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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

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

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

APEX News Signup Form – how it will work

Monday, February 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

APEX News Signup Form screenshot

It's on our Facebook page

You know that each time we post something here, we also send you an email alerting you to the new post.

So far, we’ve been doing it manually from our normal email system, but lately it’s getting out of hand. With the number of people we are in touch with, it’s becoming a project for hours to figure out what to send to whom, and who asked not to be sent any news at all.

Best to have a way for you to subscribe and unsubscribe. Read more

USA Tax Return 2010 – what you need to do now

Saturday, January 29, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Image of 1040NR-EZ Tax Return form

Tax Return form

In most countries, if you overpay your taxes, you can get the amount you overpaid back. Same in the USA. You’ll fill out the tax form, and if you overpaid, the US Government will send you a check, returning you the money you overpaid.

By the way, this is not optional! You worked in the USA for a pay, so you are actually required to do your taxes – like every working American. On the other hand, you need to file your 1040NR-EZ Read more

How to fill out American Express Traveler’s Check

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 by · 11 Comments 

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Traveler's Check

Travelers’ checks are the cheapest method of paying the program fees. And it’s the most foolproof one too. International bank transfers costs tens of dollars, and many students have no idea how to make an international money transfer. Bank checks (bank drafts, as they are sometimes called) are no different. Stories of money sent to wrong places, or unusable bank checks abound.

Compared to that, traveler’s checks are simple. They are not “issued”, you simply buy them, like you buy for instance Read more

What to do if you forget to return your I-94 card

Sunday, October 24, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

US Customs & Border Protection support page icon

US Customs & Border Protection support page

Remember the white card an immigration officer put in your passport when you arrived in the USA? It showed how long you were allowed to stay in the country.

Do you still have that card? Well, if you do, it means that you are still in America! Not ideal for your future visa application.

Every year at this time, we get questions from students who ask what to do in this situation. Here’s what: Read more

USA Greencard Lottery opened again

Saturday, October 9, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

A screenshot of the Seal of the USA Department of State

DV Program opened

Even though we do not deal with immigration, we know that the famous “Greencard Lottery” is a bit mysterious topic for international students. And since it just opened again for registration, let’s have a look at it in the interest of educating our readership.

While most people heard that there is something like a greencard lottery, they have no idea if even exists, or if it’s some sort of a scam. Well no, it’s real. So real, in fact, that it’s operated by the USA Department of State! Read more

Before you leave

Sunday, September 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

San Francisco cable car and Alcatraz

Travel time

Hi Worktravelers! If you are in the USA, most of you will be leaving your employers this week. So after work, the travel part is here. We have prepared a map of “everything” you ever wanted to see in the USA for you, so have a look and don’t miss something interesting along your route. And before you leave, don’t forget:

1. Leave your employer your home address
2. Get his winter contact (email, phone)
3. Get a job for summer 2011, if you want to go again
4. Have fun, write, and send pics :-)

Everything you want to see in America

Friday, September 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Where is this place?

Where is this place?

Do you know where’s Montezuma Castle? A restaurant established by Buffalo Bill? How Mono Lake looks like? How to find some of the famous ghost towns, or the largest sculpture in the world (no, it’s not Mount Rushmore)? How about the place where they make the Jack Daniel’s whiskey? Or Harley Davidson Museum? Or the exact place where Michael Jackson’s family held his memorial?

We created a map showing all of the famous, beautiful and historic places in the USA. Each with its exact location Read more

Your last paycheck and your Tax Return

Saturday, August 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Image of 1040NR-EZ Tax Return form

Tax Return form

Every year, some students have troubles getting their last paycheck and documents for their Tax Return. Some get them as much as a year later, some never. Why, and how to make sure you’re not one of them?

The basic reason is dead simple: your employer doesn’t have your address in your home country!

Among experienced worktravelers it’s generally considered a monumentally dumb idea to Read more

Cars from $9.95 per day on Hotwire

Thursday, August 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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Cars from $9.95

There are cars on www.hotwire.com for just $9.95 per day now. Book yours now, if you’re planning on traveling in the USA in September. The special prices are of course for specific dates and locations, but the dates are mostly in September, which is what you need if you are in the USA now. The specials are often for dates one to three weeks in future, so now it’s the best time to book for most summer program participants. See example below. Read more

Fake USA Visa Waiver (ESTA) websites

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A screenshot of a part of the Esta Official Homepage

ESTA homepage

Fake bank websites, stealing your passwords and PINs and possibly planting malware on your computer for good measure, are well known. But bank websites are relatively hard to fake, because most people use their banks every day, so any irregularity gets instinctively spotted.

On the other hand, websites like ESTA get often used just once in a lifetime, which makes them a good target, because prospective marks have no idea how the real one looks like and works. Read more

Where to look for your jobs while traveling

Sunday, August 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Crowded beach in Seaside Heights NJ viewed from the window of Kohr's Cafe

Crowded sunny beach

We will be giving you tips where to look for your next year jobs. So pay attention to our upcoming posts about traveling.

