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 rep met 4 Chinese participants at Friendly's Family Restaurant and Ice Cream in Brewster, MA. The participants had a fun time laughing about cultural differences like how much Americans smile and say hello. The group played a trivia game and they did well. They really love living with their American families and said they would prefer living with a family over living in an apartment. They enjoy trips to Boston on their days off and really like their coworkers. They would recommend the program to future students.