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Take a course of Law, Marketing or Finance English in New York

Sunday, August 21, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Courses of English for Specific Purposes in New York

English for Specific Purposes

Courses of “English for Specific Purposes” are usually short. If you are thinking of an international career in law, marketing or finance and you are in America right now, you should not miss this opportunity! After all, you wouldn’t fly to New York from your home to take a week-long course, right?

Do you know what is subpoena, writ, tort or plaintiff? Do you understand that “Unleveraged beta is the beta of an unleveraged required return (i.e., no debt) on an investment when Read more

Get a job for Summer Work & Travel USA 2012

Saturday, August 20, 2011 by · 28 Comments 

Summer Work & Travel USA 2012 self-arranged Employment Agrement

Don't come home without it

(This post was written in summer 2011 for students who were in America at that time. If you are a new applicant, click here if you need a program that will  place you with an American employer, or here if your already have your job arranged!)

The happiest participants are usually those who arrange their own jobs for the next summer. Jobs that they like, in places that they like.

But you won’t get yourself a job in November from your home by email. You have to do it now, while you are still in America!

Download Self-Arranged Employment Agreement Read more

Which school to study to get the highest salary later

Sunday, August 7, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Princeton University website screenshot

$130,000+ mid-career pay

OK, so you want to make solid money in your life! Big money, if things go real well. $100,000+ per year at least! And you want to know which school you should study, so that you could command that sort of salary from your employer. Look no further than our quick cut-out and keep guide to making big bucks by choosing the right uni!

With $130,000 median (median, mind!) salary, the Princeton University ranks the highest. But be prepared to pay for the privilege, tuition at all these schools is mostly Read more

What countries are members of Eurozone, EU and EEA

Sunday, August 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Diagram of membership of European Countries in European Entities

Members of EU, EEA, €zone

[CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO SEE THE COUNTRIES] Some exchange programs are only available to citizens of the EU, EEA, etc. Do you know which countries are members of which? And if you are an international student traveling to Europe, do you know what is the Schengen Zone and where you can pay with the € (Euro)?

Let’s have a look at those multinational European entities, which are the most important for students. In future installments, we will have a look at who can do Work & Study in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and who can do Work & Travel in South Africa. Read more

Sai Jianan writes from Brevard, NC where he works at McDonald’s

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TV in a room in which Chinese Work & Travel USA participant Sai Jianan stays in Brevard, North Carolina

Living room with TV

Hi Ondrej,

I have woked five days since I came here.Today is my day off.Firstly, I really appreciate you and Misa for your patient and selfless help during my long application process to this program.Without you,I couldn’t make my dream come true.

Now I am going to tell you more details about my trip and work here. Read more

How to find a second job while in the USA

Monday, July 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Two Work & Travel USA participants working in a cafe on a New Jersey beach

Summer? Beach job!

It’s mid-July and some of you either already have a second job or even have changed jobs. For those who are thinking about it, let’s first have a look at the rules and then how to go about it.

But! Even if you already have a second job, have you realized that you can find yourself your dream job for summer 2012, apply as “self-arranged” and even save? You can’t find your dream job in your dream location from your computer back home in December! You have to start finding it now, while you are still in America! Read more

Jan writes from Doswell, VA where he works in an amusement park

Thursday, July 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A group of Work and Travel USA 2011 students on a beach in Doswell, VA

On a nearby beach

Indeed, W’n’T is great thing.

(Jan is participating in the Work & Travel program with Self-Arranged Job, it’s his 3rd summer in America) Not only to make some money, but to meet some new cultures and ideas. USA is intercultural, as it is, but still one can found even more multicultural places. That’s why I keep coming back to same place.

I am working at family amusement park in Virginia. And with me about 300 students from all over world. Read more

Leona and 7 friends write from Winthrop, WA where they work

Sunday, July 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Work & Travel USA 2011 students live in this house in Winthrop, WA

This is our house

Hi Apex, we all are doing great.

