My First Friend in America Contest

My First Friend in America

AAG’s motto is “We help you write your own story.” Each year over 8,000 J-1 visa holders sponsored by AAG travel to the U.S. to experience cultural exchange in a unique way.

To help capture their stories, we sponsored a My First Friend in America participant contest. Participants were asked to share their story in regards to their first friend in the U.S. Our grand prize winner was Alejandra Rita Quiroz Linares, a Summer Work Travel participant working at Attitash Mountain Resort in New Hampshire. You can read her story below. (more…)

J-1 Program Success Story

Host Company Appreciation!

J-1 Program
Ponca City, Oklahoma
A recruiting partner in Thailand helped Alliance Abroad Group place 7 students in our J-1 Program with a host company needing staff in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Below is a letter the manager wrote to Alliance Abroad at the end of the work program expressing his appreciation for a these participants, and our program. It is always good to hear from happy host companies and work & travel participants.

J-1 Program
Alliance Abroad:
Please communicate to the local recruiter in Thailand and your Alliance Abroad staff my grateful thanks for the seven students that participated in our J-1 Program for Spring 2013. Migeal, Tae, Kate, F, On, Pop, and Beem were a wonderful addition to our store and community. Positive attitudes, gracious manners and dedicated work ethic were hallmarks of their participation. And… lots of smiles!

They are already missed by our crew and customers. I wish everyone of them could have stayed longer!

Again, please pass my thanks for a group of exceptional students!

George, Host Company Owner
Ponca City, OK

Lucas Santos: Crossing Over Prejudice Barriers

Lucas Santos

Lucas Santos (Brazil)

Cultural Exchange Participant
USA Work & Travel

Great Wolf Lodge Resorts – Wisconsin Dells (2013)

great wolf lodge Wisconsin dells

Journal Entry:

Today I’ll finish my work season at Great Wolf Lodge Resorts, which comes with a taste of happiness because I have crossed over the prejudice barrier.

A few years ago, I enrolled in an exchange program called “au pair” in which, after completing all the requirements, I was unable to attend because of the simple fact of being a “special needs” person; even though I proved by documents and photos that I was able.

Lucas SantosBut I didn’t give up.

Then I knew the work and travel program, which was introduced to Great Wolf Lodge Resorts, and they didn’t hesitate to interview me and did to me all the tests that a “normal” person would.

I was hired!

I am immensely proud to have worked in a place that cares about special needs accessibility and their well-being. GWL is a model to be followed by all the Brazilian water parks.

I am also very grateful for the credit that was placed in me, and for the opportunity that GWL gave me to show that WE ARE ALL ABLE, independent of the differences and limitations.

More than an international work experience, the GWL gave me friends and moments that I will carry for my whole life.

Lucas SantosFor all Lifeguards, Supervisors, and Managers, THANK YOU for sharing with me your knowledge. I hope I have passed to you guys something good as well.

I will miss you.

Lucas Santos
Keep in touch!
Wisconsin Dells – 2013

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