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Exchange, said that while the Hershey situation was regrettable, he believes it is not indicative of problems within the broader J 1 exchange program.is a very serious situation, but I think it an anomaly, McCarry said. is truly unfortunate, but I don believe it is representative of the program.Most students, he said, have a good experience when they travel to the United States through the program working with resort type industries including Hersheypark.firmly believe these programs are powerful and change people lives, he said.On Aug. 18, roughly 200 international students walked off their jobs at The Hershey Co. Eastern Distribution Center III over working conditions and what they perceived as unfulfilled promises by their host sponsor, the Council for Educational Travel USA. OnSite Solutions. The students and their labor organizers are demanding they be repaid for the costs of their visit and that the jobs at the plant go to local workers.CETUSA is responsible for providing the students with work as well as housing.Exel has said it will cease sourcing seasonal workers through the program once the students contracts expire in September.Meanwhile, the vast majority of the roughly 385 international students have returned to their jobs at the distribution center.The Hershey Co. has directed Exel and CETUSA to provide the students with one week of paid leave, during which the students will have opportunities to take bus trips to various historical and cultural locations on the east coast.Last week Hershey said it will also provide the students a day of educational programming about the company, the town and its founder, Milton Hershey.On Monday, the State Department said that the majority of the complaints resulted from insufficient predeparture orientation, difficult work, high housing costs, few cultural opportunities and lack of responsiveness by the CETUSA.
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It is supposed to be a program that fosters international understanding.But two weeks ago, foreign students workers walked out of their jobs at a Hershey Co. distribution center protesting their working conditions. State Department, which oversees the J 1 Visa program, has repeatedly said the strike by international students at the Hershey area is an isolated incident, unprecedented in the program history. from Eastern Europe, China Burberry Bag On Sale
and the Middle East, paid $3,000 to $6,000 for what was billed as a cultural work travel program. Instead, they said they found themselves packaging chocolate for around $8.35 per hour, with little time to see America.But a group of international human rights advocates and the labor organization which Burberry Wallet Images
aided the local students said they are afraid the Hershey incident is only one sign of a program that could be rife with abuse.a story that has repeated itself many times, said Saket Soni, executive director of the National Guestworker Alliance, the group that organized the students.Soni was speaking Thursday night at a discussion hosted by the Harrisburg Area Community College and the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg.Since the students began their protest in Hershey he said his group Prada Quilted Backpack has heard from other disaffected students, including those working in salmon canning factories in Alaska.However Michael McCarry, executive director of the Alliance for International Education and Cultural Burberry Check Iphone Case
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