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Presidential Debates and Non Verbal Communication

Global Immersions Recruiting - Monday, October 22, 2012

Tonight is the final of three presidential debates between former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. While their talking points, zingers and trillion dollar figures may be lost in translation to many of us, one method of communication is understood globally: body language. Body language does have several “dialects". For example, American’s “O.K” sign made by touching the thumb and pointer finger together is considered vulgar in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries. For a greeting, some cultures hug, while others bow, kiss or give a handshake. But we all understand the meaning behind a smile, a frown or even more subconscious ways of speaking without talking. The body language of the two candidates during the debate will be discussed and analyzed at length, and for good reason; psychologists and sociologists widely believe that a majority of conversation in all cultures is interpreted through body language.  What will Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama say through their body language in this debate? You’ll have to watch to find out! But before you do, keep reading to find out how important analyzing body language is during such a high profile debate.  

The first presidential debate broadcast on T.V was in 1960 between Nixon and Kennedy, and it serves as a perfect example of how body language can make or break a candidate.  People who listened on the radio were sure Nixon was the clear winner, while those who watched it on T.V believed Kennedy won by a long shot. We all know Kennedy ended up winning the election, so why was the audience so polarized? Because while Nixon sounded good, he looked awful! Nixon was pale, sweaty and clearly anxious next to the young, handsome and confident Kennedy. Nixon had a grey, ill fitting suit and refused makeup, while Kennedy had a dark, well fitting suit and allowed makeup artists to touch up his already tanned skin, fresh back from campaigning in sunny California. Kennedy confidently looked right into the camera while Nixon never settled his gaze, clearly unsure what to do in front of the new T.V medium. Overall, while people may have agreed more with what Nixon said, Kennedy’s way of presenting himself made him the winner to those who saw it in person.

Other famous missteps in body language during presidential debates include Al Gore’s “miscalculated” eye rolls that made him seem condescending and disrespectful to his opponent George W. Bush. Bush the elder kept impatiently glancing at his watch and looked uncomfortable during his “town house” style debate with Clinton. Because of his body language he was criticized that he looked like he didn't want to be there. Obama faced similar criticism after the first of this year’s debates, with his lackluster responses and bland tone. With millions of people watching these debates, what you say is just as important as how you look while you say it.

Scientific research and theory into nonverbal communication first became popular after it was introduced to the public with the 1872 publication of Charles Darwin's The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Since then, the way we speak without speaking has been analyzed extensively and it has become obvious how much we interpret through nonverbal communication, much of it subconsciously. There are eight main types on nonverbal communication, facial expression, gestures, tone, posture, proxemics (personal space), eye contact, haptics (body contact) and appearance. While the social norms are different culture to culture, for example Italians are famous for excessive gestures and Americans are known for strong eye contact but don’t like touching, all of these types of non verbal communication are used and interpreted, both consciously and unconsciously, across cultures.

Watch the presidential debates tonight and analyze what the candidates are saying through their appearance and body language. Even the color of their ties will be widely debated for interpretation! If you’re a visitor, talk with your hosts about how body language is used in your home country and if you've had any difficulty understanding American body language. Remember to share your thoughts on body language and the debate with Global Immersions! 

sources: about.com, denverpost.com 

Tipping in America

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tipping - American-style - is a concept that many visitors here in Boston are weary of. How much should I tip? Why do I tip this person, but not another? Can I ever not leave a tip? These are questions every foreign traveler asks, and to be honest it can all get a bit confusing! Here is a quick guide best navigate the end of your bill while you’re in Boston.

The reason tipping is so prominent in America is because many service based industries, most notably waiters, are paid a wage that is so low they rely on the customer to tip them. Servers in restaurants are paid below minimum wage, and although it varies state to state, it’s possible that your server is earning as little as $2.15 per hour! In Massachusetts it’s still only $2.63. Therefore they rely on their service skills like being helpful, courteous and attentive, and you, to make up the rest of their paycheck. There are a number of reasons restaurants pay their employees such low wages, but mostly it has to do with Americans cultural affinity for rewarding hard work. With any service industry the better you do your job the more money you will receive. In a high end restaurant a good server will make hundreds of dollars a night, a vast majority coming from tips.

