The Alliance Exchange Voice

Giving voice to the power of exchange

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:10

International students from around the world visit Virginia Beach every summer through the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, a J-1 visa cultural exchange program overseen by the U.S. Department of State. Students visiting this summer had a unique opportunity to learn more about the Virginia Beach community, through Virginia Beach Civic Day at City Hall, a special event coordinated on July 8th by the Virginia Beach International Students Outreach Program. J-1 visa participants who are living and working in the area as well as their host employers and sponsors were invited to attend this event.

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 11:58

Colombian au pair Laura has always had a passion for helping children. This year, Laura was given an opportunity to volunteer at her local elementary school in Houston. Eager to give back to her au pair host community, she enthusiastically launched her own Spanish Enrichment Program. It was not long before Laura’s energetic Pre-Kindergarten students shouted “Buenos días!” upon her arrival to every class.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:54

Kim, host mother to Brazilian Au Pair Carol has had such a tremendous positive impact on Carol's life in the U.S., that Carol applied for Kim to be crowned "Ultimate host Mom". And Kim won, just in time for mother's day.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:41

26 interns and trainees from 13 different countries, including Italy, Brazil, Israel, Belgium and India, visited a Brooklyn Nets NBA game last month, an exciting cultural learning opportunity where participants met some of their fellow international interns in New York.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:37

Shortly after their arrival in the U.S., more than 20 Thai participants of the the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program recently engaged in educational and interactive fire and safety training sessions at the New York City Fire Museum (NYCFM), located in the former quarters of Engine Company No.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 14:47

The White House, built in 1792 and home to all U.S. presidents since President John Adams, is arguably the most famous house in the world. Annually, thousands upon thousands of visitors from across the United States and the globe visit what was once referred to as ‘the President’s Palace’. This spring, 18 DC area au pairs had the amazing opportunity to visit this beloved American landmark.

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 14:28

Potential Summer Work Travel participants, along with Turkish alumni, U.S. employers, and program staff recently participated in a volunteer activity to plant 350 trees in the Eskisehir region of Turkey, and enjoyed a day of digging, teamwork, and Turkish sweets.

The event was organized by Summer Work Travel (SWT) program sponsor CCI Greenheart, in collaboration with its Turkish partner, who formed an alliance with a local environmental group.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:37

On March 18, Sima Samar, M.D., chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, offered a rare look at the challenges of Afghanistan women as part of the 2014 Justice for Women Lecture Series. More than 200 students, community leaders, and area residents attended the live event, and over 80 SWT alumni from 18 countries participated through live streaming.

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 17:27

Au pairs from five different countries, their host children and host parents recently came together in New Jersey to make and donate teddy bears for children in need, showing their care for others and their wish to bring a smile into the lives of the less fortunate.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:02

More than 180 Summer Work Travel (SWT) program alumni recently got together for alumni events in Belgrade, Serbia, and Skopje, Macedonia to meet old friends, make new ones, and share the experiences they had while on their cultural exchange in the U.S.