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What kind of impact are our exchange programs having?
We welcome you to learn more through these recent news and feature stories.

Checking in with Anders: An Inside Look at the IVLP Experience  

Learning About the World Around Us, At Any Age

More than 20 J-1 exchange interns recently shared their home cultures and customs with elementary students at three NYC public schools. The students had an opportunity to interact directly with the international participants and broaden their knowledge of the world, while the interns had a chance to learn firsthand about the American educational system and take part in a unique cross-cultural experience.

Checking in with Anders: An Inside Look at the IVLP Experience  

Checking in with Anders: An Inside Look at the IVLP Experience

Cultural Vistas recently welcomed Finnish delegate Anders Hulden to the nation's capital to begin a three-week professional tour of the United States through the Department of State's premier professional exchange program: the International Visitor Leadership Program. Anders is a youth work coordinator for Seta, an NGO that has promoted lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights within Finland since 1974.

In Their Own Words: Claudia Fest, CBYX Congressional Internship Program  

In Their Own Words: Claudia Fest, CBYX

Coming to the United States on the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) fellowship gave Claudia Fest the chance to try something completely new and different from her life back in Germany. Interning for U.S. Congressman Chris Gibsonthrough the Congressional Internship Program was a rewarding and eye-opening experience.

Remembering 3/11: The Great East Japan Earthquake  

Remembering 3/11: The Great East Japan Earthquake

On March 11, 2011 a tragedy of unprecedented proportions struck Japan. The magnitude-9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake, and the tsunami and nuclear accidents that followed, wreaked havoc on Japan’s northeastern coast. Two years later, the Kizuna Project has emerged to empower and provide life-changing opportunities for young Japanese affected by the disaster.

In Their Own Words: Maddy Pike, Summer Internship Program in Germany  

In Their Own Words: Maddy Pike

Maddy Pike faced a challenge: her studies required to spend a semester abroad or complete a three-month internship, but as a dedicated athlete, Maddy knew she couldn't miss a whole semester's worth of competitions. So she found a compromise. With the Summer Internship Program in Germany, she was able to do a lengthy internship while also enjoying an immersive international experience.

LEAP Interns Reflect on U.S. Experiences & Lessons Learned  

LEAP Interns Reflect on U.S. Experiences & Lessons Learned

The past year has flown by for many of our Long-Term Education Administrators Program (LEAP) participants, filled with valuable professional experiences and personal triumphs. The group of Japanese higher-education professionals reflected on their experiences interning in the United States and shared what they learned.

WEST Students Learn About U.S.-Korea Relations at State Department  

WEST Students Learn About U.S.-Korea Relations at State Department

Several members of Cultural Vistas' Korea WEST program recently gathered at the U.S. Department of State in the nation's capital to share their perspectives and experiences with State officials and learn more about the United States and its relationship with South Korea.

2012 Picture This! Photo Contest Winners Announced  

2012 Picture This! Photo Contest Winners

We asked our participants from the past year to share their most memorable moments from living and learning abroad, and they answered the call.

Check out our five winners, selected from more than 350 submissions from participants across our programs.

Cultural Vistas & IVLP - Year One, A Retrospective  

Cultural Vistas & IVLP - Year One, A Retrospective

Following its first year as a National Program Agency for the International Visitors Leadership Program, our staff reflects on being a part of the distinguished public diplomacy program, bringing rising leaders from around the world to the United States.

#WhyStudyAbroad - A Community Weighs In  

#WhyStudyAbroad - A Community Weighs In

Why study abroad? We took to social media to ask others their opinions on the value of international experience, and the response was enlightening.

In Their Own Words: Hunter Douglas, IAESTE  

In Their Own Words: Hunter Douglas

One might not expect a civil engineering student to have an artistic side, but Duke University senior Hunter Douglas most certainly does. His three-month IAESTE internship abroad in Belo Horizonte, Brazil allowed him to take notice of this beautiful host nation and further pursue his interests in travel and photography.

AYLP Brings Japanese Culture & Experience Home  

AYLP Brings Japanese Culture & Experience Home

High school students returned from their three-week American Youth Leadership Program immersion experience Japan ready to share their experiences, highlighting their learning in Japan and passing their knowledge to others in their respective schools and communities through educational and service projects.

Lunch and Learning with a State Department Official  

Lunch and Learning with a State Department Official

As part of their summer exchange experience, our Global Career Launch interns in the nation's capital recently enjoyed a unique opportunity to spend an afternoon learning and sharing lunch with Mr. Stephan Lang, Deputy Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

 

In Their Own Words: Michael Shao

Michael, a Train USA participant and student at University of Waterloo, had a transformative experience during his international internship in New York City. As a web development intern at Datalot, Michael developed new skills, gained confidence as a programmer, and learned a great deal about the type of work he is interested in pursuing in the future.

     

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In Their Own Words: Linda Mazzanti, Train USA  

In Their Own Words: Linda Mazzanti, Train USA

Coming from fashion-forward Italy, Linda Mazzanti knew that there was no better place to gain experience in the field than one of the world's most significant fashion capitals: New York City. Linda's professional traineeship with a fashion brand management company is allowing her to pursue her passion while advancing her skills in one of the toughest industries around.

In Their Own Words: Chris Riddick, IAESTE  

In Their Own Words: Chris Riddick, IAESTE

The chance to intern abroad and experience a new culture, while enriching his engineering studies has made an enduring impact for Chris Riddick, a 2011 IAESTE United States participant and Ohio State University senior. While it wasn't the first time he traveled overseas, there's little doubt this 10-week experience in Northern Ireland opened up new doors, new perspectives, and provided a deeper understanding of life outside the United States.

In Their Own Words: Effi Kindermann, CBYX  

In Their Own Words: Effi Kindermann, CBYX

For Effi Kindermann, a 2011-2012 CBYX participant and native of Willich in western Germany, the opportunity to live and study overseas in the United States is an experience not soon to be forgotten. As she finished up her exchange experience, we caught up with Effi to reflect on her U.S. visit, her host family experience, and her newfound passion for volunteerism.

Celebrating IAESTE Day 2012  

Celebrating IAESTE Day 2012

Each year on October 20, Cultural Vistas pays homage to its role as the U.S. affiliate for IAESTE. IAESTE Day was created as an opportunity to celebrate a program that has impacted the personal and professional development of more than 350,000 technical students around the globe. We reached out to past and present participants to share stories of how IAESTE has positively impacted their lives.

In Their Own Words - Scholarship Recipients  

In Their Own Words: Scholarship Recipients

With the help of the Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund, Noelle Ponasik and Sarah Taylor were able to particpate in life-changing, career-enhancing internships in Berlin, Germany and Buenos Aires, Argentina. More than 70 individuals have received nearly $75,000 in scholarship support in the past two years.

 

Sixth Annual Alfa Fellowship Alumni Event - May 2012  

Cultural Vistas and Alfa-Bank Team up to host Alfa Fellowship Alumni Event

Over 40 Alfa Fellowship Program fellows, alumni, and friends gathered on the evening of May 16 for the sixth annual Alfa Fellowship Program Alumni Event. Distinguished guests and speakers included Mikhail Fridman, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Alfa Group Consortium and Petr Aven, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Alfa Banking Group.