Morey’s Piers is happy to host Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Robin Lerner, who oversees the Department of State’s J-1 visa Exchange Visitor Program (EVP), as she visits international exchange students at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, NJ, as part of the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, on July 13th and 14th.
The program forms the backbone of the seasonal economy in Wildwood. A true cultural exchange program, the benefits of the J-1 program extend well beyond economic impact to help meet diplomacy goals. The foreign exchange participants live and work side-by-side with locals, who in turn are exposed to numerous nationalities and cultures, travel throughout the country while taking part in a number of planned cultural events, from Fourth of July fireworks to “Thanksgiving in July.”
At this years "Thanksgiving in July" event students will have the opportunity to have a traditional thanksgiving day meal with all the trimmings, watch a telecast of a past football game and a Macy’s Day Parade, learn how to play American football and write what they are thankful for on one of the many boards located throughout the event.
Opportunities like these extend well beyond the summer months as many students make lasting friendships. And for Gary Ang and Victoria Yap, the Singapore couple that worked at Morey's Piers in 2008, it was well worth traveling over 9,000 miles to shoot their engagement photos at the place they first met.
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