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nod vOICES 29 Years at NOD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Advisors’ Angle: Preparing Students . . . . . . . . . 2 Calling all Student Bloggers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Introducing: * Travel Coordinator Stephanie Johnson . . . . . . .7 Keeping Up with NOD Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Top Honors for St. Paul Prep’s Kim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Tidbits: * American Fun Facts . . . . . . . . .7



tudents who do not have their valid passport, valid Form DS-2019/ Form I-20, and their visa with them as they enter the United States may be subject to deportation. Nacel Open Door, Inc. (NOD) Travel Coordinator Stephanie Johnson explains that Customs and Border Patrol will be especially strict this year on these long-standing requirements, due to the recent events in Boston. Remind all of your students to bring these documents with them on the plane. In addition to carrying all necessary documents, students on the Academic Year Program must also adhere to the following Department of State regulations: Students must be fully placed before arriving in the U.S. Natural Parents should not purchase plane tickets until they receive a Match Abroad. It is also important to confirm all bookings with the NOD National Office before purchasing. Students may not travel in the U.S. prior to the program start. Students must fly directly to orientation or their Host Families. If Natural Parents wish to travel with their children in the U.S., they must plan to do so after the New Year.

If a student fails to follow these regulations, the U.S. Department of State may cancel their J-1 visa and could deport them immediately to their home country. This could affect students’ future travel to the United States. Continues page 3


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29 years at nod

Nearly 30 years ago, Carmen Pucheu was an English teacher with a passion for international education. (She had studied abroad twice, in France at age 19 and in Austria in graduate school). When the original international student advisor at her school took a pregnancy leave, Carmen took over advising and placing students as a Local Rep. In 1993, Carmen made student exchange her full-time job as a Coordinator and Regional Director.

to Host Families, and provided direction and assistance to Local Reps, who then guide their own students and Host Families. Carmen is leaving a legacy by helping others promote international understanding and language education in their own communities. To read more about Carmen’s nearly 30 years at NOD, visit

“Foreign exchange work has been my life story for 29 years,” she says. In those 29 years, Carmen has helped place - either directly or indirectly through the Local Reps she oversees - more than 1,000 Academic Year Program (AYP) students. She has aided students in their cultural transitions, offered advice

Advisors’ Angle: As summer begins, students and families are preparing for their exchange program this fall. It’s a time when many students are nervous and excited. It’s a great time for new students to talk with students who have recently returned from exchange programs. Former exchange students understand the experience and have valuable advice to share! They can have good suggestions about what to pack, good ways to stay in touch with friends and family, what to expect from school, etc. Helping students find a mentor is a great way to prepare them for their program. Each student has a different educational background and level of English knowledge. It’s normal for some students to feel more comfortable expressing themselves at first. As students begin to navigate their new academic setting, their Local Rep, Host

Carmen Pucheu and Miguel, a former exchange student from Argentina

Preparing students

Family, and the Advising Department can support them as needed. Encourage students to talk to their home school about any requirements for co validation of grades before they leave. A clear understanding of those rules can help students eliminate stress at the end of their program.

The last few months in their home country are an important time for students. Enjoying their time with friends and family can create lasting memories that help them feel supported during their time in America. It’s a good time for natural families and students to talk about how often they will communicate with each other over the next year. Language, customs, and program rules can seem unfamiliar to students. Student handbooks, the NOD website -2-

and Local Representatives are good resources for students with questions about program rules. These are also good resources for students who are experiencing different stages of cultural adjustment.

In addition, students face the pressures of school, family life, and friends. Students can reach out to the Advising Department when they need someone to talk to about their hopes and concerns. We welcome these questions and conversations. Talking about these things can help prevent bigger issues later on. The Advising Team wishes all new students the very best year! We look forward to supporting them as they adjust to their new experiences.

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ince the fall semester of 2011, the Private School Program (PSP) has offered a Student Blogger internship opportunity. Beginning this fall, students on the Academic Year Program (AYP) will have the same opportunity.

The PSP and AYP blogs exist to bring students and Host Families together, to share experiences, and to offer helpful information and advice. Posts from students serve all three of these purposes. We therefore always encourage students to share their experiences through the blogs. A select few, however, will have the chance to regularly write blog posts for a full semester. Student Bloggers are required to submit one blog entry each month about anything related to their time in the U.S. This can help Host Families better understand students’ perspectives and help students better understand that they are not alone in many of the adjustments international students go through. It also offers students the ability to share some of the new activities they have tried in the U.S.

