By Eli Rolli, Camp Director, YMCA Camp Benson

Read testimonials from international students who served as camp counselors at YMCA Camp Benson during the summer of 2017.

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Amy Carolan inside Fort Benson[/caption]

“While at camp we often heard the phrase ‘child X needs camp’, I never…


By Cristina Barraza, Marketing Manager, AuPairCare
A version of this story was published on AuPairCare

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Au pairs celebrating the end of their 5k walk. They were thrilled to take part in such a great cause.[/caption]

Last fall, AuPairCare au pairs and team members from Westchester County…


Katarína Bacigálová — Poláková, J-1 Camp Counselor Alumna from Slovakia

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Camp Counselors at YMCA Camp Wood[/caption]

Participating in the J-1 program was an amazing experience full of adventure, meaningful work, cultural enrichment and friendships that last a lifetime.

I had the opportunity to travel to the…


By Aleksandra Węgrzyn and Mateusz Stankiewicz, J-1 Interns from Poland

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Display Garden, Pleasant View Gardens, Loudon, NH[/caption]

My name is Aleksandra and together with my fiancé Mateusz we are students from Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland.

We came to the United States for an…


By Lynette Evans-Tiernan, Communications Manager for the J-Visa Exchange Visitor Program

Let’s take a look back at some of the stories that shaped an extraordinary year of the Exchange Visitor Program.

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2,300 mile bicycle adventure on Route 66
Au pair Tamires took a solo cycling trip through…


By Anna Boisseau, Communications Officer, Cultural Vistas
A version of this story was published on Cultural Vistas Blog

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Pierre Pouplard mans the Saucier station at Per Se. He’s using cherry tomatoes that he picked out himself at a local farmer’s market. Photo by: Peter Plotica[/caption]

You’ll…


By Seema Tamang, J-1 Secondary School Student, Kathmandu, Nepal
A version of this story was published on Rotary Voices

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Seema Tamang, third from left, with other Rotary Youth exchange students[/caption]

Seema Tamang, the first rotary youth exchange student from Kathmandu Nepal talks to us about her…


By Lynette Evans-Tiernan, Communications Manager for the J-Visa Exchange Visitor Program

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Loyola Marymount University students indicate where they are from and where they have studied around the world[/caption]

November 13–17 was International Education week. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S…


By Jody Mayo, Company Storyteller and Writer for Alliance Abroad Group
A version of this story was originally published on Alliance Abroad

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Kush preparing a United Aerial Drone for flight testing.[/caption]

When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Kush Sutaria, a J-1 intern, was on a sales call…


By Carlos Rodriguez-Cruz y Celis, Intern and Lynette Evans-Tiernan, Communications Manager for the J-Visa Exchange Visitor Program

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J-1 Volunteers support runners at the TCS New York City Marathon[/caption]

More than 1,400 participants who are in the United States on the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program– including students…

Lynette Evans-Tiernan

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