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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 Rebecca Pasini

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange

Rebecca Pasini

Rebecca A. Pasini joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchanges in July 2023. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister - Counselor, Ms. Pasini has been an American diplomat since 1997.

Ms. Pasini previously served as the Director of Public and Congressional Affairs in the Bureau of Consular Affairs from 2021-2023. Other Washington assignments have included positions in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, the Office of Foreign Missions, and as a liaison to the Department of Homeland Security. She has also completed multiple overseas tours, including as Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs in Islamabad, Pakistan, and as the Consular Chief in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Other tours included Mexico City and Kuwait.

A Maryland native, Ms. Pasini has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University, a master’s degree in National Security and Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University, and an undergraduate degree from Mary Washington College.