In return, Student Bloggers will receive a certificate upon completion of the internship and their own pages on the blogs to showcase all of their blog posts in one location. Writing regular blog posts will give students extra practice in using the English language and an impressive addition to future college applications. Students interested in applying for the Student Blogger internship will be asked to submit a sample blog entry about either the student’s arrival to the U.S. or about preparing to leave for the U.S. These sample entries will be posted to the blog to allow all students the opportunity to showcase their efforts. Students not selected as Student Bloggers are still encouraged to participate in the blogs as often as they would like. Submissions for the PSP blog should be emailed to, and submissions for the AYP blog should be emailed to

How to apply Subject line of email: Student Blogger application – “Your Name” Application questions – Please type directly in email: 1. Full name 2. Home country 3. Email address 4. Grade in school 5. For PSP students, number of years previously spent studying in U.S.

Attach to email: • Sample blog entry about either your arrival to the U.S. or your preparation for a semester/ year in the U.S. This must be at least 250 words long. • At least one photo to correspond with your blog entry, attached as a JPEG file. Please include descriptions /captions for the photos in your email. Applications without photos will not be considered.

Send application: • Private School Program: • Academic Year Program:


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Travel Policy Continued When booking flights to the host community, it is important for students to arrive at the airport closest to the Host Family, as indicated in the Match Abroad, and for the student to arrive no later than 23:00 local time. Host Families should not have to travel unnecessarily far or in the middle of the night in order to pick up their student. Students should keep phone numbers for their Host Family, their Local Representative, and the NOD National Office

with them as they fly. It is common for flights to be delayed or cancelled, and students may need to communicate travel changes to these parties. Please feel free to contact Stephanie with any questions about Department of State regulations or NOD travel policies. Nacel Open Door wants all our students to have safe and successful experiences in the U.S. We ask that students and their Natural Parents take care and all necessary precautions in planning travel to the U.S.


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All students are reminded to adhere to the following NOD policies regarding travel to the U.S.:

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Keeping Up With NOD Programs


acel Open Door, Inc. (NOD) offers multiple programs in the United States and abroad to meet a variety of cultural and academic goals for all students. These programs range in duration from one week to multiple years. The focus of some programs is a complete cultural immersion and exchange, while others are focused more on college preparation.


School is out, and summer is in full swing! Students and Host Families have said their goodbyes, marking the end of a successful cross-cultural experience in the U.S. and the beginning of a lifelong relationship spanning the globe. Now, Local Representatives have turned their focus to securing families and high schools to host students arriving this fall. Foreign Partners can look forward to receiving placement information for their students throughout the summer. After Foreign Partners are sent the Match Abroad packet, students and Host Families can begin contacting each other to learn more about their new “family” members and begin preparing for their time together this fall. The National Office is updating orientation materials for students and Host Families. We aim to better prepare students and Host Families for their exchange experience by identifying productive solutions to common misunderstandings that may come from cultural misconceptions. We are committed to fostering a successful student-Host Family experience and hope that the updates to these resources improve our contribution to that goal.


Short Term Programs are in full swing as summer begins. Local Reps have been hard at work all spring finding and solidifying great Host Family placements for students, who began arriving at the end of June. Tutors are ready for a productive and fun summer of working with students to improve their English language skills.

NACEL OPEN DOOR EXECUTIVES Board of Directors Dr. Frank Tarsitano, PhD – Chairman Mr. Steve Murphy – Secretary Ms. Alice Murphy – Treasurer Mr. Gerard Avundo Mr. Arnold Franco Mr. Francois Jean Huc Ms. Hilda Jaffe Senior Management Team Dr. Frank Tarsitano, PhD – CEO & President Mr. Richard Banasikowski, MA – Vice President Mr. Jean Burdin – President, Nacel International Mr. Roy S. Nilsson – CFO

Advisory Board Mr. Jean Burdin – President, Nacel International Mr. Pierre Coudry – Interclass Brazil Ms. Toni Cowles – Retired, Lauder Institute at the Wharton School, UPENN Mr. Jaeho Eohm – International Language Forum, Korea Dr. Abraham Ho, DA – Nacel Asia Ms. Marie Jose Huc – CLC This newsletter is a publication of Nacel Open Door, Inc. For more information on NOD programs and opportunities, please call 800-622-3553, or visit our website at Newsletter Production Staff: Director of Operations: Director of Marketing & Communications: Marketing Communications Assistant:


