Celebrate J Day!

Eat. Play. Give. on August 1, 2016

Join the international exchange community in celebrating J Day on August 1, 2016!

J Day is a nationwide celebration of the power of international exchange. International exchange participants will come together with their American hosts to "eat, play, and give" -- to share cultural diversity and American customs, to give back to their communities, and to have some fun. J Day is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) and spread the word about the power and breadth of cultural exchange. 

J Day was piloted in the summer of 2014 by three Alliance members -- CCI Greenheart, CENET: Cultural Exchange Network, and Spirit Cultural Exchange.

Building upon last year's success, this year's J Day will be not only bigger in terms of J-1 participants involved, but also open to all sponsors in all J categories (Alliance members and non-members alike). To further spread the reach of J Day, Alliance partners, host employers, as well as local citizens and officials, are also encouraged to participate in J Day.


How does J Day work?

  • All J Day events in all locations will happen on Monday, August 1.
  • Each participating sponsor picks a location where it has a significant number of exchange participants. Sponsors are encouraged to collaborate on events and include Alliance partners, host employers, local citizens and officials, etc., where suitable.
  • Participating sponsors should have their events added to the CelebrateJDay Facebook page and use this page to post pictures from J Day celebrations.
  • Everyone participating in J Day should tweet about it (prior to, during, and after the event) using the hash tags #CelebrateJDay and #eatplaygive. A list of sample tweets is available here.
  • Everyone participating in J Day will use the same tag line: "Eat. Play. Give." 
  • Everyone participating in J Day will use the same J Day branding
  • Participating sponsors are responsible for ordering and purchasing J Day t-shirts for all participants joining their events.

To obtain J Day branding and t-shirt art and to add your event to the J Day Facebook page, email Oriana Piña at opina@alliance-exchange.org.


Where are J Day events happening?

Below is a list of J Day events happening across the U.S. on August 1. 

To add your organization's event(s) to the list, please email Oriana Piña at opina@alliance-exchange.org and make sure to include location, time, brief description, attendees (sponsor participants only or open to other participants), and a sponsor contact person.

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Branson, MO

  • Location: Moonshine Beach (3778 MO-165, Branson, MO 65616)
  • Time: 4:30-7:30 pm 
  • Sponsor: Cultural Exchange Network (CENET) 
  • Contact person: Leslie Corn leslie@culturalexchangenetwork.org 
  • ​J-1 participants in the Branson area are invited to celebrate J-Day at Moonshine Beach on Table Rock Lake. Attendees will enjoy games, food, and swimming; in addition, a special Culture in the Community presentation will take place for local elementary students.
  • Attendees: Open to other sponsors' participants.

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