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  • Alliance seeks new Executive Director

    As the Alliance's long-term Executive Director Michael McCarry will retire at the end of 2015, the Alliance seeks a dynamic and politically savvy Executive Director with a strong passion for educational and cultural exchange.
  • Kerry stresses role of exchanges for U.S.-Vietnam relations

    Image Credit: U.S. Department of State
    On a trip to Vietnam, Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted the role of education and exchanges for U.S.-Vietnam relations.
  • Register now for the 2015 Alliance Membership Meeting!

    Registration is now open for the 2015 Alliance Membership Meeting, to be held October 20-21 in Washington, DC.
  • Celebrate J Day on August 3!

    Image Credit: CENET: Cultural Exchange Network
    “Eat. Play. Give.” with the international exchange community on J Day, a nationwide celebration of J-1 international exchange.

The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:20

First Lady Michelle Obama called young Americans “the best ambassadors that we have” in her remarks at the panda-naming ceremony at the National Zoo last week. The ceremony was part of the recent state visit of Chinese President Xi and First Lady Peng Liyuan to Washington, D.C.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 10/02/2015 - 09:58

► A continuing resolution (CR) will keep the federal government funded at current levels through December 11, maintaining funding for Department of State educational and cultural exchange programs at the current FY15 level of $589.9 million. The CR was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on Wednesday, September 30. 

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 10/02/2015 - 09:25

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 9/25/15.

If you would like more information on any items on the list, please email and provide the item number located above the announcement.  Requests are processed on a daily basis. Please feel free to contact us with additional questions.

Au Pair Fulan Li from China makes Aspen, Colorado her home away from home.

The Alliance Exchange Voice - Giving Voice to the Power of Exchange

The U.S. is a home away from home for au pairs

One Au Pair from China and two from South Africa had something in common when they recently spoke about their experience in the United States. They all said their host families made them feel like they have a home away from home.

Au Pair Fulan Li from China stays with a family from Aspen, Colorado and says her host parents love her like she were their own:

“My host parents are very wonderful persons. They are kind, generous, and warmhearted. They always love me, respect me and care for me.”

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