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t. Paul Preparatory School’s (SPP) art department has seen a great deal of student success in the 2012-13 academic year. Eleven students took prizes in seven different art competitions throughout the year. Hee Soo KIM of South Korea took prizes in five of those seven competitions. Her art portfolio was also accepted by three colleges through National Portfolio Day. Hee Soo, a 2013 graduate, says she enjoys drawing and watercolor painting best. She plans to use her skill and talent in these media as she begins studying fashion design in Paris in the fall. In addition to winning multiple awards for her artwork, Hee Soo participated in SPP’s internship class. She hoped to find a fashion-related internship at a large retail store in the Mall of America but was unable to, as these stores have their headquarters in New York. Undeterred, Hee Soo took the initiative to find another way to pursue her passion for fashion. She found a thrift store open to volunteer help. (A thrift store sells previously-owned, donated items.) Hee Soo’s responsibilities included setting out the merchandise, arranging the jewelry, and adding price

tags. In her internship presentation at the end of the semester, Hee Soo told her classmates that she learned a lot about running a store and displaying clothing and accessories.

Hee Soo says she did not enter the art competitions for prizes and awards. Art teacher Kate Woolever encouraged Hee Soo to share her artwork, providing support as Hee Soo honed in on skills she hopes to use in her future career.

Hee Soo’s Art Awards For 2012-13: • Scholastic Art Awards: 1 Silver Key and 3 Honorable Mentions • Top 100 Art Competition: Finalist • ARTwalk: Artwork diplayed in downtown St. Paul, MN • Clear Channel ARTwalk: Electronic Billboard: One of 26 pieces of art selected to be displayed on billboards throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN metropolitan area • Celebrating Art Competition: Artwork published in hardcover art book • National Portfolio Day: Art portfolio accepted by Moore College of Art and Design (Philadelphia, PA), Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Minneapolis, MN), and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

St. Paul Preparatory School (SPP)

The 2012-13 academic year at St. Paul Preparatory School (SPP) ended with the commencement of the largest graduating class at SPP to date. Eighty students received their diplomas the evening of Monday, June 10. Students worked hard to achieve academic and extracurricular goals throughout the school year. The number of Advanced Placement tests taken by SPP students rose dramatically from 61 in 2012 to 96 this year, and 11 students won 30 awards in seven art competitions. Both the Robotics Team and the Math Team were active in competitions again this year. Teachers worked hard too. Math teacher Bonnie Larson was awarded a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Mini-Grant from Minnesota Independent School Forum. The grant will be used to fund an Introduction to Aviation course at SPP. Ms. Larson, a former pilot, advised the popular new Aviation Club at SPP this year. St. Paul Preparatory School faculty and staff are already busy preparing for the 2013-14 academic year.

PRIVATE SCHOOL PROGRAM (PSP) Nacel Open Door wishes the best of luck to all Private School Program students who graduated and completed the program in 2013.

One student, Hanwool of South Korea, was named Foreign Partners can look forward to an updated student his school’s Salutatorian. This means that he finished application for January students. The content will remain second in his class of 112 in terms of Grade Point Average. essentially the same, but the new logos and branding will Hanwool will attend the Korea Advanced Institute of be incorporated into the design. Science and Technology. -5-

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Students have returned home after a successful school year, and Local Representatives are already securing Host Family placements for the fall.

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Nacel International School System CHINA

St. Paul American School Beijing, China Est. 2007



St. Paul Preparatory School St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Est. 2003

International School of Gdansk Gdansk, Poland Est. 1997

St. Paul American High School Shangde, China Est. 2010

St. Paul Preparatory School Yangjae (Seoul) South Korea Est. 2008

St. Paul American School, Busan Busan, South Korea Est. 2013


Private Florya FINAL IASS Florya, Turkey Est. 2013 Notre Dame International High School Paris, France Est. 2010

Private Bursa FINAL IASS Bursa, Turkey Est. 2013 Antalya Koleji Antalya, Turkey Est. 2012


