Speakers and moderators

Darya Modestova

Liz Hong-Farrell | Assistant Director | International Experience Canada

Global Friends

Darya Modestova, a renowned expert in US cultural exchange programs and the CEO of Global Friends, Inc., hails from the vibrant city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Born and raised in this culturally diverse city, Darya’s passion for fostering cross-cultural understanding began at an early age.

Darya’s journey in the field of cultural exchange started with her participation in a cultural exchange program not once, but twice: Work and Travel USA 2011 and Internship USA 2016. These experiences provided her with invaluable insights into the power of cultural immersion and the transformative impact it can have on individuals’ lives. These programs not only broadened her global perspective but also instilled in her a deep appreciation for the importance of cultural exchange in creating mutual understanding and respect among nations.

Driven by her passion for fostering international connections, Darya channeled her expertise into working at Global Friends, Inc., a prominent Uzbekistan-based company specializing in J1 Visa Summer Work and Travel programs, sponsored by the US Department of State. As the CEO of Global Friends, Inc., Darya has dedicated her efforts to facilitating meaningful and enriching experiences for young individuals seeking to participate in these cultural exchange programs.

Under Darya’s leadership, Global Friends, Inc. has grown to become a trusted and recognized name in the field of cultural exchange. Her vast knowledge of the intricate details and processes involved in the J1 Visa Summer Work and Travel programs has made her an invaluable resource and consultant for both aspiring participants and partner organizations alike. Darya’s expertise extends to various aspects, including program logistics, cultural integration, and participant support.

With her unique perspective and expertise in the field of US cultural exchange programs, Darya Modestova continues to inspire and guide individuals, organizations, and policymakers, emphasizing the significance of fostering global connections and understanding. Her vision and leadership have played a pivotal role in shaping the cultural exchange landscape in Uzbekistan.

Why attend

  • Over 150 attendees from the cultural exchange, work experience and au pair industry
  • 34 pre-scheduled business appointments
  • Educational sessions on the latest sector trends
  • Networking events