Category Archives: Student Activities

Thunderbird Academy High School Offers Flight School

LifExchange and its partners are always excited when we can share updates and news.  Recently Jing Zhang from China went on a tour of Thunderbird Academy High School with our partners at A+ Global.  Everyone was excited to learn more about the flight program offered to any student enrolled at the school who would like to get their private pilots license.

Thunderbird Adventist Academy

The program can be completed in 2 years. Year 1 is ground school. Students must first pass the ground school exam before moving on to flight school. Year 2 is flight school. Students must complete at least 40 hours flying time with a qualified instructor provided by the school.

Thunderbird Adventist Academy

To complete the course students must pass their flight exam. Instruction in gound school and flight school can be started before 17 but they must be 17 years old to sit the final exam.

Thunderbird Adventist Academy

Please contact LifExchange for more information and costs to complete Thunderbird Flight School.

Free Activities Tonight (7/27) in NYC

Visiting NYC this weekend and want to hang where the locals do?  Check out these free movie screenings around the city tonight:

1.  HUGO playing at pier 46 on the upper west side at 8:30pm:

2.  MUPPETs at the Intrepid.  Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Guests are encouraged to bring  their ownSummer Movie Seriesfood, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, however no outside alcohol is permitted.  Doors open at 7:30PM, film begins at sunset, weather permitting. Space is limited. Seating is on a first come first serve basis, and there is no admission after 8:30pm.

Not up for a movie?  Well it is summer in NYC which means something for everyone.

3.  The MET summer Recital Series – The Met’s annual concert series in New York City parks is one of the most beloved summer traditions in the city. This year, the Summer Recital Series returns with six performances in the parks of all five boroughs.  TONIGHT:  The Metropolitan Opera from 7pm-9pm on the Harbor View Lawn at the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn.

Have fun and travel safe!

The LifExchange Team

What to Do in Ocean City, Maryland this summer


Ocean City is known as a great summer getaway with tons on beach, great food and lots of excitement. As you plan your trip whether for a short vacation or your full summer as a work and travel participant, make time for some local activities!  Lifexchange is all about PLAY   TRAVEL   FUN   WORK

What’s Happening in Ocean City?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. downtown on the beach at North Division Street and simultaneously, uptown at 127th Street at Northside Park. For more information, please call 1-800-626-2326 or the Ocean City Department of Recreation & Parks at 410-250-0125.

Sundaes in the Park

July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012, August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012

Bring a friend, a chair or blanket & enjoy free local & regional musical groups.
Create your own ice cream sundae for a small fee.   Free family concert series  offered every Sunday evening in July & August from 6-8 p.m.
For more information, call 800-OC-OCEAN (800-626-2326)



 Concerts on the Beach 2012

Concert Dates are: Wednesday July 11, 18, 25 and August 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012

Free live entertainment while you relax beside the cool Atlantic on warm summer nights. Tribute bands and local favorites entertain at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair & enjoy the evening. 800-OC-OCEAN (800-626-2326).

Movies on the Beach

At 27th Street beach, every Monday and Friday evening from June 25 – August 10, 2012, enjoy a movie on the beach with our 16-foot projector. Each week a general audience movie is presented free of charge. Bring a blanket and enjoy the night beside the ocean. Movie starts around 8:30 p.m.

Schedule for 27th Street:

     June 25 – Gidget
June 29 – Dolphin Tale
July 2 – Puss in Boots
July 6 – HOP
July 9 – Yogi Bear
July 13 – Kung Fu Panda 2
July 16 – Happy Feet 2
July 20 – UP
July 23 – Cars 2
July 27 – Tangled
July 30 – The Smurfs
August 3 – Winnie the Pooh
August 6 – Princess and the Frog
August 10 – The Muppets

Weather permitting – Schedule subject to change without notice.

Additional summer movies take place at the Carousel Hotel on 118th St. & Beach and at the Princess Royale Hotel at 91st St. & the Beach. Both begin at 8:30 p.m.

Have Questions?  Contact LifExchange anytime at  Shari from LifExchange will be visiting Ocean City on Monday June 25th and Tuesday June 26th.  Please contact us if you would would like to set up a time for a personal visit.




Top 10 places to visit in Australia this winter – Number 7

Re-posted from our sister site LifExchange Campus:

With so many places to visit and things to do no one can explore Australia with only a two weeks vacation. Over the next 10 weeks we will share new destinations to be explored on your 6-12 month LifExchange Work and Holiday program.

Winter is almost here in the US. Head down south for another summer and skip the cold.

Australia’s Summer Invites You! Experience Australia’s glorious summer from December to February. Walk along spectacular coastal cliffs from Sydney’s Bondi Beach to Bronte. Day trip from Melbourne to the vineyards, beaches, national parks, golf courses and day spas of the Mornington Peninsula. Taste Tasmania’s finest food and wine on the historic Hobart waterfront or explore food, wine and history in the Swan Valley, near Perth. Follow fresh seafood around the pristine coastline of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula or watch coral spawning en-masse on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. Experience dazzling thunderstorms and blossoming vegetation in the tropical Top End. Or get up close to native Australian animals and ancient Aboriginal history in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, near Canberra. Summer in Australia is also the season for world class cricket, grand slam tennis, vibrant music festivals, NYE celebrations and outdoor cultural events.

WE CONTINUE OUR COUNTDOWN WITH NUMBER 7: South Summer in the Swan Valley

Summer in the Swan Valley is all about the good life. Drive to family-run wineries and boutique breweries or visit them on a luxury cruise up the Swan River. Dine alfresco in vineyard restaurants or spread out a gourmet picnic in the parklands. Explore the charming colonial village of Guildford, shop for art and antiques and travel back to the 19th century with a night in heritage-listed accommodation. The area is also home to wildlife sanctuaries, rambling countryside and national parks to walk, horse ride and cycle through.

Sitting north of Perth on the tranquil Swan River, the Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest wine region. Many of the 40 wineries are small, family operations, where you can chat to the grandchildren of the Croatian and Italian migrants who founded the region in the 1920s. Others are international labels with vast vineyards and state-of-the-art cellars. Contrast and compare the region’s specialities, such as verdelho, chenin blanc, chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet and fortifieds. Explore the region by bus, horse-drawn wagon, black cab or chauffeured car. Join a gourmet cruise from Perth or self- drive the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail.

After the wineries, taste boutique beer at the four microbreweries or electrify your tastebuds with canefire rum or chilli-flavoured vodka at the distilleries. Dine amongst the vines in a winery restaurant or in a rustic café overlooking the countryside. Try hand-made truffles in the local chocolate factory and stock up on succulent summer grapes – a regional specialty – from roadside stalls. Add them to a picnic hamper loaded with local cheese, olives, tapenades, jumbo strawberries, juicy rockmelon and vine-ripened tomatoes. Lay out your feast next to the Avon River at Bells Rapids, at Middle Swan Bridge or amongst the banksia bushland of vast Whiteman Park.

However you get here, don’t miss a visit to charming Guildford, at the gateway to the Swan Valley and circled by the Swan and Helena Rivers. With polo fields, cafes serving Devonshire tea and buildings dating back to the 1840s, Guildford’s colonial past is ever-present. Take a heritage walk around the village or join a guided tour of Woodbridge House, where a prosperous 19th century family once lived. Browse the antique stores and art galleries along James Street and catch the monthly craft market at Guildford Town Hall. See local potters at work in an old cottage and view classic art works in a grand heritage-listed home. Spend a night in one of Guildford’s historic lodgings, which range from Western Australia’s oldest home to the federation-style pub. You can even cycle from Guildford to Swan Valley on the Swan Valley Heritage Trail.

You can also base yourself in neighbouring Midland, which also retains its heritage character. Or head deeper into the Swan Valley to Gidgegannup, which sits nestled amongst wildflower-sprinkled forests and native bush. All make good bases for adventure across the region’s many natural attractions. Wind through the jarrah, marri and wandoo woodlands in Berry Reserve. Hike, horse ride or cycle through similar scenery in John Forrest National, one of Australia’s oldest conservation areas. Get up close to koalas, kangaroos and dingos in the wildlife park in Caversham and see crocodiles being fed in the reptile park in Henley Brook. Lying to the valley’s north are Walyunga National Park in the Darling Range and Avon Valley National Park, a popular spot for white water rafting and canoeing.

This summer, combine sunshine with food, wine, history and idyllic scenery in the Swan Valley.

Are you ready to head to Australia now? If you are between the ages of 18-30 you may qualify for a Work and Holiday Visa. Pay for your travels, build your resume and make new friends. Contact us now to learn more.

Information provided by © Tourism Australia 2011

Free and low cost Events in NYC this weekend 9/16-9/18

Exploring the world in our own backyard

1.  120 artists and galleries present works in individual rooms at the 4th annual 4 heads art fair at governors island.

2.  Movie Screenings:  dusk: free outdoor movies 9/17 women on the verge of a nervous breakdown (big screen plaza, 6th ave bet. 29th + 30th), 9/18 the good, the bad and the ugly (habana outpost), 9/20 2001: a space odyssey (big screen plaza, 6th ave bet. 29th + 30th), 9/21 the devil wears prada (stuyvesant town oval)

3.  Apple picking an hour or less from nyc:

4.  Thru 9/18: get $20 tickets to off-broadway shows 20 minutes before curtain during ‘20at20’:

5.  Value Deal:  Good till end of day 9/14.  Two movie tickets and a large popcorn at cinema village for $12 ($27 value, limit 3/person)

6.  Sunday, September 18th – The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City presenting an array of literary stars and emerging authors who represent the exciting world of literature today. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages.

4th of July Celebrations

Why do we celebrate the 4th of July? 

Imagine how you would feel if someone older than you (maybe an older sister or brother) kept telling you what to do all the time and kept taking more and more of your allowance. That is how the colonists felt in the years leading up to 1776. Great Britain kept trying to make the colonists follow more rules and pay higher taxes. People started getting mad and began making plans to be able to make their own rules. They no longer wanted Great Britain to be able to tell them what to do, so they decided to tell Great Britain that they were becoming an independent country. (To be independent means to take care of yourself, making your own rules and providing for your own needs.)

The Congress met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and they appointed a committee (a group of people working together to do a specific job) to write a formal document that would tell Great Britain that the Americans had decided to govern themselves. The committee asked Thomas Jefferson to write a draft (first try) of the document, so he worked for days, in absolute secret, until he had written a document that he thought said everything important that the committee had discussed. On June 28, 1776, the committee met to read Jefferson’s “fair” copy (he put his best ideas together and wrote them neatly.) They revised (made some changes) the document and declared their independence on July 2, 1776. They officially adopted it (made it theirs) on July 4, 1776. That is why we call it “Independence Day.”

Americans celebrate that freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings.  Please find below a list of locations near where you may work that you can view fireworks, join a picnic or create your own.


Enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. uptown at 127th Street at Northside Park. For more information, please call 1-800-626-2326 or the Ocean City Department of Recreation & Parks at 410-250-0125.


Enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. downtown on the beach at North Division Street. For more information, please call 1-800-626-2326 or the Ocean City Department of Recreation & Parks at 410-250-0125.

COROLLA, NC – Outer Banks

The Corolla Annual Independence Day Festival of Fireworks will begin at 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Whalehead Club.  Fireworks begin at dusk but arrive early to enjoy food, fun activities, fabulous music and find a place for your blankets and chairs to settle in for the best fireworks on the Outer Banks! Admission and Parking are free. For more information visit or call (252) 453-9040.


Town of Manteo – Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 8 p.m. Featuring the North Carolina National Guard’s 440th Army Band. The performance is free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500 or

DUCK, NC – Outer Banks

9 a.m. Duck’s seventh annual Fourth of July Parade will be held on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 9:00 a.m., with an after-event following at the Duck Town Park featuring community fun, music, watermelon, and the awarding of parade trophies. The one-mile parade route is the same annually and begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane and continues down Ocean Way and then Christopher Drive. Please plan to arrive at least 1/2 hour early to get the best parade viewing spot! (252) 255-1234,,


9 a.m. Parade (starts at the Town Pier)  This year’s theme is ‘HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY TO THE NATIONAL SEASHORE’  (chosen by children at the Wellfleet Elementary School). Fireworks are in Provincetown at 9:00pm


The 2011 Macy’s will begin at approximately 9:20 pm on July 4th, the 26-minute display will be set off from six barges positioned between 20th and 55th Streets on the Hudson River. That’s two full miles of sky, providing for greater visibility of the show for millions more spectators. On the West Side of Manhattan.

LifExchange wishes you a safe and happy holiday!!!!

Ocean City, Maryland upcoming Events

Looking for new and fun activities in your community?  Check out these upcoming events:

Ocean City Shark Tournament

6/15/2011 – 6/19/2011
Phone:  410-213-2442
Address:  12940 Inlet Isle Lane Ocean City MD 21842
Ocean City’s largest shark fishing tournament. Registration begins 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 15th.  Bring the kids and come watch the fish weigh-ins Thursday through Saturday, 3:30 -7 p.m. at the Ocean City Fishing Center located at the west side of Route 50 bridge. Spectators see weigh-ins free of charge. Contact Mark Sampson at 410-213-2442 or visit

Arts on the Dock

6/16/2011 – 9/22/2011
Phone: 410-213-1121
Address: Route 50 & Inlet Isle Lane, West Ocean City
Local artists and crafters showcasing their work on the docks of the Ocean City Fishing Center Marina. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Jennifer Blunt, 410-213-1121,

OC 5 Mile Boardwalk Run

6/18/2011 – 6/18/2011
Address: Atlantic Ave
 All 5 miles of this course runs the famous Ocean City Boardwalk. This event if perfect for the whole family. After a 5 mile trot, you and your family or friends can spend the rest of the day enjoying the Ocean City Boardwalk and Beach!
Start time is 7:00 a.m. and race begins at the Boardwalk Arch at the end of N.Division St.  Registration fee.
Time:  8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Phone: 800-OC-OCEAN (800-626-2326).
Address: Beachfront (downtown) or Northside Park, 127th St (uptown)
Enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. downtown on the beach at North Division Street and simultaneously, uptown at 127th Street at Northside Park. For more information, please call 1-800-626-2326 or the Ocean City Department of Recreation & Parks at 410-250-0125.

