summer work travel
2009 Department of State Summer Work Travel program
Placement: Graford, TX
Current City: Amman, Jordan
Occupation: Royal Jordanian Airlines
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.
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.
On March 18, Sima Samar, M.D., chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, offered a rare look at the challenges of Afghanistan women as part of the 2014 Justice for Women Lecture Series. More than 200 students, community leaders, and area residents attended the live event, and over 80 SWT alumni from 18 countries participated through live streaming.
Summer Work Travel (SWT) alumni from nine countries and 13 different time zones gathered together online this week for a six-month virtual reunion. After working together to learn about democracy and driving change during four days in Washington, D.C. last summer, the group logged in to reconnect with each other and share how they’re putting lessons learned from the summer's Civic Leadership Summit into action in their home countries.
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.
Shortly after their arrival in the U.S., a group of SWT participants was given the chance to engage with the local community at a volunteering event, where participants learned about the important aspect of volunteerism in American culture and got to practice their English.
This past summer, InterExchange hosted a cultural event in New York City for all of its J-1 participants in the area. Participants and Interexchange staff rode the Staten Island Ferry to the Richmond County Bank Ballpark to watch the Staten Island Yankees play the Aberdeen IronBirds.
With 22 InterExchange staff members, 12 Summer Work Travel (SWT) participants and 25 Career Training USA participants, InterExchange was well represented! Participants hailed from countries including China, Ireland, Lithuania, and Russia.