You're never required to tip, you're expected to tip. If you feel the service was poor and you don’t want to reward their work, then don’t tip. However, you may have to explain yourself, either to your server or to their manager. Simply leaving a 10% tip, the bare minimum, is a good way of way of saying “your service was poor” and you are unlikely to be questioned.

Who and how much to tip?

In a restaurant the general rule is a good tip is 15-20% of the bill. Your tip depends on how good the service was and how much you think they deserve, bearing in mind that they are reliant on that tip for their paycheck. If your group at dinner is 8 people or more, most restaurants will require a 20% tip called a “gratuity” that’s added to the bill. In high end restaurants with a maitre’d or a car service, expect to give them a couple of dollars, again dependent on how helpful they were.

In a taxi the driver should be tip as a percentage of the fare, around 10-20%. They do rely on tips as a large portion of their paycheck and giving them less than 10% is impolite. Again it is acceptable to refuse a tip if they drove badly or ignored your requests but if they got you where you needed to go and were friendly about it, give them 20%.

Hairdressers, shoe shiners, porters, deliverymen and doormen are some service jobs that you don’t use very often, but should be tipped when you do. It’s all dependent on their level of service but expect to give them around $5. If it’s a large bill it’s better to give them a percentage of the total, again around 15-20%.

A bartender is very reliant on tips for a paycheck and not tipping them may mean you’ll have a long wait until they serve your next drink.  If you tip them well, however, expect quick service. Most people tip $1 or $2 per drink.

Most people don’t tip for “over the counter” service in places like coffee bars, fast food restaurants or corner stores. Some may have a “tips jar” with a couple of $1 in it, but you shouldn't feel obligated to tip unless the person was exceptionally helpful.

It’s good to have $1 on hand so you can give your taxi driver $4 on your $20 cab ride or $7 to your server for your $36 meal. It’s also good to round up. 72 cents isn't that much but can add up to your server over the course of their workday and leaving change for a tip can be insulting. As you become used to the concept of tipping you’ll begin to notice many places charge a certain amount so giving a tip is easier. A haircut may be advertised for $16 so you just give them a $20, or a drink might cost $3.50 so you give your bartender a $5. 

The most important thing to remember about tipping is that it’s entirely dependent on how good you thought the service was. If you thought it was so bad they don’t deserve a tip, be ready to explain why. But remember, it’s impolite to not tip unless you have a good reason. Calculating a tip can be awkward at first, but it’s part of American culture and should be embraced! You never know, maybe you’ll get a free drink or a complimentary dessert if you’re a generous tipper.

If tipping and American manners confuses or interests you, look at Emily Post, a time honored institution that defines American etiquette.  And remember, share your tipping experiences or stories with Global Immersions! 

Fall Foliage in New England

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, October 04, 2012

It’s officially fall, and there is no better place to be than in New England! Visitors travel from the world over to experience the time of year when the days are warm, the nights are cool and leaves change from green to brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange. This years’ fall foliage season is already underway and is nearing its peak in the northern New England states of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Here in Boston it is estimated that prime “leaf peeping” will be the weekend of October 20th to the weekend of the 27th, but throughout the month and into early November all of New England will be covered in the bright colors of fall. Here’s a guide to some famous locations and the weekends of their peak foliage.

October 6th to 13th

During this time New England’s northern states of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire will be experiencing the peak of their fall foliage.  In Maine, the Oxford Hills and Lakes region is highly recommended, with fewer tourists than the coast, rural roads, picturesque lakes and beautiful scenery, only a two and half hour drive from Boston. Vermont boasts the most scenic drives of any New England state and is known for its rolling mountains and protected forests. Add the historic farms, quiet country roads and pristine villages, all which make Vermont one of the most popular states for leaf peeping. The town of Stowe is at the heart of Vermont’s scenery and is a three hour drive from Boston. New Hampshire holds the regions highest mountains and is known for its gorgeous fall days when early morning fog covers the deeps valleys and the color of the tree stands out beautifully. North Conway is at the edge of the White Mountains, and is a great place to begin a tour of New Hampshire, located just three hours away from Boston.

