Spirit offers a variety of BridgeUSA J-1 visa exchange programs to international university students, recent graduates, young professionals and teachers from around the world who want to experience life in the USA.

Whether you live in a small town or busy city, by traveling to the United States as a Spirit participant on a J-1 visa,, you will take part in typical American activities that expose you to the life and culture of the United States.

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Intern or Train in the USA

International students and young professionals intern and train with US businesses while on a BridgeUSA J-1 visa in the United States. Gain valuable professional development through hands-on training.

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Teach in the USA

International teachers teach in accredited primary or secondary U.S. schools on a J-1 visa in the United States for 1-3 years.  Learn how you can experience the USA as an exchange teacher.

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Work & Travel in the USA

International university students participate in a BridgeUSA Work & Travel Program in the USA for 2-4 months on a J-1 visa. Experience American culture while working in a seasonal hospitality position in the USA.

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Get Started on Your Adventure in the USA

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Check out our programs for US and global citizens to volunteer in Ecuador.

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.

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What people are saying…

I would like to express thank to Spirit for giving me an amazing summer. My placement was wonderful and beautiful. It was my first summer in the USA and the people were so nice.- Azkhuu E. from Mongolia, Work and Travel Participant
This program helped me a lot to gain more confidence, trust myself more and become braver now. Thank you for allowing me to experience this program.- Roxanne R. from Philippines, Culinary Trainee, West Virginia
I’ve learned lots of things on this program. I met my expectation which was to improve my English. I’ve got new friends from many different countries.”- Sirikan A. from Thailand, Work and Travel Participant, North Carolina
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