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Are you a business owner or an HR manager and think about becoming a host employer for an international student? You are in a good company!
International Work Travel, Work Experience and Working Vacations programs allow hundreds of thousands of young people every year to criss-cross the globe, explore the world, improve their language skills and forge international contacts for their future careers.
And besides all that, they can get work done for you!
Fast-food chains, hotels, motels, restaurants, national parks, coffee and ice-cream shops, golf clubs, fruit farms, beach equipment rentals, supermarkets and amusement parks are the traditional summer employers. But students will happily work in other kinds of businesses too, especially as interns.
Businesses that hire international students for the summer range from mom and pop B&Bs through massive corporations like Six Flags who hire them by thousands. Many have been doing so every summer for 20 or more years.
An important advantage of hiring international students is that they are available for work even in rural communities that lack a large local college that could serve as a source of summer staff.
Countries such as the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and other have special visas that allow international students to work there legally, and hiring them represents no extra burden for you as an employer than hiring locals.
In the middle-ages, summer vacations were created specifically for the purpose of letting students work to help with the summer harvest. Today, the students are still ready to help you with the peak business you experience during the summer months.
See what international students can do for you during summer vacations: (click on pics to enlarge)