Cultural Digest: Summer Highlights Part 1


This summer, InterExchange host employers welcomed Work & Travel USA program participants with a great variety of cultural events and celebrations. These acts of kindness helped participants feel welcome in their American host communities and we are very happy to share some of the summer’s highlights.

South Yarmouth, Massachusetts

Participants in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts visited local sites and attractions and enjoyed company-organized trips to local shopping malls.
Participants in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts visited local sites and attractions and enjoyed company-organized trips to local shopping malls.
Image courtesy of Usame El Sehrawey

York Beach, Maine

We have introduced the participants to a very active group of volunteers, York Seasonal Workers and York Diversity Group. YSW has a Facebook page. They offer each student a friend to do fun things with (trips, shopping, sightseeing etc).

Jeremy Prescott, The Kettle Boys Popcorn Company in York Beach, Maine.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

“This was the first trip we took with our student employees from Lithuania to drive along the scenic New Hampshire seacoast, visit the Fort Constitution Historic Site in New Castle, and then on to a sidewalk cafe for some lunch & sightseeing in the beautiful seacoast community of Portsmouth.” said Deb & Skip Windemiller, D.W.‘s Oceanside Inn.

Participants from Lithuania went sightseeing around New Hampshire.
Participants from Lithuania went sightseeing around New Hampshire.
Image courtesy of Deb & Skip Windemiller

Traverse City, Michigan

Participants in Traverse City, Michigan enjoyed a night of bowling.
Participants in Traverse City, Michigan enjoyed a night of bowling.
Image courtesy of Cristina Uritu

San Francisco, California

Participants in San Francisco had the chance to enjoy some wine tasting!
Participants in San Francisco had the chance to enjoy some wine tasting!
Image courtesy of Melissa McDowell

Orleans, Massachusetts

Participants in Orleans, Massachusetts explored the outdoors and enjoyed beautiful sunny weather.
Participants in Orleans, Massachusetts explored the outdoors and enjoyed beautiful sunny weather.
Image courtesy of Kate Coughlan

Laconia, New Hampshire

Participants in Laconia, New Hampshire took part in a Baby Picture contest hosted by their employer. This event was a great opportunity for all employees to interact more with each other and have some fun.
Participants in Laconia, New Hampshire took part in a Baby Picture contest hosted by their employer. This event was a great opportunity for all employees to interact more with each other and have some fun.
Image courtesy of Mary Ellen Dutton

Selbyville, Delaware

Participants in Selbyville, Delaware were treated to a fun pizza night by their American host employer.
Participants in Selbyville, Delaware were treated to a fun pizza night by their American host employer.
Image courtesy of Daniel Abrams

Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Participants in Santa Rosa, New Mexico met with local government officials.
Participants in Santa Rosa, New Mexico met with local government officials.
Image courtesy of Lexie Hernandez

Gunnison, Colorado

Participants in Gunnison, Colorado got some exercise and enjoyed local flora and fauna during their hike.
Participants in Gunnison, Colorado got some exercise and enjoyed local flora and fauna during their hike.
Image courtesy of Margaret Wal

Tanya Burovtseva Tanya Burovtseva

An international exchange alumna originally from Ukraine, Tanya started her career at InterExchange in 2011. Tanya is passionate about travel and cultural exchange and enjoys meeting J-1 exchange participants at InterExchange events.

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