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Letter from the editor

Cara

Spring is here! As we are well into 2019, we continue to be committed to high-quality cultural exchange experiences for your business and our participants. This past year, we saw a measurable jump in participant satisfaction rates – up eight percentage points from the previous year. I want to thank you for your role in this. We could not do any of this without you, and we truly believe we work with the very best host employers!

As we jump head first into 2019, we will continue to strive for this high level of excellence. CIEE is continuing to support participants who may not otherwise be able to participate on our program though Access Scholarships. Also, we remain active and involved in the health of the program through various advocacy efforts.

With it being a new year, we have some resolutions and exciting initiatives on the horizon as well:

  • Share your story! You will read about how we are working harder than ever to stay connected with our alumni and collect stories about the program impact from all stakeholders. If you have a story, please share it!
  • Investment in technology! We are migrating our legacy technology systems to a new (and improved) system. CIEE Host Portal, our replacement for CIEE Navigator, has been launched and will first be used by host employers hiring with CIEE in the Winter 2019-2020 season. We are excited about how this system will vastly improve your experience with CIEE and I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months.
  • Introducing you to the faces of CIEE! We want to share more of the faces behind CIEE with our employers and participants. Below you can read about the International Recruitment Coordinator team, a team who not only supports all host employers but is also involved in countless hours of interviewing and hiring. I also encourage you to follow us on Instagram for more faces of CIEE @ciee_workandtravel_usa
  • Celebrating 50 years of cultural exchange! We are very excited about our CIEE Exchange Ambassador grants opportunity for our exchanges alumni. We have received many applications and look forward to reviewing all submissions.

As always, thank you for your continued commitment to cultural exchange. We could not do it without you!

Regards,
Cara

Letter from the Editor

Cara

This summer, CIEE is sponsoring nearly 20,000 Work & Travel USA exchange visitors from all over the world. Thank you to our employers for hosting them! As a host employer, you do more than just provide a job; you also facilitate a meaningful cultural exchange experience as cultural ambassadors. This results in memories and friendships that span the globe and last a lifetime. CIEE is proud of our gold-star employers like you!

Next up, the contents of our latest newsletter: While we continue to focus on advocacy, we feel that running strong and consistent programs is imperative to the success and health of CIEE Work & Travel USA. In this newsletter, you will also find information on implementing safety awareness and precautions in your community and workplace. In addition, we provide tools you and your management team can use to facilitate cultural integration amongst your exchange visitors, domestic employees, and guests.

We hope this information will prove useful in welcoming your exchange visitors. If you have any questions now or throughout the summer, please don’t hesitate to contact CIEE. We are always here to help. The CIEE Work & Travel USA program could not be successful without you and the incredible opportunities you offer to these students. Thank you again for your commitment to cultural exchange!

Sincerely,

Cara
Cara Mills, Director, Employer Relations

Letter from the Editor

Cara

Our winter CIEE Work & Travel USA students are arriving and our summer participants just experienced a summer they’ll always remember and cherish! The reminders of their cultural exchange experiences are still appearing daily on our social media accounts – such as Instagram where pictures are flagged with the hashtag #CIEEWorkTravelers – as they share their summer with CIEE and the world.

We also had a period of uncertainty about the future of the J-1 Summer Work Travel program (and other J-1 cultural exchange programs). CIEE thanks you, our employers, for your support in advocating for the importance of this program, which is essential to businesses, communities, and lives across this country. The stories you shared, along with your calls and emails to elected officials, have sent a strong message. This program is invaluable to your business and communities and is a highly impactful public diplomacy tool. The outpouring of support for J-1 programs has not gone unnoticed, and while we cannot predict what the future holds, we are optimistic. With this in mind, CIEE and the J-1 community are moving forward. While we continue our advocacy efforts, we also remain focused on providing the best programs and experiences for all our stakeholders – our employers, our International Representatives, the communities we live in, and, most importantly, our students. On November 16, we invited you to join us on a conference call to provide an update on advocacy and the landscape of the program. For those who attended, thank you for joining. If you missed this and would like additional information, please email me and I’d be happy to share the content.

In this edition of Exchanges, you’ll read more about how CIEE is moving forward! You will learn about the industry’s advocacy efforts and how CIEE is educating, training, and preparing our network of International Representatives to recruit the best students and set expectations that will lead to successful programs. We also share how CIEE is engaging our alumni to tell their stories about program impact. Finally, we have information to prepare our winter employers to welcome our participants who are about to embark on their cultural exchange journey.

Thank you for taking the time to read the important updates below, and for your commitment to and focus on the future health of CIEE Work & Travel USA. You are valuable partners and help contribute to impactful cultural exchange programs. We could not do this without you!

Sincerely,

Cara

Cara Mills, Director, Employer Relations

Letter from the Editor - March 2017

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Since 1947, CIEE has brought together people from different backgrounds to humanize international relations and increase global understanding. We believe that through the exchange of ideas and experiences, we can foster understanding and mutual respect that will enable people to embrace their differences and celebrate their common ground. This mission has never been more important than it is today.

