J-Day: Eat. Play. Give.

Filed in American Culture by on July 27, 2016 0 Comments

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Every year, cultural exchange sponsor organizations all over the United States plan an events to celebrate the power and impact of the international exchange visitor program and also to give back to local communities where exchange visitors are being hosted. This day is known as J-Day, and the Alliance for International Exchange provides resources to J exchange visitors spread across the country who want to not only volunteer, but also meet their sponsors and other exchange visitors in person.

On Sunday, July 24, 2016, sponsors including the American Immigration Council, Cultural Vistas, the Council for Global Immigration, and the Alliance for International Exchange spent time with exchange visitors and a representatives from the Department of State in the Washington, D.C. area met up to provide valued volunteer services to Bread for the City to celebrate J-Day. This is a wonderful organization providing a range of necessary services to vulnerable citizens of the Washington area. The sponsors and exchange visitors sorted clothes and food items in preparation for their distribution to the individuals who rely upon Bread for the City for assistance.

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Afterwards, exchange visitors and sponsors met up at Meridian Park to share a picnic lunch and stories about our respective international experiences. We discussed what it meant to be an exchange visitor, how our cultures were different from the cultures we experience abroad, and what J-Day is designed to provide to our communities at large.

Officially, J-Day is on August 1, and there are many great opportunities happening all across the U.S. If you are interested in joining a volunteer opportunity and getting involved in your community, check out the Alliance for International Exchange’s J-Day page for information on other sponsor-organized volunteer activities.

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