2014:
YEAR IN REVIEW

If we are to effectively address issues of global concern, we must rethink how we prepare and train the next generation of leaders, policy makers, and scholars.

That is why every year Cultural Vistas invests in the futures of thousands of students and emerging and established professionals from the United States and around the world through our professional exchange programs.

Simply put: our participants today are the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow.

This is what drives us on a daily basis. This is why we are committed to our mission, to enrich minds, advance global skills, build careers and connect lives through international exchange.

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Mission Driven

CHARTING OUR GROWTH

When one lives overseas, meets new people, and experiences new cultures, one gains unique perspectives and understandings of societies that are different than one's own. This idea is central to all that we do.

Over the past five years, Cultural Vistas has facilitated this kind of inspired learning by providing exchange opportunities for nearly 25,000 students and professionals, including a record 5,720 in 2014.

Participants and Revenue
Participants and Revenue

OUR REACH

Individuals from nearly 140 different countries around the world now participate in our exchange programs every year. Moreover, in 2014, organizations in all 50 states hosted an international intern or trainee through Cultural Vistas.


OUR STAFF

Cultural Vistas now has more than 80 full-time staff members across its headquarters in New York City, and regional offices in Washington, D.C. and Berlin, Germany.

For many of us, it has been the impact of our own personal and professional overseas experiences that have led us to careers in international exchange.

Cultural Vistas Staff 2015

BY THE NUMBERS

Individuals from nearly 140 different countries around the world now participate in our exchange programs every year. Moreover, in 2014, organizations in all 50 states hosted an international intern or trainee through Cultural Vistas.

Total Participants
Participant Ages
Participant Gender
Program Length

TOP 3 REGIONS REPRESENTED BY PARTICIPANTS

Europe
Americas
Asia

TOP 3 FIELDS OF STUDY

Engineering
Computer Science
Business

INTERNATIONAL VISITORS
IN THE UNITED STATES


In 2014, international students and professionals from 136 different countries participated in Cultural Vistas exchange programs in the United States.


5720 Participants

EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
FOR AMERICANS ABROAD


In 2014, U.S. students and professionals participated in Cultural Vistas exchange programs programs in 25 countries around the world.


5720 Participants

2014: A YEAR IN PHOTOS

Nothing tells our stories like pictures. Click through these photos to see what 2014 looked like for our participants and staff.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: TRAIN USA

Cultural Vistas' Train USA J-1 exchange programs bring motivated students and professionals to the United States to make meaningful contributions in the workplace, obtain the skills needed to build successful careers, and learn about our country – creating an invaluable exchange of ideas, expertise, and connections that provide benefits to all those involved.

Train USA

In 2014, Cultural Vistas collaborated with a resesarcher at Columbia University to launch a survey to assess the effectiveness and impact of its J-1 intern and trainee programs. This survey includes data from more than 1,500 participants and 960 respondents representing J-1 host companies.

4639 Participants
Top Skills

On average, 98% of host company representatives reported that the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program has benefited their company, and that they will likely stay in touch with participants after the end of the program.

1212 Host Companies
Host Benefits

California and New York represent the two largest receiving states. Train USA exchanges spanned 44 different states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Siapan, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


44 States

Canada and Germany represent the two largest sending countries. France, India, China, Japan, Italy, and Mexico were the next highest, combining to account for more than 25% of our exchange visitors.


104 Countries

Train USA intern and trainee exchanges can range in length from three weeks to 18 months. In 2014, our average program length was 173 days.


173 Days
Experiencing different cultures and seeing things from a new perspective is so important, especially for Americans," said Decius. "The challenges we face today are increasingly global and to be a critical thinker and leader, you have to get out from your own bubble.
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PAYING IT FORWARD

We spend a lot of time extolling the importance of a globally-aware and competent citizenry. Often, that message is best told through the passion our alumni carry out into the world – through their successes and services as advocates for exchange.

Sandra Decius is one such example. The IAESTE exchange program put Sandra in a position to learn new languages, develop her career, and most importantly, fulfill her dreams.

The California native headed for Europe in 1986 driven by a desire to become fluent in German. She accomplished that and then some; parlaying an internship in Eindhoven into a successful and fulfilling career today in Munich, where she calls home today.

This past year, Sandra reconnected with us to pay it forward with a generous gift to Cultural Vistas Europe.

In 2014, her gift allowed Cultural Vistas to award three scholarships totaling 5,000 Euros to U.S. students pursuing internships in Argentina, Spain, and Bosnia & Herzegovina. For each student, this marked their first time traveling abroad.

FINANCIALS

As a mission-driven nonprofit, Cultural Vistas is steadfast in its commitment to fiscal responsibility. We continuously strive to keep administrative costs associated with the operation of our organization as low as possible, while investing in endeavors that fulfill our mission.

WHERE DID IT COME FROM?

Cultural Vistas derived approximately 49% of its revenue from program service fees, and 51% from individual, corporate, and government direct support of specific exchange program-related expenses.

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WHERE DID IT GO?

The vast majority of that revenue directly funds its mission-focused programs and services. For every dollar spent in 2014, 87 cents went directly toward program related expenses.

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