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26 06, 2017

Cultural Exchanges Creates Global Communities and Lasting Friendships

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Global travel is an incredible experience, but traveling to a foreign country accompanied by 20 locals who happen to be friends, is one of the many gifts of cultural exchange! Gary Richards is a Sandusky, Ohio resident currently in Turkey, exploring the historic, beautiful and culturally-rich country with the many Turkish friends he met [...]

19 06, 2017

Dog Days of Summer are Shorter and Sweeter at Alliance Abroad

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Summertime is fun time and at Alliance Abroad we’re shortening the “dog days of summer.” Like our hometown city of Austin, we’re quirky, fun, creative, and friendly, and we absolutely LOVE our dogs.   So beginning with the “unofficial, official” start of the summer Memorial Day kick off, we implemented “Short/Short Bark Fridays.” What? From [...]

7 06, 2017

Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead Goes Above and Beyond to Recruit the Very Best

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Running a luxury hospitality brand isn’t easy. People are what make the experience, but finding the type of people who truly care about delivering a unique customer experience can be challenging.  That’s why at Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, they search for people with a “heart for hospitality.” In an industry plagued by fierce [...]

26 05, 2017

Land of the Free Because of the Brave

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Memorial Day is a revered American holiday that honors the memory, patriotism, courage and ultimate sacrifice of American soldiers. In 1971, the last Monday in May was declared the official day for observing the memories of the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the United States military. In the years [...]

9 05, 2017

Inspiring and Teaching Using Robotics

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Wilmar Lee is a robotics fanatic and she’s passing her infectious passion to middle school students in Houston, Texas.  Wilmar is not from Texas, in fact, she’s not an American. She’s a Filipino citizen participating in a teacher exchange program.  Back home, on the other side of the world, Wilmar taught math, computer and [...]

8 05, 2017

Fighting for the Future of Cultural Exchange

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We Never Tire of Fighting for What’s Right - We Hope You Don’t Either! Exchange programs are under intense scrutiny by the new administration and we’re asking once again for your support.  The Trump administration want to ensure our national economy and security, which is why we believe in fighting for the future of [...]

6 04, 2017

Cultural Exchange Programs Support Diplomacy and National Security

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The passionate battle to win support of important exchange programs continues with increasing furor.  Opponents to the significant State Department budget cuts that will affect the Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs are lobbying hard to maintain program funding. The Alliance for International Exchange, which comprises 90 nongovernmental organizations, with more than 10,000 staff [...]

23 03, 2017

Extended Deadline: Write to Congress in Support of Exchange Programs!

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Keep Those Letters Coming! The Trump administration budget calls for unprecedented cuts to the Department of State, and significant, but unspecified, cuts to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). ECA funds are critical to sustaining international exchange programs, which enable critical “people-to-people” diplomacy efforts. Though these programs are considered “soft” by some, [...]

17 03, 2017

Trump Budget Compromises Important Diplomacy Programs

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Our interest in preserving State Department programs, like the visitor exchange, is not self-promoting; it is national security preserving. After 27 years supporting cultural exchange programs, we know that programs aimed at creating global connections work. They accomplish the goal of greater understanding and establish early diplomatic ties with foreigner students, many of whom [...]