Bringing together Internationals and Americans to welcome and integrate Internationals into the community while providing a comfortable venue for cross cultural friendship, information, education, support, and service.

International Programs


The YMCA has been an active member of our community since 1873. We recognize that our town hosts a unique community that includes many internationals from around the globe. We strive to serve all its valued members. One of our long running programs is the International Women’s Group where newcomers and longtime residents meet weekly on Tuesdays to foster friendships while engaging in different interesting activities.

International Women’s Group

The International Women’s Group will resume meeting on Tuesday, January 18 in The Lancaster House, 403 Washington St SW., Blacksburg.

Interested? Contact Dina at

The YMCA at  Virginia Tech has been selected to participate in The Welcoming America Rural Welcoming Initiative 2022 program!

We’re delighted to join the cohort of 11 cities and nonprofits from across the country who will participate in the year-long program. This program will enhance our efforts to make our town and region more welcoming to newcomers, immigrants and refugees.

Read the Welcoming America December Newsletter by clicking HERE

English Conversation Classes

Due to COVID-19 Classes will be held via Zoom

English Conversation Groups will practice speaking English and understanding spoken English in conversation. We will use our discussions to explore the topics that will help you enjoy your time in Blacksburg like where to hike, restaurants, or holiday activities. These topics will also allow you to share about your life and home cultures. During the pandemic, we will have Zoom meetings with occasional opportunities to meet in person.

Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with Carol Dellinger

Please contact for more information.