(Leona is participating in the Work & Travel program with Self-Arranged Job, it’s her 5th summer in America) The flight wasn’t bad but quite long and the meal was terrible :P. We flew from Vienna to New York with one transfer in London. We spent one night in the hotel at the airport and the next morning we continued on flight to Seattle.

We didn’t go to down town of New York City because we are going to stop there for a few days before we will fly back home. Read more

Story from Story Land, NH – where Monika & Veronika work

Sunday, July 3, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Monika & Veronika who work in Story Land, NH - Work Travel USA 2011

Monika & Veronika

Hi Worktravelers, wonder how others are doing? We asked you, and of all of you who responded, Monika and Veronika were the first who also sent pics. They were one of those who were interviewed directly by their employer via Skype.

International students work in Story Land for almost 20 years. There are rooms for 2 people with bathroom, a common building with gym and WiFi, and the park runs a bus for students to go shopping or on trips. Here’s what the girls have to say. With 10 pics: Read more

Worktraveler’s #1 problem – not enough work hours

Sunday, June 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Work and Travel program - not enough work hours

Not enough work?

Of all the problems that people encounter on their worktraveling trips around the world, having too few work hours is by far the most frequent source of disappointment. It’s scary too, because you probably borrowed money for your program, and you need to pay them back.

So let’s have a look at what are the reasons for not having enough work hours and what you can do to get more. Read more

Hipmunk – a novel approach to searching great flights

Saturday, June 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Hipmunk flight search home page screenshot

Hipmunk home page

You may be looking for your flights on HotWire.com, Expedia.com or any other flight-search sites that we covered recently.  Try Hipmunk!

What is different is the idea that you want to suffer as little “agony” as possible. The term agony combines ALL the things that you want to avoid: high price, too many connections, long waits at airports and arrivals in the wee hours.

Very interesting approach and great interface too! Read more

You CAN work before you receive your Social Security Card

Friday, June 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Social Security Administration website screenshot

Social Security Administration

If you are going to work in the USA as a participant of the Work & Travel USA program or Internship USA program, you are required to apply for the Social Security Card. The reason is that your employer needs the associated Social Security Number shown on the card to enter your wage into their accounting system, for reporting your taxes, etc.

So much is clear, but if you are going to participate in the program for the first time, you don’t have the card right after you arrive! You have to apply for it, and it may take a few weeks before you receive it. Can you work without having the card? Read more

Bringing Food and Medicines to the USA

Saturday, June 4, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

US Customs and Border Protection - Customs Declaration Form cutout

US Customs Declaration

Can I bring food or medicines in the USA? And of so, what kind? Many students ask us these questions before they travel to the USA.

So let’s have a look at the arrival procedures and associated forms.

The forms that we are talking about here are I-94 and U.S. Customs Declaration. You will receive both of them on board the airplane while flying to the USA. The flight attendants will distribute them to all passengers and on most airlines Read more

What documents you need for driving in the USA

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

An example of a national driving license, this one issued in Austria, EU

National driving license

Do you wish to rent, borrow or even buy a car while in the USA? It’s a great idea! There is much less public transport in the USA than many young worktravelers imagine. And without a car, you are a prisoner of the place where you work.

Sure, it’s a very nice prison, but after a few weeks you will be frustrated by not being able to see anything else than your workplace and your accommodation, not being able to go to shop or see a movie and generally by not being able to move around at will. Read more

How long you can stay and work in the USA on the J1 visa

Monday, May 16, 2011 by · 65 Comments 

A scan of passport page with USA visa

U.S. visa

Many people participating in the Work & Travel USA program or the Internship/Trainee USA programs have quite hazy idea about how long they can stay and work in the USA.

You have your I-94 card, your DS-2019 form and your J1 visa, and each of them shows different dates that affect your program in the USA. But how do the play together?

Let’s first have a look at how you get those documents. Read more

How to buy a Flight Ticket and what kind

Sunday, May 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Sources where to buy flight tickets online

Online flight ticket sources

As the summer approaches and many of you are applying for visas for your summer programs, you are probably thinking about the next step: buying the flight ticket.

You can buy your flight ticket either online or the old-fashioned way from a travel agent. Let’s start with online sources.

