The Alliance Exchange Voice

Giving voice to the power of exchange

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:27

On a cold and windy November day, eight au pairs from five different countries joined forces to raise more than $700 for an Autism Speaks walk in Pennsylvania.

The au pairs, who are part of two different clusters in the Philadelphia area, held three fundraisers before the day of the event and surpassed their goal of $500 by $200. And even though the actual day of the walk was cold, the hearts of the au pairs were warm.

The following are some of the thoughts they shared after the event:

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 18:56

Once a year, host families and au pairs come together in communities across the country to take part in International Host Family Day. The day focuses on celebrating the cultures of au pairs and host families alike, creating a unique opportunity for cultural exchange.

Events, organized by AuPairCare range from picnics in a local park to museum tours and appeal to family members of all ages.

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:39

Au pairs in North Carolina have started a new monthly tradition of volunteering at the Chapel Hill Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) houses families whose children are receiving health care at local hospitals.

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:59

This summer, hundreds of J-1 cultural exchange participants shared photos and videos of all the things they do to learn about and experience American culture throughout their time on their programs as part of the inaugural InterExplorer Contest. The game was an interactive, engaging way for participants to showcase the diversity of activities they did to learn about the U.S.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:42

This August, eight international au pairs gave back to their Cincinnati-host community by volunteering with the Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity. Helping to build a home for a local family in need, these au pairs were able to make an impact on the family that will last a lifetime and truly exemplifies the cultural exchange spirit of the au pair program.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:14

Have you ever wondered what it looks like inside the U.S. Capitol?

This August, Summer Work Travel (SWT) participants from China, Kazakhstan and Russia participated in a guided tour of this historical building and got to find out!

The group met at the Ulysses S. Grant statue on the Washington Mall. After taking pictures and enjoying views of the Washington Monument, they entered the U.S. Capitol.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 20:20

On August 4, J-1 Summer Work Travel (SWT) participants in Branson, MO, Galveston, TX, and Fairfax, VA took part in “J Day”, a celebration of international exchange participants coming together in their communities to share cultural diversity and American customs. Under the slogan "Eat. Play. Give.", participants from all over the globe engaged in unique activities including an American BBQ picnic, Olympic style games, and a scavenger hunt. They also brought non-perishable food items for donation to local non-profit organizations.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:55

German Ambassador Peter Wittig and three members of Congress came together at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC last week to help send off the 31st class of American participants en route to begin their Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) journey in Germany.

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:53

Many will agree that experiencing a sporting event in another country is a great way to learn about that country’s culture. This summer, au pairs from all over the globe currently living in Jacksonville, FL were able to discover a true traditional American pastime by visiting a minor league baseball game.

The au pairs attended a Jacksonville Suns vs. Mobile Bay Bears game for one of their monthly outings. This was a new experience for the majority of au pairs, with au pair Elisa from Brazil sharing:

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:10

International students from around the world visit Virginia Beach every summer through the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, a J-1 visa cultural exchange program overseen by the U.S. Department of State. Students visiting this summer had a unique opportunity to learn more about the Virginia Beach community, through Virginia Beach Civic Day at City Hall, a special event coordinated on July 8th by the Virginia Beach International Students Outreach Program. J-1 visa participants who are living and working in the area as well as their host employers and sponsors were invited to attend this event.