GACC J1 Interns Among Volunteers at this Year's NYC Marathon
J-1 Exchange Visitors, sponsored by the GACC NY, joined more than 1,400 other J-1s as volunteers at TCS New York City Marathon, the world's largest marathon.
J-1 Exchange Visitors, sponsored by the GACC NY, joined more than 1,400 other J-1s as volunteers at TCS New York City Marathon, the world's largest marathon. This group included students, interns, au pairs, trainees, and research scholars, all of whom are vesting the United States as part of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.
The Exchange Visitors were the largest and most diverse group of volunteers at the marathon, comprising more than 14 percent of the total volunteers. They experienced firsthand the American values of volunteerism and civic engagement. Our participants stood alongside other volunteers at Miles 5 and 6 in Brooklyn and Mile 18 in Harlem to provide water and moral support to nearly 50,000 runners from more than 135 countries. Several Exchange Visitors also ran in the Marathon, including five au pair/host parent teams.
The strong J-1 volunteer presence at the TCS New York City Marathon highlights the benefits that American citizens receive from State Department programs. International participants make concrete contributions to local communities across the United States, as they come together to contribute to the American spirit of volunteerism.