International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace was established during the 1981 General Assembly of the United Nations and first observed in 1982. It is a day observed around the world on 21st of September, with a focus to strengthen the ideals of peace. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a pause of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on the issues related to peace. (more…)

National Friendship Day

National Friendship Day
National Friendship Day – August 3, 2014

Friendship day is observed on the 1st Sunday in August and the US Congress proclaimed it so in 1935. Most believe this day of recognition initially began by the greeting card industry to promote the opportunity to send a greeting card to friends and family. We believe that Friendship Day is a perfect chance for both your domestic and international staff to let each other know how many their friends or co-workers are truly appreciated. Maybe it’s a chance for the department managers to recognize a single staff member who is consider an Ambassador of Friendship. For example, in 1997 the United Nations named Winnie-the-Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship. (more…)

International Recruitment Fair Opportunities

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As you know, we are in the business of promoting and encouraging cultural exchange. Every year Alliance Abroad Group teams up with our Overseas Partner Agencies to host international recruitment fairs. What’s an international recruitment fair? Well, it is an opportunity when a future host company not only interviews international applicants first hand for the Intern, Trainee, or Summer Work Travel placements, but also directly experiences the culture of that country. By traveling, you will be immersed in the local culture; learning about traditional foods, customs, history, architecture and even learn a few new words. We co-facilitate these fairs for a Host Company that has committed to employ or train a large volume of program participants. The minimum requirement is 25-30 participants per program per season. (more…)

Ukraine: A Student's Perspective


By Oleksandr Tereshchuk Ukrainian Student Interning in the United States

There is a most unusual country that stretches across the territory of Eastern Europe. Its name is pleasing to my ear: Ukraine!

It is a country that has a unique nature, the most hardworking people, and unique traditions. I am struck by the beauty of the local landscape which is intimate with my heart. I can’t help but fascinate at the orchards generously giving their fruits to the people. Fields and meadows give birth to the light breeze of purity and freshness and symbolize freedom and tranquility. My heart is overwhelmed with love of the extraordinary and majestic Crimean Mountains and the Carpathians which lead to their hidden secrets and riddles promising to open them. Water of the Black and Azov Seas warms me as fresh milk and bodes serenity.


Global Exchange Makes for Authentic Connections and Good Careers

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By Victoria Lynden
There is no substitute for experience. In this incredibly virtual world where we can peek at the farthest corners of the earth just by turning on our computers, the fact remains that if you want to connect with a person or a culture, there is nothing like talking face-to-face, sharing a meal, working on a project together and actually bonding with people from other countries and cultures. It’s called citizen diplomacy and it’s more powerful than official state visits because it’s authentic—not staged—and it forges real relationships based on shared experiences, not political mandates. Ultimately, by building these relationships, whole populations can find common ground and forge peaceful connections through global exchange. That’s an idea that’s recognized not just in education or exchange circles. The U.S. Department of State encourages U.S. citizens to become global diplomats.

As head of an organization that helps 10,000 students a year travel abroad and work in different cultures, I’ve had the great fun and honor to deploy hundreds of thousands of citizen diplomats. And they’ve told me amazing stories of transformation: There was the American college student whose life revolved around social activities and building a lucrative career, until he traveled to Darwin, Australia for a summer. The trip, he said, changed his character and caused him to reevaluate his priorities. For the first time in his life, he had no social outlet but to become involved in the local community. And they were so warm and welcoming, he loved it. It made him realize that he wanted more connection with people, and was now planning to go into medicine. Global exchange changed his career path.

There was the young woman from Peru who came to work in America and was inspired by all the activism she saw. So when she returned home, she enlisted her university to help her change regulations to protect air quality. And the young man from Brazil who caught the spirit of entrepreneurship while in the U.S. and launched his own company when he returned home. Global exchange inspired both.

There are other benefits, too. A September 2010 article in the Harvard Business Review entitled Be a Better Manager: Live Abroad quoted research that showed:

People who have international experience or identify with more than one nationality are better problem solvers and display more creativity…what’s more, we found that people with this international experience are more likely to create new businesses and products and to be promoted.

In other words, there’s really no down side. We live at a time when anyone can launch a blog read ‘round the world; start a business and sell products almost as easily to a different continent as to her own; and engage in debate with people all over the world. I think it’s important that we also look in their eyes, grasp their hands and walk a little way in their shoes.
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Studying Abroad Could Give you an Edge in the Job Market


An International Push from the White House

Exerpt from Article By Jareen Imam, CNN

First lady Michelle Obama is working on efforts to promote more international travel among Americans. She’s in China with her daughters and mother, speaking about the importance of education, youth empowerment and the benefits of studying abroad. The first lady conducted an exclusive interview with CNN iReporters on Saturday, taking their questions on studying abroad.


