This weekend has been a whirlwind of new experiences, family bonding, and fun! From a Singaporean wedding, to meeting many of their young adult friends, to Chinatown, to a concert at the gardens, steamboat, reading books and tucking my mei-mei, and di di (little sisters and little brother) in to bed, to church this morning, to the beach, sontomosa, eating, eating, and more eating…it’s been incredible!
A few scenes from life in Singapore for our 2014 Cultural Vistas Fellows — including a humorous look at what it’s like to be TALL in Singapore!
Cultural Vistas Fellow Esther gives us a first glimpse into settling into life in Singapore. She and three other fellows will be spending the next eight weeks living and interning in this incredible city!
Last weekend Cultural Vistas staff joined 12 international participants from Korea, Japan, and Canada to take in the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival celebrations in New York City.
The participants begin their program with three months of English lessons in Baltimore before they embark on internships at college campuses across the country.
We had a wonderful time enjoying the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC this weekend with a few of our Korea WEST participants!
This weekend Cultural Vistas staff joined international interns and trainees from Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, and India for a fun afternoon of ice skating at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Leading up to this year’s Global Ties U.S. (formerly National Council of International Visitors) national conference, Cultural Vistas gathered together international exchange participants and alumni, Community-Based Organization representatives, and various other guests and staff members for an evening celebrating the benefits of citizen diplomacy.
Read more about the DC Gathering in the recap.
We’re excited to have 23 representatives from NGOs in 22 different countries all together here in the United States for a three-week International Visitor Leadership Program focused on exploring various strategies utilized by American NGOs to further their missions.
Last week the delegates spent a day in Baltimore, including a meeting with the International Youth Foundation, allowing the visitors to form significant connections with valuable resources. See more photos on Facebook.
Our EdTech Ireland group enjoyed an eventful two days in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The Irish edtech professionals are here in the United States on a program supported by the U.S. Embassy Dublin and U.S. Consulate Belfast.
Cast Your Vote for the Fans’ Choice Photo Contest Winner
We chose our top four submissions, but now the ball is in your court. Help us decide who the Fans’ Choice winner will be in our 2013 Picture This! Photo Contest. “Like” your favorite photos to cast your vote.
We always love dancing Matt’s videos, but this one is an especially touching reminder of how connected we are across the globe.
"It was a short period but I knew it had certainly changed me, changed my perception of America and the way I approached situations."
Continuing a wonderful and worldly International Education Week, our Korea WEST interns shared Korean culture and customs with students at Riverside Elementary in Alexandria, Va., earlier this week.
We were honored to have Robin Lerner, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, also take part!