Cultural Exchange in a Time of Social Distancing

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) introduced a number of strategies that local officials and persons can take to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.   

What is social distancing?

Social distancing are actions that everyone can and should take to slow the spread of the virus and help protect others from getting sick. 

InterExchange holds the health, safety and welfare of our participants as our top priority, and we strongly encourage everyone to follow the CDC guidelines:

  1. Remain out of crowded public places where close contact with others may occur (such as shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums)
  2. Avoid mass gatherings
  3. Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible
  4. Not shake hands
  5. Stay home if you are sick 

Social distancing vs quarantine and self isolation

Unlike social distancing, both self quarantine and self isolation strategies apply to persons or groups of people who may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

Individuals who are not showing symptoms should self quarantine for 14 days. Those who are infected and don’t need to stay at a hospital, should self isolate until they are cleared by a health professional.

Social distancing and cultural exchange

With social distancing, everyone’s daily routines are very likely to be interrupted. Traveling or visiting cultural sites may not be available for some time now. We encourage you to approach this unpredictable and challenging time with creativity, flexibility and mindfulness. To help our community cope with and not miss out on cultural exchange during this challenging time, we’ve put together a few helpful resources. 

Managing anxiety and stress

The outbreak of coronavirus disease and sudden lifestyle changes may be stressful for some people. It is very natural to feel anxiety, grief, and worry. 

If you feel overwhelmed, try limiting your news consumption, go for a walk, take deep breaths, and connect with others. Follow the CDC advice on taking care of your emotional health, and contact InterExchange and your health care provider should you need any help or assistance. 

For latest updates on InterExchange’s COVID-19 response, read here.

Tanya Burovtseva By

An international exchange alumna originally from Ukraine, Tanya started her career at InterExchange in 2011. Tanya is passionate about travel and cultural exchange and enjoys meeting J-1 exchange participants at InterExchange events.

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation