CAELC's VISAS PROGRAM AT UVA

VISAS is featured on UVA Today!

We are excited to share the UVA Today article  featuring VISAS!  Thank you all for participating in VISAS and making a positive impact at UVA!

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VISAS Café begins Wednesday, 5-6 PM in Nau 141

We would like to thank our volunteers for a productive orientation and hope that everyone enjoyed their time at the International Mixer yesterday. All VISAS programs launch this coming Monday, September 18th!

VISAS Café will meet for the first time on Wednesday, September 20th in Nau 141. Stop by any time between 5 and 6 PM to enjoy an international snack and some casual conversation. Our intern, Frank, will be leading a discussion on a new topic each week. Our Café is a fun and easy way to meet new people and talk about everything from current events to funny jokes and stories. Feel free to come for any part of the hour that you can. We hope to see you soon and wish everyone a successful start to their fall with VISAS.

Welcome To VISAS Fall 2017

Since 1999, VISAS has been committed to providing a space where UVA students, staff, and scholars of all nations, ethnicities, races, and religions come together for rich, face-to-face conversations and language learning. Beyond tolerance, VISAS volunteers understand that our multicultural, international community makes us stronger and better. Please join us as we learn, laugh, and work together.

Volunteer Application:

UVA students interested in volunteering with VISAS for the first time, please apply here:

UVA students interested in returning as a volunteer with VISAS, please apply here:

International Participant Registration:

UVA International Participants interested in registering for a Language Consultant (LC), please register here:

Congratulations, Workplace Programs!


Semester Wrap-Ups at O’Hill and Newcomb


Congratulations to our Workplace learners and volunteers, who finished their programs at O’Hill and Newcomb last week! We are proud of each and every one of you for a semester full of perseverance and success. We look forward to seeing our learners continue to grow and achieve their goals next fall. Thank you also to our volunteers and interns for your hard work, it is deeply appreciated. We love seeing our Workplace programs come together each week to share, learn, and bond.

VISAS Spring Garden Party

Garden Party!


Wednesday, May 3rd, 2:00 PM in Garden V Lower


Join VISAS to celebrate the end of the year at our annual Garden Party! Volunteers, interns, and international participants will come together to enjoy light refreshments and conversation in Garden V Lower. The garden is located on the west side of the lawn, closest to Newcomb Hall. We will have plenty of signs posted to help you find your way!

We hope you are able to join us for one of our favorite events. Please fill out the form you received via email to let us know if you will be attending. This form will also allow you to thank your VISAS partners for their work this semester. Hope to see you soon!

Spring VISAS Events


Two exciting events coming up next week


VISAS and CAELC invite you to the following events:

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Egg-citing Easter Party
When: Wednesday, April 12th, 5:00-7:00 PM
Where: Courtyard between Nau and Gibson Halls, Ground Level
Come dye and hunt Easter eggs with CAELC staff and students and VISAS participants! There will also be light Easter fare and other delicious refreshments. Children and other family members are welcome! (This event will take the place of the scheduled VISAS Café.)

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IWL Film Series Presents: The Visitor
When: Thursday, April 13th, 6:30-9:00 PM
Where: Gibson Hall, Room 211
Join us to watch the The Visitor–a 2008 film that explores the struggles and joys of immigration, identity, and cross-cultural communication. When Tarek and Zainab, two immigrants and artists, are tricked into renting an apartment belonging to economics professor Walter Vale, the lives of the three become entangled as they learn from and attempt to understand one another. They begin to discover common dreams and passions as they navigate the complex politics of immigration. Discussion to follow. 

VISAS Volunteers with Challah for Hunger

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Tuesday, March 28th from 4-6 PM at Brody Jewish Center (1824 University Circle)


Challah for Hunger is an awesome organization at UVa that raises money for hunger relief by baking and selling challah, a traditional (and delicious) Jewish bread. VISAS will be going to help bake some challah on March 28th, and we want you to join us!

This will be an awesome opportunity to get to know other VISAS volunteers and participants, cook, chat, and learn about food, all while giving back to the community! This is also a great activity for LC partners to do during the week. If you want to join us, please fill out this short form so we know how many people to expect. We will send a follow-up email with more information.

This is going to be a lot of fun, and we would love to show Challah for Hunger how excited we are to volunteer with them by bringing a large and enthusiastic group! They loved our help last time and are excited to host us again! Email cao5eq@virginia.edu with any questions.

Hope to see you there!

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