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The World Has Come to Cape Cod!

An Unforgettable Cultural Experience

If you've received a J1 (work and travel) visa and are coming to work on Cape Cod this summer, you're in good company: over 4,000 international students from over 40 countries are doing the same!  On your trip, you'll meet students from Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ireland, Turkmenistan, Nepal, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Macedonia, Kosovo, and more!


This is just one reason why your time here on Cape Cod will be an unforgettable cultural experience, and we'd like to help introduce you to both locals and these fellow travelers through our events.

About Us

Our Purpose

Hello Summer J-1 is a collaboration between local churches seeking to create international friendships on Cape Cod.

Hello Summer J-1 exists to inform, help, and provide friendship opportunities for J-1 students seeking to engage in positive cultural exchanges while experiencing a safe and successful summer.

Our Committee

Hello Summer J-1 is facilitated by a committee of volunteers who truly care about international students, and whose desire is to make the summer of every J-1 they encounter safe, enjoyable, and a thoroughly enriching experience.

J1 Student Feedback

Kamilya (Russia)

"I loved the dinner. It was fun. Games, music, and serious things like road rules. Lots of guests. Thank you very much."

Evgeniy (Moldova)

"I loved it. I made new friends. Truly amazing what you do. It will bring good fruit. It's truly a powerful the ministry what you do."

Emma (Kazakhstan)

"Thank you for such a warm welcoming evening!! We loved it a lot. With great pleasure we will be waiting for more events."

Sasha (Russia)

"The openness of people impressed me so much. The level of trust to absolutely foreign people like part of a community, part of a family. Back at home you're like a stranger. Nobody cares about you, everybody is like wolves, in 'survival mode.' This principle operates stronger every year in my country. Here (in Cape Cod) I am a foreign person but treated like I belong...."

Zhanara (Kazakhstan)

"It was an amazing evening!
I fell in love with Cape Cod's people."

Alexandra (Russia)

"It was super great! I couldn't even imagine anything like that. Thank you all people who organized this truly wonderful event. The concert was so touching and warm. The dinner was delicious. I hope we will stay in touch. Big thank you. It was just amazing."

Frequently Asked Questions

Are your services free?

Hello Summer J-1 is a collaboration between local churches seeking to create international friendships on Cape Cod. Financial support to provide food and gifts are provided by these churches. All staff are volunteers. None of us are paid, and we don't ask for any payment from the students we serve.

How can I find housing accommodations?

Housing is notoriously difficult to find on the Cape in the summertime. We're doing out best to get more families on board to host J-1's. Catherine Boyle has begun a separate organization called "Mid-Cape J1 Housing Program." Check out the website or get in touch directly via Facebook.

Why do you do this? Why do you help J-1 students?

Hello Summer J-1 exists to inform, help, and provide friendship opportunities for J-1 students seeking to engage in positive cultural exchanges while experiencing a safe and successful summer. We started the ministry in response to the needs of J-1 students. We found J-1 students were in need of important information relating to bicycle safety, health, local information, etc), and we wanted to help provide that. Beyond this, we feel strongly motivated to help J-1s because we believe God wants us to treat foreigners as well as we would our local neighbors.

How can I stay informed about Hello Summer J-1 events?

Well, there are a few ways. The best way to stay informed is to join the Facebook group. Catherine Boyle and Inna make sure to post updates several times a week. You can also visit our Calendar page to check out our events from Google Calendar, or you can subscribe directly to the feed here!

How can I connect with other J-1 students?

Again we'll point you to the Facebook group. As of this writing, the Hello Summer J-1 group has 4,279 members from all over the world.

How can I stay safe on my bicycle?

The Cape can be very dangerous in the summer. Traffic can be very heavy, tourists can be unfamiliar with the roads, lighting on the roads can be very poor, and there are often no dedicated bicycle lanes. A few tips will help you to keep safe on the road:

  1. Ensure your bicycle can run safely.
  2. It is a state law to place a red blinking light on the back of your bicycle. This light is absolutely essential to your safety biking at night.
  3. A bright white light on the front of your bike will help light the way and prevent you coming across any dangerous obstacles.   
  4. Bright clothing (preferably a neon vest) at night will increase visibility greatly.
  5. Ride on the right (not the left) side of the road to ensure you move in the same direction as traffic.

For a great resource on the subject, head to YouTube and watch a video created by CIEE entitled Transportation Safety: J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.

Contact Us

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Hello Summer J-1

South Dennis, Massachusetts, United States

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