Alumni Outreach Overview
The State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) helps to orchestrate dozens of educational and cultural exchange programs around the world which aim to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
We encourage all program alumni to register with ECA’s International Exchange Alumni Affairs website, at: eca.state.gov.
Exchanges & Fellowships
There are thousands of ECA and other U.S. government program alumni in New Zealand. They come mainly from programs like the Fulbright Exchange, and the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), but also from less high-profile exchanges like the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for teachers, and the privately-funded Eisenhower and Harkness Fellowships,. There is also the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program/U.S. Camp Counselor Program as well as many more.
Such exchanges promote public dialogue and discussion of the bilateral links between our countries. NZ alumni include opinion leaders across NZ’s political, commercial, educational, media, and cultural sectors; increasingly, program participants are coming from youth and non-majority communities.
The exchange experience ensures that key NZ decision makers receive a more complete and nuanced view of U.S. life, culture, and policies, allowing them to bring back context to debates which otherwise might be carried out at an uninformed level, or through sensationalist media coverage.
We encourage all program alumni to register with ECA’s International Exchange Alumni Affairs website, at: eca.state.gov. International Exchange Alumni is a dynamic and interactive networking website for past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs. Here, you can build on your exchange experience and explore all the resources available to you as a member of the site.
alumni.state.gov – the International Exchange alumni website– is a place where past and present U.S. government-sponsored exchange program participants find tools to advance their communities and our world.