Supporting Exchange Programs in Washington DC | Advocacy Day March 8 2018

2018-03-20T15:47:25+00:00 By |

The Alliance Abroad team helped support international exchange during a rally in Washington DC on March 8.We were particularly happy to hear Congressman Henry "Hank" Johnson's (D-GA) spirited defense of these programs:"Department of State international exchange programs are a proven and cost-effective way for the United States to remain internationally competitive, develop American leaders, and [...]

Leveling the Playing Field

2018-02-23T22:21:50+00:00 By |

Celebrating the Achievements of African Americans The month of February has been designated as Black History Month.  It has become a central theme in American culture, recognizing and celebrating the achievements of African Americans.  The early origins began as “Negro History Week,” by distinguished historian, Cater Woodson, and other prominent and influential African Americans. [...]

What’s Presidents Day All About?

2018-02-16T18:58:00+00:00 By |

It’s fascinating when you search the meaning or genesis of something. No matter how much you think you know, there’s always something new to learn. President’s Day is actually not the official name of the holiday celebrated the third Monday in February. It’s still officially “Washington’s Birthday.” “Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated [...]

A Legacy of Love and Service: Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2018-01-12T18:54:46+00:00 By |

You’ll be moved – maybe even to tears – when you read a message written by Dr. Martin Luther King’s wife. Coretta Scott King talks about her husband’s dreams for racial equality and about the principles of freedom, justice, tolerance and equality that not only define Dr. King’s dream, they exemplify our nation’s “noblest [...]

What a Wonderful Year!

2018-01-12T19:02:23+00:00 By |

t’s been a wonderful year for all of us at Alliance Abroad thanks to our incredible network of employees, partners, participants and host employers.   Although we faced some tough headwinds from proposed changes to J-1 visa programs, we banned together as a cultural exchange community. United in our support of exchange programs, we’ve shared [...]

A Holiday Party Poem – Celebrating the Spirit of the Season!

2017-12-15T22:25:32+00:00 By |

The holidays are a time to celebrate time-honored traditions and gather with family and friends but for thousands of international exchange students, it won’t be possible.  Our founder, Victoria Lynden, reminded us that for many of our J-1 participants, it’s the first time many of them will be very far away from families and [...]

Good Samaritans: Helping Hands During Hurricane Harvey

2017-11-28T19:14:00+00:00 By |

When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Kush Sutaria, a J-1 intern student, was on a sales call in San Antonio, fortunately out of the fury of the storm’s eye.  As it turns out, being in San Antonio proved fortuitous in other ways. Kush was exactly in the right place to [...]