About the program
Work & Travel USA is an official cultural exchange program created and supervised by the U.S. Department of State. The program enables the students to learn the American culture, gain experience, develop language skills, make new friends and international contacts.
Work & Travel USA program is organized by selected J-1 sponsors, authorized by the U.S. government to issue the DS-2019 form which is the basis for applying for a J-1 visa. This visa allows the students to work legally in the U.S. during their summer vacation, for a maximum period of 4 months and travel around the U.S. for up to 30 days after their program ends, however not longer than until 1 October. Moreover, the sponsors provide the students with support during their stay and in emergencies, making sure the participants have the best experience.
TBW is an official representative of CIEE – the renowned J-1 sponsors (www.ciee.org).
The students usually work in: resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, national and amusement parks located in the U.S. The federal minimum wage per hour is $7.25 or $2.13 for employees who receive tips. The minimum number of hours per week is about 35-40 hours. The employees often provide students with extra hours. The participants can also find
a second job during their program.
IMPORTANT: The program is dedicated only to the students who are interested in the American culture, gaining experience, developing language skills, making new friends and international contacts. We will not accept students who are only interested in the financial aspect of the program.
SELF-PLACED OPTION – the students find a job offer on their own, using their contacts or the internet (learn more about some useful tips HERE). Contacting former Work and Travel USA program participants can be helpful because they can provide you with the information the employers that can hire students as part of the self-placed option.
Please remember to bring the appropriate job offer form that you receive from TBW, as it must meet the requirements set down by the U.S. Department of State. For your safety, the job offer form must be submitted with application documents (before your J-1 visa interview). Learn about this option HERE
FULL-PLACED OPTION – the WAT offer is provided by CIEE that cooperates with many verified and renowned employers located around the U.S. We will provide you with detailed descriptions of the employers and job positions in advance. You can receive a job offer form by participating in the virtual events (Skype interviews with the employers) or the Road Show in Poland (in-person interviews with the employers) organized by CIEE.
In order to receive a job offer, you need to apply for the program and reserve a spot for you and your friends, if you want to choose the same offer and travel to the same location.
If you want to subscribe to our newsletter and receive updates, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org (we send WAT offers from November to March)
SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) aims to control the participants and ensure their safety during their stay in the U.S. Each participant is obliged to register in SEVIS and provide their current working and housing address after arrival. SEVIS registration fee is $35 and it is paid by the participants before departure (it is included in the program fee).
ORIENTATION J-1 sponsors are obliged to conduct the Orientation for the participants. The purpose of the Orientation is to introduce the students to the American reality, inform them about the formal aspects and important things they need to do after arriving in the U.S. The students receive complete information about the program and the instructions on how to apply for the Social Security Card (SSN). The Orientation is available online and is obligatory for all participants. It must be completed before their departure from Poland.