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COOPERATOR INTERFACE TESTED!

Thursday, November 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

COOPERATOR INTERFACE TESTED! We’ve been relying strictly on our Student Cooperators since 1996! That’s right! Everybody who applied through us since 1996 applied through one of them! And the new system for cooperators is almost ready! For you ;-)

Meeting at your school

Meeting at your school

Register your schoolmates

Register your schoolmates

</p> <p>Travel together</p> <p>

Travel together

APEX Foundation is on Facebook – become a fan!

Thursday, October 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 


APEX on Facebook

APEX on Facebook

Oh yes, so we also  jumped on the bandwagon finally. Not because we wouldn’t have wanted to do so earlier, but you guys can have a “profile” on Facebook, while companies can’t. We also can’t become your “friends”, although we hope we are your friends. An organization can either have a “page”, or can form a “group”. And instead of friends it has “fans”. We spent quite some time before we figured all this out. But it’s up, and will be used extensively! You can become our fans here:
http://www.facebook.com/APEX.Foundation

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Meeting with Johann et. al. in Prague

Saturday, October 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Johann in Prague

Johann in Prague

Johann is from Cameroon and participated twice in Work Travel USA, applying through us. This weekend he’s in Prague, as he and his Cameroonian buddies who also study in Europe decided to meet here and have fun. We met for a dinner, and later that night we met another group, which included the president of international students’ association and had interesting talk too. Interesting in the sense that it once again underscored how underdeveloped is cooperation between the academic and private student exchanges sectors.

Lucie writes about working at fairs

Saturday, September 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

<p>York Fair Pennsylvania</p>

York Fair in Pennsylvania

Hello Apex,

thank you for your e-mail. You can send the checks to the US. We are looking forward to working as students cooperators in the upcoming season as well! I will talk to all the other people about it and see if we can work it out.

Anyways, right now we are working at the York Fair in PA, which is the America’ s oldest fair. Read more

New booking system taking shape

Sunday, September 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

New web application

New web application

As you know, we allow students to apply to programs directly over the internet. And not only that, we allow our Student Cooperators to register their friends and schoolmates and earn various benefits, all the way to participating for free.

We are currently working feverishly on a brand new system, which will make working with us as a cooperator not only easier, but you will be able to register other students for programs in many more countries than previously. Read more

Work in a Fine Dining Restaurant on Stone Harbor Island, NJ – from Dana

Sunday, August 30, 2009 by · 8 Comments 

<p>Vacations in New Jersey</p>

Vacations in New Jersey

For: University or college students
Program: Work Travel USA
Visa required: J1 Visa
Season: Summer vacations

Area pictures: Explore the area with Google Panoramio

Job Title: Server assistant, dishwasher
Employer Type: Restaurant
Arranged By: former participant
Employer ID:

Overview

Description of Business: Small “Fine dining” restaurant which has the back yard is located on the Island Stone Harbor.  The restaurant is very famous and popular there and guests has been coming back every summer. All people who work there are very friendly, very helpful and nice. They can help you with everything. This is not big restaurant so the atmosphere is very familiar there. The best thing is: restaurant is open just for dinner, so you can find second job very easily (for example housekeeping, maintenance). Restaurant is located in the hotels area.

Description of Area: The restaurant is located on the Island Stone Harbor in New Jersey, 30 minutes far away from Atlantic City and 3 hours from New York city. Stone Harbor is the summer area where rich American people have holiday. From restaurant it is 5 minutes walk to get to the beautiful beach.

Travel Time to the job site, example: 3 hours from New York by bus. Cost $50.00.

Area pictures: 1992-2009 Participants’ Photos [coming soon]

Job Details

Work Description: You can work as a dishwasher or server assistant. Dishwashers can work every day if they want, but usually it is 5 or 6 days a week. Server assistant the same.

Salary and Bonuses: $4.25 per hour + tips (Server Assisant), $8.15 per hour, and $12.00 per hour overtime (Dishwasher)

Work Hours: 40 per week (the employer guaranteed it to all of us). Overtime is available if needed by the restaurant.

Job type illustrations: 1992-2009 Participants’ Photos [coming soon]

Housing

Accommodation Cost: $1000.00 per month for whole house

Accommodation Description: Housing is NOT provided by the employer. But there is a couple people who are renting houses every summer to the worktravelers. I can help you to find a place before you go there. I lived in a house 3 miles far away from the Island. We payed $1000.00 for month for whole house. Two bedrooms. WiFi connection for free.

