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International students work, learn in Williamsburg over the summer

International students work, learn in Williamsburg over the summer

Freddy Rodriguez and Wilby Feliz say they were surprised to see cars stopping to wait for them to cross the street when they first arrived in Williamsburg, a far cry from the hustle and bustle of life in the Dominican Republic.

“In Santo Domingo, you have to run to cross the street, but here it’s very calm and respectful and there are a lot of rules that people follow,” said Rodriguez, 19.

That is just one of the many differences they’ve both noticed since arriving to the area through the Department of State’s J-1 Summer Work Travel visa program, which will allow hundreds of university students from around the world to stay and work in Williamsburg in the coming...

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