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  • Obama calls YSEALI fellows “extraordinary” leaders

    Image Credit: White House official photo
    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.
  • 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.
  • YES alumna dedicates life to empowering young Afghan women

    Image Credit: TedX
    Shabana Basij-Rasikh, an alumna of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, has dedicated herself to educating and empowering women in her home country.
  • German language study increases globally, declines in U.S.

    Image Credit: Goethe Institut
    For the first time in 15 years, an increasing number of people worldwide are learning German as a foreign language. Despite these international gains, however, German language study is losing ground in the U.S.

The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Thu, 07/02/2015 - 13:52

► The U.S. will re-open its embassy in Cuba, continuing the expansion of diplomatic relations between the two countries, President Obama announced on Wednesday.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:53

The U.S. will re-open its embassy in Cuba this month, continuing the expansion of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the New York Times reports. President Obama announced the plans on Wednesday, adding that Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana “to proudly raise the American flag over our embassy once more.”

Lisa Heyn
Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:44

International graduate applications to U.S. universities increased by two per cent to a total of 676,484 applications received for the fall of 2015, according to a preliminary annual report just released by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).

Brazilian au pair Francielly volunteers at her local food bank

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

Brazilian au pair embraces local food bank

When Brazilian au pair Francielly came to the USA, her Area Director, Kay, invited her to volunteer at a local food bank. Francielly, though new to Texas and the community, immediately felt a pull towards helping on a regular basis. It takes a special kind of person to dedicate her free time to others, but for Francielly, it was easy.

She shared: 

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