Summer Businesses Are In Trouble

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An End to Summer Work Travel Programs Could End Seasonal and Summer Businesses Summer is here and you’ve probably got fun-filled vacation plans. Maybe you’re looking forward to going to the beach, vacationing at your favorite resort, dining out at great restaurants, taking the kids to water or amusement parks? So are thousands of [...]

Happy Independence Day!

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Enjoy Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness! Every red-blooded, flag-waving, country-loving American knows that The Fourth of July is a day of great historic and national significance. Independence Day is a federal holiday marked by joyful celebrations in rural towns and sprawling cities across the nation. Americans show their patriotism by adorning their [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]