By Tim Kowols
For over 20 years, members of Northern Door County churches and the business community have opened their arms to J-1 visa students through its Door County Bridges of Friendship program. Along with English lessons and free bikes rentals, the Door County Bridges of Friendship program hosts special events twice a month to introduce students to each other, members of the community, and new experiences in Door County. Bridges Coordinator Dave Detert says it has been very fulfilling work during the nine years he has volunteered.
The Door County Bridges of Friendship program served over 220 students from 36 different countries last year. J-1 Visa students are allowed to be in the country for four months over the summer but are only allowed to work three of those.