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Home sweet home. IGS started in Hawaii in the 90’s and has placed students in twelve states and counting. Marine research on coral reefs, spinner dolphins, and reef sharks are popular internship topics in Hawaii and Florida. Our law interns have worked for personal injury, business, and criminal law firms in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Highly customized placements find fertile ground in the U.S. as well. We have placed students in Minnesota with a Native American Tribe, Texas with a landscape design firm, and Illinois with a stand-up comedy club to name a few. Students seeking internships where they can commute from their own houses has become popular of late. One student commuted from their Brooklyn home to work with a sound studio we set up in Manhattan. 

 

ATTRACTIONS

IGS DC

Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States. As the seat of the United States federal government and several international organizations, Washington is an important world political capital. The White House, where the President lives; the Capitol Building, where the Congress meets; and the Washington Monument, built to honor the US first president, George Washington are the capital’s three most famous sites. A beautiful green space located at the heart of the city, the National Mall, the nation’s most symbolically powerful open space contains and borders a number of museums of the Smithsonian Institution, art galleries, cultural institutions, and various memorials, sculptures, and statues. The purpose of this area is to provide a monumental, dignified, and symbolic setting for the governmental structures, museums and national memorials a public park for recreation and enjoyment of the people. The best way to explore the park is on foot a great opportunity to see some historical landmarks while doing a light exercise. The mall is often the location of political protests, concerts, festivals, and presidential inaugurations. Outside downtown Washington, are a number of Historic buildings with a variety of architectural styles and designs. Georgetown’s Old Stone House was built in 1765, making it the oldest-standing original building in the city. The Ronald Reagan Building is the largest building in the District with a total area of approximately 3.1 million square feet. The National Mall, in combination with the other attractions in the Washington Metropolitan Area, makes the nation’s capital city one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

New York Being the most visited city in the country, New York has a lot of attractions that catch the attention of every tourist. The names of the city’s landmarks, skyscrapers, and parks are known around the world. America’s most famous landmark, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France as a symbol of freedom and enlightenment, there are 354 steps to the statues’ summit and lookout across the Manhattan skyline from her crown. The Empire State Building is another American cultural icon and a symbol of New York City. The building’s Art Deco architecture and open-air observation deck has made it a popular tourist attraction provides sweeping views around the city. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is sometimes referred to as “the heart of the world”. One of the world’s busiest pedestrian areas, it is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry. It’s nice to take a leisure walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and marvel at the architectural wonder or just admire it from afar from multiple vantage points around the corner. Stop and reflect the quotation from Virgil’s Aeneid at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum or pause for a second to show respect for the souls of 9/11 victims. New York has larger green spaces, but none is more famous than Central Park, the most visited urban park in the United States, with an estimated 37–38 million visitors annually, and one of the most filmed locations in the world.

IGS ChicagoChicago  Chicago’s 58 million domestic and international visitors in 2018 made it the second most visited city in the nation. Tourists to the city must visit the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Recognized for its curatorial efforts and popularity among visitors. Its collection, stewarded by 11 curatorial departments, is encyclopedic, and includes iconic works of great painters. The Millennium Park also known as the “front lawn” of downtown Chicago features the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, the Lurie Garden, and various other attractions. Showcases postmodern architecture with state of the art landscape designs and buildings. In 2017, Millennium Park was the top tourist destination in Chicago and the Midwest, and placed among the top ten in the United States with 25 million annual visitors. Navy Pier, is a pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan, currently encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities and is one of the top destinations in the Midwestern United States (“Midwest”), drawing nearly two million visitors annually. The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, among the museum’s exhibits are a full-size replica coal mine, German submarine U-505 captured during World War II, a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) model railroad, the command module of Apollo 8, and the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless-steel passenger train (Pioneer Zephyr). This museum is a must see. It offers a unique experience and great entertainment.

TRAVEL ADVENTURE

The United States of America is probably the most popular destination and the best known country in the world. As the third largest nation, the wonders of this country are so numerous and so widely known that there is no need to list them all. Visiting some of the country’s favorite spots is fascinating like the

Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the U.S. and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world, is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially the most popular Old Faithful geyser. The Yosemite National Park in Northern California, renowned for its wildness, is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, lakes, mountains, meadows, glaciers, biological diversity, and giant sequoia groves of which some are over 3000 years old. The the most visited and busiest national park in the US, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park of North Carolina and Tennessee. This park consists of mountainous terrain, deciduous forest, and a variety of animal and plant species. Hiking and simple sightseeing, backpacking and camping, horseback riding, bicycling, and water tubing are all practiced within the park. Fishing (especially fly fishing) is the most popular activity. You got a chance to see the black bear that can be found in all elevations around the park.

