InterExchange Foundation Responds to Growing Interest in Volunteer and Work Opportunities Overseas by Extending Christianson Grant Deadline this Summer

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InterExchange, Inc. has announced an extension of the July 15, 2011 deadline to apply for the Christianson Grant awarded through the InterExchange Foundation. The Christianson Grant provides up to $10k to selected individuals who have arranged their own international work or volunteer abroad programs.

The Christianson Grant made it possible for Darren to spend an extended period of time working with us and the farmers in Guatemala, which he wouldn’t have been able to do without support from the InterExchange Foundation.

InterExchange, Inc., one of the leading U.S. organizations that facilitates cultural exchange programs around the world, has announced an extension of the July 15, 2011 deadline to apply for the Christianson Grant awarded through the InterExchange Foundation. For this summer only, Christianson Grant applications are now being accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on July 29, 2011. All applications must be received at the InterExchange, Inc. offices by this extended deadline.

“Summer is one of the peak periods during which young people in the U.S. are most actively looking into cultural exchange work & volunteer projects overseas. We’re making an exception this summer and extending the deadline in order to accommodate a greater diversity of projects being pursued by a larger than usual population of motivated students and recent graduates.” Said Uta Christianson, co-founder of InterExchange, Inc., and founder of The Foundation.

Previous Christianson Grant Recipient, Darren Yondorf, had such a successful experience working with Semilla Nueva, an agricultural organization in Guatemala, that he is spending additional time there as a field director with the organization. Curt Bowen, the Executive Director of Semilla Nueva said, “The Christianson Grant made it possible for Darren to spend an extended period of time working with us and the farmers in Guatemala, which he wouldn’t have been able to do without support from the InterExchange Foundation. As a result, his full immersion in the culture, improved Spanish speaking skills and ability to introduce solutions to the Guatemalan farming community were more fully developed. He was able to demonstrate a real impact during his time here.”

Award Amount: $2,500 up to $10,000

Applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
  • Between the ages of 18 and 28
  • Participating in a work, internship, or volunteer abroad program (missionary work or religious programs are not eligible for funding)
  • Committed to a program duration of at least six months
  • Prepared to submit a written report upon completion of their programs

Applications can be mailed to:
Attn: Grant Selection Committee
InterExchange Foundation
InterExchange, Inc.
161 Sixth Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10013

The Christianson Grant is awarded to individuals who have arranged their own work or volunteer abroad programs. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. The grant program does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs.

Prospective applicants can read the full requirements and details about the Christianson Grant at http://www.InterExchange.org/christianson-grant

InterExchange is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving international understanding by facilitating life-changing, exceptional cultural exchange experiences for young people, businesses and families around the world. As both a J-1 Visa sponsor designated by the U.S. Department of State and a cross-cultural ambassador, we develop meaningful relationships with participants from more than 60 countries as well as with international recruiting partners, host employers and families. We ensure that all in our community are treated with the respect and consideration that comes from staff with first-hand experience living and working abroad and more than 40 years of leadership in the industry.

Visit us at: http://www.InterExchange.org

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