like never before - discover Boston slice by delicious slice! Their "Slice of Little Italy" tour explores the North End, Boston's oldest neighborhood settled in 1630. Participants not only get three slices of pizza from the neighborhoods best pizzerias, they get to explore the Paul Revere House, Boston’s oldest standing church and other famous North End sites. Tickets cost $29 and must be bought online

Boston by Foot
This company offers a variety of tours all over Boston led by experienced guides. Some of the most popular tours include: 

Beacon Hill  
5:30pm weekdays 2:00pm weekends adult tickets cost $12
From the Massachusetts State House through the historic streets of elegant brick row houses on Beacon Hill, experience the Federal-style architecture of Charles Bulfinch and his followers.

Literary Landmarks
Saturdays only at 10:00am adult tickets cost $12
Enthusiasts of American literature will enjoy walking among the homes and haunts of the great Victorian writers such as Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Alcott, James, Dickens, and Longfellow.

Boston Underfoot 
Sundays only at 1:00pm adult tickets cost $14
Trace the evolution of Boston from a small peninsula through to the Big Dig. Walking through Boston's oldest alleys, along the modern Greenway, and into the subway, your guide will present the engineering of a city. 

Haunted Boston
On this tour you'll hear enchanting and chilling tales of Boston's most famous ghosts as well as the areas extensive and rich history. Your guide will tell you extraordinary and tragic tales from the founding of Colonial Boston right up to present day. Learn what secrets lay beneath the Boston Common, what untold stories lay within the Boston Athenaeum and which well-known hotel is Boston's most haunted. Tours run nightly at 8:00pm reservations are required by calling (617) 605-3635. Adult tickets are $18. 


The “Hahvahd” Tour

This student led tour of Harvard University and Harvard Square has been praised the world over for its funny offbeat style. The guides will lead your through Harvard Yard and the surrounding campus, entertaining you with the stories, history, and lore of Harvard and its eclectic student body. The tour runs constantly, check online for details. Donations are requested at $10 a person. 

Boston Food Tours
All the history in Boston making you hungry? Good thing Boston is just as well known for its vibrant selection of authentic ethnic foods, top notch restaurants and unique local eateries. The Boston Food Tour takes visitors on walking tours of two of Boston’s most food friendly neighborhoods: the North End and Chinatown. Each tour is 2-3 hours and participants get to sample foods, learn about cooking secrets, tour the neighborhood and visit local store owners. Check online for prices and tour times. 

With all that the city has to offer, it's hard to decide what to do! Let the experienced guides on these tours help you and make sure to share you explore Boston stories with Global Immersions! 

The 2012 Olympics

Global Immersions - Thursday, August 02, 2012


The 2012 Olympic Games in London are in full swing! The world greatest competition, which started on July 27th and will continue until August 12th, features the best athletes from all over the world competing for both personal and national glory. While the competition is fierce, it’s also a time of worldwide camaraderie and a shared pride in the athlete’s abilities.  This is a great opportunity to share the Olympic tradition with your visitor! Many of Global Immersions current visitors are from China and Japan, and both countries are performing spectacularly in this year’s games. Here is a guide to the Olympic tradition in those countries, so next time you’re watching the games with your visitor you can really share the experience! 

Japan


Japan was first represented at the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games by a two-man team in sprinter Yahiko Mishima and marathon runner Shizo Kanakuri. The country’s first Olympic medalists were in Tennis that year. Gymnast Takashi Ono is his country's most successful Olympian, winning five gold medals over three successive Olympic Games. Three Japanese cities have hosted the Winter Olympic Games; Tokyo in 1964, Sapporo in 1972 and most recently Nagano in 1998. Out of a total of 360 metals’s won during the country’s Olympic career, 92 have been awarded for artistic gymnastics, 65 in Judo and 62 in swimming. 

So far this year the real exciting competition for Japan  has been the artistic gymnastics, lead by three-time world champion Kohei Uchimura. His performance has solidified him as one of the best gymnasts in the world and added a gold metal to the one silver Japan had already won in an earlier gymnastics event. 

China

 

The host nation of the 2008 Olympic Games, the Chinese have had success in many sports since returning to the Olympic fold after an agreement was brokered by the IOC in 1979. While China has competed in part in a number of Olympic Games, the country’s first full competition was at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. In the first event of that year, shooter Xu Haifing won the men's free pistol to become the first Chinese to win gold. Gymnast Li Ning collected three gold medals, two silver and a bronze, making him the outstanding individual performer of the Games. Table tennis has been dominated by Chinese players since its introduction to the Olympic program. They won all four gold medals in Sydney 2000 and in Beijing 2008 they took every medal open to them. Out of a total of 365 metals awarded during China’s Olympic career, 51 have been in artistic gymnastics, 49 in diving, 43 in weightlifting and 41 in table tennis. 

