By Tim Kowols
Over 400 people from around the world are expected to acclimate to life in the United States this summer thanks to Door County Bridges of Friends to International Students. Commonly known as Bridges, the program is cosponsored by over a half dozen Northern Door churches. Over the course of the tourist season, Bridges helps students arrange transportation, grasp the English language, participate in different events. Coordinator Dave Detert says it is important for the community to help the visiting students working in the county get used to American life.
Bridges is one of 27 community support groups nationwide serving J-1 students, with half sponsored by faith-based organizations and the other half ran by local chambers of commerce.