Personal exploration is an important part of professional cultural exchange, and most host organizations encourage travel by being flexible about time off during the program. You might also share recommendations for places to go and things to do; our country has many hidden gems that tourists rarely discover!
CIEE Can Help Too
CIEE supports host organizations in creating cultural exchange opportunities for their participants and, as a result, for their American staff members too. We offer education, tips, and guidance on hosting, as well as ideas on how professional and cultural exchange can be used to benefit the organization.
Of course, if you’re looking for suggestions on how the host organization can enrich the cross-cultural experience for interns, trainees and U.S. colleagues alike, we’re always just a phone call away at 1-888-268-6245.
Resources to encourage cultural engagement
CIEE provides a wealth of information to encourage interns and trainees to fully experience American culture. We also organize special events, exclusive to CIEE, to encourage cultural and professional exchange.
Culture Guide USA
This monthly email helps participants learn more about American culture and traditions, and it includes includes interesting facts about everything from holidays to government, as well as information about beautiful places like our national parks. Learn more.
We encourage participants to get social and tell the world about their experiences.
Our CIEE J-1 Professional Exchange Programs Facebook page is a great place to share your internship opportunities, share stories and pictures, stay up to date on CIEE events, and connect with other host organizations, interns and trainees. We also sponsor contests that make sharing well worth it!
Our private CIEE Internship USA and Professional Career Training USA Facebook groups offer a place for current and past CIEE participants to get to know one another, and connect with others in their area.