Community Development Opportunities
Alliance Abroad Group is actively seeking Host Employers, City Officials and Service-oriented volunteers that would be interesting in joining our grassroots efforts in establishing Community Forums located in J-1 key pocket areas in the United States. The purpose of the Community Forum would be to robustly and enthusiastically support the promotion of the Department of State J-1 Visa programs through, education, volunteerism, and cultural exchange. We are looking for cultural exchange promoters and problem solvers to work closely with us as we establish these Forums.
We are excited to share that the Department of State highly recommends and will support these forums as long as their primary purpose is to further enhance the participant experience. It is important the Community Forum involves key players such as host employers, city officials, health care and protective services representatives and community volunteers on the committee. If you are interested in learning more please contact Laurie Moxley.
In addition, check out one of the established Community Forum that support International Participants located in the Ocean City Maryland and surrounding communities.
Words of Wisdom.
“…the exchange of students…should be vastly expanded…Information and education are powerful forces in support of peace. Just as war begins in the minds of men, so does peace.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower
“I am delighted to sign the new Fulbright-Hays Act. This ceremony has historic significance because it marks full recognition by the Congress of the importance of a more comprehensive program of educational and cultural activities as a component of our foreign relations…” - John F. Kennedy
“…International education cannot be the work of one country. It is the responsibility and promise of all nations. It calls for free exchange and full collaboration…The knowledge of our citizens is one treasure which grows only when it is shared.” - Lyndon B. Johnson
“This report…is largely devoted to an aspect of the program too often overlooked…the extraordinary…cooperation and assistance…from United States private groups…This private cooperation…gives the program its essential character and effectiveness…” – Richard M. Nixon
“The spirit of seeking understanding through personal contact with people of other nations and other cultures deserves the respect and support of all.” - Gerald R. Ford
“…I think one of the wonderful things about the program which you represent is its contribution to the barriers (of culture, events, religion, and ethics) having been broken down…” - Jimmy Carter
“There is a flickering spark in us all which, if struck at just the right age…can light the rest of our lives, elevating our ideals, deepening our tolerance, and sharpening our appetite for knowledge about the rest of the world. Educational and cultural exchanges…provide a perfect opportunity for this precious spark to grow, making us more sensitive and wiser international citizens through our careers.” - Ronald Reagan
“International exchanges are not a great tide to sweep away all differences, but they will slowly wear away at the obstacles to peace as surely as water wears away a hard stone.” - George H.W. Bush
“No one who has lived through the second half of the 20th century could possibly be blind to the enormous impact of exchange programs on the future of countries…” - Bill Clinton
“…By studying foreign cultures and languages and living abroad, we gain a better understanding of the many similarities that we share and learn to respect our differences. The relationships that are formed between individuals from different countries, as part of international education programs and exchanges, can also foster goodwill that develops into vibrant, mutually beneficial partnerships among nations.” - George W. Bush
“Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed. We are reminded that we’re joined together by our pursuit of a life that’s productive and purposeful, and when that happens mistrust begins to fade and our smaller differences no longer overshadow the things that we share. And that’s where progress begins.” - Barack Obama