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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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 [...]

The Senate Scores Another Win for America

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J1 programs gain Senate support and funding A White House group got a gentle hand-slapping from the Senate, making it clear that they can’t make unilateral changes to J1 programs without going through the proper process. The Senate Appropriations Committee took the upper hand on a small working group that has been [...]

White House Plans to Eliminate J-1 Programs will Harm U.S. Hospitality and Tourism

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A proposed plan by the White House could cripple hospitality and tourism businesses across the nation. In a recent study commissioned by the Alliance for Cultural Exchange the independent research firm, EurekaFacts, validates the potential doom and gloom for seasonal, summer and hospitality businesses that rely on the help of foreign students and interns [...]

Labor Day – An Nationwide Tribute to American Workers

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Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September to recognize the “social and economic achievements of American workers.  It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our America.” Oregon was the first state to officially adopt Labor Day in 1887 and other [...]