Cultural Vistas Blog

(Re)Visit: Washington, D.C.

At Cultural Vistas, immersive international experiences are everything; even after they’re over, we continue to learn from them. While new international experiences are not possible right now, we can still learn from our past experiences abroad.

Over two weeks, Cultural Vistas is sharing photos and reflections from our alumni through our (Re)Visit series. Each day, we will focus on a different country or U.S. state that transformed them. These photos stay the same, but our perspectives continue to change.

Thank you to our alumni for allowing us to highlight their stunning photography. We hope these photos inspire you to reflect, remember, and #ReVisit your own experiences abroad.

Washington, D.C.

As our last stop on the #ReVISIT series, today we return to Washington, D.C.

The home of our second office and the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. is where many of our U.S. exchange programs begin. Some of these programs include the Korea WEST exchange, the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program, and the International Visitor Leadership Program.

Normally, this time of year, summer exchange programs start to begin. While we are not welcoming new visitors through our doors at the moment, here are some photos of D.C. taken by our alumni.

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(Re)Visit: Philippines

At Cultural Vistas, immersive international experiences are everything; even after they’re over, we continue to learn from them. While new international experiences are not possible right now, we can still learn from our past experiences abroad.

Over two weeks, Cultural Vistas is sharing photos and reflections from our alumni through our (Re)Visit series. Each day, we will focus on a different country or U.S. state that transformed them. These photos stay the same, but our perspectives continue to change.

Thank you to our alumni for allowing us to highlight their stunning photography. We hope these photos inspire you to reflect, remember, and #ReVisit your own experiences abroad.

Philippines

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Austrian Exchange Alumnus Starts a Face Mask Business 

There are certain people in this world that just have that entrepreneurial spirit

Ahmet Bozkurt is one of them.

As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic started, Ahmet launched a business with his childhood friend to mass-produce face masks. 

At 24 years old, Ahmet is a current student at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). We met Ahmet through his participation in the Generation Next Youth Leadership Initiative: an exchange program funded by the U.S. Embassy in Vienna to inspire a generation of Austrians committed to increasing mutual respect and tolerance for cultural differences.

When we heard about his venture, we had to talk to him to find out what inspired him, how he’s making this business work, and what his entrepreneurial plans are for the future.

Together with a childhood friend from Salzburg, Ahmet (L), a 2017 #WeAreGenNext International Exchange Alumni, recently created Die Maske Österreich to address the shortage of protective masks, particularly among vulnerable populations.

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(Re)Visit: Japan

At Cultural Vistas, immersive international experiences are everything; even after they’re over, we continue to learn from them. While new international experiences are not possible right now, we can still learn from our past experiences abroad.

Over the next two weeks, Cultural Vistas will be sharing photos from our alumni through our (Re)Visit series. Each day, we will focus on a different country or U.S. state that transformed them. These photos stay the same, but our perspectives continue to change.

Thank you to our alumni for allowing us to highlight their stunning photography. We hope these photos inspire you to reflect, remember, and #ReVisit your own experiences abroad.

Japan

Cultural Vistas has a long and rich history of exchanges with Japan. Since its inaugural training program in 1964, we have exchanged more than 3,000 Japanese and American citizens across a variety of formats–helping to bring a global perspective to U.S. and Japanese business operations, advance university internationalization efforts, and connect young professionals with internships and an array of opportunities to enhance their education and careers.

Today, we take you back to Japan through one of our alumni that also happens to be a prolific photographer: Kai Dambach.

Remember, revisit, and reflect on your own experiences in Japan through the images below.

Harajuku in a typhoon

Kai Dambach
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (2016)

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(Re)Visit: Arizona

At Cultural Vistas, immersive international experiences are everything; even after they’re over, we continue to learn from them. While new international experiences are not possible right now, we can still learn from our past experiences abroad.

Over the next two weeks, Cultural Vistas will be sharing photos from our alumni through our (Re)Visit series. Each day, we will focus on a different country or U.S. state that transformed them. These photos stay the same, but our perspectives continue to change.

Thank you to our alumni for allowing us to highlight their stunning photography. We hope these photos inspire you to reflect, remember, and #ReVisit your own experiences abroad.

Arizona

Antelope Canyon

Dominique Holbrook
Cultural Vistas Fellowship (2018)

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