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Slava Ukraini

Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2022 at 2:48 pm.

At a time when it is unsafe for Ukrainian youth to return home due to the Russian government’s unprovoked war, U.S. summer Camps Kenwood & Evergreen in coordination with the American Camp Association and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs have helped provide a degree of normalcy for BridgeUSA and Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) students in the United States. Check out the story of these Ukrainian youth.

Categories: J-1 Visa, Participants, Program Spotlight, Videos

Route J-1: Safety Demonstration in Ocean City

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at 8:17 pm.

Today we are going to you watch a big safety demonstration on the beach in Ocean City.

And the reason this is exciting for me is because this is a time when all communities coming together to make sure the students know how to be safe. They’re gonna talk about bike safety about beach safety about vacuation in a case that hurricane or a major storm.

This is something Ocean City takes very seriously and I really wanted to see it first hand.

Through my visits I’m seeing that this the true cultural experience, not just for our students but for the communities that they are being hosted in.

I’m seeing just smile and talking and comparing their culture with our culture and our culture their culture.

And I’m just seen friendships is being made right in front of my eyes.

From the host employers who plan and prepare for their arrival to the members of the community who just think its neat to have foreign students and who think, “Wow I really want them to learn a little something about this community before they go.”

I am seeing that when you bring foreign students into a community into our own backyard really wonderful things happening. My colleagues and I will be out on the road for the whole summer so I would love it if you join and follow me and my travels. And you can follow me on J-1

It is so much fun, so please join me.

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About Karen Ward

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange

Karen Ward

Karen Ward has been with the Department of State and the Exchange Visitor Program for over thirty years. Karen joined Private Sector Exchange as the Director of the Office of Private Sector Exchange Designation in December 2014. She previously had worked on all aspects of the Exchange Visitor Program, including program analyst for the secondary school student, teacher, post-secondary student, research scholar, trainee and intern categories and served as the Division Chief of the Private Sector Programs Division for three years. She spent three years as a Policy Analyst and a Senior Compliance Office within the Office of Exchange Coordination and Compliance. She has extensive knowledge on program management, the regulatory process, form development, and SEVIS administration.

Karen, a native of Maryland, is a career federal civil servant with more than 30 years of service, working mostly in the areas of international exchanges and operation management. She enjoys mentoring and volunteering in her community.