Fostering a spirit of cultural understanding since 2002.

Spirit Cultural Exchange

About

Spirit Cultural Exchange offers the right program to individuals interested in visiting the United States on a J-1 visa. Founded in 2002, Spirit is designated by the United States Department of State as a J-1 Visa Program Sponsor for the Intern, Trainee, Teacher, and Summer Work & Travel Programs. Spirit provides J-1 visa program sponsorship in the USA, as well as optional host company and host school placements nationwide in a variety of professional concentrations. Interested in applying for a Spirit program? Visit our homepage (link below) and contact us today!

Spirit also offers international travelers and US residents the opportunity to volunteer in Ecuador by choosing from a variety of worthwhile charitable causes, including both humanitarian and environmental projects.

Reviews

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Yeferson
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Teaching Experience with Spirit so far

I have loved it so far. Everything is so different from my country but I have adopted to it quickly. I really recommend other people to come and join this amazing teaching experience through Spirit. I ove the school environment and culture. Most people at school have been so supportive and motivating. This is a great opportunity to improve your own language skills and general understanding. You can also improve your own cultural awareness by sharing your main cultural features and learning from the American people.
Great experience so far!
I simply love it!
Yeferson Romana Correa, from Colombia.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers on this program is to always keep your best aptitude in order to get the best out of this great and unforgettable experience! Enjoy it as much as possible and learn from it as much as you can. Always be willing to learn and share your own cultural background with both your students and local people around you. That is so rewarding.
Thanks a lot Spirit for making it possible
Yeferson Romana Correa
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Audrey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Volunteer Experience in Ecuador

My whole trip in Ecuador was amazing!! Spirit Cultural Exchanged helped me through every step of the process before and during my travels, and they made sure that I felt comfortable and safe the entire time. Even though they planned it on short notice, they thought of every detail in advance. When I arrived, my host family welcomed me and practiced Spanish with me whenever possible. They made me feel at home, and my roommate was fantastic! My volunteer program was so much fun; I worked in a daycare and met many amazing people. I was able to go on weekend trips almost every weekend, and I'm so grateful to have gone on this adventure.

What would you improve about this program?
The Simon Bolivar school could give a bit more of an organized orientation before they send the volunteers to their first day of work.
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Mackenzie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spirit Exchange Changed My Viewpoint

What a wonderful volunteer program Spirit Cultural Exchange is. Throughout my three weeks volunteering in Ecuador, I had constant support. The staff at Spirit Exchange and Simon Bolivar School (their partners in Quito) were always friendly and willing to help in any circumstance. They were very well organized and prepared for anything to help make my stay as comfortable as could be. I couldn't have asked for a better organization to volunteer with.

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Molly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spirit Cultural Exchange in Ecuador

My time in Ecuador was amazing. The staff at Spirit Cultural Exchange were very responsive and helpful prior to my trip and throughout my time in Ecuador. The teachers and staff at Simon Bolivar Spanish school were very welcoming and excited to show me around Quito. My host family made me feel so comfortable and at home during my four weeks in my new home. Everyone at my volunteer project was very grateful and excited to have me there, I felt I was making a direct impact on the individuals I helped. Overall, my time is Ecuador went very smoothly and I would not change a thing. I couldn't ask for more helpful, supportive people that the staff at Spirit Cultural Exchange.

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Danielle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spirit is the Only and Best Way to Travel!

This program was absolutely amazing. I was more than blessed with this opportunity to be abroad for this part of the summer. I have learned so much about not only Ecuador and its culture, but I have learned so much about myself. Traveling alone is a foreign country is one of the best ways to get to know yourself on a deeper and more personal level. Spirit Cultural Exchange has been such a great blessing and made this miracle trip happen for me. They helped to organize and plan all my trip details and helped to give me the opportunity to serve, grow and explore in Ecuador. I am so grateful! They're the best.

What would you improve about this program?
Program is great!

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