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Work and Travel USA

"Work and Travel USA" program is one of the most popular exchange programs among university and college students around the world. Students are allowed to work in the States for up to 3 - 4 months, with an extra month for traveling for Summer, Winter and Spring Seasons. Student program dates depend on varied academic calendars around the world and university rules.

It is an educational program designed for students who want to combine the work experience with exploration of the US. It gives opportunity to live, work and travel in the United States during their free time from studies and makes this adventure a valuable unforgettable lifetime experience.

"Work and Travel USA" program participants have a unique chance to see and experience the United States, to experience another culture and share their own culture and traditions with American people, make new friends, be acquainted with local style of living, benefit from the experience they gained, practice the language, moreover, earn money for their stay.

Students can choose a workplace by themselves and be employed temporarily. They are able to earn the same wages and enjoy the same working conditions as Americans do at the same jobs.

Who is eligible for the program? Participants must meet the basic requirements of  the "Work & Travel USA" Program :

  • Be a full time student at a tertiary level of education (proof required);
  • Be between the age of 18 and 28;
  • Have an international passport, which is valid for at least 6 months after entry into the U.S;
  • Have at least average knowledge of English;
  • Have a pre-arranged job and a minimum of $ 800 available in order to support yourself upon arrival in the U.S;
  • Be willing to participate in an unskilled or service sector job;
  • Meet physically the demands of a chosen job.

Where participants are allowed to work?

The participants are usually provided with seasonal hospitality and tourism jobs that do not require special qualifications. They might have various jobs in hotels, restaurants, fast food chains, theme and national parks - places where a number of American students work as well. Some of the job positions that participants are allowed to work are listed below:

Housekeeping, Waiters / Waitresses, Front Desk, Host / Hostess, Dishwashers, Bussers / Bus Person, Ground Keepers, Room Attendants, Maintenance, Food and Beverage, Doorman, Bellhop, Laundry, Concierge,

Lifeguards, Guest Relations, Admissions, Merchandise,  Landscape, Cash Control

Helpers, Painters, General Laborers, Maintenance,  Housekeeping, Dishwashers, General Labor, Wait Staff, Kitchen Staff, Maintenance, Food and Beverage, Laundry, RETAIL INDUSTRY, Cashiers,  Sales, Customer Service,  Service Assistants, Maintenance, Food and Beverage, Bakers, Merchandising, Receivers, Receptionist, Data Entry, Buyers, Food Runners,

Must not place participants:

  • 1. In positions that could bring notoriety or disrepute to the Exchange Visitor Program;
  • 2. In sales positions that require participants to purchase inventory that they must sell in order to support themselves;
  • 3. In domestic help positions in private homes (e.g., child care, elder care, gardener, chauffeur);
  • 4. As pedicab or rolling chair drivers or operators;
  • 5. As operators or drivers of vehicles or vessels for which drivers licenses are required regardless of whether they carry passengers or not;
  • 6. In positions related to clinical care that involves patient contact;
  • 7. In any position in the adult entertainment industry (including, but not limited to jobs with escort services, adult book/video stores, and strip clubs);
  • 8. In positions requiring work hours that fall predominantly between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.;
  • 9. In positions declared hazardous to youth by the Secretary of Labor at Subpart E of 29 CFR part 570;
  • 10. In positions that require sustained physical contact with other people and/or adherence to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention`s Universal Blood and Body Fluid Precautions guidelines (e.g., body piercing, tattooing, massage, manicure);
  • 11. In positions that are substantially commission-based and thus do not guarantee that participants will be paid minimum wage in accordance with federal and state standards;
  • 12. In positions involved in gaming and gambling that include direct participation in wagering and/or betting;
  • 13. In positions in chemical pest control, warehousing, catalogue/online order distribution centers;
  • 14. In positions with travelling fairs or itinerant concessionaires;
  • 15. In positions for which there is another specific J category (e.g., camp counselor, intern, trainee);
  • 16. After November 1, 2012, in positions in the North American Industry Classification System`s (NAICS) Goods-Producing Industries occupational categories industry sectors 11, 21, 23, 31 - 33 numbers (set forth at

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