At this year’s Olympics the world has been floored by 16 year old Ye Shiwen, who has won two gold medals in the swimming events of the 200 and 400 individual medley. In the 200 meter race Ye shattered the world record by more than a second and knocked five second seconds off her personal best in the final 50 meters of the race. 

If you have a visitor from another country, make sure to celebrate the Olympics with them! This is a great opportunity to really "Go Global" in appreciation of the world's best athletes. Share your stories of how you enjoyed the 2012 Olympics with Global Immersions!   


Explore Boston - The North Shore

Global Immersions - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The “North Shore” of Massachusetts, an area broadly defined as the stretch of sea coast from Boston to New Hampshire, is a prime summer destination boasting an endless amount of outdoor activities. Besides the beaches, waterfront restaurants and nature preserves, this historically significant area is also home to numerous towns and sites that played a key role in early American history.  Here’s a quick guide of what to do in some of the North Shores most popular towns- - Gloucester, Ipswich, Salem and Marblehead.

Gloucester:

The town of Gloucester is arguably America’s most famous fishing village, a title earned from its continuous maritime history since its founding in 1620. Over the years, Gloucester lost so many of its sons to the ravages of the sea that the town thought it fitting to set up a memorial to them. The Gloucester Fisherman (also known as "The Man at the Wheel") at Fishermen's Memorial is one of New England's most famous statues, with the legend "They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships, 1623-1923." 

In East Gloucester you will find the Rocky Neck Art Colony. The winding streets offer interesting glimpses of the harbor, and every other house seems to be an artist's studio.

Today visitors come to explore its nearly four centuries of history, to enjoy a seafood dinner overlooking its harbor, or head out on a whale watch cruise

Just outside of town is sight definitely worth seeing: the Hammond Castle. This European-style real life castle was built by the eccentric John Hays Hammond in the 1920’s and now operates as a museum.

MBTA: Take the commuter rail from North Station to Gloucester via the Newburyport/Rockport line. The trip takes about 30 minutes.

Ipswich:


The town of Ipswich is famous for its seafood, most notably the clams (“steamers”) and lobsters. These delicacies are sought after by both locals and visitors, and are a must have for anybody who travels to the North Shore. The town is home to numerous 17th century residencies; most notably the Whipple House built in 1677. Other sites include the Crane Estate, a huge manor like Great House on Castle Hill, with the adjoining Crane Beach, one of the North Shores most serene beaches. 

Other nature reserves in Ipswich include the beaches of the Sandy Point Reservation the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at the southern tip of Plum Island; the Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary; and the Willowdale State Forest, with 40 miles of hiking trails as well as fishing and boating opportunities.

MBTA: Take the commuter rail from North Station to Ipswich via the Newburyport/Rockport line. The trip takes about an hour.

Salem:

Founded in 1626, by the late 1700s Salem had already grown and prospered. Its ships sailed the world, many dealing in trade from the Orient, especially spices, silks, and other luxury goods.

The wealth of the Indies brought great prosperity to the town, which enabled its citizens to build and decorate fine mansions and impressive museums. Salem is also infamously known as the site of the Salem Witch Trials, which took place in one year, 1692 but have haunted the town ever since. A memorial park in downtown Salem commemorates the suffering of the innocents who were falsely accused and murdered through superstition and abuse of power.  There is a spacious town common and many of Salem’s old houses (dating back to the 1600s) and 19th century mansions remain intact and in good repair. 

Part of the historic center has been restored and closed to traffic and is now the pedestrians-only Essex Street Mall, the Peabody Essex Museum and the Custom House (Salem Maritime National Historic Sitehave brilliant displays of Salem's (and America's) maritime history.

MBTA: Take the commuter rail from North Station to Salem via the Newburyport/Rockport line. The trip takes about 30 minutes.  

Marblehead:

This is without doubt one of the prettiest and best-kept towns in the country, and people love to come from Boston on the weekend just to walk the streets and window-shop, or have a bowl of chowder in one of several good restaurants. Relax on one of the benches and admire the panoramic view of the harbor and the town. Bring or buy a sandwich, and have a picnic here. The view is unforgettable. It’s also one of the North Shore's more affluent communities, with lovely homes, both new and old, that are worth visiting. 

