About Spirit Cultural Exchange

Founded in 2002, Spirit Cultural Exchange is designated by the United States Department of State as a J-1 Program Sponsor for the Summer Work and Travel, Internship, Trainee, and Teacher Programs. As an organization responsible for monitoring thousands of cultural exchange participants each year, we believe in the power of cultural exchange. Our mission is to encourage young people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds to take advantage of the extraordinary benefits of international exchange. Through travel, work experience and the sharing of ideas and perspectives, Spirit participants gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them – working together to develop a “spirit” of international peace and understanding.

Staffed by professionals with many years of experience in cultural exchange, Spirit provides program participants with the personal attention and extra support necessary to make each experience the best it can be.

Spirit is a member of the Alliance for International Exchange and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.