Cultural Exchange is the cornerstone of our J-1 program. We plan for at least 2 cultural activities a month, which means we have thousands of participants across the United States experiencing local culture. Cultural activities increase in the participant’s emotional ties to the community they’re living and working in, strengthens the relationships with their colleagues, and introduces Americans to invaluable experiences from the participant’s home culture.
Two Spirit employees met students from various employers at the Main Street Square in Rapid City, South Dakota for lunch with students and employers. After lunch and mingling, they watched a patriotic ballet dance troupe. The event was a tribute to fallen soldiers and was war themed. Students attended from many different countries: Nigeria, Turkey, Spain, Kazahkstan, China, Mongolia and Jamaica. They engaged in various conversations and mixed well with each other as well as conversing with their employers and Spirit staff.