Sparking Ideas

As a Summer Work/Travel participant, you have a very unique opportunity to see and experience the United States in a way that a casual tourist may not. Engaging in cultural activities while you are here is the most important way to have a successful Summer Work/Travel Experience.

Getting Started:
If you are feeling overwhelmed by this task, don’t be! Participating in cultural activities can be as easy and inexpensive as you want it to be. Below, please find a list of cultural activities you can engage in:

• Visit museums, zoos, theme parks, local historical societies and the local chamber of commerce
• Attend concerts, sporting events, movies and the theater
• Go on shopping excursions; be sure to visit local malls and outlet shops
• Shop Local; visit independent restaurants, shops, and farmers markets.
• Explore US foods and partake in US traditions: attend barbecues, picnics and visit ethnic restaurants
• Share a meal with your US coworkers or friends you make in the US. Have them cook something traditionally American, or cook them something from home.
• Celebrate US holidays by attending parades and holiday events.
• Check local bulletin and community boards for meet up groups and book groups
• Play sports and join the local recreational sports teams
• Celebrate an Ethnic Holiday – share this with your coworkers and friends!
• Plan a road trip and go site seeing. Also look into local bus tours and specials.
• Attend state and local fairs, festivals, block parties and antique car shows
• Go camping; roast marshmallows around the campfire and go hiking
• Visit your local library and learn about local history.
• Visit beaches and parks
• Attend events and celebrations you are invited to
• Share your culture; consider hosting multicultural trivia night, diversity roundtables, or cultural dress and costume nights.
• Visit US religious sites; Buddhist Temples, Synagogues, Mosques, Churches, etc.
• Explore multiculturalism and diversity in the US – try looking at local universities for multicultural clubs or speakers
• Immerse yourself in local tradition; learn a folk dance or go to the rodeo
• Volunteer – look online for your local homeless shelter, or soup kitchen
• Search out local yard sales and flea markets
• Try snowboarding or skiing – you can rent skis or snowboards for a day at a local mountain
• Use Cross Country Skis or Snowshoes to explore the local woods. You can usually rent them at a local mountain or local shop.
• Visit a local ice skating rink – many places will let you rent right there at the rink.
• Go Sledding! You can usually find inexpensive sleds at a local Walmart or Target. Then go explore some hills!

To see more detailed information – please visit the student handbook here!