We hope you are getting ready for a fabulous summer on Cape Cod!

The Mid-Cape J-1 Housing Program works with Hello Summer J-1 to provide free events for J-1 participants! In 2018, J-1 students attended: welcome dinners, a selfie scavenger hunt, BBQ’s, surfing lesson, paddle boarding lessons, kayaking, a beach BBQ, soccer games, a trip to Boston, a trip to Plymouth and the Wrentham Outlet mall, Christmas in July, Thanksgiving in August, a concert, and more. Free transportation to and from the events is provided. 

Please make sure to bookmark the Hello Summer J-1 website on our browser, so you can keep updated on all the events to be held in the summer of 2019! Also, please join the Facebook group “Hello Summer J-1 (Cape Cod, Massachusetts). On this group, you will find information about housing, what to ask landlords, transportation, J-1 events, severe weather alerts, Cape Cod events, and more!   

Close to 40 people met at the Harwich Community Center to discuss transportation problems for J-1 participants on Cape Cod. Sponsors, a representative from the CCRTA, committee members of Hello Summer J-1 and Mid-Cape J-1 Housing Program, committee members of J-1 Outreach Cape Cod, the president of the Cape Cod Council of Churches, and concerned citizens were in attendance. Some of the highlights:

  1. Roads need to be have better lighting at night.
  2. Bicycle safety equipment needs to be obtained for J-1 participants. A member of this group is going to write a grant for this equipment. Thank-you Gail Lavin!
  3. The Lower Cape J-1 Bus will run again in the summer of 2017.

Thank-you to Janice Fox of INTRAX, INC. for putting together this meeting.

Other meetings in the coming months will discuss housing issues for J-1 participants as well.

So far, we have received 13 housing requests for the summer of 2017! It is great that you are thinking ahead. However, there are some things that you need to understand before we can find you housing.

  1. You will need to have a confirmed job before you can apply for housing leads.
  2. You will need to fill out an application before we can try to find you housing leads. You can find this application on the “For Participants” page.
  3. Many hosts and landlords are not yet thinking about taking in students for next year. After the first of the year, I will be contacting the hosts and landlords. So, you may not get a housing lead until then.