International Student Exchange Gears up for Global Youth Service Day

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A Visit to St. Jude’s Inspires Students and Sponsors to Make This a Banner Year for Community Service

The title St. Jude has become synonymous with advancing medical treatment for childhood illnesses ranging from cancers and viruses to genetic diseases and birth defects. The hospital’s contributions to the advancement of disease treatment and research has been invaluable in helping sick children the world over, and giving parents and their families hope when battling life threatening illnesses. Recognized internationally for its magnanimous efforts, the hospital relies mainly on donations and sponsorship in order to fund their research and treatment programs, and thanks to generous supporters has been able to deliver quality medical care since 1962.

In order to lend support to this benevolent enterprise, Area Representatives from the ISE Delta Region (Southern U.S.) and managers from ISE headquarters in New York met this past weekend in Tennessee at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Handing out gifts and donations collected by foreign exchange students and representatives, the team earned a lot of smiles and gratitude from the children undergoing treatment at the hospital, and left with a lasting impression that has inspired them to do even more in the coming weeks.

That may be the reason why International Student Exchange, in partnerships with organizations all over the country, will participate in Global Youth Service Day, a weekend-long event that inspires young people in the United States to volunteer for worthy causes and give back to their communities. At the epicenter of this initiative is the staying feeling of satisfaction experienced by the Delta team this past weekend.

“This was a fantastic opportunity to give back to kids and to support a worthy cause. The students and the reps both enjoyed themselves, and the parents and children at St. Jude’s could not have been more gracious and thankful. It was a really good feeling," says Exchange Program Manager, Gary Lubrat.

The coming Global Youth Service Day will for ISE include activities such as fund raisers, community outreach, volunteerism, and community service initiatives, all of which are intended to show the nation what foreign students think of the American communities that have opened their homes to the Exchange Visitor Program.

"The goal," says Lubrat, "is not only to say ‘thank you’ to the American families that welcome our students into their lives, but to show the community at large that volunteerism and service should be at the forefront of everyone’s life. This event is a chance to show everyone how it’s done. Once we got involved at St. Jude’s, the team began thinking up a lot of other organizations we could work with, and the idea simply snowballed."

Part of the International Student Exchange J-1 visitor program requires all visiting students to complete five hours of community service while in the United States, but as the headquarters reports most students will complete many more hours during their stay. Thanks to GYSD, many students will easily complete double their required hours or more, bringing the total to somewhere around 42,000 service hours in this season alone.

International Student Exchange, founded in 1982, is a non-profit organization that brings together people from all different cultures and creeds. Located in Babylon, NY, ISE is helping to educate tomorrow’s leaders one student at a time. If you would like more information about his topic, please contact Stephen Sobierajski or Paul Sessions at 1-800-766-4540.

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