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U.S. Vice Consul to Discuss Summer Work and Travel Program in Veliko Turnovo

April 4, 2011


Vice Consul Brian Corteville of the U.S. Embassy in Sofia will meet with university students in Veliko Turnovo on April 6 to share information and to field questions about the Summer Work and Travel (SWT) program. 

The SWT program has provided millions of international students with the opportunity to visit the United States and experience the American people and culture firsthand.  They, in turn, share their culture and language with communities throughout the United States, enriching those communities and providing a mutually beneficial cross-cultural exchange experience. Bulgaria has an especially strong tradition of participation in the SWT program and is consistently among the top ten countries with the highest levels of participation in SWT.  Last summer saw a 10% increase in participation in comparison with the previous year when over 6,000 Bulgarians lived and worked in communities throughout the U.S. 

The Consular Section at the Embassy of the United States in Sofia has kicked off the visa application season for Summer Work Travel 2011.  This year, it is hoping to be able to send 7,000 students to the United States. 

The SWT information session will be held in English with questions in Bulgarian welcomed. The session will take place on Wednesday, April 6 at 1:30 PM in the Academic Council Hall at Veliko Turnovo University. Students and non-students are welcome to attend, and media is invited to cover the event. Vice Consul Corteville will be available for short interviews before and after the event.