I am really stuck on this work project. I put up a note on Facebook, but didn't get any responses. So I thought I'd try here... I know you guys love giving your opinions!
For my job, I have to write material for an online program to teach English. The program teaches English using conversations in real-life situations in order to teach cultural stuff, too.
I want to give useful information. So I'd like people from other countries who have spent any extended time in the US to answer these questions:
1. What were some things that were difficult or surprising for your during your time in the US?
2. What are some things that you didn't think about before you went to stay/live there?
3. What is something you wish you learned before you arrived?
Some examples from my Brazilian students have been washing clothes at the laundromat, buying a calling card, and renting a car.
It can be activities like that, or even social things (making friends with Americans, talking on the phone, etc).
Any stories about your experiences in the US will help. :) It can be big things like "I didn't know how to rent an apartment" or little things, like "I didn't know drinks had free refills."
Thank you for any stories (good or bad!).
American (and Canadian!) readers-- you can tell me any of your travel stories, too, if you think it would be something relevant to people going to the US and wasn't something specific to the countries that you visited.
Thanks for any ideas or feedback!
Also, does anyone know any details about buying calling cards in the US? I've never done it.
One more thing: How do non-US citizens (no social security card) open bank accounts? What documents do they need?