There is a huge number of places where you can buy flight tickets online. Some are international, other national. We like Read more

Students placed in 1 day – Skype interviews a success

Friday, April 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

An amusement park in the USA where Work and Travel USA students work

Enjoy your summer here

The first round of experimental Skype interviews were a resounding success! Students interviewed this Wednesday by a manager from a small amusement park in the USA have been issued their Job Placements by Thursday evening!

Next round of the interviews will take place on Wednesday for the Sun Valley resort. If you are a student and want to try to get hired by the legendary Sun Valley Resort, go ahead and apply Read more

A few more positions in Sun Valley, Idaho – be quick!

Friday, April 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer job positions for Work and Travel students in Sun Valley, Idaho, USA

Great place! Apply now.

Really quickly, some more positions opened up for Sun Valley, Idaho so if you’d still like to apply or have any friends who are interested, sign up quickly.

Skype interviews with the manager will take place next week on Wednesday (April 6, 2011).

– 4 setups
– 4 bussers Read more

Work in Sun Valley, Idaho high-class resort – apply by March 14

Sunday, March 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer job for international students in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho

Work in this place!

Another extended deadline. If you’re still thinking about a summer job in the USA this summer, move fast! Deadline is now March 14 to apply for positions in the breathtaking Sun Valley, Idaho.

This is a high-class resort frequented by Hollywood celebrities since 1930’s!

Click here for full details.

Amusement park job in Glen, NH – deadline now March 14

Sunday, March 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A photo of an amusement park where Work Travel USA students can work

It’s lovely here

Still thinking about joining Work and Travel in the USA this summer? There are more positions in the amusement park in Glen, NH that we told you about a few weeks ago.

The deadline is now March 14th, 2011, so you can still apply.

Everything else remains the same, so click here for the original post.

Need to practice your English comprehension? Listen to the BBC.

Friday, March 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

BBC World Service home page screenshot

BBC World Service

Want to listen to the BBC to improve your English comprehension before leaving for a summer program?

The BBC World Service is not only one of the best sources of truly global news, it is also one of the most widely available one!

You can listen to the BBC on radio or on the Internet.

On the Internet, you have three options: Read more

Should you buy a Travel Insurance? And what kind?

Sunday, February 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A screenshot of CNN video - Travel insurance, worth it?

Travel Insurance - CNN

Most people don’t have a good understanding what travel insurance is. Many equate it with insuring medical expenses abroad. This CNN video prompted us to write this post.

The term “travel insurance” doesn’t actually refer to a specific product. It encompasses all kinds of things that a traveler may potentially want to insure, for instance just the medical expenses.


USA Tax Time

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Screenshot of the top of the front page of US Tax Guide for Aliens

US Tax Guide for Aliens

If you worked in the USA last year, you need to file your taxes before April 18th, 2010. In summer, while you were still in the USA, we wrote you that you would need W2 form from your employer (or employers if you had more than one job), and a few weeks ago, we reminded you again to get one.

So what to do next? Most worktravelers will be OK* using form 1040NR EZ (non-resident eezee ;-) That is if you are Read more

Work in RV rental – Los Angeles, San Francisco and near New York

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Work in an RV rental company in California or New Jersey

California or New Jersey

If you always wanted to work in California or near New York City, here’s a great opportunity for you: Work in an RV rental company established in 1970, which every summer hires international students as summer help.

Santa Fe Springs, CA is 15 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Dublin, CA is 10 miles from San Francisco Bay. And Linden, NJ is 5 miles from New York’s Newark Airport. Read more

How to hire an Intern – a view into employer’s mind (Updated)

Friday, February 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A screenshot of a GigaOM article "How to hire an intern"

What's on employer's mind

Are you thinking about doing an internship abroad? And are you wondering what’s on the mind of prospective employers? Read an article from the other side of the barricade! Tips for employers thinking about hiring an intern.

The primary mistake many students make is confusing internship with a job. We’d say that this advice to the employers is pretty convincing in explaining that internship is not a job: “Decide how much time the intern should spend with you.” Read more

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