But in case you also want to try your own idea, let’s have a look where you should look for jobs during your travels, and why.

While traveling, you will probably see awesome places that you will just fall in love with. The great news is that easier to find a summer job in an amazing place! Read more

Travel time’s here! And we have ideas for you where to visit.

Friday, August 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Arrival in San Francisco USA taken from a car

Going to San Francisco?

We are preparing a few posts about where to travel in the USA, and in the run up to it, we have a little surprise for you, try the links :-)

Need inspiration? How about California? Alaska? Historic places such as the site of the battle of Little Bighorn? Monument ValleyLas Vegas? (know what you are doing while there!) Maybe New Orleans and Alabama in the Dixie Land? How about Tennessee , The Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains? Or the Big Apple New York? By car or by train? Or maybe you’d like to see Read more

Get a job for summer USA 2011. And get it NOW!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

SWT USA Employment Agreement thumbnail

Get yours while in the US!

Are you currently in the USA and want to go again next year? Go get your job for the next summer! Now!

The job market in the USA is pretty drastic. We had applicants this spring who applied with other organizations in October (2009) and still had no job in March. So they tried to apply through us. But for the first time in 20 years, there were students who simply weren’t placed at all this year. Read more

Older interns compete with college students says CNN.com

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

An icon for an article published elsewehere

As seen on the web

Not a big surprise for us, as just today an employer asked if there’s any way his prospective interns could be at least 24 years old and preferably older, because “there’s much more maturity on the older ones”.

But for college grads, seeing people in their 40’s or 50’s looking for internships, even unpaid ones, is something to be eyed with a bit of a disbelief.

As CNN.com explains, in current economy, these people Read more

How to recommend our posts to your friends on Facebook

Monday, August 16, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Image in a WordPress post and the Facebook Recommend button

How to recommend her

[Updated] Most people think that clicking on the “Recommend” button is all it takes. In other words, that once you’ve clicked it, your friends will see your recommendation on their News Feeds.

Guess what, they won’t! That’s not how the button works.

So if you want to recommend a post on our website, or indeed on any website where the “Recommend” button appears, to your friends, you need to do more than just clicking the button. Read more

How to become an APEX fan on Facebook

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

How to become a fan of APEX Foundation on Facebook

This is how to do it

Becoming a fan is the same as subscribing to news. That’s all that it does! When we post something to our Facebook page, it appears in your newsfeed, and you can click on the link and read the post. So if you want to get our news, or just find what we write interesting, go ahead and become our fan!

Right, and the problem? People don’t know how to become fans! They try all kinds of things including attempting to “friend” our trusty webadmin Winston. So how to become a fan? Read more

Car rentals in the USA – Tips, prices and surprises

Friday, August 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Very cheap car rental price

You didn't expect that..

Thinking about a road trip around the US national parks? California coast maybe? And how about something über-cool such as renting an open-top Ford Mustang for a ride around Las Vegas? Or perhaps a Jeep Cherokee for exploring the Rockies? Poor student? No money? No worries! Car rentals in the USA are cheaper than you think, especially after the season! And because a few of you already asked us for car-rental tips, here they are! Read more

How to land your dream US summer job

Thursday, July 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Exchange student working as parachute packer SWT USA

Parachute packer

Does your dream summer job involve working in Miami, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., one of the major national parks or on the beaches of New Jersey? Or would you like to do something special, such as tennis instructor, horse-riding instructor, or a journalist? And how about working for company that you admire?

Students did it before and if you are currently in the USA, it’s time to actually do something to make those dreams happen! Read more

Worktravelers’ Troubles (2): Who is a Worktraveler

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Exchange students traveling with county fairs SWT USA 2002

Hard work at county fairs

Since you asked, let’s make sure that we know who we are talking about in these series. Especially because the names of programs and visas vary between countries. You can hear terms such as Work Travel, Working Holiday, Youth Worker Mobility, even Level 1 Internship, etc.

In any case, a Worktraveler is neither economic migrant, nor somebody going into a steady job abroad. Worktraveler is a young backpacker, usually a university or college student, who is eager to travel into countries he heard so much about Read more

Worktravelers’ Troubles (1): What makes you vulnerable

Thursday, July 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Exchange student's staff party - SWT USA

Roadside restaurant

In short, money. Regardless if you work in a resort in America, or if you are picking apples in New Zealand, you are worktraveling primarily to make your trips pay for themselves. Many of you probably had to borrow money to pay for the program, so if you don’t make enough, you end up in a hole financially. That’s scary and it puts a lot of pressure on you, we all have been through it.

Why you don’t just quit
When you have a part-time job at home and you don’t Read more

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