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United States and Ireland Extend Ireland Work and Travel Intern Program

Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 9:49 pm.

By Nathan Arnold, Director of Media Relations for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State 

Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan and Ambassador of Ireland Anne Anderson signed an agreement to continue the Ireland Work and Travel program on December 5.

On December 5, Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan and Her Excellency, Ambassador of Ireland, Anne Anderson signed an agreement to continue the Ireland Work and Travel (IWT) Program for an additional three years and bring it out of pilot status.

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Dreams of Becoming a Science Teacher Following the Ocean Summit

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 9:14 pm.

By Luana Garcia De Carvalho, J-1 Au Pair from Brazil

 

Luana [middle] discussing Brazil and her experience learning about environmental  issues during dinner with fellow J-1 Our Ocean participants Helen Luo (China, Research Scholar) and Nathan Apiri (Ghana, SWT)

Luana [middle] discussing Brazil and her experience learning about environmental
issues during dinner with fellow J-1 Our Ocean participants Helen Luo (China, Research Scholar) and Nathan Apiri (Ghana, SWT)

My name is Luana and I’m an Au Pair from Brazil. I’ve been in the United States for one year and I have some exciting news!

On September 15-16 I had the amazing opportunity to attend the “Our Ocean, One Future Conference.” In its third year, this was the second time the conference was held in Washington, D.C. This year, the goal of this international conference was to “catalyze actions to protect our ocean from threats and to empower a new generation to lead the way toward a healthy and sustainable ocean.”

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Lessons Learned by J1s: Discovering Strength in Vulnerability

Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 10:32 pm.

By SunJeong Lee, Client Relations Officer, Cultural Vistas

A version of this blog post was originally published on the Cultural Vistas Blog

J-1 exchange visitors are taking some time to tell us how the Exchange Visitor Program changed their perspectives about America. This week we will discuss how exchange visitors are discovering strength in vulnerability.

 J-1 alumna Alina Rafikova, who participated in the Fulbright and Muskie programs, shared this photo from her experience exploring America.

J-1 alumna Alina Rafikova, who participated in the Fulbright and Muskie programs, shared this photo from her experience exploring America.

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Lessons Learned by J1s: Perceptions of Americans

Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at 9:14 pm.

By SunJeong Lee, Client Relations Officer, Cultural Vistas

This story was originally published on the Cultural Vistas Blog

Salima Ismaylova, a J-1 trainee from Azerbaijan, poses here with her extended American family: “This is a picture of all the amazing people I spend my life here with. This is a huge family who embraced me the way I am, full and complete.”

Salima Ismaylova, a J-1 trainee from Azerbaijan, poses here with her extended American family: “This is a picture of all the amazing people I spend my life here with. This is a huge family who embraced me the way I am, full and complete.”

Recently, exchange visitors were asked how their perceptions of America had changed after living, working, studying, and traveling in the United States for their J-1 exchange program.

While always a work in progress, many exchange visitors were amazed at how diverse cultures coexist in the United States.

“I was not aware of the incredible diversity in workplaces and in the community here. It has taught me a lot – and it’s a part of the reason that I’m so thankful for coming here,” said an intern from Örebro in Sweden.

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New York City Marathon Will be a Lifelong Memory for Au Pair

Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at 9:31 pm.

By Victor Da Costa, J-1 au pair from Spain

Victor Da Costa shows off his New York City Marathon medal.

Victor Da Costa shows off his New York City Marathon medal.

The TCS New York City Marathon for me has been more than a race or just some other achievement. It was about coming back to New York, a city that was my home during my first year as an au pair. It is a city where I have some of the best of memories – my amazing host family, some great friends, and a lot of walks around the city. Read More ›

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Lessons Learned by J1s: Stereotypes are Meant to be Broken

Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 7:46 pm.

By SunJeong Lee, Client Relations Officer, Cultural Vistas

A version of this blog post was originally published on the Cultural Vistas Blog

Food brings everyone together. Afghani and Pakistani international visitors, pictured here,break bread with a Vermont family.

Food brings everyone together. Afghani and Pakistani international visitors (pictured here) break bread with a Vermont family.

Interning and living in a new country will give you a new perspective. It’s a chance to explore and immerse yourself in a new culture. Many of our sponsors, including Cultural Vistas, love hearing how the Exchange Visitor Program changes perspectives and builds connections.

Recently, we asked our participants how their perceptions of America have changed after their U.S. exchange programs. Join us for the next five Tuesdays to explore the answers to this question. In light of recent global and domestic affairs, exchange visitors reflections will leave you inspired and hopeful for positive change.

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J-1 Runs the City in 2016 TCS NYC Marathon

Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at 7:18 pm.

By Liam Godbert Brown, J-1 au pair from the United Kingdom

Liam Godbert Brown is a British university graduate who came to the United States as an au pair. He won the lottery to run in the New York City Marathon, which took place on Sunday, November 6. This is his second marathon. He ran the New Jersey Marathon this in May.

Liam Godbert Brown shows off his NYC Marathon Finisher Medal.

Liam Godbert Brown shows off his NYC Marathon Finisher Medal.

Why did you want to run the TCS New York City Marathon?

New York has been one of my favourite cities for a very long time and it’s been incredible to be living nearby for the last year.  As a long time runner, I’ve always wanted to participate in races held in my favorite cities. Now that I’ve done New York I’ll have to try to compete in London.

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Meet the J-1 Volunteers Behind the New York City Marathon

Posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 at 9:37 pm.

By Lynette Evans-Tiernan, Communications Manager for the Exchange Visitor Program

Two girls pour water from gallon jugs into paper cups for marathon runners

Moira Cacia and Angela Mininni (J-1 au pairs from Italy) we‘re very excited to see so many Italians running the race and happy to cheer them on.

On Sunday, November 6, more than 1,000 J-1 international exchange visitors – students, interns, au pairs, and research scholars – volunteered at rest and water stops along the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon course, supporting the 50,000 runners from over 135 countries who ran the race. Meet some of the volunteers and read about their experiences:

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A Life-Changing Journey: Travelling, Cultures, Growth, Friends and Family

Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 at 9:06 pm.

By Garazi Alkorta, J-1-Au Pair from Spain
A version of this story was originally published on Expert Au Pair

Stunning views of the city from the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center)

Stunning views of the city from the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center)

When I decided to start this journey called the au-pair experience, being more than 5,000 miles away from home for a year, on my own, living and sharing experiences with strangers sounded like a scary idea. Let’s jump into the car and travel through this – not always so easy – road that turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life.

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The Great Escape: J-1 Designs Scavenger Hunt Experience

Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2016 at 9:07 pm.

By Petar Dragnic, J-1 Summer Work Travel Alumni from Serbia

Petar and Andreaa monitoring players in “Escape Room”

Petar and Andreaa monitoring players in “Escape Room”

I participated in the Summer Work and Travel program in 2013 and 2014, and I can say that participating on this program was the best decision I made in my life! I spent two summers working in the Asticou Inn, a fine-dining restaurant in Northeast Harbor, Maine. It is a small town on the beautiful Mount Desert Island, which is a home of Acadia National Park. I had a chance to meet a lot of great people from America – and also from other parts of the world. Besides having fun with my friends, I had the opportunity to learn a lot of new skills related to customer service and business management.

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About Keri Lowry

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Private Sector Exchanges


Keri Lowry is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchanges, where she oversees the Exchange Visitor Program, which brings over 300,000 foreign citizens to the United States annually to teach, study, hone their professional skills, strengthen their English language abilities, connect with Americans and learn more about the United States.

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