Cultural Vistas Blog

Bellydancing through Reverse Culture Shock

Dr. Glaucia Karime Braga participated in the Visiting Scientist Program with The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) through J-1 Trainee sponsorship from Cultural Vistas in 2012—an experience that has been paying dividends in her career and personal development ever since.

Though nothing about her background as an expert in pharmaceutical sciences prior to the program would suggest that Dr. Braga has ever been anything less than motivated, she is very appreciative of how significant of a milestone her exchange program was in her life.

These aren’t the only reasons we’re big fans.

You might be surprised to learn that this pose and outfit are not typical of someone with a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences.

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The Future of Work Calls for Embracing Uncertainty

Cultural Vistas has been promoting global understanding and collaboration since its founding in 1963. Through our exchange programs, we are focused on not just problems of the present, but the promise of tomorrow.  

Through its recent Future of Work Symposium, Cultural Vistas convened immigration and legal experts, educators, and private sector leaders, from companies such as Uber and Adobe, to share their perspectives on a future of work that we believe will be increasingly defined by advancements in technology, workforce re-skilling, and global cooperation.

The symposium, held at our NYC headquarters, is part of a series of events we’re organizing around the world that bring networks together to discuss how to develop the next generation of global talent ready to reach beyond borders and seize emerging opportunities.

A capacity crowd was on hand for the Future of Work Symposium, held September 27 at Cultural Vistas’ NYC headquarters in the Woolworth Building.

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Insider Tips for Interning in Hong Kong from our Cultural Vistas Fellows

Fourteen American undergraduates, many of whom have never been abroad, stepped outside their comfort zone in order to pursue summer internships overseas as part of the Cultural Vistas Fellowship in 2018. Fellows interned in Berlin, Buenos Aires, and for the first time as part of this flagship program: Hong Kong.

During their eight weeks abroad, Jay’Len, Donovan, Amanda, and Nora gained confidence and newfound professional skills while interning at organizations ranging from Mission for Migrant Workers to Run Our City.

They also learned what it takes to adjust to and navigate life in a new city.  Here are some tips tricks of the trade they learned during their Cultural Vistas Fellowship.

Cultural Vistas Fellowship Hong Kong
Donovan, Amanda, Nora and Jay’Len are the inaugural Cultural Vistas Fellows in Hong Kong

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

In more than a half century of our work, we’ve heard countless success stories from American and international alumni. Those who have taken part in our exchange programs have gone on to successfully leverage their newly-honed skills to pursue careers in everything from architecture and vertical farming to resettling refugees.

For some, sharing the impact of their experiences has become a personal crusade. These special individuals help ensure the sustainability of our work.

CBYX alumnus Bruce Marsh
Cultural Vistas Alumni Impact award honoree Bruce Marsh

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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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