Youth Exchange Programs Bring Jobs, Friends, Travel
By: Haldis Toppen, Work and Travel Cultural Outreach Coordinator
In the recent monthly magazine State from the Department of State, the Summer Work Travel program was highlighted with tremendous positivity in the article “Summer Memories: Youth exchange brings jobs, friends travel.” Part of the Exchange Visitor Program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Summer Work Travel program has gone through robust changes the past few years. However, as Robin Learner (deputy assistant secretary for Private Sector Exchanges) explains in State: “We are moving in the right direction with the reforms made in 2012 to the program, particularly the enhanced monitoring and oversight responsibilities on the part U.S. private-sector sponsors and the Department.”
And one of the sponsors highlighted over and over again in this issue was CCI Greenheart! As seen in the issue here, the article’s authors, Nicole Deaner and Kristen Handley, mentioned the following:
- Greenheart Club: “One Sponsor combines a nationwide volunteer initiative with cultural exchange in participants’ communities.” Learn more about the Greenheart Club here.
- Greenheart Projects: “SWT students are also invited to participate in community service projects and many see volunteerism as one of SWT’s most important lessons. One sponsor organized a trip to Mount Rushmore, where participants picked up trash around the grounds.” Read more about our Greenheart Project here.
- Going Greenheart Tour: “In a typical day, 75 SWT lifeguards at a pool Fairfax, Va, engaged in swimming drills, contests and pool games as part of the pool’s Lifeguard Olympics. The competition also involved a food drive in which each participant delivered two food items to a nearby food bank.” Read more about our Going Greenheart Tour here.
Cheers to a tremendous summer in 2013 and to an even better 2014.