InterExchange Participants Part of Largest Volunteer Group in History of NYC Marathon

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InterExchange volunteer at NYC Marathon
InterExchange volunteer at NYC Marathon

As part of the cultural aspect of the Exchange Visitor program, InterExchange participants are encouraged to volunteer their time to worthy causes in their local communities.

On November 1, 2015, more that 70 participants from our Au Pair USA and Trainee USA programs came out to support the 50,000+ runners in the New York City Marathon, handing out sponges and water to the racers as they passed.

Au pairs volunteering at the marathon
Au pairs volunteering at the marathon

Our participants were part of a larger group of over 600 J-1 Exchange Visitor volunteers, coordinated by the U.S. Department of State and representing 13 member organizations of the Alliance for International Exchange. According to the New York Road Runners, organizers of the NYC Marathon, this group comprised the most diverse and largest pool of volunteers brought together by one umbrella group in the history of the NYC Marathon.

From just a handful of runners in 1970, the New York City Marathon has grown into the largest and most popular marathon in the world. This year’s marathon was won by Stanley Biwott of Kenya with a time of 2:10:34.

Matthew Graves Matthew Graves

A fan of independent cinema and proponent of the Oxford comma, Matthew began his career at a Miami-based tech startup before returning to West Virginia University to pursue his M.A. in World Languages. He has worked at InterExchange since 2006 and currently serves as a Brand Marketing Manager.

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