Program Updates

Update – November 4, 2020 

The Proclamation & J-1 Visa suspension

On June 22, 2020, President Trump announced the expansion of his April 22nd Proclamation 10014—suspending J-1 visas through the end of 2020. This has been devastating to our Summer Work Travel, Intern, Trainee, and Teacher programs. For more information on the proclamation, please visit:

U.S. Department of State / J1 Visas

U.S. Department of State / Consular Affairs FAQ

The Injunction

In the case National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, et al. (NAM), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an injunction barring the Administration from implementing its June 22 Presidential Proclamation (PP 10052). As a member of the plaintiff organization, we are now exempt from P.P. 10052 and are eligible to continue our sponsorship duties effective immediately.

While this is a victory for the international exchange community and comes after a considerable amount of work on everyone’s part, this is not the end yet. We note that the Administration would most likely appeal this decision and thus a hearing would happen, which would continue to bring complications and uncertainty to the program.

Update on Greenheart Programs (as of September 30, 2020)

Today, several Greenheart programs are running (see below). We evaluate the situation daily, and we are committed to running as many cultural exchange programs as allowed. For more information specific to Greenheart programs, please click here to reach your Greenheart contact.

High School Programs

  • J1 High School:  Greenheart has welcomed over 130 participants from Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, and Vietnam and placed them in 30 states throughout the U.S. for the 2020-21 school year.  We are preparing for more than 500 high school exchange students for the 2021-22 school year.
  • F1 High School: We received international students for the 2020-21 school year and are already receiving inquiries for the 2021-22 school year. Greenheart will offer the F1 program in over 100 schools around the U.S.
  • Short Term Programs: We are working with our international partners for Independent Homestays in 2021, while waiting to receive news on the U.S. government’s lifting of the travel ban for tourists from Europe, Brazil, and China. Greenheart is also exploring opportunities for our Group Homestay Programs to resume in Summer 2021.

Greenheart is also recruiting and screening for new Local Coordinators for placing High School exchange students in 2021. If you are interested in becoming a Local Coordinator, please click here to learn more.

We are working closely with participants, host families, and host schools to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19. Incoming students are  asked to follow all local, state, and national policies concerning COVID-19 prevention, including social-distancing guidelines, wearing masks, and sheltering-in-place orders. They are prepared for potential disruptions in schooling that may increase the student’s time at home, for periods of e-learning, or rotating attendance schedules.

While there are additional challenges, for many students this is the only time in which they can fulfill their lifelong dream of studying in the U.S. If you are interested in helping to make that dream come true, please see our Host Family Overview page to learn more and fill out an inquiry form to be contacted by a Greenheart representative.

If you are interested in hosting an international high school exchange student, please click here to apply.

Greenheart Travel

Greenheart Travel has been evaluating programs 3-6 weeks prior to the program start date. Decisions depend on if the border is open, if it’s safe, if consulates are issuing visas, etc. These are our current programs:

  • Online TEFL certification programs.
  • High School Abroad programs to Europe for Fall 2020 and looking forward to sending our students in Spring 2021.
  • Teach Abroad, Teach English in a Homestay and TEFL programs in European destinations are waiting for The European Commission to accept U.S. citizens in order to resume program operations.
  • Teach Abroad Programs in Thailand and South Korea continue to accept U.S. citizen travelers with certain restrictions. Please confirm with Greenheart Travel if you’re eligible to travel.
  • We are projecting to run Teen Language Camps for Summer 2021 pending The European Commission’s lifting of entry restrictions. Applications will open on November 15.
  • Work Abroad programs are expected to resume operations in early 2021 when those countries re-launch work and holiday visas.

More information can be found on the Greenheart Travel website.

Greenheart Exchange – Professional Exchange Programs

  • Work and Travel Programs:  As a result of the injunction (above), the Summer Work and Travel Program has been afforded exemption from the P.P. 10052 and Greenheart Exchange is working to coordinate placements for the 2021 Summer Work Travel program.
  • Career Advancement Programs (Intern & Trainee):  Spring 2021 programs pending expiration of the Presidential Proclamation. Please check back in January 2021 upon possible expiration of the proclamation on 12/31/20.
  • Teach USA:  As a result of the injunction above, the Teach USA Program has been afforded temporary exemption from the P.P. 10052 and will be continuing to coordinate placements for previously deferred teacher candidates. Barring any subsequent changes to the legal limitations imposed on the BridgeUSA Program, we will tentatively be planning to re-open applications for the 2021-22 Academic year in January, 2021.

For more information on the proclamation, please visit:

U.S. Department of State / J1 Visas

U.S. Department of State / Consular Affairs FAQ

The Power of Travel

This remains an uncertain time, and there is uneasiness about the continued spread of the virus as we head into winter. Greenheart believes in the power of travel, in its ability to change lives, to transform our perspectives, and to better understand each other and the world around us.  We also believe in looking out for one another during difficult times such as these.

Greenheart is looking forward to the time when the pandemic is behind us. We are preparing new programs, in exciting places, and with many opportunities to learn and to grow through the power of cultural exchange.  We launched Greenheart Connects in September–an online monthly series designed to inspire the global community to make the world a better place. We hope you’ll join us there.

We look forward to life returning to normal one day soon.  Until then, stay healthy, take some time for yourself, be safe, and keep in touch.