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 6 participants from Jamaica, Turkey, and the Czech Republic at Virginia City Creamery in West Yellowstone. The participants enjoyed chatting about their experiences in West Yellowstone. They were surprised with all the tourists that visit during the summer. In their free time, they have enjoyed the opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park, especially the geysers. Other participants were anxious to finish their ice cream because they were planning an evening mountain biking trip. The participants in this area love the active lifestyle.