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    Top Japanese medical students connect with their Bay Area peers to compare health care systems during the Exploring Health Care Program.

    Explore health care from diverse viewpoints
  • Clay Stoves

    VIA volunteers work with local nonprofit organizations in communities seldom accessed by outsiders.

    Join a local nonprofit
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    Students from Japan and from the Bay Area explore social entrepreneurship during the Exploring Social Innovation Program.

    Impact your community through cross-cultural exchange
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    Teachers are deeply revered and students are enthusiastic learners in the schools where we work.

    Make learning come alive
  • Img 5 China

    VIA prioritizes partnerships that improve access to educational resources.

    Inspire and make a difference

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Message from VIA's Board of Directors

VIA’s Executive Director, Cliff Chan, has announced that he plans to step down at the end of June. Cliff has worked diligently and effectively with VIA’s staff, alumni and partners for many years. We will miss him. VIA is launching an international search for a new Executive Director. A search committee of board and staff members welcomes assistance from the VIA network in publicizing the position (view job description).

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Today was a good day

This film was made by a former student at VIA's first partner in Myanmar: the Pre-Collegiate Program of Yangon. In this moving video essay, filmmaker Lamin Oo reflects on his experience voting in Myanmar's historic election. Click to view video (hosted on Facebook)


35 Years in China: A Changing Landscape

VIA’s first group of China volunteers took up their posts in the fall of 1980. This past August, VIA’s 35th cohort arrived in China. But what a different China! Check out the latest VIAlogue for a unique look into China's evolution from the perspectives of VIA alumni, current fellows, and staff.

VIA's Mission

VIA provides innovative experiential learning programs in Asia and the United States that promote cross-cultural understanding, build partnerships, and offer transformative experiences for our participants and the communities they serve.


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