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Cultural Programming 2016

CIEE students had a busier year than ever with cultural programming. They joined us for Connect USA events throughout the summer, J Day on August 1, and our fourth annual Civic Leadership Summit.

Connect USA

Over 770 participants attended 25 Connect USA events in their communities. They were able to join us for a couple of hours of intercultural learning, while getting to know some of their peers. Many of these were hosted by employers, with a handful of community-wide events.

Overall we received very positive feedback from attendees. Here are just a few of the comments:

  • “I learned we were all so different, but at the same time, so special and unique.”
  • “I never knew I could be more friendly and open until I met with different people. This has helped improve my communication skills and behavior towards others.”

Let us know if you would be interested in hosting a Connect USA event in your community next year!

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CIEE CEO Jim Pellow participated in a Connect USA event on Cape Cod!

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The “Artist in Action” activity was a big hit this year!

J Day

CIEE participants joined in J Day activities all across the country. This is a nationwide celebration of the impact of international exchange, when students come together to “Eat, Play, Give” – giving back to their communities and connecting with each other. See below for some highlights!

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CIEE Work & Travel USA and Internship USA participants joined together for a #‎CelebrateJDay event with the Kennebunk Recreation Department in Kennebunk, Maine. Participants from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Romania joined CIEE representatives and recreation staff to organize and inventory supplies. Participants enjoyed volunteering with the kids’ camp program, and had a unique opportunity to interact with the campers and teach them about their home countries!

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Orange Beach, Alabama, students and staff were at Brett Robinson in Gulf Shores, Alabama, for a beach clean-up event in an effort to protect our ocean. There was a lively contest to see who could find the most trash. Then everyone enjoyed social time with pizza!

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Myrtle Beach J Day was a big hit this year! More than 100 students came to enjoy the free rides at Family Kingdom Amusement Park. Each student was asked to bring a school notebook or paper plates/cups to help Seacoast Vineyard Church Outreach, which hosts the Myrtle Beach ISOP (International Student Outreach Program) and provides free dinners for students every Tuesday and Wednesday night at their All Nations Cafe.

Civic Leadership Summit

This August, a select group of 62 students from the SWT program gathered at American University in Washington, D.C. for the CIEE Civic Leadership Summit. The three-day event brought together passionate, young leaders from around the world for a dynamic exchange on leadership, social entrepreneurship, and cultural understanding. This group of Fellows represented 33 countries from three designated J-1 sponsor organizations (CENET, Spirit and CIEE).

A highlight of the Summit was a daylong workshop called the “Be a Changemaker Challenge” led by Ashoka’s Youth Venture, an organization that inspires and supports teams of young people to launch and lead their own community initiatives. During the Challenge, Fellows identified their passions to create change for social issues, and then worked in groups to develop plans for launching their own social ventures in their home countries.

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#CIEEGivingBack

We asked participants to share their experience with us on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #CIEEWorkTravelers and #CIEEGivingBack. Employers around the country organized staff volunteer outings, a great way for students to get out into the community and experience the American culture of volunteerism.

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Oscar, an Access Scholar from Venezuela, participated in a beach cleanup in New Jersey, organized by Morey’s Piers!

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Habitat for Humanity volunteers from King's Dominion in Virginia.

-Erica Carley-Harris and Lauren Kelly, CIEE External Relations Managers

Volunteering Contest

This summer, we asked you to encourage your Work & Travel USA participants to volunteer in your community and then share your experiences with us. We were excited by all the stories we heard, and are thankful to all employers and participants who volunteered their time, effort, and energy. We have chosen our winners with the best stories, photos, and volunteering programs, and we will donate $250 to the charity of their choice. Congratulations to:

  • Kings Dominion
  • Xanterra Yellowstone National Park
  • Morey’s Piers
  • Carowinds
  • Wilderness Resort

Thank you for sharing how your participants gave back to their new communities! We will hold a similar contest for our winter employers starting in December, and we will send an email with more information next month.

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Participants from Carowinds volunteering to assist families in financial crisis in South Carolina.

-Julie-Beth Blancas-Ruiz, Marketing Manager, Work Exchanges

CIEE on the Ground: May & June Community Meetings

Many communities across the country have vibrant volunteer organizations that welcome Work & Travel USA students and help them make the most of their time here. Employers play an important role in these groups. These volunteers gear up for summer by holding informational community meetings well worth the time. CIEE attends these meetings and the U.S. Department of State also has representatives at many of them.

Community Meetings

Block Island, Rhode Island
June 14

CIEE on the Ground: March & April Community Meetings

Many communities across the country have vibrant volunteer organizations that welcome Work & Travel USA students and help them make the most of their time here. Employers play an important role in these groups. Over the spring and early summer months, these volunteer groups gear up for summer by holding community meetings that are very informational and well worth the time. CIEE attends these meetings and the U.S. Department of State also has representatives at many of them.

We look forward to seeing you there. Please contact us if you’d like more information.

Community Meetings

March 15 and May 17
Outer Banks, NC

March 18
Portsmouth, NH

March 16 and May 18
Virginia Beach, VA

March 21
Rehoboth, DE

April 4
Galveston, TX

April 6
Cape Cod, MA

April 11
Door County, WI

April 12
Wisconsin Dells, WI

April 14
Ocean City, MD

April 19
Virginia Beach, VA

April 20
Outer Banks, NC

CIEE ON THE GROUND - JULY 2015

CONNECT USA

Regional events designed to help Work & Travel USA participants learn more about life in America, and equip them with the tools they need to have a successful cultural exchange experience.  We'll be holding events in the following locations this summer: 

July 1
Virginia Beach, VA

July 8
Chatham, MA
Tampa, FL

July 9
Branson, MO
Nantucket, MA

July 13
Jackson, WY

July 14
Newport, RI
Orange Beach, AL
Wisconsin Dells, WI

July 16
Kill Devil Hills, NC

July 21
Allentown, PA
Berkeley, CA
Myrtle Beach, SC
Mackinac Island, MI

July 22
Old Orchard Beach, ME

July 23
Doswell, VA
Kittery, ME
Page, AZ
San Diego, CA
Shakopee, MN

July 24
Wildwood, NJ

July 27
Corolla, NC

July 28
Sandusky, OH

July 29
Pt. Pleasant, NJ
Sandusky, OH

August 4
Colorado Springs, CO
Kansas City, MO

August 5
Carowinds, NC

August 6
Grand Canyon South Rim, AZ

August 13
West Yellowstone, MT

CIEE on the Ground - May 2015

One way that CIEE staff members support our students and employers is to travel and hold a variety of events throughout the year.

Every season, we host Connect USA events throughout the country. These regional events are designed to help Work & Travel USA participants learn more about life in America, and equip them with the tools they need to have a successful cultural exchange experience. We are currently in the process of planning more than 40 events that we will host throughout the U.S this summer.

Also, many communities across the country have vibrant volunteer organizations that welcome Work & Travel USA students and help them make the most of their time here. Employers play an important role in these groups. Over the spring and early summer months, these volunteer groups gear up for summer by holding community meetings that are very informational and well worth the time. 

CIEE attends these meetings and the U.S. Department of State also has representatives at many of them. We look forward to seeing you there. Please contact us if you’d like more information.

Connect USA Events

Dates and locations coming soon

Community meetings

May 5
Sandusky, OH 

June 16
Block Island, RI