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.
A Spirit representative met six participants from China and Turkey in Virginia City for the fire engine tour. It was a historical tour and the guide told fun, interesting stories about the pastime in Virginia/Nevada City. The fire engine tour brought them to an overlook where they could see the entire town. They went to a grave site and saw the burials of some prominent local politicians. The participants were interested in know that Virginia City had electricity before New York City! Some of the participants had already heard some of the local stories but still enjoyed the tour. Afterwards, they walked around with the Spirit representative pointing out the historical buildings and what they were used for many decades ago. The participants said they have the “All-American” experience living in Virginia City!