By Tim Kowols
Over 300 international students are expected to call Door County home this summer as part of the J-1 Visa Program. The college students started coming to the area around Memorial Day weekend to fill Door County’s workforce shortage during the busy tourist season, turning the area into a mini-United Nations. (Huijue) Clair Su came to America from China to work on her English skills for a future career as a teacher while also learning to the culture.
Marina Lozano Gago of Spain says the Door County Bridges of Friendship program and the experience of her employers, Sister Bay Inn owners and former J-1 Visa students Vilius and Alma Vaicekauskas, have made her transition to the area a lot smoother.
Twenty-six volunteers help make the Door County Bridges of Friendship program possible by organizing social events, English conversation courses, and transportation. This is the first in our summer-long series introducing you to some of the international students helping make Door County a better place to live, work, and play.
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