During the summer, you will work side by side with your U.S. counterparts at temporary entry-level jobs. It allows you to earn modest spending money and, at the same time, offset some living and travel expenses during your stay. After finishing your work commitments, you have an optional travel period to sightsee and further explore the American landscape.
Type of Job
Our programme has a number of job positions available, usually in the following industries:
- Amusement parks
- Food and beverage retail concessions
- Retail stores/shops in tourist towns
- National parks
- Ski resorts
The positions that are generally available include:
- Amusement park/national park/ski resort crew members. These jobs may include operating rides, taking tickets, food service, etc.
We look to place each participant in a job or position based upon interest and skills. However, it is very important that you are flexible about the type of work you are willing to do. There are also certain restrictions as to what you can do. You may not be employed as a domestic employee in U.S. households or in a position that requires you to invest your own money to provide yourself with the inventory for the purpose of door-to-door sales.
Most jobs are located throughout the United States in isolated resort areas, not in city centres. This does not mean that there are no interesting people in these areas or that there is nothing to do. You will be with people from the U.S. and with other international students who are either working or vacationing nearby. Instead of focusing on urban nightlife and parties in your free time, you will have the opportunity to explore local areas of natural beauty and tourist attractions.
Duration of Employment
The Summer Work and Travel USA programme, allows you to work up to 4 months during your university vacation, after which you are allowed to travel up to 1 month within the U.S. You must be available to work for at least 3 months in order to participate in our programme. We need to know the start and end dates you are able to work. These dates will determine which jobs are available.
The salary you will get should cover the cost of living and enable you to save some extra money to help reduce travel expenses. In our job placements, you can generally expect a 6-8 hour workday and a 5-6 day workweek. You will probably be working 35-40 hours a week and can expect to receive the Federal minimum wage. This amounts to $5.15 per hour in non-tipped positions and at least $2.13 per hour in tipped positions.
Our partners in the U.S. take great care to make sure that all job offers provide a fair wage in relation to the cost of living in the area. Applicants should also keep in mind that most jobs are dependent upon tourist activity. Employees are generally paid every two weeks. Depending on when you start your job, you may not receive your first pay until after the first 3-4 weeks. We recommend having at least $600-$700 upon arrival (excluding the cost of travel to your job, first month’s rent, and a security deposit for housing, if applicable).
Please, remember that the goal of the Summer Work & Travel programme is to provide a cultural exchange. The knowledge and experiences that you gain from this programme will be the result of your own efforts and enthusiasm. Your summer will be what you make of it – so make it great!
We work to find reasonably priced housing for most participants. In some cases, the host company will provide housing. Sometimes you will have to find your own housing. We will try to assist you as much as we can. You should be prepared to pay an average of $75 to $125 per week for accommodation. Usually you will be expected to pay a deposit and the first month’s rent in advance.
Normally you will be responsible for buying and preparing your own food, although in some cases your employer will provide meals. Depending on your preferences, you will be spending $100-$200 per month on food.