October 20th to November 3rd

As the nights turn colder and winter approaches, northern New England’s foliage seasons passes and the colors peak in the southern New England states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. In Massachusetts the Berkshires area is known for its beautiful hills, small artsy towns and perfect fall foliage. Located only two hours west of Boston, the Berkshires are the complete opposite of the hustle and bustle of the city! Small Rhode Island has just as much fall scenery as any other state, especially in the Newport area, located only and hour and a half from Boston. This historic city is a great place to visit and the surrounding country has classic New England architecture, tightly constructed stone walls, rolling farmland, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The “quiet corner” of eastern Connecticut is only an hour and a half from Boston and features giant trees, quaint bed and breakfasts and "uninterrupted tranquility".  Historic Lisbon is a great place to start your tour of the state.

In Boston

Remember that you don’t have to leave the Boston area to see some of the best fall foliage in the world! In the Boston Commons, the local parks and any of the suburbs easily accessible by the MBTA system you will find trees changing to the same beautiful colors seen elsewhere in New England. Take the commuter rail to the north shore and explore Massachusetts historic fishing towns with fall colors at their peak, or go to the south shore and walk along the ocean during a brisk fall day. In the city Urban Adventures offers a guided bike tour of Boston’s “Emerald Necklace”.  "The tour begins on the shaded boulevard of Commonwealth Avenue, goes along the popular shores of Jamaica Pond and ends on the winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum.  This chain of gardens, reserves, and open space displays some of the most colorful flora as the fall sets in". The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) offers guided walks in the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton. They’re FREE and held throughout October and November. Their website also has information on local hikes and bike paths that are great to explore.

No matter if you’re a visitor to Boston or a local; this is the best time of the year to be outside! Explore Boston, New England or your own neighborhood, and make sure to share your fall adventures with Global Immersions! 

Source: Yankee Foliage 

Money Exchange in Boston

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Did you Know?

The U.S government first issued paper money in the mid-1800’s to help finance the Civil War. At the time most things were printed only in black and white so to prevent counterfeiting the bills were colored green with a special dye that was difficult to manufacture.  The bills were only green on one side which led to the nickname “greenbacks”. In 1929 the government standardized the size of the bills to what you still see today. The same chemicals are used to dye the bills, but as technology has improved so has security against counterfeiting.  New bills include features like 3-D images, color changing inks and hidden watermarks to prevent unauthorized replication.

It’s important to know where and how to exchange money when traveling in America. Most money exchangers charge a fee, but some offer a discount if you’re exchanging large sums of money at one time. Before you exchange your money look up the international rates and do some research to find the best priced and most convenient location in your area. Here are a couple of places to get you started!  

The Natick Mall 

The Prudential Center

CambridgeSide Galleria

Copley Place 

Harvard Square

Logan Airport Terminal “E” (International Flights)

Financial District

If you have any questions regarding exchanging money in Boston, let us know

Source: Yahoo News "Who Knew"?

Chinese Mooncakes and the Mid-Autumn Festival

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, September 20, 2012

This September 29th Chinese in America will celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival,  held during the full moon on the 15th moon day of the 8th lunar month. In the Chinese time zone celebrations will be on September 30th. This holiday has been celebrated for over 3,000 years and, after Spring Festival, is considered the second most important holiday of the year. Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the few reunion holidays for Chinese families. On this day, Chinese family members will stay together, admire the full moon and eat mooncakes.

The holiday traces back to moon worship in ancient times, but the tradition of eating mooncakes, now a staple of the celebration, is a little more modern. Legend has it that at the end of the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368, a dynasty ruled by the Mongols), the Han people's army wanted to overthrow the rule of Mongols. They planned an uprising, but they had no way to inform every Han people who wanted to join them without being discovered by the Mongols. One day, the military counselor of the Han people's army, Liu Bowen, thought out a stratagem related to mooncakes. Liu Bowen asked his soldiers to spread the rumor that there would be a serious disease in winter and eating mooncakes was the only way to cure the disease. He then asked soldiers to write "uprising, on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival" on slips of paper, put them into mooncakes and then sell them to common Han people. When the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival came a huge uprising broke out. From then on, people have eaten mooncakes every Mid-Autumn Festival to commemorate the uprising.

