J-1 Summer Work Travel

International students from around the world visit Virginia Beach every summer through the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, a J-1 visa cultural exchange program overseen by the U.S. Department of State. Students visiting this summer had a unique opportunity to learn more about the Virginia Beach community, through Virginia Beach Civic Day at City Hall, a special event coordinated on July 8th by the Virginia Beach International Students Outreach Program. J-1 visa participants who are living and working in the area as well as their host employers and sponsors were invited to attend this event.

Author: InterExchange

Potential Summer Work Travel participants, along with Turkish alumni, U.S. employers, and program staff recently participated in a volunteer activity to plant 350 trees in the Eskisehir region of Turkey, and enjoyed a day of digging, teamwork, and Turkish sweets.

The event was organized by Summer Work Travel (SWT) program sponsor CCI Greenheart, in collaboration with its Turkish partner, who formed an alliance with a local environmental group.

Author: CCI Greenheart

International students who come to the U.S. to spend their university breaks working and traveling in the U.S. say their opinions of Americans improve after the experience.

Author: InterExchange

Sushania is a three-time CCI Greenheart J-1 Summer Work Travel participant from Jamaica. This year, Sushania is working at Federal Jacks Restaurant and Brewpub in Kennebunkport, Maine. She is also the recipient of the CCI Greenheart Ambassador Scholarship that rewards active volunteer service during the Summer Work Travel program with a full reimbursement of the program fee upon completion of scholarship requirements.

Author: CCI Greenheart

On July 10, CCI Greenheart J-1 Summer Work Travel participants from all over the world descended on Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota to clean-up this vast national memorial. After an orientation from the park staff, the participants got to work, picking up trash around the memorial grounds.

Author: CCI Greenheart

Name: Valentina, 2012 Department of State Summer Work Travel (SWT) program participant
Placement: Nathan's Famous, Brooklyn, NY
Current Country: Moldova
Occupation: University student

Author: CCI Greenheart

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