The Jeremiah Lee Mansion, now owned by the Marblehead Historical Society, was built by a wealthy maritime merchant and furnished with the best things money could buy in 1768—just before the American Revolution. 

The King-Hooper Mansion built in 1728, with a Georgian extension added in 1747, it is presently owned by the Marblehead Arts Association, which offers tours of four floors. Art exhibits change each month. 

Another interesting site is Fort Sewall, an earthwork fortification built in the 1600s and "modernized" in the late 1700s to include barracks and half-buried buildings, which still remain.

MBTA: Take the commuter rail from North Station to Lynn via the Newburyport/Rockport line. Take bus 441 from Lynn. The trip takes about an hour. 

Take a trip to the North Shore and share your experiences with Global Immersions! 

Source: http://www.newenglandtravelplanner.com/go/ma/northshore/

Advice on Buying a Pre-Paid Cell Phone

Global Immersions - Thursday, July 26, 2012

Having a cell phone when you’re traveling abroad can be very helpful; you never know when you could need it! We strongly suggest all of our younger visitors in homestay have an emergency phone for safety purposes.  

In many foreign countries, cheap, disposable phones can be bought at corner stores, along with “pre-paid” minutes. The same is true in the United States, but there are many more options and “hidden” fees. Here is a quick overview of how buying a pay-as-you go cell phone without a contract may not be as easy as you think:


Many stores, including places like Staples, Wal-Mart and CVS, will sell you no more than two phones at a time due to new regulations regarding disposable cell phones. If you’re part of a large group you should call ahead to make sure they have enough phones, and expect that each person will have to buy their own phone.

For disposable phones with “no contract” many carriers offer “pre-paid” minutes. This means, for example, when you buy your phone you’ll spend an additional $25 for minutes to use on your phone. Be careful, you never know how many “minutes” $25 will last you. A major carrier charges .35 cents per minute, and then .20 cents per text, so that $25 won’t last long! Other carriers offer a set number of minutes, say 300 for $25, and then each minute you use your phone will deduct from that original 300 minutes. If you have a smart phone, you also have to find out how much the carrier will charge you for internet use. This feature is called “data” and it is important to consider how much “data use” costs when you buy your phone.  

What happens if you go over your “pre-paid” minutes? With some carriers the phone will just stop working until you add more minutes to it. With others, your phone will continue to work, but the carrier will charge the credit card you bought the phone with and might add on fees for going over your “minutes”. It is important to keep track of how many minutes you have left on your phone. Often you can do this by dialing a number the carrier provided you with, or by logging into an account online.  

So your trip is over and you’re heading home. What to do with your phone? Some carriers will buy it back from you for a fraction of what you paid, then refurbish it and sell it as a used phone. Others won’t give you money if you return your phone, but will take it so they can donate it to an organization in need of cell phones, such as domestic abuse centers. Whatever you do, don’t throw your phone in the trash. The battery, if not disposed of correctly, can cause pollution as it deteriorates.

Here is some advice to our homestay visitors - be careful when you buy a phone. Think about how often you’ll be using it, and for what purpose. If you text a lot, get unlimited texting. If you don’t have a smart phone, then don’t get data. And remember, read all the fine print! 

If you have any helpful tips regarding cell phones without a contract in the U.S, let us know!

Ramadan

Global Immersions - Thursday, July 19, 2012


This Friday is the first day of Ramadan, one of the most important holidays in the Islamic faith. Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar, which lasts 29 or 30 days according to the visual sightings of the crescent moon. This year the holiday will begin on the night of July 19th and last until August 18th. Every day during this month Muslims around the world will fast throughout the daylight hours. Muslims believe that Mohammed first received the Qur'an from God during the month of Ramadan, and fast as a way to symbolize their submission (the literal translation of “Islam” in Arabic) to God. 

The Five Pillars of Islam

The Arabic word for "fasting" (sawm) means "to refrain" - and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words. Sawm is one of the five pillars of Islam, which also includes the shahada (declaration of faith) the salah (daily prayers) zakat (giving of charity) and hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). The whole month is a time for spiritual reflection and prayers, and it is believed that fulfilling any of the five pillars of Islam during this month will multiply the spiritual benefits.  Many Muslims will read the whole Qur'an during Ramadan, or hear it recited during prayers in the Mosque where every day during the month 1/30 of the book is read until it is completed.