Today typical Chinese mooncakes are round in shape, and measure around 4 inches in diameter and 2 inches in thickness. Most mooncakes consist of a thin tender skin enveloping a sweet, dense filling. Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges shared by family members. They are generally served with Chinese tea, and very rarely, mooncakes are served steamed or fried.

Mooncakes are the must-eat food for the Mid-Autumn Festival. It was customary for woman to prepare mooncakes at home when the festival was approaching. However, as the production is labor-intensive and they are widely available in markets, very few people make them at home nowadays. The price of mooncakes usually ranges from $ 10 (70 yuan) to $ 50 (340 yuan) for a box of four. However, very expensive mooncakes have appeared recently with some reaching thousands of yuan for a box.

The fillings of mooncakes vary by region and tradition. Some common flavors include:

Lotus seed paste (莲蓉, lían róng): It is made from dried lotus seeds. Lotus seed paste is considered by some people the most delicious and luxurious filling for mooncakes.

Sweet bean paste (豆沙, dòu shā): There are several types of sweet bean paste: mung bean paste, red bean paste and black bean potato paste. Red bean paste is the most commonly used filling for mooncakes.

Some regional styles include:

Cantonese-style mooncakes

Cantonese-style mooncakes originate from South China's Guangdong Province. The ingredients used in the fillings are various, which reflects the Guangdong people's adventurous nature in eating.  The most used ingredients include lotus seed paste, melon seed paste, ham, chicken, duck, roast pork, mushrooms, and egg yolks. Cantonese-style mooncakes taste sweet.

Beijing-style mooncakes

This style is the typical variation in North China. It originated in Beijing and Tianjin. It features the delicate use of sweetness, moderate allotment of skin and fillings, and meticulous decoration. The common proportion of skin and fillings for Beijing-style mooncakes is 4:6. 

Modern mooncakes have taken on all kinds of unusual and luxurious flavors:

Ice cream mooncakes: These are made of ice cream, and made to look like mooncakes. They have become increasingly popular in recent years among young people and kids.

Seafood mooncakes: These are the most expensive mooncakes. They feature a fresh and slightly salty flavor. Commonly used fillings include: abalone, shark fin and dried purple seaweed.

Health food mooncakes: Health food mooncakes are a style of cake that is meant to benefit people's health. They are made of many healthy ingredients such as ginseng, calcium, medicated food and other things that are good for health.

Mooncakes are easy to find in Boston, especially if you’re in Chinatown. We recommend the Super 88 in Allston, or if you go down to Chinatown Hing Shing Pastry or Ho Yuen Bakery. Throughout Chinatown on the weekend of the 29th the residents will be celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival. Invite your visitor to share this cultural event with you, and remember to share your stories with Global Immersions!  

Reblogged from: Chinahighlights.com, Chineseforturecalendar.com  

Slang and Jargon in English

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Like idioms, slang is a form of speech where the definitions can’t be found in the dictionary. Their meanings can only be learned by being fully immersed in the English language. As part of the homestay experience, our visitors wanted to learn and practice these forms of language that are difficult to learn in their home country. It can be a fun conversation starter as well! Here are some links to some worksheets for slang words that visitors may find helpful to know!

What’s up? I really flunked that killer test

Keep practicing dude, you’ll be an ace

Slang is different in different English speaking countries – speak like a Yankee, Aussie or Brit!

“Jargon” is another form of speech that, like slang, needs to be explained to be understood. Jargon refers to the speech of a group of people who may share a job or interest. For example there is computer jargon like “FAQ” or “LOL” or jargon that policeman use like “10-4” or “suspect”. Politics is famous for its jargon, and words and phrases like “left wing” or “getting on a soapbox” are terms that would only be understood by experienced speakers of the English language.

Words and phrases like idioms, slang and jargon can only be learned by experience and context, and can be fun to explore with your visitor! Share your stories with Global Immersions!  

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! 

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