The Alliance Exchange Voice

Giving voice to the power of exchange

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 11:32

Megan, an American Youth Leadership Program with Japan participant, recently helped host a cultural festival at her high school in Beaverton, Oregon. The event was part of a culminating project for the AYLP, which took 30 high school students and three teachers from across the U.S. to Tokyo and Niigata for three weeks in the summer of ‘11. The final stage of this program challenges participants to implement educational and service projects which highlight the learning that took place during their exchange into their schools and communities.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 11:18

Sean McKnight, a Hermitage, PA, native, was one of 30 high school students from across the United States to participate in the inaugural American Youth Leadership Program with Japan:Japan-America Watershed Stewardship project (AYLP:JAWS). Below Sean reflects on the impact this intercultural experience has had on him.

Most memorable part of your three weeks spent in Japan

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 11:04

Nancy Wilkin, a Bath, PA, native and high school chemistry teacher, was one of three educators from across the United States to participate in the inaugural American Youth Leadership Program with Japan:Japan-America Watershed Stewardship project. Below Nancy reflects on the impact this intercultural experience has had both personally and professionally.         

Most memorable part of your three weeks spent in Japan and why?      

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 17:21

Desislava
2011 Department of State Summer Work Travel program
Placement: Put-in-Bay, OH 
Current City: Sofia, Bulgaria
Occupation: 4th year student, Bachelor of Science in Commerce, University of National and World Economy

“The first year of my Work and Travel experience was 2008. I knew about the program from friends of mine and visiting the USA was one of my dreams ….. The Work and Travel program gave me the opportunity to make it come true :-)

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 18:06

When she got on the plane to Brazil in 1970, Jenny Messner had no expectations. Until that moment, the furthest away the Pennsylvania country girl had traveled was the Jersey Shore.

Forty years later, Messner’s year studying abroad with AFS-USA still shapes her life in ways she never could have imagined. Fluent in Portuguese, with a successful career in international banking behind her, she now helps local teenagers, like she once was, have the same opportunity to have a life-changing AFS experience abroad. In 2011, Jenny and her husband Mike’s Speedwell Foundation sent 19 students from Pennsylvania’s Lancaster and Lebanon counties to study abroad in nine different countries with AFS.

Fri, 02/03/2012 - 13:42

Hassan Abuquaoud
2009 Department of State Summer Work Travel program
Placement: Graford, TX
Current City: Amman, Jordan 
Occupation: Royal Jordanian Airlines

Fri, 02/03/2012 - 10:45

Gibran Geronimo Cortina Aguilera, a Mexican Communicating for Agriculture Education Program (CAEP) Horticulture trainee, participated in an 8-month internship at Farmer Dave's, a 90 acre fruit and vegetable farm in Dracut, Massachusetts.

Gibran had this to say regarding his CAEP Horticulture placement in the USA:

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 15:46

What is Citizen Diplomacy? National Council for International Visitors Board member Kyle Moyer describes one instance of citizen diplomacy below.

Watch Mr. Moyer tell the inspiring story of "just one of many thousands" of participants in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The IVLP is the U.S.' premier professional exchange program, bringing current or emerging leaders in government, politics, the media, education, the arts, business and other key fields to the U.S. to develop relationships with their professional counterparts. 

Mon, 01/30/2012 - 12:36

Beijing, China – September 9, 2011 – While most American High School students would not recognize a high level Chinese official, American students studying at Beijing’s No. 80 High School were elated to have a guest pop in unexpectedly to their Chinese lesson. As part of China’s Teacher’s Day celebration, China’s President Hu Jintao visited with students participating in the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), a program run by the American Councils for International Education. For the NSLI-Y students - coming from areas all around the United States, including Minnesota, Iowa, and Massachusetts - President Hu’s visit underscored the importance of cultural exchange between the U.S. and China.