Instagram Contest Week 2

Jul 12, 2016

This summer, Spirit Cultural Exchange has launched a weekly Instagram contest, unveiling a new theme each week so that our Summer Work and Travel, Intern, and Trainee participants can show us how their summers are going and win prizes!

The second Instagram contest theme was to take a picture with your boss or manager. Yujing D. from South Dakota was the winner, with her picture of her boss and coworkers posing at work. Click here to see the rest of the contest photos!

Spirit Launches Instagram Contest for Participants!

Jun 22, 2016

Spirit launched its first Instagram contest on June 13, asking our Summer Work and Travel, Intern and Trainee participants to "Show Us Your Selfies" and introduce themselves to our cultural exchange community.

Wanyao Liao won with her winning smile from Washington! 

Check out our other favorites here!

Once in a Lifetime Opportunity for Summer Work and Travel Participants!

Apr 6, 2016
You could be one of 60 participants selected to join us in Washington, D.C., for a life changing event this summer. Take advantage of an amazing, all-expenses-paid opportunity that will enrich your experience in the United States! Apply now for a Civic Leadership Summit fellowship:

March 31 Deadline for Volunteer Scholarship is Almost Here

Mar 11, 2016

Time is running out to apply for Spirit's 2016 Ecuador Volunteer Scholarship. Two merit-based scholarships are available to participants 18-years or older with at least intermediate Spanish-speaking abilities. To qualify for the scholarship you must write a travel blog with photos and complete a post-program evaluation. 

To apply, email your resume and a 300-500 word essay that answers the following questions to

1. What are your reasons for pursuing this volunteer experience?
2. How will this experience enhance your future personal or professional development?
The deadline to apply is March 31.

Last Chance to Sign Up for I-LEAD! Deadline is Friday, March 11!

Mar 7, 2016

Last chance!  There is one week left before the March 11 deadline for I-LEAD applications.  Submit your essay or video today for the opportunity to join passionate young leaders from all over the world for six life-changing days in Washington, D.C.  All expenses will be covered for selected finalists!  Apply now:

Volunteer With Spirit in Ecuador

Mar 2, 2016

Spirit offers individuals the opportunity to help with a variety of volunteer projects in Ecuador while immersing themselves in the local culture.  If you dream of experiencing the world more deeply than by just being a tourist, our program is a way to live abroad affordably while giving back to the community you live in.

Click Here to learn more!

Time's Almost Up for Interns and Trainees to Apply for I-LEAD

Mar 2, 2016

Hurry – the March 11 deadline for I-LEAD applications is less than two weeks away!  Submit your essay or video, and prepare for the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C.!  And don’t forget – all travel, accommodations, meals, and program activities will be covered for those selected.  Apply now:

3 Weeks left to apply for the I-Lead Program for Interns!

Feb 22, 2016

Connect with tomorrow’s global leaders, build professional skills, learn more about entrepreneurship, and explore the memorials, and monuments of Washington, D.C. – all at no cost to you through the I-Lead Program for Interns.

The March 11 deadline is just three weeks away.  Submit your short essay or video by March 11 and you could be on your way to Washington, D.C. in May.  Don’t miss this chance to build the leadership skills you need to make a difference!  Apply now:

Exciting Opportunity for Spirit's Interns!

Feb 11, 2016
What can you do today to ensure that you will be a stronger leader
tomorrow? Apply to join other J1 Interns in the nation’s capital,
Washington, D.C., for the I-LEAD leadership program that is sure to
be lifechanging!
What is I-LEAD? A program of the U.S. Department of State, I-LEAD
provides an incredible opportunity to build leadership skills, enhance
your understanding of entrepreneurship, and empower you to make a
difference in the communities you care about most.
The program is provided at no cost to participants – all travel,
accommodations, meals, and program activities are covered for
those selected. Click here to learn more about the program and
begin the application process:

The deadline for submission is March 11.

New U.S.- Mexico J-1 Internship Program Available!

Jan 8, 2016
Spirit Cultural Exchange is excited to announce that it has been designated to operate the U.S.- Mexico J-1 Internship Program!  In addition to its global J- 1 Internship Program, Spirit will now sponsor internships in the U.S. for Mexican university students and recent graduates in the following categories:  
Information Media and Communications
Management, Business, Commerce and Finance
Public Administration and Law
The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Industrial Occupations
Spirit invites both Mexican university students and recent graduates, as well as US based companies interested in hosting them, to contact us at to request information on how to take part in this exciting new initiative.