St. Paul American High School Guangzhou, China Est. 2010

Private Cekmekoy FINAL IASS Istanbul, Turkey Est. 2013 Private Samsun FINAL IASS Samsun, Turkey Est. 2013

Private Adana FINAL IASS Adana, Turkey Est. 2013


St. Paul American School Hanoi Hanoi, Vietnam Est. 2011



St. Paul American School Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines Est. 2010

Nacel International School System

Nacel Open Door is happy to announce that the Nacel International School System has grown considerably in the past year. There are now 16 schools spread throughout eight different countries on three different continents. We are currently evaluating new projects in Russia and China. If you are interested in receiving more information on our schools and the Nacel International School System, please contact us! or 651-686-0080

USA St. Paul Preparatory School St. Paul, Minnesota, Est. 2003

CHINA St. Paul American School Beijing, Est. 2007

SOUTH KOREA St. Paul Preparatory School Yangjae (Seoul), Est. 2008

CHINA St. Paul American High School Shangde, Est. 2010

POLAND (Sister School) Intl School of Gdansk Gdansk, Est. 2010

CHINA St. Paul American High School Guangzhou, Est. 2010

FRANCE Notre Dame Intl High School, Paris, Est. 2010

PHILIPPINES St. Paul American School Clark Freeport Zone, Est. 2010

VIETNAM St. Paul American School Hanoi Hanoi, Est. 2011

TURKEY Antalya Koleji Antalya, Est. 2012

TURKEY Private Adana FINAL IASS, Adana, Opening Fall of 2013

TURKEY Private Bursa FINAL IASS, Bursa, Opening Fall of 2013

TURKEY Private Cekmekoy FINAL IASS, Istanbul, Opening Fall of 2013

TURKEY Private Florya FINAL IASS, Istanbul, Opening Fall of 2013

SOUTH KOREA St. Paul American School Busan Busan, Opening Fall of 2013

TURKEY Private Samsun FINAL IASS, Samsun, Opening Fall of 2013


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American FUN FACTS • July is National Ice Cream Month in the United States. On average, U.S. citizens eat about 5.5 gallons of ice cream each year, with July seeing the highest numbers due to the warmer temperatures. • One popular summer activity in the U.S. is throwing a Frisbee disc. The Frisbee was invented in the 1940s by accident when students began throwing pie plates created by Mr. Frisbee in the 1870s. • A movie theater in New York first began offering air conditioning in the summer of 1911 to attract audiences to watch movies and cool off. Today, the summer is considered the most popular season for American audiences to watch movies. • Americans refer to the time between July 3 and August 11 as “The Dog Days of Summer.” This name comes from the “Dog Star” (Sirius) in the constellation Canis Major. Ancient Romans and Greeks blamed this star for the uncomfortable heat and drought conditions in late summer.

• Summer vacation as it currently exists in the U.S. was added by educator Horace Mann in 1837. Before that, breaks depended on location: students in urban areas had shorter quarterly breaks, while breaks in rural areas coincided with the harvest so students living on family farms could help with the crops.

Travel Coordinator: Stephanie Johnson

to come in to work every day,” she says.

Stephanie Johnson is afraid of flying. This wouldn’t seem too unusual… if it weren’t for her job title!

One important tip Stephanie has for students is to always turn in their Travel Proposal Forms right away. A form is required each time a student travels, and alerting Stephanie to the trip allows her to help students determine what other paperwork might be necessary. Getting these forms in early allows Stephanie to be more of a support for students.

Stephanie is the NOD Travel Coordinator. Even she finds this fear unusual considering she flies often. Stephanie’s goal is to be a support to students while also following NOD policies. She encourages students to call or email her with any travelrelated questions. “I just want kids to feel comfortable coming to me,” she says. Stephanie enjoys seeing the opportunities students have to see the U.S., even sites she has never had the chance to see. She also loves meeting students at orientation. “The curiosity, energy, and brilliance I see in international students is what energizes me and makes me want

Another piece of advice is for students to turn their holiday travel forms in early, as there are so many more forms to process. This will make it more likely to be approved early, and it “will make me smile,” Stephanie says. Stephanie wishes the best for all NOD students. “I hope they have a great year and many exciting opportunities while on our program.” Stephanie can be reached by email at or at ext. 619.

Nacel Open Door National Office 380 Jackson Street, Suite 200 St. Paul, MN 55101 USA

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