“‘I have to admit there are periods when I’m facing hard times over the many obligations that I have to finish on my own. You do not always have adequate conditions, or you are tired,’ Igor Tashkovski said, explaining what life can sometimes be like for foreign students in America on J1, or short-term work and travel visas. “But then I immediately think that I have one more month left to work, and then the trips will follow.”

The long-running program allows university students from overseas to obtain temporary employment in the United States during their summer breaks and allots them a month of travel time before returning home. Tashkovski, an economics and management major at Cyril and Methodius University in his home city of Skopje, Macedonia, is spending his second summer in Fairbanks, where he is working hard and putting away money for school and future endeavors.” (Newsminer)