J Day 2015 In Review
Nearly 800 J-1 exchange visitors gathered to celebrate what has become an annual tradition for the exchange programs, called J Day. Under the slogan of Eat.Play.Give, we gathered together across the U.S. to volunteer in our local host communities and share our cultures over good food and games. Alliance Abroad Group was proud to celebrate J Day with nearly 50 participants from our J1 Summer Work and Travel, Internship and Trainee programs. Together we served the community of New Braunfels, Texas by cleaning and preserving the nature of Landa Park. Our service hours together were valued at over $2000 by the Parks and Recreation department, making an immediate and positive impact on the hosting community. We then joined together with a picnic lunch by the river and enjoyed a riveting round of trivia about American and Texas culture. Here are a few things our participants had to say about J Day: “I learned that American culture is to volunteer for the sake of everyone and has a helping hand for others. I love AMERICA! <3” “I like to be able to volunteering and most important is gather with all other interns and have fun together.” “Tubing!!! A Daredevil attraction for non-swimmers, but keep track of your shoes!” “I like getting to meet AAG people and bonding with other j1s.” “I’m so happy on J Day! We learn about texas, the landmarks around the states and getting acquainted with new people” “Helping each other’s and giving as much as we can.” “Americans likes to chill out and enjoy nature.” “Awesome. Let’s do it again!” This unique event has truly proven to be a meaningful opportunity for our participants and host companies to participate in something bigger than all of us, giving back while having fun. “J Day”, has become a tradition, and is a part of the broader emphasis on cultural activities within the J-1 visa programs. Read more on the AAG Facebook page and the Department of State page Route J-1.