Accomodation Pictures: How we lived in America 1992 – 2009 – participants’ photos

Requirements

Requirements: Not specified.

Standard requirements for the Work Travel USA program sponsored by InterExchange, Inc. are:

  • Conversational English
  • Minimum placement duration 12 weeks (or for summer, until Labor Day, whichever is longer)
  • Minimum placement is 2.5 months in national parks

NOTE: Replacement if job is lost is NOT POSSIBLE! This is a job found, tried and brought by a former participant. Ask in comments about a full-service program, if you require job replacement service.

Gallery

<p>Waiting 2 serve</p>

Waiting to serve

<p>Inside the restaurant</p>

Inside the restaurant

<p>Dishwashers</p>

Dishwashers

<p>Our house</p>

Our house

<p>Nearby beach</p>

Nearby beach

<p>Free time - kayking</p>

Free time - kayking











How to apply

Do you like the employers shown in this section? Would you like to work for an employer like that?
Great! Apply for the Work Travel USA program and enjoy your summer adventure in the USA!

The program allows you to indicate three preferences for the area of the USA where you would like to be placed, and three preferences for the type of employer you would like to work for.

Although the program sponsor can not guarantee that your preferences will be met, it does guarantee you one job placement! All the employers listed here hosted international students in the past and the placements provided for an unforgettable summer!

Click here to go to the program

Find your own U.S. job for summer 2010

Friday, August 28, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Taking job applications

Taking job applications

If you have your own job, you pay much less than if you need the Work & Travel program which includes job placement.

Many of you would love to work somewhere, where the program sponsors do not place, so simply find your own job there.

And if you get more than one Job Offer, you can take your friends with you. It’s more fun to be together and you may even be able to go for free! Read more

California Trip – Going with us? ;-)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

<p>California Trip 2009</p>

California Trip 2009

Hello worktravelers!

Summer is almost over and many of you are probably thinking about travelling after you finish your summer job. So where are you going to travel? Do you already have any plan?

Me and my friends are going to spend 10 days travelling mostly in California, but we are going to visit Grand Canyon in Arizona and Las Vegas in Nevada as well.. Read more

Work in a Four Star Hotel in North Cascade Mountains, WA – from Leona

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 by · 14 Comments 

<p>Vacations in the West</p>

Vacations in the West

For: University or college students
Program: Work Travel USA
Visa required: J1 Visa
Season: Summer vacations

Area pictures: Explore the area with Google Panoramio

Job Title: Where needed
Employer Type:
Hotel
Arranged By: former participant
Employer ID:

Overview

Description of Business: The Lodge is a four stars hotel in the North Cascade Mountains in the state of Washington. It’s about 200 miles north-east from Seattle, near Canadian border. The hotel hires university/college students from around the world, so there’s always nice “global” crowd. The best thing was that the employer lent us a car this year. We did not have to ask somebody to drive us home from the work or shopping when we had day off. We could go anywhere we wanted :-)

Description of Area: The Lodge is just a few miles from North Cascade National Park which is great place for many kind of outdoors activities. North Cascade National Park is about 200 miles eastern of Seattle.

Travel Time to the job site, example: 6 hours from New York by plane to Seattle.  Than 4 more hour by car. The employer picked up us at the airport in Seattle. Cost $200.00.

Area pictures: 1992-2009 Participants’ Photos [coming soon]

Job Details

Work Description: You will be working as a housekeeper, dishwasher, janitorial or maintenance. Depend on the employer needs.

Salary and Bonuses: $10.00 per hour, overtime $15.00 per hour

Work Hours: 40 per week (the employer guaranteed it to all of us) Overtime available if needed by the hotel.

Job type illustrations: 1992-2009 Participants’ Photos [coming soon]

Housing

Accommodation Cost: $67.50 per week

Accommodation Description: Housing is provided by the employer. We lived in a fully equipped house together with other international students. The house has 3 bedrooms (each for 2 people) 2 bathrooms, kitchen and living room. Housing in the same house with you friends is normally available. Couples can live together.

Accomodation Pictures: How we lived in America 1992 – 2009 – participants’ photos

Requirements

Requirements: Not specified.

Standard requirements for the Work Travel USA program sponsored by InterExchange, Inc. are:

  • Conversational English
  • Minimum placement duration 12 weeks (or for summer, until Labor Day, whichever is longer)
  • Minimum placement is 2.5 months in national parks

Uniform/Dress Code: The employer provides a blouse or T-shirt for free. You will need black pants, capries or shorts and solid shoes (sneakers are fine).

