The U.S. Embassy hosted its 6th annual Summer Work and Travel BBQ on May 27. This year’s event included about 40 Summer Work and Travel program participants and 18 Slovak teenagers headed for a one-year high school exchange program in the United States. Representatives from our SWT partner agencies also attended the event, which helps us to connect with young Slovaks before they head off to spend their summer in the United States.
Television stations TA3 and TV Joj covered the event, interviewed some students and reported that this year may set a record, with about 3,000 Slovaks traveling to America to participate in the program. Students said they’re motivated by the opportunity to learn English, gain valuable work experience, explore the U.S., and share Slovak culture with Americans. Visit the Summer Work and Travel Program website to learn more about this opportunity: http://j1visa.state.gov/programs/summer-work-travel