But This cultural exchange program that supports strong local economies & U.S. national security interests
Americans for Cultural Exchange is a coalition of American businesses, chambers of commerce, associations, and community leaders who embrace and support international exchange programs, especially the Summer Work Travel program.
We’re advocating for strong and continued Summer Work Travel exchange. The coalition was established to ensure SWT continues to thrive and to support America’s diplomatic, national security, and economic interests.
Each year, American businesses and seasonal communities host international college students participating in the Department of State’s J-1 visa Summer Work Travel program. These international students -- future leaders in their home countries -- gain deep exposure to and a positive image of American culture and people, and greatly improve their English language skills by living and working alongside Americans.
At the same time, American businesses and communities gain a window to the world through these young travelers. This collaboration between American businesses and international students has evolved to create significant economic benefits for U.S. seasonal communities. The Summer Work Travel program is a win-win scenario for American diplomacy and security, and for American businesses and local economic development.
Take Action & #SaveOursummer
Summer Work Travel is under attack! Learn how to take action now and help save this valuable exchange program.
Support, Continue, Expand
Support, continue, and even expand the Summer Work Travel program.
Provide the Facts
Provide the facts to policymakers and the American people about this successful international exchange program.
Educate Young Americans
Educate young Americans about work and study abroad opportunities.