Cultural Exchange Program
You are a part of a cultural exchange program as an exchange visitor. Your travel to the United States is on a J1 Cultural Exchange Visa. Camp Leaders partner with US Department of state designated visa sponsors to care for you and provide the necessary paperwork.
This is a special type of temporary/seasonal visa that allows you to work on a sponsored program in the USA, in your case working at a summer camp.
The Camp Leaders primary visa sponsor is Cultural Homestay International (CHI) based in San Rafael, California. Some Camp Leaders participants are sponsored by other visa sponsors.
Questionnaire and Check-in
Every 30 days you are required to fill out a short online questionnaire. This is a requirement of the US DoS (Department of State) and initiated by your sponsor to ensure your health, safety and welfare while on your camp program and to also share highlights of your program. You will receive further information on this via e-mail, directly from your visa sponsor. If you need more information, log in to your Camp Leaders profile and head to the Visa section.
Camp Leaders Visa Sponsor Partners:
It is mandatory for you to know who your visa sponsor is and how to contact them. Your visa sponsor’s information can be found on your DS-2019 and on your Camp Leaders profile in the visa section.
Cultural Homestay International (CHI)
- 255 West End Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901
- Phone: 1-800-432-4643
United Studies Student Exchange (USSE)
- 100 Ridgeway St, Suite 1A, Hot Springs, AR 71901
- Phone: 1-800-869-8585
- Phone: 1-888-812-3208 (Emergencies)
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
- 300 Fore St., Portland, ME 04101
- Phone: 1-800-407-8839
Cultural Exchange Network (CENET)
- 338 Broadway St., Ste. 620, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
- Phone: 1-866-513-3638