In the transition to a new administration, we know that you may have questions about the future of exchange programs, including the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program. CIEE is actively working with staff, colleagues at the Alliance for International Exchange, and advisors in Washington, D.C. to respond to the changing landscape in international exchange. We are engaging with key members of Congress and the new administration to advocate for international exchange programs. You can be certain that CIEE will remain at the table to ensure that our voices – and the voices of American employers and students around the world – are heard.

Since our last update we have been busying laying the groundwork for 2017. Winter is here and we are on the road visiting students and employers to hear about their experiences. Summer hiring is in full swing and we are preparing for students arrivals in the coming months. In this month’s newsletter we share employer best practices, provide updates on the proposed new SWT rule, and seek your feedback as we enhance our employer webinar series.

The Work & Travel USA program could not be successful without all that you do in offering incredible opportunities to students from around the globe. Thank you for your commitment to international exchange!

Kind regards,

Jessica
Jessica Kissell, Senior Director, Work & Travel USA

Letter from the Editor - August 2016

Jess picIn the midst of another busy summer, we have been reflecting on all of the impactful stories we’ve heard from students and employers. Whether it’s through talking with a student on a site visit, seeing pictures of students and their domestic coworkers taking part in a beach cleanup, or hearing about an employer going the extra mile to support students during times of transition from countries around the world, these stories leave a lasting impression on us all. With almost 20,000 students here, the stories cumulate and deeply inspire us even after the summer comes to an end. We’re proud of the work you do, and while we know summer is still very much in full swing, we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge all that you do as employers in creating learning experiences and memories for so many. We couldn’t do it without you!
Thanks for going above and beyond in supporting international exchange!
Sincerely,
Jessica Kissell
Director, Employer Relations, Work & Travel USA

Another summer of cultural exchange is upon us

CIEE connects close to 20,000 exchange visitors with great employers across the United States each year. The majority of the students come in the summer months, and by hosting these students, you provide a life-changing experience for young people all over the world and make a difference in public diplomacy. Please read on for information on how to have a successful summer, including ways to get your students involved in a truly American pastime, volunteering.

As always, thank you for all that you do in supporting cultural exchange.

Sincerely,

Phil Simon
Vice President, Work & Travel USA

Letter from the Editor - February 2016

Since our last update, we’ve been busy laying the groundwork for 2016! In this month’s newsletter you’ll hear updates on the Alliance for International Exchange and highlights from their annual membership meeting in Washington D.C., learn about CIEE’s Overseas Representative Forum in Berlin, explore the impact the program has on students once they’ve returned home, and learn tips for effective communication before students even arrive.

This month we are asking you to share your stories of how you keep in touch with your students once they return home, and also tell us what your students are up to! Given the key role that you play in hosting students, we know that you have developed lifelong ties and friendships with so many students and want to hear more about how you (and fellow staff) engage with students upon their immersion back home. What shape has their life taken and how has their experience in the U.S. impacted their future?

The Work & Travel USA program couldn’t be successful without all that you do to support cultural exchange. By hosting students, you are vital to the success of the program – thank you for all that you do.

Sincerely,

Phil Simon
Vice President, Work & Travel USA

FROM THE EDITOR - JULY 2015

PhilHello, and welcome to the July edition of Exchanges, our newsletter for employers of CIEE Work & Travel USA students.

We hope your summer is off to a great start. As always at this time of year, CIEE is hitting the road to visit employers and students. We’ll let you know when we’ll be in your area and look forward to meeting you and the students! The U.S. Department of State also travels to see exchange visitors during the summer months. You can read more about Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Robin Lerner and her summer road trip blog below.

Also in this month’s newsletter – information about CIEE cultural exchange initiatives, like our Civic Leadership Summit (check out the applicant videos!), and Connect USA; tips for a successful summer; and a link to our upcoming CIEE events.

Thank you for all you do to support international exchange.

Sincerely,

Phil Simon
Vice President, Work & Travel USA

From the Editor - May 2015

Phil

Hello, and welcome to Exchanges, our new newsletter for employers of CIEE Work & Travel USA students.

CIEE Work & Travel USA is one of the U.S. Department of State programs that supports public diplomacy and U.S. foreign-policy goals. We’ve created Exchanges to promote a strong and healthy program, and contribute to the wonderful international exchange experiences enjoyed by the thousands of young people who come to the United States through CIEE every year.

You’ll receive Exchanges once every two months. It will feature columns about cultural exchange, news about government and State Department regulations, plus upcoming events and helpful resources. You’ll also see inspiring success stories from the world of Work & Travel USA.

In this month’s edition you’ll see a link to a transportation safety video that was developed by the exchange community. We encourage you to show this video to all of your Work & Travel USA participants when they arrive in the U.S.

We hope you’ll find the content useful, and we welcome your feedback! Please drop me a line with comments or ideas for future issues. And thanks for contributing your time and effort to support international exchange.

Sincerely,

Phil Simon
Vice President, Work & Travel USA