The Alliance Exchange Voice

Giving voice to the power of exchange

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 14:28

Potential Summer Work Travel participants, along with Turkish alumni, U.S. employers, and program staff recently participated in a volunteer activity to plant 350 trees in the Eskisehir region of Turkey, and enjoyed a day of digging, teamwork, and Turkish sweets.

The event was organized by Summer Work Travel (SWT) program sponsor CCI Greenheart, in collaboration with its Turkish partner, who formed an alliance with a local environmental group.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:37

On March 18, Sima Samar, M.D., chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, offered a rare look at the challenges of Afghanistan women as part of the 2014 Justice for Women Lecture Series. More than 200 students, community leaders, and area residents attended the live event, and over 80 SWT alumni from 18 countries participated through live streaming.

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 17:27

Au pairs from five different countries, their host children and host parents recently came together in New Jersey to make and donate teddy bears for children in need, showing their care for others and their wish to bring a smile into the lives of the less fortunate.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:02

More than 180 Summer Work Travel (SWT) program alumni recently got together for alumni events in Belgrade, Serbia, and Skopje, Macedonia to meet old friends, make new ones, and share the experiences they had while on their cultural exchange in the U.S.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 13:49

Earlier this month, ten Romanian and Moldovan Summer Work Travel (SWT) alumni met in Bucharest to explore the possibility of creating an alumni network in Romania. A lively, far-ranging conversation included ideas on how to stay connected to the U.S. and each other, and all agreed it was important to perpetuate the exchange begun on their program in the U.S.

Phil Simon, Vice President, Work & Travel USA at CIEE said:

“I was extremely impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the group."

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:51

Summer Work Travel (SWT) alumni from nine countries and 13 different time zones gathered together online this week for a six-month virtual reunion. After working together to learn about democracy and driving change during four days in Washington, D.C. last summer, the group logged in to reconnect with each other and share how they’re putting lessons learned from the summer's Civic Leadership Summit into action in their home countries.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:21

This winter tuned out to be the coldest American winter in 20 years. International au pairs spending their exchange with host families in New York embraced the freezing elements by snow tubing at a local park. For many au pairs, this year has been the first time they’ve lived with snow and cold temperatures and most au pairs had not heard of snow tubing at all.

Carolina from Colombia shared:

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:55

Clara Magalhaes, an exchange student from Belgium, recently wrote about the struggles she first experienced when beginning her high school year abroad and how she overcame them. As it is the case for many exchange students, making friends at a new school in a new country, and in a foreign language, was a challenge for her at first but Clara made some small changes that ended up having big results.

Read her story:

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 15:43

International students from Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil recently participated in an exciting cultural activity at the top of Northstar Mountain in Lake Tahoe, near Truckee, California, where they embarked on a moonlight hike, while learning a lot about the local flora and fauna. 

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 16:54

Many participants of the J-1 Trainee program embrace the opportunity of taking their exchange experience a step further by getting involved in community service and the volunteer movement in the United States.