Exchange Participants to Give Back to Local Communities on Exchange Day

WASHINGTON — Cultural Vistas will host two volunteer community service activities on Saturday, August 3 in Washington, D.C. and Sunday, August 4 in New York City as part of Exchange Day—the nationwide celebration of international exchanges and the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.

Formerly known as J Day, the Exchange Day celebrations organized by Cultural Vistas will bring together international interns, American alumni of international programs, staff, and supporters from both the New York City and Washington, D.C. areas.

Read our post “What is Exchange Day” and visit the Exchange Day website for more information about this nationwide tradition.

Supporting Families in Need in Washington, D.C.

As part of Exchange Day, our DC team is organizing a special event to benefit those in need in the District. Above, volunteers pack food for Martha’s Table. Last year, our efforts supported the Greater DC Diaper Bank. This year, we are supporting Bread for the City.
Saturday, August 3
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Where:
Cultural Vistas (click for directions)
1250 H Street, NW, Suite 300; Washington, D.C.


This year, our Washington, D.C. community service activity will take place at the Cultural Vistas’ office located at Herald Square. Volunteers will be tasked with assembling donation kits for the nonprofit organization Bread for the City. These donations kits will consist of nonperishable snacks and other essentials to be distributed to families in the D.C. metro area.

Once we’ve packed all the kits, a picnic-style lunch and games will follow!

Preserving Green Spaces in New York City

This year, Cultural Vistas will be celebrate Exchange Day by helping to preserve the historic Roger Morris Park.
Sunday, August 4
10:00 AM Where:
Roger Morris Park (click for directions)
65 Jumel Terrace; New York, NY 10032


Read more about Roger Morris Park—a coveted NYC landmark.


The event in New York City will be a gardening community service activity preserving the flora and greenery of the landmark Roger Morris Park.

Our efforts at preserving this historic green space will be followed by a picnic lunch and games in the park.





About Exchange Day
Now in its sixth year, Exchange Day (formerly “J Day”) brings together participants in international exchange programs, their sponsors, and hosts for a day of sharing cultural diversity and customs and giving back to their local community. From collecting food donations and school supplies for families in need, to taking part in beach clean ups and volunteering at local food banks, exchange participants make an invaluable impact in their American host communities. In 2018, Exchange Day consisted of 47 events held across 24 states and Washington, D.C.

About Cultural Vistas
Cultural Vistas welcomes more than 5,000 motivated and talented individuals from over 130 countries to the United States every year for internship, training, teacher, and other professionally-focused exchange programs through the U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program. All exchange visitors are required return to their home country upon completion of their exchange program in order to share their experiences.

View Our Photos from Exchange Day (J Day) 2018