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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.
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    “Eat. Play. Give.” with the international exchange community on J Day, a nationwide celebration of J-1 international exchange.
  • Obama calls YSEALI fellows “extraordinary” leaders

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    President Obama noted the “extraordinary” leadership skills of exchange participants during a question and answer session with 75 fellows from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) in Washington, DC this week.
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    After decades of hostility, exchanges between the U.S. and Iran have potential for improving relations between the two countries, Newsweek reports.

The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:43

Representative Glenn Thompson (R-PA) spoke in support of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program yesterday on the House floor, noting that the program “has shown tremendous success in fostering a stronger relationship between the United States and Germany.”

In his remarks, Rep. Thompson outlined several of the long-term benefits of the program for both German and American CBYX participants:

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:31

► A recent White House report reaffirmed the value of the Exchange Visitor Program as a “rich cultural experience” for participants.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 07/24/2015 - 09:44

A recent White House report reaffirmed the “rich cultural experience” provided by the Exchange Visitor Program and commended the State Department for its “comprehensive approach” to the program. The report was created in response to a Presidential Memorandum issued by President Obama to examine ways of improving the U.S. legal immigration system.

Chinese Work and Travel students volunteer in Gatlinburg's Independence Day Parade

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

SWT participants honor 40-Year Tradition

The 40th annual Independence Day Parade took place in Gatlinburg, TN, at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. This midnight tradition garners national attention as the “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!” It also attracts over 80,000 spectators.

A group of Summer Work Travel (SWT) participants from China served as volunteers in the parade, holding banners and balloons, and advertising the fireworks display.

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