InterExchange Alumni Community
Welcome to the InterExchange Alumni Community! As alumni, you are part of a global network of fellow students, professionals, and leaders from more than 60 countries, looking to make a difference in their communities and in the world. You are an integral part of the InterExchange mission to develop international relationships and promote cross-cultural awareness.
How can your experience abroad get you to where you want to be? These alumni share how their InterExchange programs impacted their career paths and where they are today.
In their current professional positions,
- 84% use cultural knowledge gained during their InterExchange programs.
- 85% use languages other than their countries’ native languages.
- 74% interact with people in other countries.
- 65% use professional skills acquired during their InterExchange programs.
How will you use your international experience moving forward? Here are some resources to get you started.
U.S. Department of State Exchange Alumni
The U.S. Department of State provides a dynamic and interactive networking website for past and current J-1 exchange visitors of all Department of State exchange programs. By creating a profile, you can take advantage of these great benefits, and more!
- Connect with fellow alumni from around the world
- Access grant opportunities
- Access professional development resources
- Access networking events
What Do Our Alumni Say About Their InterExchange Cultural Exchange Experience?
“The Au Pair program experience was great in so many ways for me: it helped me to improve my personality, my independence, my social skills, my tolerance, to accept and appreciate diversity, and of course, improve my English. After I came back from USA to my home country, Chile, I found a job right away and a great job, because I applied several of my new skills. After one year, I got promoted and I am sure that the Au Pair experience helped me to succeed.”
Valeria, 2008 Au Pair USA alumna from Chile, currently employed as a key account team leader with Geodis Wilson
“I have graduated with my BA degree in journalism, and now I am an MA in British Cultural Studies. Being in the USA helped me a lot in order to understand how people from different cultures interact, how they see the world, and how their visions [and] language shape the world they see. It is just great. You get accustomed to work with people from all around the world, and that helps a lot in one’s professional life. I also work in TV, and it’s very helpful, because I have to communicate with people from all around the world.”
Elena, 2010 Work & Travel USA alumna from Romania
“I truly believe that Work and Travel changed my life. And I have been telling this to people for quite some time now. I would not be where I am if not for this experience. Stating facts: I am VP of one of largest financial services companies, using English as my primary language now…”
Alexander, 2002 and 2004 Work & Travel USA alumnus from Russia