Happy New Year!
Easy Hire available for Spirit's Jamaica International Job Fair
Celebrate International Education Week (IEW)
This year marks the 15th anniversary of International Education Week (IEW), which is led by both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education in order to show how international education helps provide and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world.
We invite you to participate in IEW 2014, which will take place from Monday, November 17 to Friday November 21, 2014. This week is celebrated in the United States and around the globe. For more information about how you can join the celebration, visit www.eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/international-education-week.
New Professional Development Program Available
Spirit was recently designated by the Department of State to sponsor J-1 Intern and Trainee participants on our Professional Development Program. Our Professional Development Program offers American Host Companies the opportunity to impart their unique business perspective with international Interns and Trainees by providing hands-on training. In exchange, participants share their diverse insight gained from having studied or worked in the field.
Spirit’s Professional Development Program offers programs in the following occupational categories:
- Management, Business, Commerce and Finance (1-18 months)
- Hospitality and Tourism (1-12 months)
Thailand Job Fair Booking Form Due October 7
Why travel on a Spirit Job Fair?
International Job Fairs are a great opportunity for employers hiring 20+ participants to experience their culture and meet them in person. Traveling with Spirit representatives and other employers will allow you to network and exchange best practices. No need to worry about the details - Spirit handles all travel and interview arrangements on a complimentary basis.
Attention participants from Thailand and the Philippines: Join YSEALI
The U.S. Department of State would like to inform you about an exciting new initiative in Southeast Asia—the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). Launched by President Obama in 2013, YSEALI seeks to create a cadre of young leaders throughout the ten ASEAN member countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The U.S. State Department is inviting youth aged 18-35 years old, who are citizens and residents of an ASEAN country to join YSEALI. This one-pager provides details on YSEALI, the benefits of becoming a member, and how to join.
In addition, YSEALI periodically holds grant competitions that award funds for projects implemented within Southeast Asia. Stay up to date with breaking news on competitions by liking their Facebook page.
We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity. Visit the YSEALI website for more information https://youngsoutheastasianleaders.state.gov/.
Spirit completes ALS ice bucket challenge
Spirit Cultural Exchange staff members accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge and donated to the cause. We nominated our recent J Day partners CCI Greenheart and CENET - Cultural Exchange Network to complete the challenge within 24 hours. View our challenge video below!
For more information or to donate, visit www.alsa.org.
Route J1 Stops at YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado
Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) Robin Lerner visited Estes Park, Colorado on July 22. During her visit, she attended an international fair at YMCA of the Rockies.
"I spent my childhood attending YMCA after-school programs and YMCA summer camps, but I had never seen a “Y”, as they are sometimes called, quite like the one I recently visited on Route J1. The YMCA of the Rockies is nestled next to Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado. It is a family-friendly resort that is not only famous for its brand of recreation and proximity to world class hiking, but also for its J1 staff who come from almost every continent." - DAS Robin Lerner.
Read more about DAS Lerner's visit to Estes Park and view pictures from the international fair on the Route J1 blog.
Spirit Scholarship Blog: Experiencing Ecuador
Follow the journey of 2014 scholarship recipient Danielle S. through her blog as she serves the local community and lives with a host family in Quito.
Sangre de Christo Chronicle - Chinese exchange students get to meet ‘real Americans’