The students thought they were signing up for a cultural exchange program in which they would travel to Pennsylvania to work and experience life in Hershey. Perhaps they thought they would ride the roller coasters at Hershey Park and snack on Hershey Kisses. The reality, they claim, is quite different.
The roughly 200 students from Turkey and Moldovia instead ended up working in warehouses preparing Hershey products for shipping. They claim to have had little or no contact with ordinary Americans.
Along with members of the AFL-CIO, they recently protested outside the warehouse facilities, demanding that Hershey reimburse them for the cost of their trip and end the practice of employing students under the J-1 Visa program for temporary and seasonal workers.