AAG wants to not only promote cultural exchange through our programs, but also provide a break to travel the world virtually. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to learn more about a featured country with whom we are establishing and creating stronger business, political and human ties. This month we are featuring Ukraine.
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.
As 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…)
Ukraine & U.S. Support
During the U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing on Wednesday February 25, 2014, Deputy Secretary Burns stated that
We will continue to firmly support Ukraine’s unity and territorial integrity, and healthy relations with all of its neighbors.
Alliance Abroad Group has been working with our business partners in Ukraine since 2004, helping Ukrainian university students come to the United States on J-1 Visa Cultural Exchange Programs. We have directly sponsored and supported over 3,500 Ukrainian exchange visitors. Right now, the people of Ukraine are creating change and history. You may have seen Facebook, CNN or headlines in your local newspapers with regard to the changes in Ukraine’s political government. We just want to take a moment and advise you that we are working very closely with our Ukrainian business partners to ensure we understand firsthand how our future 2014 Summer Work Travel applicants are doing.
At this point in time, we are not being notified of any significant changes that should affect the arrival of students who have been recruited. American Embassy appointments are proceeding as normal and approval levels are being reported as very positive. We will continue to keep you updated should anything change that would disrupt current plans. Please note, Alliance Abroad Group is fully vested in our business relationships and will ensure we are making the best decisions with regard to the safety, health and welfare of all our customers.
Interested in more insight on the Department of State diplomacy effort click here: http://www.state.gov/