What is the Exchange Visitor Program or BridgeUSA Program?
The EVP was created as part of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (The Fulbright-Hays Act) to allow foreign nationals to come to the United States and participate in a variety of education or training programs.
The program is anchored on U.S. public diplomacy efforts of promoting cultural exchange between the United States and other countries.
The program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange; to strengthen the ties which unite the United States with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the United States and other nations; to promote international cooperation for educational and cultural advancement; and thus to assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations between the United States and the other countries of the world.
The program initially brought scholars to the United States to teach or conduct research. Today, there are 15 categories of programs through which EVP participants can teach, study, research, or receive training.
The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program provides opportunities for around 300,000 foreign visitors from 200 countries and territories per year to experience U.S. society and culture and engage with Americans.
Experience Abroad is currently offering the J Intern-Trainee category in the field of hospitality, tourism and culinary. Source
The BridgeUSA Internship Programs
Train with some of the best chefs and hospitality professionals in the United States of America, by participating in any of Experience Abroad’s fields of paid internship and training:
- Food and Beverage Positions
- Banquets and Events
- Customer Service
- Culinary Positions
- Hot and Cold Kitchen
- Rooms Division Positions
- Front Desk/Guest Relations