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Spirit Sponsors Trips to Madison

Oct 21, 2016

When: July 26th and 27th, 2016
Event: Madison Wisconsin Capitol tour and University of Wisconsin tour
Nationalities: China, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Russia, and Moldova

This is the fourth year that Spirit has organized a trip to Madison for our participants located in Wisconsin Dells. This July, 36 participants from 7 countries toured the state capitol, met with the state representative and senator representing the Dells, ate in a UW campus dining hall, and took a tour of the UW campus.

On the first day a group of participants met with Senator Olsen, and on the second day a separate group met with Representative Ballweg. The participants had great questions for the elected officials about civics, elections, and America on the world stage. The participants asked questions like “why are there so many laws in America” and “why is America great?” They suggested community improvements for the Dells, such as more public transportation for participants traveling to and from work. The participants really enjoyed the opportunity to speak with local elected officials, and snap selfies together!

During the UW Madison tour, participants spoke with the tour guide about the differences between American Universities and their own universities at home. They discussed the available classes and asked questions about everyday student life, such as living in the dorms. They were surprised to hear how much college costs in America, as most of their education is paid for by their governments. Overall, the trip was a great introduction to the American government and university life.


When: August 30th and 31st, 2016
Event: Madison Wisconsin Capitol tour and University of Wisconsin tour
Nationalities: China, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Russia, and Jamaica

This is the 2nd time this year that we organized a tour of the Wisconsin state capitol and University of Wisconsin Madison campus due to its popularity when we hosted the event in July. On this trip, 31 participants from 7 countries toured the state capitol, ate in a UW campus dining hall, and took a tour of the UW campus.

The participants were surprised by the grand architecture of the capital building and enjoyed taking pictures. During our lunch at the university dining hall, the participants were overwhelmed by the amount and variety of food available to university students. While they liked the food, several talked about how large the portions were compare to what they were used to at home. The Turkish participants also talked about how food in their country tended to be healthier compared to American food (they also commented on America’s love for sweet food).

Everyone enjoyed the campus tour and several participants were surprised just how large the campus was. A few participants even wanted to return for a semester of university classes, through the high cost of tuition was a discouragement. The participants were also excited to hear that 2 graduates of the university now play in the NBA. Overall, it was a great chance for everyone to experience a snapshot of the American government and university system.

2015 International Job Fair: Prague

Jul 7, 2016

Eric Hayes of Spirit organized an independent job fair for a large employer in from January 29-February 1, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. The fair included cultural activities such as a tour of Wenceslaus Square, the National Theatre, Petrin Hill, and Prague Castle, and dinners at La Casa Argentina and Potrefena House. 

2015 International Job Fair: Romania, Czech Republic, and Bulgaria

Jul 7, 2016

Jessica Hines of Spirit organized an independent job fair for a large employer in early December 2014 to hire for the 2015 season. The job fair included stops in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Romania. The first stop was in Cluj, Romania from December 5-7, 2014, where they visited the Salina Turda Salt Mines in Cluj and participated in group dinners. The next segment of the job fair was in Prague, Czech Republic from December 8-10. The participants went on a city tour of Prague, visited a Christmas market, and took a boat trip on the Vltava River. In Sofia, Bulgaria, from December 11-14, participants took a city tour and had lunch at Pod Lipite. 

2016 International Job Fair: Prague, Czech Republic

Jul 7, 2016

The last job fair of the season was in Prague, the Czech Republic from March 2-5, 2016. Employers enjoyed a chocolate truffle course in Prague, and one employer hired employees at the fair. 

2016 International Job Fair: Skopje, Macedonia

Jul 7, 2016

Spirit organized the Skopje, Macedonia job fair from February 6-7, 2016. The agenda included a walking tour of Skopje, a welcome dinner, and an out-of-town wine tasting excursion. One employer found employees in Macedonia.

2016 International Job Fair: Ankara, Turkey

Jul 7, 2016

Spirit organized a job fair in Ankara, Turkey from January 31-February 5, 2016 and employers were able to hire employees for the summer 2016 season. Employers were able to explore the Old Town of Ankara and also stay overnight in the nearby town of Beypazari, where they went bazaar shopping and experienced a Turkish bath. Four employers hired employees in Turkey. 

2016 International Job Fair: Kiev, Ukraine

Jul 7, 2016

Spirit organized a job fair in Kiev, Ukraine from January 27-February 1, 2016. Participants enjoyed taking a Master chocolate making and tasting class at Lviv Handmade Chocolate. They also toured Volodymyr Cathedral and the local shopping destination of Adriyivsky Uzviz. Two employers hired employees in Ukraine. 

2016 International Job Fair: Kingston, Jamaica

Jul 7, 2016

Spirit Cultural Exchange held a job fair in Kingston, Jamaica from January 14-17, 2016 to hire employees for the summer 2016 season. Employers were able to take a tour of Dunns River Falls outside of Kingston as their cultural activity. Three employers hired employees in Jamaica.

2016 International Job Fair: Guangzhou, China

Jul 7, 2016

The second job fair of the 2016 season was held in Guangzhou, China from December 2-7, 2015. Employees enjoyed several group dinners together, and twenty employers hired employees in China. 

2016 International Job Fairs: Thailand

Jul 7, 2016

Spirit Cultural Exchange held several job fairs for employers to hire employees for the summer 2016 season. The first job fair was organized by three Spirit employees and was held in Bangkok, Thailand from November 13-15, 2015.  Employers participated in several cultural activities, the first of which was a tour of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace, the Jim Thompson House, a city tour by van, Asiatique the Riverfront, and a welcome dinner cruise. The second cultural activity was a trip to the province of Ayutthaya, where they explored Wat Ohra SriSanpetch, Wat Yai Chaimongkol, the Ayutthaya Elephant Camp, and Wat Mahathat. Seven employers found employees in Thailand.

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