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.

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.

Read about our 2022 Recognition of 3 International Women in this ROANOKE TIMES STORY


International Women’s Group

“Being welcoming is much more than being friendly,

tolerant, or peaceful. We believe that truly welcoming places have intentional, inclusive policies, practices, and norms that enable all residents to live, thrive, and contribute fully — including immigrants.”

We are excited to share that the YMCA at VT has been chosen to be part of a national cohort of the Rural Welcoming Initiative that is part of a movement led by the nonprofit Welcoming America. This month we gathered together a fabulous team to begin work on a variety of welcoming initiatives including our 2nd annual Welcoming Week Celebration in September.

Read more about Welcoming America 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.