Cultural Vistas Blog

Meet Bruce Marsh, Cultural Vistas’ Inaugural Alumni Impact Award Recipient

2018 marks a year of milestones and achievements for Cultural Vistas. It was 55 years ago, on May 2, 1963, that the organization was officially founded in New York City. That’s more than five decades of building careers, transforming lives, and positively impacting the world through immersive educational and skill-building exchange programs.

In addition to its emerald anniversary, Cultural Vistas is also celebrating milestones  for several of its signature exchange programs, including the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX).

Next week, we will commemorate the occasion at the Cultural Vistas Awards Gala on Thursday evening, September 27 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan.

Bruce Marsh Cultural Vistas Alumni Impact Awardee

At this special event, we will recognize the invaluable contributions of several individuals and institutions that have helped to shape the organization we are today —while raising funds to ensure that future generations continue to have access to transformative international experiences.

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Exchange Alumni Networks Make the Impossible Possible

Less than an hour after their flights landed, our 2018 class of Cultural Vistas Fellows returning from summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and Hong Kong were met with a welcome reception at Cultural Vistas’ NYC headquarters on August 8.

The returning fellows and assembled guests were treated to an engaging discussion on how to take full advantage of the opportunities and connections now available to them through Cultural Vistas Alumni Network.

Our esteemed panelists revealed the vast and sometimes unexpected benefits of staying engaged as alumni.

Fresh off flights from Hong Kong and Argentina, these 2018 Cultural Vistas Fellows were all smiles.

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An Internship To Help Save Endangered Languages

It’s common to hear about species becoming extinct or endangered. You’ve probably Advocacy organizations protecting nature frequently appear on television promoting their cause. But how often do you hear about the endangered languages?

It is estimated that one language goes extinct every three months. The problem of language preservation is very urgent.

That is a focus of PanLex, the nonprofit organization where I’m interning this summer as part of the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program.

Panlex Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program
Alina poses at her desk at PanLex, where where she’s responsible for adding new translations into their database.

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Fellowship Alumnus Helps Grow the Future of Agriculture

Professional fellowships can be the key to advancing your career or pivoting into a different field. For Sam Schatz, the Alfa Fellowship Program in Russia accomplished these things, but more importantly, it introduced him to AeroFarms, a startup that is currently shaping the future of agriculture. Immediately after returning from a year in Moscow, Sam was hired as the company’s first employee after the founders.

AeroFarms Alfa Fellowship Program Sam Schatz
Sam Schatz (center) poses with Cultural Vistas CEO Jennifer Clinton, the Alfa Fellowship Program team, and Asya, a Edmund S. Muskie Program intern who spent summer 2018 at AeroFarms

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What is J Day?

Regardless of whether you have seen or heard the term, know about the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, or have even participated in an actual event, you might still be a little confused about J Day.

The annual celebration of international education and exchanges, which brings Exchange Visitor Program participants and hosts together to #EatPlayGive as they participate in organized community service projects has grown significantly since its launch in 2014 to encompass 47 J Day events held across 24 states and Washington, D.C. in 2018.

But the scale of the nationwide effort today masks the simplicity behind the original concept.

This J Day, exchange interns, alumni, and Cultural Vistas staff assembled 720 children hygiene kits and donated 700+ diapers and other donations to the Greater DC Diaper Bank.

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