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.
On May 14, 2015, Spirit employee Suzanne Kolasa had dinner with participants at a local restaurant in New Jersey. Over dinner, Suzanne and the participants discussed how the participants were enjoying their time in New Jersey and the opportunities to experience normal American day to day life. They were very excited to attend a baseball game at the nearby stadium, as they viewed it as a very American experience. During dinner, the participants were excited for the opportunity to try Italian food, as it is not something they had ever had before. They tried different Italian pasta dishes and pizza, which they loved.