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NYC World Trade Center towers in students’ pictures

Sunday, September 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Work and Travel USA student in New York on 9/11 2001 with burning Twin Towers

Student in NYC on 9/11

The Twin Towers and Manhattan in photographs of students participating in the Work & Travel USA and Au Pair USA programs. From idyllic pictures to the 9/11 day.

Don’t forget to click on the images to see their big version. Arrows for next images are then in the lower right corner.

So yes, it’s 10 years and students who were 23 and were on the program in 2001 are now 33 with kids. The day and the days after 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

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

Work Experience UK Story: Part 6 – Money and National Insurance

Thursday, January 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The building of the Job Centre in Bedford, UK

Job Center in Bedford

[Pavlina is participating in the paid Work Experience UK Level 1 program]

January 5th, 2011

The Christmas rush has gone and the restaurant is now less busy than before. Fortunately our establishment doesn’t close as some of the English hotels do for the whole or a part of January.

However the work hours might slightly decrease Read more

Work Experience UK Story: Part 5 – Christmas at work in the UK

Thursday, December 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Christmas tree image small

Happy, happy :-)

[Pavlina is participating in the paid Work Experience UK Level 1 program]

December 27th, 2010

The Christmas Eve, the Christmas Day and the Boxing Day have passed and it was a very busy time. Many people were coming over to have their Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day lunch in the restaurant. I must say I would love to have such festive menu as they had! Everything looked just delicious! As starters there were Read more

Work Experience UK Story: Part 4 – One week to Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Work Experience UK - restaurant kitchen

Our kitchen

[Pavlina is participating in the paid Work Experience UK Level 1 program]

December 16th, 2010

It’s one week to Christmas and today, after several days of rather autumn or spring weather, it has been snowing. Recently the temperature has been about 5 centigrade and it really hasn’t looked like it’s actually winter. However the days are very short Read more

Work Experience UK Story: Part 3 – First days at the job

Thursday, December 16, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

An inn in the UK where Pavlina works

I work and live here

December 6th, 2010

It is my third day in Ampthill today. I left London on Saturday and went by train to the destination of my work-placement. The journey took approximately two hours including the London tube and then travelling by train out of the city. The train departed from the St Pancras railway station and I got off in Flitwick which is a town next to Ampthill. Although I called my employer to confirm my arrival when I set off he forgot about me so I was waiting Read more

Work Experience UK Story: Part 2 – The Arrival

Friday, December 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Work Experience UK - The Twin Group building in Lewisham, UK

The Twin Group Building

[Pavlina is participating in the paid Work Experience UK Level 1 program]

November 28th

The first day of arrival was quite a hectic one. I arrived at 11 am at the Victoria bus station. The journey from the Czech Republic took 17 hours, but it was overnight and I slept most of the time so it wasn’t that bothering. After getting off the bus and collecting my luggage I set off to get to my accommodation Read more

Work Experience UK Story: Part 1 – The Intro

Sunday, December 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Three Work and Travel USA students at Niagara Falls

Pavlina - first on the left

Pavlina, our two-times Work Travel USA participant and a Student Cooperator, returned from the USA in early October, and on November 28th she left for the Paid Work Experience UK Level 1 program.

We’ve made a deal that Pavlina would get a 10 per cent discount from the program fee, in exchange for reporting about her experience from the program. Internet connection permitting, Pavlina will write about once a week and include photos. Read more

How others are doing, plus Worktravelers’ troubles

Monday, July 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Christmas Island Resort New Hampshire SWT USA 2010

The beach and marina

Hi Worktravelers! Every week, we select somebody whom we call to. This week it was Pavlina, who is working in Christmas Island Resort in New Hampshire. Pavlina is participating in the SWT USA program for the second time. Last year she was in the Telemark Resort in Wisconsin (read her 2009 story with pics here). She is also our Student Cooperator at her school (pics from her meeting).

