Work and Travel USA program: how to see the world and make money
Do you like to travel, but you don’t have enough money for everything? And how do you look at combining the pleasant with the useful: go on a trip and at the same time earn money for the trip? Are you young, ambitious and thirsty for new experiences? ThenWork and Travel programfor you. In this article we will talk about how to participate in the program and what it is.
Work and Travel program: how to earn while traveling
If you want to visit the USA, then do not miss the chance to work: this is a great opportunity to see the country and practice language skills and make money. Fortunately, there are enough vacancies for young people. Here is what you need to know if you decide to become a member of the program.
Work and Travel Programcalculated for the summer period of time, that is, time free from school. Even if you have an individual training schedule, you can participate in the program only during the holidays. The maximum time for which a student can go to work in the US under the program is five months: starting from May 6 to September 6.
By participating inWork and Travel, you get a visa and can work in the United States completely legally, under the protection of the US government. Social guarantees for participants are provided the same as for US citizens, so you can work without fear of remaining without help in a foreign country.
Requirements for participants
To participate in the program, you must:
- To be a full-time student of any university in Ukraine. This can be an institute, an academy or a university.
You must be over 18 years old and not over 23 years old.
- You must have at least a basic level of English. As a rule, the school curriculum is sufficient. During the trip, you will still have a chance to work out your language skills.
If you meet these requirements, then nothing prevents you from applying for participation inWork and Travel.
Where to work on the program Work and Travel
Due to the fact that under this program people come for a short period of time and with a lack of work experience, vacancies, respectively, are offered for low-skilled staff. These are service and entertainment vacancies. The choice of offers depends on the level of the English applicant and ambitions. In fact, many students agree to one place of work, and only then find an additional part-time job in two or even three places at the same time.
Given that the job list is quite diverse, there are certain limitations. Student who came byWork and Travel, can not work:
- babysitter (babysitter),
- a teacher
- a doctor.
So, where can you find a job student. There are a lot of offers, here are the main ones.
Work in amusement parks
Amusement parks offer a wide variety of jobs:
You can sell tokens, give away prizes, assist with money exchange, serve slot machines, etc. Payment is at least $ 6 per hour plus you can count on a bonus of $ 300-500 at the end of the season. Spoken English and communication skills are required.
In points of fast food (Fast Food Server)
Here you can cook and sell food, work at the cash register, clean up jobs at the end of the shift. Requirements for candidates as in amusement parks, the same payment with a bonus at the end of the season.
Work at the rides (Ride operator)
It is necessary to check tickets, monitor the operation of the attraction. In addition to the requirements, as to previous vacancies, this position also requires tolerance to high temperatures, since one has to spend a lot of time in the sun. With payment, the situation is similar.
At this job, visitors will have to sell tickets to an amusement park. It is also necessary to provide information about those or other entertainment and attractions. Payment - from $ 6 per hour plus a bonus.
Work in hotels
The hotels also offer many job opportunities:
Administrator (Front desk ckerk)
Its functions include receiving calls, booking rooms, recording guests and issuing keys, sorting correspondence. The candidate should have English at a high level. Payment from $ 7 per hour plus discount on hotel accommodation. You can also count on tips from guests.
The maid (maybe a man (housekeeper)
Responsibilities include housekeeping, linen change, cleaning of baths and toilets. English may be minimal, but requires good physical fitness and endurance. Should not be allergic to cleaning products. Payment is about $ 7 per hour.
Work in the laundry
Endurance is also necessary, although the work is not too difficult. Payment is $ 7 per hour.
It is necessary to meet and accompany guests, clean up the area in front of the hotel, assist with luggage delivery. Need good English and stamina. Payment is about $ 7 per hour plus tips.
What other vacancies can be found on the program Work and Travel
Work in restaurants of various types. It requires waiters, cook assistants, dishwashers, kitchen workers, etc. In most cases, you need English, good physical preparation. You can earn from $ 5 to $ 7 per hour plus tips. You can also count on free meals, although not always.
Jobs in stores- cashiers, sales assistants, movers. You can also earn up to $ 7 per hour plus receive discounts on purchases at these stores.
From other vacancies one can mention the work of a gardener, a janitor, an “errand boy”, a newspaper peddler, a garbage collector, a repairman, a security guard. The average payment for such positions is $ 7 per hour.
Nuances with work in the USA
As you can see, hourly rates are indicated everywhere. For us, who are accustomed to receive payment for the month, it is considered normal to go "for a smoke break" or for coffee. Do not expect that this will be the case with work in the USA. You will be paid only for the actual time worked. The minimum that you can count on is $ 7.15 per hour, although this rate may differ slightly in different states.
Communicability and smile are required from employees. An eight-hour working day is assumed, hours are charged an additional 1.5 times higher for recycling. Good news -Work and Travel memberscan count on the refund of taxes paid in full.
How to become a member of the program Work and Travel USA
In order to become a member of the program, we recommend contacting the agency providing such services. They will provide maximum assistance in obtaining a visa and filling out all the documents, and in the selection of vacancies. By the way, if you come with your vacancy (you will contact the employer in advance and get his confirmation), then the cost of services for you will be much less.
Do not miss the chance to not only travel, but also benefit from it. Suppose job offers are low paid, but you get much more than money.