In 2007, LEI started a training and internship program to allow exchange visitors to have a structured and work-based training environment to enhance their existing skills and knowledge. Our exchange visitors obtain J-1 Visas, which allows them to train with our team for 1 year. They are here not only to learn about our farm practices, but to also experience American culture. This allows us to learn more about other cultures while we work alongside each other as a team! We have had trainees from over 30 countries including Brazil, Ghana, Guatemala, Philippines, Korea and Jamaica!
We have two buildings that offer living quarters for our trainees, Visa program attendees and other LEI team members. One location is at our previous LEI Headquarters location at 500 4th Street in downtown Fairbury and at our current headquarters at 1501 K Street.
Our Trainee Program Administrator helps each trainee from the start of their training program until the end. The program administrator has the opportunity to help individuals adapt to our culture, experience different cultures and make lifelong connections along the way!