So far, her second summer is a bit of a mixed experience. She works at a front desk of the resort, which is nice and Read more

APEX girls on Mount St. Helens and Traveling together

Sunday, July 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

APEX girls near Mount St Helens SWT USA 2010

APEX girls & Mt. St. Helens

Hi Worktravelers,

As always, you can find a prettier version of the newsletter, complete with pictures here on our blog.

HOW OTHERS ARE DOING
Another week, another Skype call. This time to Leona in Winthrop, WA. Leona’s been on the program four times, and out of that, three times in Winthrop, WA. Each time she takes a different group of Read more

Newsletter 7/04: How others are doing, plus cars, rentals

Sunday, July 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Exchange Students with beaten car SWT USA 2003

Accross the USA in this

Hi Worktravelers!

Hope the big holiday weekend was not just busy and money-making, but also fun, especially if you are in the USA for the first time.

HOW ARE OTHERS DOING
We talked over Skype with Patricie in Seaside Heights, NJ. She and her boyfriend Lukas both have two jobs, working between 12 and 15 hours a day for 6 days a week. Read more

Jan & Pavlina: working at Cable, WI and USA travels – SWT 2009

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Exchange Students at Niagara Falls SWT USA 2009

At the Niagara Falls

Hello work-and-travelers and APEX,

I would like to tell you something about our trip to the USA. We decided to go to the USA in autumn 2008. I mean me, my girlfriend Pavlína and our friend Petra. We received our job placement in early April and we were very surprised because we got a job in Wisconsin.

We took off on the 22nd of June. We flew from Prague to Brussels and from Brussels to New York (Newark) because Read more

Newsletter 6/27: Taxes, Last Paycheck, Stories (USA)

Sunday, June 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Yellowstone North Entrance

Yellowstone Entrance

Hi Worktravelers! Most of you are already in the USA and some of you may be getting your first paycheck – time to make sure you pay only the taxes you have to pay!

TAXES
Under the Work & Travel visa, you only have to pay the Income Tax. Nothing else! The income tax is always federal, but sometimes also state and local one. Your employer’s accountant may not know what visa you have and may deduct other taxes from your Read more

Eva & Jan write from Rye, NY – SWT 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Exchange Students working at Coveleight Club, NY SWT USA 2010

The club where we work

Hey ! We´re sending a few tips how to stay alive during the whole journey. Our journey was great,we had no problems, in fact, the newcomers don´t have to worry at all. About the hand luggage, actually, you don´t need almost anything, just take with you some money, we bought a Read more

Eddie writes from Yellowstone NP, MT – SWT 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s going good. The park is way overhired as you now, which is ridiculous. Otherwise it would have been great, same as previous years. I haven’t looked for a second job, it’s kinda hard to find anything near the park, and it takes a lot of time to travel outside the park. Read more

Katinka: Summer in Emerald Isle, NC – SWT USA 2009

Monday, June 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer work in supermarket SWT 2009

Working at supermarket

I will never forget that day when I woke up in Budapest: my friend and me had to leave for the USA. That morning was very exciting and very scary as well. Not every day it happens to a 23-year–old young girl to be on the way to the Field of the Dreams!! Even though we knew where we were going and what kind of job we would be doing in the next three months, that 10 cm between Budapest and New York on the map seemed immediately too much. On the way to the airport we were just laughing on the funny stories about lost luggage Read more

Veterans’ stories uploaded

Thursday, March 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Work Travel USA 1994 participant with vintage Ford Thunderbird

Work Travel 1994

We have enormous number of  emails from participants, and from some of them even nice stories with pictures. Even though you might find wisdom in many of the stories, there’s just no way we can add all of them here. But the more epic ones accompanied with pictures are probably worth it, and so we moved all of the texts here. In fact, even the pictures are already uploaded. We just need to find two free weeks ;-) ;-) ;-) to assemble them nicely together and publish. When we do so, they’ll appear right here!

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

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

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

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

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