Ukraine Update

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ukraine updateAs of March 22nd, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman traveled to Ukraine to meet with senior Ukrainian officials and representatives of civil society. “Secretary Sherman reaffirmed the United States’ strong support for the Ukrainian people and for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

AAG has been sponsoring students from Ukraine since 2004. We have several valuable partners in J-1 programs based here with whom we have worked very closely over the years. Part of what makes our partnerships strong is open communication and positive relationships. Last week we had the opportunity to candidly discuss the country’s situation first hand with Rustem Ayedinov, Director General of STUDY.UA. (more…)

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa

April Encounter Culture Host Company Spotlight

Hilton Marco Island

As you may know, our Account Management team reaches out to you on a monthly basis to gather and capture the stories of your participants in regards to Host Company-sponsored cultural exchange events.

We recently received a fantastic story we wanted to highlight in this issue from Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa


Australia Events Internship Program


Contact: Andrew Miller
Tel: 512-904-1115


Australia Events Internships now available with major music, sporting, cultural, arts events, festivals and more.

Austin, Texas, 04 March 2014 As many college and university students have already made spring break plans, even more are thinking about what to do for the summer months ahead, which usually includes working to earn money and gain experience. Alliance Abroad launches a new program where young Americans eligible for a Working Holiday Visa in Australia can now apply for a full-time paid internship for events being held in Australia.

The events industry is the fastest growing sector of the world leisure industry. As it asserts itself as a dynamic, knowledge led and cultural profession, it needs the world’s creative and organizational talent. This is a great opportunity to tune into the very latest trends in an industry worth $17 billion to the Aussie economy. Employers are seeking international experience in creative and communications industries. As an Event Industry Expert, I can attest to the fact that having a strong global network and building the confidence that comes from experiencing overseas culture will give you a unique competitive edge.
Dr. Jon Hopwood, Former Program Leader of Event Management at Greenwich University, London and Member of the International Special Events Society (ISES) Australia

We are thrilled to add this exciting program to our ever increasing portfolio. Our list of quality employers keep growing and when we identified a niche to continue fostering cross-cultural relationships and in the first-rate events industry in Australia, in particularly Melbourne, we jumped at the chance to do this. Our point of difference is that we’ll be focusing on amazing paid internships in the most livable city in the world. The demand for this is already phenomenal and the support has been tremendous.
Ash Jurberg, Director of Alliance Abroad International.

Alliance Abroad’s Paid Internships vary in Australia Events Management, Communications, Business and Operations, Visual Art & Design, and more for various major events, festivals, and conferences. These internships are conveniently available year round, with the specific events participants will be interning for being subject to season. While Alliance Abroad is focusing on opportunities in Melbourne (Australian Open, Grand Prix Formula One, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Big Day Out Music Festival, to name a few), the world’s most livable city for the last 3 years in a row and the Australian Event Capital, there are plans to continue expanding into other Australian cities to provide even more opportunities for event management students and young professionals to gain invaluable knowledge working for some of the best events and event companies in the world.

For more information, visit: Australia Events Internships.

Alliance Abroad Group (AAG) has been the leader of international recruitment for over 20 years. Since 1992, they’ve successfully matched more than 100,000 international candidates with many of the world’s leading tourism, event and hospitality companies.

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Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday and Carnival is right around the corner! Don’t miss out on the great opportunity to sponsor or host a cultural exchange event.  See a few of AAG’s recommendations:

  1. Host a Mask Decorating Party – All you need to do is determine a location, and send an evite. This is a festive occasion to talk about the history of Mardi Gras and a fun way to express their creativity. Click here for a list of supplies
  2. Share a King Cake – Ambitious? Try cooking one from scratch! Just a note this type of cake is associated in a number of countries with festival of Epiphany at the end of the Christmas season and in other place with the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras or Carnival. Recipe can be found here
  3. Costume Fashion Show Contest –   What’s more exciting than getting dressed up? All you have to do is ensure there is a prize, state that all costumes should be PG-13 appropriate and makes sure to have lots of beads to toss at the feet to announce the winner. Click here for great deals on party supplies

Need more ideas – Check out How to Throw a Mardi Gras Party: 

Please send your cultural exchange event summaries or questions to

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