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

International Programs at the YMCA at VT

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.

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 international@vtymca.org for more information. 

 

February International Women’s Group Schedule

February is the month of Valentine’s Day and we will be doing two activities to learn how to make valentine cards and create a flower arrangement.

February 2 Card Making with Michele

February 9 Flower Arrangement with Marcela

Movie Club

Monthly Movie Club resumes – February we will watch & discuss “Hidden Figures” (2016). The movie is based on the true story of three brilliant African American female mathematicians who were instrumental in winning the space race. It was adapted from the book by Margot Lee Shetterly.

The movie highlights part of the American Black history that is celebrated every February. Black History Month was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford who made it a national observance in 1976.

The movie is available on DVD for free at the Blacksburg Library (1 copy) and Christiansburg Library (2 copies). Please make sure to return it as soon as you are done so others can borrow it and watch it before our club meeting (either February 16th or 23rd).

For information about all classes and to participate please contact Dina Ali, YMCA at VT International Programs Director 

Email: international@vtymca.org