Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2014
Happy New Year from the Spirit Staff! Our office will be closed Thursday, January 1. The office will reopen at 9 a.m. Central Time on Friday, January 2. If you require emergency support while our office is closed, please call 1-800-390-0978 and dial 399 to connect with our emergency answering service.
We appreciate your patience and hope you enjoy your holiday.

Easy Hire available for Spirit's Jamaica International Job Fair

Dec 11, 2014
Spirit staff is traveling to Jamaica for a job fair for summer 2015 hires! We will be interviewing participants and hiring in Kingston on January 15 -18, 2015. Interested employers still have the option to Easy Hire with Spirit and there is no minimum hiring requirement.
Our experienced staff will work with you to determine which participants are best suited to fill your available positions. When we arrive in Jamaica, Spirit will interview and hire for you based on your seasonal needs and employee requirements. 
For more information, view our job fair flyer, fill out our quick Get Started Application or call 1-800-390-0978 to speak with an Account Executive today. 

Celebrate International Education Week (IEW)

Nov 10, 2014

This year marks the 15th anniversary of International Education Week (IEW), which is led by both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education in order to show how international education helps provide and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world.  

We invite you to participate in IEW 2014, which will take place from Monday, November 17 to Friday November 21, 2014. This week is celebrated in the United States and around the globe. For more information about how you can join the celebration, visit

New Professional Development Program Available

Oct 28, 2014

Spirit was recently designated by the Department of State to sponsor J-1 Intern and Trainee participants on our Professional Development Program. Our Professional Development Program offers American Host Companies the opportunity to impart their unique business perspective with international Interns and Trainees by providing hands-on training. In exchange, participants share their diverse insight gained from having studied or worked in the field.

Spirit’s Professional Development Program offers programs in the following occupational categories:

  • Management, Business, Commerce and Finance (1-18 months)
  • Hospitality and Tourism (1-12 months)

To learn more, visit our webpages for Host Companies and Interns and Trainee Applicants or contact Spirit today to discuss how the Professional Development Program might be a great fit for you.

Thailand Job Fair Booking Form Due October 7

Oct 3, 2014
Employers that prefer a more hands on hiring experience travel with Spirit representatives to our job fair destinations. Bangkok, Thailand is Spirit's second job fair destination for summer 2015 hiring; view our job fair page for our full travel schedule. Booking forms for Spirit's Thailand Job Fair are due on Tuesday, October 7. Contact your Account Advisor today to discuss your options or complete our short application for more information.

Why travel on a Spirit Job Fair?

International Job Fairs are a great opportunity for employers hiring 20+ participants to experience their culture and meet them in person. Traveling with Spirit representatives and other employers will allow you to network and exchange best practices.  No need to worry about the details - Spirit handles all travel and interview arrangements on a complimentary basis.


Attention participants from Thailand and the Philippines: Join YSEALI

Aug 25, 2014

The U.S. Department of State would like to inform you about an exciting new initiative in Southeast Asia—the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).  Launched by President Obama in 2013, YSEALI seeks to create a cadre of young leaders throughout the ten ASEAN member countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 

The U.S. State Department is inviting youth aged 18-35 years old, who are citizens and residents of an ASEAN country to join YSEALI. This one-pager provides details on YSEALI, the benefits of becoming a member, and how to join.

In addition, YSEALI periodically holds grant competitions that award funds for projects implemented within Southeast Asia.  Stay up to date with breaking news on competitions by liking their Facebook page.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity.  Visit the YSEALI website for more information

Spirit completes ALS ice bucket challenge

Aug 21, 2014

Spirit Cultural Exchange staff members accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge and donated to the cause. We nominated our recent J Day partners CCI Greenheart and CENET - Cultural Exchange Network to complete the challenge within 24 hours. View our challenge video below!

For more information or to donate, visit 

Route J1 Stops at YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado

Aug 1, 2014

Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) Robin Lerner visited Estes Park, Colorado on July 22. During her visit, she attended an international fair at YMCA of the Rockies. 

"I spent my childhood attending YMCA after-school programs and YMCA summer camps, but I had never seen a “Y”, as they are sometimes called, quite like the one I recently visited on Route J1. The YMCA of the Rockies is nestled next to Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado. It is a family-friendly resort that is not only famous for its brand of recreation and proximity to world class hiking, but also for its J1 staff who come from almost every continent." - DAS Robin Lerner.

Read more about DAS Lerner's visit to Estes Park and view pictures from the international fair on the Route J1 blog.

Spirit Scholarship Blog: Experiencing Ecuador

Jul 30, 2014

Follow the journey of 2014 scholarship recipient Danielle S. through her blog as she serves the local community and lives with a host family in Quito.

Sangre de Christo Chronicle - Chinese exchange students get to meet ‘real Americans’

Jul 25, 2014
By Gabriel Weinstein
Staff writer
Thursday, July 24, 2014 5:07 AM MDT
ANGEL FIRE— Two weeks into their summer in New Mexico, the eight Chinese exchange students working at Angel Fire Resort have quickly learned that there are some things an episode of “How I Met Your Mother” or “The Big Bang Theory” cannot teach about the United States.
“The people we are getting along with every day are the real Americans,” said Gavin Hu, a 19-year-old Wuhan University student. “We got to put away some stereotypes that we used to have.”
Interacting with guests and American coworkers has taught Cynthia Song how to work as part of a multicultural team.
“It’s opened my eyes,” said Song, a 19-year-old accounting student from Szechuan Province.
The students arrived from all over China a few weeks ago to work in the resort’s housekeeping department. The resort worked with Spirit Cultural Exchange to recruit and hire the students. The students are in the United States on a J-1 Visa , which allows foreigners to come to the United States to work and study on a temporary basis.
This is the first time abroad for many of the students. Living alone, far away from their homes has taken getting used to but it is an experience the students know will ultimately benefit them. Working at the resort is an opportunity for Wendy Li to combine her love of traveling and gain broad work experience.
“It’s made me more independent,” Li said.
Cecily Green said this intensive language experience will help with her career in the business world.
“English is a popular language in the world,” the 20-year-old international business student said. “I think it might help my life.”
In addition to working at the resort the students take English lessons once a week with a local English as a Second Language instructor. In the class the students go over English pronunciations, idioms and other language fundamentals.
Living in New Mexico has exposed the students to a new side of American culture. They’ve picked up a few words of Spanish from some coworkers and have developed an appreciation for New Mexico green chiles and a good meal at Zeb’s Restaurant & Bar. Spotting elk, deer, horses and rabbits has become a pastime for the group, which do not get many chances to see that type of wildlife in China. Before the group heads back to China in September they hope to visit Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and a sneak in a trip on the resort’s zipline.
Though they are only two weeks into their American experience, the group knows that this will be a pivotal experience in their lives. It has provided them with a real look at American culture and a chance to interact with Americans that Hollywood often forgets. The next time the group flicks on an episode of “How I Met Your Mother”  in China they’ll know that they have met the real Americans.