Movies on the Beach Thursdays

7/07/2011 – 8/26/2011
Address:  Beach at 92nd Street
Free movies on the beach for the family every Thursday night (July 7-August 25) at 8:30 p.m. at the Princess Royale Hotel, 91st Street Oceanfront.
Additionally, every Monday and Friday evening (June 27-August 12)  a movie on the beach with our 16-foot projector at 27th Street. Each week a general audience movie is presented free of charge. Bring a blanket and enjoy the night beside the ocean.  Movie starts around 8:30 p.m. On Wednesday evenings (June 15-August 24) you may enjoy movies on the beach at the Carousel Resort Hotel at 118th Street. Movie starts around 8:30 p.m.


Outer Banks Adventure

I stepped out of the car and breathed deep. The salty air is different from back home. The sun warms me but the breeze is just enough to cool me down as I walk around and learn these new streets. As a New Yorker it is a different site than the place where I started my day. I am sure the international J1 Summer Work and Travel students visiting from around the world will have this same strange and wonderful feeling. I have never been to the Outer Banks in North Carolina-this long island packed with beach, restaurants and wild nature. It is peaceful now. The locals tell me that the visitors and tourists will start arriving in a few weeks and the towns will come alive like firecrackers for the next 12 weeks. I am not here for vacation-that will be my next trip. Today I am here to welcome the students that my company, LifExchange LLC and the International YMCA have assisted with their visa, job placement and housing so they may have a successful summer season and visit to the US. My first stop, Pathways House, an amazing not-for-profit that has partnered with LifExchange to provide our students with support in terms of housing, transportation and 24-hour on-call local assistance. When I arrive at Pathways a little after mile marker 8 (I am learning that mile markers are very important in the Outer Banks) I walk up to the building and immediately see a sign that says “Enter.” I walk upstairs and find Nancy behind her desk ready to welcome the next student, arrange transport to social security and for the lone student at the group of free computer banks, assist with SEVIS registration. I know right away the students and community are lucky to have her and Pathways International House.
After I settle in I begin my time by visiting the students. Most of the LifExchange/YMCA students from Ukraine and Tajikistan are here, while a few more from China and Jamaica will arrive over the next few weeks-all to work for Dunkin Donuts. The first two students I run into are Alina and Marina. They welcome me into their home. I immediately notice the rumble of the washer going and Marina offers me a cup of black tea she has brought from home, a city outside Odessa, Ukraine.  After tea we make plans for a community welcome dinner for tomorrow night.  The invite list we create will really bring these students together in a new community.  They decide to invite the owners and managers from Dunkin Donuts, Nancy and Becky from Pathways, all the LifExchange students from Ukraine and Tajikistan and myself.  We split up duties and I am in charge of cooking and they are in charge of inviting guests.  After an afternoon at the local Food Lion, Dollar Store and donation from Kill Devil Custard we start cooking dinner.  Anna peels the cucumbers, Melina cooks the pasta and Julia helps with the sauce.  Alina, Nataliia and Max serve dinner a few hours later as the group discusses expectations, excitement and the weeks to come.
On the last night of my visit we all work together to move the students into their new apartment.  With a washer-dryer, dishwasher, 5 minute walk to the grocery store and 10 minute walk to the beach everyone is smiling.  The Grand Opening for Dunkin Donuts Corolla is only a few days away and everyone is excited.  I am always sad when I leave the students for the season.  I know what lay ahead – playful days on the beach, challenging new experiences as they wrestle with cash registers, homesickness and new roommates.  I also know it is the start of a lifetime experience and I am blessed to have witnessed the first steps.
Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Corolla – Student Dinner, housing move in, Pathways House

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Dinner with LifExchange/YMCA in Kill Devil Hills Wednesday, May 25th at 5:00pm

Dear current LifExchange LLC / YMCA students in the outer banks.  Please come join us for a community dinner at 5:00pm located at 203 Arch Street across from Dunkin Donuts.  Meet with your managers, local reps and your summer local support team as we welcome you to your new Outer Banks Community.  Call or text at 203-984-2575 to take part in dinner.  And thank you to Alina Vara for helping to coördinate.
After dinner we will move students from Kill Devils Housing to Corolla.