Monday, August 5, 2019 marks Exchange Day, a nationwide celebration of the power of international exchanges! International exchange participants are joining their American hosts to "eat, play, and give" — sharing cultural diversity and American customs, to give back to their communities, and to have some fun.
“Exchange Day is a great way to raise awareness of international exchange programs and spread the word about the power and breadth of cultural exchange,” says Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State. As mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, ECA works to build friendly, peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges, as well as public -private partnerships.
“We are excited that U.S. exchange participants and alumni can join the international exchange community to celebrate and strengthen communities around the world,” says Assistant Secretary Royce.
Under the motto “Eat, Play, Give,” cities across the United States will hold events providing international exchange program participants, alumni, and their hosts an opportunity to enjoy American cuisine, share cultural diversity and customs, and give back to their local communities.
Participation in this event, either in person or virtually, will help spread the word about the impact and breadth of international exchange programs in the United States. To learn more, go to the Exchange Day 2019 site.