After flying 19 hours on a plane from his home in western Africa, Ibrahim Kanda wasn’t sure what to expect on his first day in the United States.
He found himself in the rolling hills of Warren County, surrounded by tree-lined streets, manicured lawns and the quaint Main Street of Hackettstown.
"The air is very clean. This is the first impression," said Kanda, an English teacher from Niger.
Kanda is one of 64 foreign scholars who came to New Jersey this week for a crash course on American life at an orientation hosted by Centenary College in Hackettstown. They are part of the Fulbright Program, the international education initiative sponsored by the U.S. government that sends students and scholars around the world.