Summer Work Travel (SWT) participants from South America recently had the opportunity to learn about flora, fauna, history and the environmental impact humans make on California's Lake Tahoe at a presentation by the League to Save Lake Tahoe, commonly known as “Keep Tahoe Blue”.
15 SWT participants from Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina who have been working in North Lake Tahoe for the winter attended an information session hosted by InterExchange, The Ritz-Carlton-Lake Tahoe and the League to Save Lake Tahoe.
This summer, hundreds of J-1 cultural exchange participants shared photos and videos of all the things they do to learn about and experience American culture throughout their time on their programs as part of the inaugural InterExplorer Contest. The game was an interactive, engaging way for participants to showcase the diversity of activities they did to learn about the U.S.
Have you ever wondered what it looks like inside the U.S. Capitol?
This August, Summer Work Travel (SWT) participants from China, Kazakhstan and Russia participated in a guided tour of this historical building and got to find out!
The group met at the Ulysses S. Grant statue on the Washington Mall. After taking pictures and enjoying views of the Washington Monument, they entered the U.S. Capitol.
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.
26 interns and trainees from 13 different countries, including Italy, Brazil, Israel, Belgium and India, visited a Brooklyn Nets NBA game last month, an exciting cultural learning opportunity where participants met some of their fellow international interns in New York.
More than 180 Summer Work Travel (SWT) program alumni recently got together for alumni events in Belgrade, Serbia, and Skopje, Macedonia to meet old friends, make new ones, and share the experiences they had while on their cultural exchange in the U.S.
Earlier this month, ten Romanian and Moldovan Summer Work Travel (SWT) alumni met in Bucharest to explore the possibility of creating an alumni network in Romania. A lively, far-ranging conversation included ideas on how to stay connected to the U.S. and each other, and all agreed it was important to perpetuate the exchange begun on their program in the U.S.
Phil Simon, Vice President, Work & Travel USA at CIEE said:
“I was extremely impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the group."
International students from Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil recently participated in an exciting cultural activity at the top of Northstar Mountain in Lake Tahoe, near Truckee, California, where they embarked on a moonlight hike, while learning a lot about the local flora and fauna.
In mid-December, students from Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil arrived in Denver, Colorado, to kick off their cultural exchange program in the U.S., learning more about their host country and cultural facets of their educational and cultural exchange program.
More than 90 Summer Work Travel alumni attended events in Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan, in early December, where they reconnected with old friends, enjoyed food and refreshments, and shared stories from their cultural exchange programs in the United States.