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. Due to the stay at home requirements we have moved our meetings online, where we offer English conversation sessions and Yoga classes. 

The first meeting on September 15th was part of the YMCA’s Welcoming Week. Welcoming Week is an annual celebration bringing together people in local communities to build unity and a sense of belonging for new and long-time residents.

During the meeting we discussed several new ideas and ways to do more of certain activities popular among our members. Some of the suggestions included:

– Meeting at different parks around town and visiting the Hahn garden.

-Doing community service projects.

-Doing cooking demonstrations online when the weather gets cooler.

-including more movement activities such as walking on the huckleberry trail, introducing Tai Chi, and doing yoga both in person and online.

We also learned about several programs that the YMCA is doing to help the community during the pandemic such as Meals on Main, a food program for children. Other events that we learned about is the upcoming annual Craft Fair (November 12-16). This year it will be virtual where you can browse many locally handcrafted items and shop online.

At the end of the meeting we thanked all of our long time volunteers for their commitment and dedication. Again thank you Barb, Manju, Marsha, and Michele.

Next Tuesday, October 6th

Activity: Visiting the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech.

Parking: We will park at the YMCA Lancaster House at 403 Washington St. SW, Blacksburg. New VT regulations do not allow parking at the Hahn garden. For volunteers: please park at the designated parking in the back.

Time: 9:30-11:30 am Please join us a little before 9:30 so we can have enough time to sign in. We will start walking towards the garden at 9:45. It is a 15 minute walk to the Hahn.

Refreshments: Please bring your own snack and water.

Weather: Forecast for next Tuesday is sunny but chilly. Please check the weather before going and dress accordingly. Also look for a message early Tuesday for any changes in the plan.

For information about all classes and to participate please contact

Dina Ali, YMCA at VT International Programs Director