Niagara Falls, this massive waterfalls is so spectacular for its sheer power that attract millions of tourists. Niagara Falls is famed both for its beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power.   

The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in Arizona, known for its visually overwhelming size and its intricate and colorful landscape. Geologically, it is significant because of the thick sequence of ancient rocks that are well preserved and exposed in the walls of the canyon. These rock layers record much of the early geologic history of the North American continent.

THE PEOPLE

The United States is home to many cultures and a wide variety of ethnic groups, traditions, and values. The United States is sometimes described as a “melting pot” in which different people have contributed their own distinct flavor and live in harmony as one nation. Americans have traditionally been characterized by a strong work ethic, competitiveness, and individualism, as well as a unifying belief in an “American creed” emphasizing liberty, equality, private property, democracy, rule of law, and a preference for limited government. American culture includes both conservative and liberal elements, scientific and religious competitiveness, political structures, risk taking and free expression, materialist and moral elements. Despite certain consistent ideological principles, the American culture has a variety of expressions due to its geographical scale and demographic diversity.

The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.

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Most gap year programs will have accommodation included in the price, and you will be placed in dorms with other gappers or with a host family. Having a new mamá y papá is awesome—and not just for the home baked empanadas! Otherwise you need to research your accommodation options and calculate it in your budget. Rent prices will be different depending on the area and your needed level of luxury.

The cost of living in the United States can be so different depending on which city or region of the country you are planning to live. The major cities in the country are very attractive but the cost of living is remarkably high, and the basic expenses such as housing, transportation, utilities, food, taxes, and healthcare are a lot more expensive compared to smaller cities particularly in remote rural areas, which is a lot more cheaper. The cost of living is tied to wages, in order to live comfortably choose which city offers a more affordable standard of living.

The United States dollar (sign: $; code: USD; also abbreviated US$ and referred to as the dollar, U.S. dollar, or American dollar) is the official currency of the United States and its territories per the United States Constitution since 1792.

Visitors to the United States must obtain a visa from one of the United States diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or Visa Waiver Program countries. The same rules apply to Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands while different rules apply to Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. Currently, 38 countries and territories have been selected by the US government for inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program and their citizens do not need to acquire a US visa. However, citizens of these countries are required to obtain an electronic authorization (ESTA) in order to visit the United States, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The type of visa you must obtain is defined by U.S. immigration law, and relates to the purpose of your travel.

United States ranks 121th on the Global Peace Index rankings (2008–2018). Violent crimes are highly concentrated in particular neighborhoods associated with poverty, drug abuse, and gangs. Some cities have much higher crime rates than others, California in particular, where criminal street gangs have become one of the most serious crime problems and gang violence like assaults, drive-by shootings, homicides, and brutal home-invasion robberies. Tourists were discouraged to stay around the Mexico border in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas as there have been occurences of crimes and car theft. Travelers may face some minor dangers like petty crime, aggressive homeless people, break-ins into tourists’ cars, pick-pocketing and bag-snatching, dangerous traffic or natural hazards. Of course the

USA is a safe country to visit despite its seemingly apocalyptic list of dangers you can expect a strong police presence everywhere.

The United States has never had an official language, the most commonly used language is English (specifically, American English), which is the de facto national language. Out of 50 states, 30 have established English as the only official language, while Hawaii recognizes both English and Hawaiian as official, and Alaska has made some 20 native languages official, along with English. Nonetheless, many other languages are also spoken, or historically have been spoken, in the United States. These include indigenous languages, languages brought to the country by colonists, enslaved people and immigrants from Europe, Africa and Asia. There are also several languages, including creoles and sign languages, that developed in the United States. American Sign Language is the most common sign language in the United States. Approximately 430 languages are spoken or signed by the population, of which 176 are indigenous to the area. Fifty-two languages formerly spoken in the country’s territory are now extinct. The most common languages spoken at home are: English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic, French, Korean, Russian, German, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Urdu, Japanese, Persian, Gujarati, Telugu, Bengali, Tai–Kadai (including Thai and Lao), Greek, Punjabi, Tamil, Armenian, Serbo-Croatian (including Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian), Hebrew, Hmong, Bantu (including Swahili), Khmer and Navajo.