North Myrtle Beach sets meeting with international student workers

dbryant@thesunnews.comJuly 8, 2013 

International students working in the North Myrtle Beach area can get tips for getting around town and learn about local services during a meeting next week.

North Myrtle Beach, aiming to help the J1 student visa holders get acclimated with the area, scheduled the meeting for 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Avista Resort, 300 N. Ocean Blvd.

This is the first time the city has reached out to the students with this type of meeting, which is patterned after the series of meetings Myrtle Beach has with its international student workers. Myrtle Beach started its program last summer and has continued it this year.

“We just noticed an increase in international students over the past two to three years working in North Myrtle Beach,” city spokesman Pat Dowling said. “Not all of them really understand life in the United States, life in North Myrtle Beach, life along the Grand Strand.”

Dowling said he doesn’t know how many international students work in North Myrtle Beach. Businesses along the Grand Strand hire international students to work in their restaurants, attractions and hotels during the busy summer tourism season.

Contact DAWN BRYANT at 626-0296 or at dbryant@thesunnews.com or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_dawnbryant.

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