NOTE: Replacement if job is lost is NOT POSSIBLE! This is a job found, tried and brought by a former participant. Ask in comments about a full-service program, if you require job replacement service.

Gallery

<p>Housekeepers' cart</p>

Housekeepers' cart

<p>Our moody car</p>

Our moody car

<p>Our house and our car</p>

Our house and our car

<p>Housekeeping ;-)</p>

Housekeeping ;-)

<p>North Cascade Hwy, WA</p>

North Cascade Hwy, WA

<p>View Point on the North Cascade Hwy</p>

View Point on the North Cascade Hwy

Video: Making beds
More pics: see my Picasa album


How to apply

Do you like the employers shown in this section? Would you like to work for an employer like that?
Great! Apply for the Work Travel USA program and enjoy your summer adventure in the USA!

The program allows you to indicate three preferences for the area of the USA where you would like to be placed, and three preferences for the type of employer you would like to work for.

Although the program sponsor can not guarantee that your preferences will be met, it does guarantee you one job placement! All the employers listed here hosted international students in the past and the placements provided for an unforgettable summer!

Click here to go to the program

Gallery

<p>Housekeepers' cart</p>

Housekeepers' cart

<p>Vacations in the West</p>

Vacations in the West

<p>Our house and our car</p>

Our house and our car

<p>Housekeeping ;-)</p>

Housekeeping ;-)




<p>North Cascade Hwy, WA</p>

North Cascade Hwy, WA

<p>View Point on the North Cascade Hwy</p>

View Point on the North Cascade Hwy

Video: Making beds
More pics: see my Picasa album

Newsletter 2009/3

Sunday, July 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

<p>As sent by email</p>

As sent by email

Hi Worktravelers,

HOW TO FIND A SECOND JOB
In our previous Newsletter, we asked you to share your experience from finding that coveted Second Job :-) Two our veterans stepped forward and you can read their tips in the blog here and here.

COMMENTS WORK
If you wish to ask the girls something, simply use Read more

Leona writes from Winthrop, Washington

Sunday, July 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

<p>View Point on the North Cascade Hwy</p>

View Point on the North Cascade Hwy, WA

Hi everybody!!! Hope you all are doing great and enjoying summer in USA! We all are doing fine here in Winthrop.

We still are working only 5 days a week. When we have a day off, we usually go hiking, swimming or shopping :-)

Last week we got our first paycheck so we decided to go shopping. Winthrop is a small town in North Cascade Mountains and the nearest bigger city Burlington is about 130 miles far away. Read more

Lucia writes from Destin, Florida

Sunday, July 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

<p>Like Paradise on Earth</p>

Like Paradise on Earth

I am enjoying my summer to the fullest!

The accommodation is great. I have everything what I need. I have large living room, kitchen and beautiful view.

My apartment is on the fourth floor Read more

How to find a Second Job – another veteran writes

Friday, July 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

<p>Lenka at Student Cooperator Meet 2007</p>

Lenka at Student Cooperator Meet 2007

Lenka participated in the Work & Travel USA program in 2006, 2007, 2008 and now in 2009 is participating again.

Besides, she worked in England and spent this winter worktraveling in New Zealand. She’s been serving as our Student Cooperator for 4 years.

Lenka’s tips show that she is indeed very experienced. Highly recommended!! Read more

How to find a Second Job – veteran’s tips

Friday, July 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

<p>Dana at Student Cooperator Meet 2005</p>

Dana at Student Cooperator Meet 2005

Dana participated in the Work & Travel USA program in 2005, 2006, 2008 and she is participating again now in 2009.

In 2007 she traveled to the Lake Baikal in Siberia. Besides, she’s been our Student Cooperator since 2005. There’s no doubt that she is a very experienced Worktraveller.

So what Second Job wisdom you can gain from her? Read more

Newsletter 07/2009 – 2

Friday, July 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

<p>As sent by email</p>

As sent by email

Hi Worktravelers!

We are beginning second series of our traditional newsletters. As we gradually move everything to a new system, older newsletters will be archived and accessible at a later date. It’s not possible yet.

If you never received a newsletter from us, let us tell you that we simply discuss stuff that always interests participants who Read more

Playing with APEX domains

Friday, July 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

<p>Playing with APEX domains</p>

Playing with APEX domains

You probably noticed that our official web site http://www.apex-foundation.org/ has been a kind of  neglected lately. The reason is that we are moving to a new CMS, which is quite an ordeal – we’ve been working on it for several months now. The new site is now being moved from our developer’s server to it’s new home at TMD Hosting in Texas. It’s a bit messy at this point, but we are getting there :-) Everything will be placed in a permanent domain before the school year starts in earnest, i.e. about late September. Stay tuned :-)

Orientations – Which one do you prefer?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

<p>Pre-departure Orientation</p>

Pre-departure Orientation

Since the beginning of APEX Foundation, we used to do in-person Orientations for departing participants. Complete with former participants showing their pictures and sharing their experience, visa help, and sometimes even with guests from the embassies.