Special events during Ramadan

Once the sun sets the fast is broken with a meal called the iftar, which is seen as a time of fellowship between family and friends and has grown into large banquets in many countries. Traditionally, the iftar meal begins by eating three dates, just as Mohammed did during the first Ramadan. The most important night of Ramadan, and the whole year, is Laylat al-Qadr where it is believed God first revealed the Quran to Mohammed. Finally the last day of Ramadan is called Eid ul-Fitr, which is also celebrated with much revelry.

There are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, and every able bodied adherent (exceptions given to pregnant or nursing women, and the sick or elderly) are expected to fast during the month of Ramadan. That means more than a billion people will be fasting during the day this month!

Are you hosting a Muslim visitor, or would you like to engage with Islamic cultures during this special month? Here are some suggestions for activities in Boston:

This Friday Boston’s Center for Arabic Culture is holding an “Evening of Palestinian Embroidery from Gaza” event. It’s a great opportunity to see intricately handmade Palestinian embroidery, with proceeds from the sales going to help families in Gaza. 38 Newbury St. 7th floor; 6:30- 9:30pm

Algiers Coffee House is a Harvard Square staple that is famous for its Arabic coffee and Middle Eastern foods. Serenely sip a cup of coffee or tea and watch the busy traffic outside!

If you or your visitor would like to take part in Ramadan celebrations, especially the iftar meal, the Islamic Society of Boston is holding numerous events at their Cultural Center in Roxbury over the month.

Share any Ramadan celebrations you have with Global Immersions! 

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan 

Explore Boston- The HarborWalk

Global Immersions - Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Boston HarborWalk is a unique walking pathway that follows the beautiful Boston harbor through several of the city’s waterfront neighborhoods.  Weaving through the piers, wharves, beaches and shorelines of areas like Dorchester, South Boston, Watertown, Deer Island and the whole Downtown area, the HarborWalk will extend a full 46.9 miles once it’s completed! Creation of the HarborWalk is a long-term cooperative project between the City of Boston, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, MassDEP, and the Boston Harbor Association to maintain a walk able waterfront in the city as public access areas, and is now nearly 80% completed! 

The HarborWalk offers much more then spectacular views of Boston, the ocean and a nice sea breeze; the city has worked hard to protect and draw attention to the numerous cultural, historical and educational highlights along the city’s waterfront. With stops like the ICA and JFK Library museums, the Charlestown Shipyard and the Fort Point Channel, and the upscale restaurants alongside Liberty Warf, the HarborWalk is much more than a walking path!  To serve as markers and add a fun modern element, the city has sponsored local artists to create sculptures and installations along the walk, as well as monuments marking significant points along the historic harbor.

The curators of the HarborWalk also highlight the green parks and beaches, perfect for a family outing in the summer.  You can visit the Christopher Columbus Park, Castle Island and Pleasure Bay, or the Belle Isle Marsh. There are variety of stops along the water that offer nice views, open spaces and outdoor adventure.

Check out the HarborWalk’s website for a full list of attractions and events. Talk a walk along the harbor and share your story with Global Immersions! 

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Harborwalk 

Explore Boston Event at the ICA

Global Immersions - Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Our Explore Boston program is designed to help our visitors learn more about U.S. culture and Boston while attending a local event or activity with our staff.   Each Explore Boston event is researched and determined based on maximized cultural learning, time of year and cost.   The goal is for our visitors to explore the great city of Boston and all that it has to offer with insiders and attend events they might not know exist!  We welcome hosts and their families to join their visitors for each Explore Boston event.  Do you have suggestions, ideas or local happenings our visitors would like?  

Join Global Immersions on our first 2012 Explore Boston event this Thursday, July 19 at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) for a free concert featuring Jaime Woods and Nick Hakim! The G.I team, visitors and hosts will enjoy local music, the view on the waterfront and each other’s company! 


Meet at the front door entrance to the ICA at 5:15pm.  Take a tour of ICA at 5:30pm and the music starts at 6pm.  Look for Derek (wearing a G.I. t-shirt) if you arrive after 6pm on the stairs near the music. The ICA has a cash bar and café. The concert will go until 8:30pm.     

Berklee Artists Jamie Woods and Nick Hakim

Together Jaime Woods and Nick Hakim create “feel-good” music influenced by soul, blues, jazz, and folk and inspired by Curtis Mayfield, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix. Their first album debuts this summer. Throughout the summer the Institute of Contemporary Art features artists from the Berklee College of Music, which boasts some of the most talented students, alumni, and faculty in music today.



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