But since the begining, we were also hearing constant stream of complaints: “I have to travel 6 hours by train each way to attend”, “I don’t have time during the week” or “You are ruining my weekend”, “The date is bad, I have a tough exam Read more

Hello from the U.S.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

</p> <p>Leona with schoolmates</p> <p>

In NYC after arrival

Hello everybody! I am writing from Winthrop, Washington, the same place where I spent my summer in 2008. I am very glad I am back here. The last summer was great and I guess this summer is going to be even  better. I took my friends here so it will be much more fun :-D actually it already is much more fun!

Here is six of us total. Me, Marketa who was with me last summer, Marketa’s cousin Veronika, Marketa’s schoolmate Veronika :-) and my friends Kuba and Marek. As many of you, we decided Read more

New web-based application

Sunday, June 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

New application system

New application system

On Saturday we spent about 6 hours with our lead database programmer over our new web-based program application.

The system will be available to applicants from all countries, who will be able to select which program is available to them, depending which country they are from and which visa they need where.

This will allow our community of Student Cooperators to engage friends from all over the world, for instance via Facebook. Read more

First Hi from Leona

Thursday, June 11, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Leona

That's me :-)

Hi everybody, my name is Leona, and you probably know me from the APEX Foundation’s support e-mails. I am going to be in charge of our community of Work & Travel program participants from around the world and I hope it will rock!

Pleaaaase don’t be too alarmed that this new website is not quite finished yet.  Nothing posted here is an official information at this point.

Anyway, let me tell you something about myself.. Read more

Teaching Leona to use WordPress

Thursday, June 11, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Learning WordPress

Learning WordPress

OK,  so Leona will be our new blogger here. She takes care of our community of Work & Travel participants, former participants and Student Cooperators worldwide. You’ll be able to talk with her and read her stuff here and elsewhere, as we build our online presence up.

Orientation – InterExchange Work Travel USA 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Work Travel USA (SWT USA) InterExchange Orientation

Take the Orientation

Hi Worktravelers! As you know, if you are going to participate in the Work Travel USA (SWT USA) program sponsored by InterExchange, Inc., you are required to pass the pre-departure Orientation. You can not receive the documents you need to apply for the J1 visa until we receive your completed Orientation Questionnaire with your correct answers. View the Orientation slideshow carefully and good luck completing your Questionnaire :-) Read more

US Embassy web forum in Budapest

Friday, March 6, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Budapest Work & Travel USA embassy forum

Budapest Work & Travel USA Embassy forum

The US Embassy in Budapest never cease to amaze me with just how much they do to promote traveling to the USA in general, and the exchange programs in particular. As far as I can tell, Hungary is the only country in the region that’s growing in numbers of participants. A tip of my biggest hat to the embassy staff.

Still, speaking about a web forum, I was fully expecting a username/password in an e-mail. So when Erika wrote “and see you at the Bank Center tomorrow at 2:30pm”, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Cue frantic packing, making last minute reservations, etc. and driving to Budapest like a maniac. Read more

Thursday in London with Zoe

Saturday, February 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

<p>Hard at work<br>Crest School of English</p>

Solid creds, sweet staff

The trip was short and a bit hectic. The fact that I had a meeting at the US Embassy in Prague the afternoon before I was leaving didn’t help matters, as I couldn’t find any evening flight to Luton. Which, unlike Gatwick, isn’t accross the whole city of London away from Edgware. Furthermore, the flight was delayed, and with no trains running past midnight, I spent more on the cab, than on the fligh ticket.

On the other hand, the meeting with Zoe was well worth it.  To me it appears that Legal English, Financial English, Medical English and Summer Program for high-school groups offer the best opportunities.

First post – Student Coops meet

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

3 generations of cooperators

3 generations of cooperators

So here we go! After having the basic functionality in place, we are probably at the point where we can start using our new blog.

To give it a try, let us show you a picture from a meeting of 3 generations of our Student Cooperators, with one of them showing off her business card from 2001.

We’ve been offering experienced former participants to become our Student Cooperators at their school, or in their city, since 1996.

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