Work & Travel USA

Work & Travel USA (J1 Summer Work/Travel) is for university/college students in Malaysia and Singapore, and it is by far our most popular USA cultural exchange program, and the the most rewarding milestone in a young person’s life. Spend your university/college break by experiencing a lifetime adventure in the United States of America. You can experience life in the bustling New York City, to the breath-taking Yellowstone National Park, to the sunny Miami beaches. Remember, you are only gone for a term break, but the experience will stick with you the rest of your life. Join us, and achieve your unforgettable milestone now!

Program Highlights

  • Live, Work & Travel in the United States for 2.5 to 5 months
  • Exciting jobs in amusement parks, national parks, major cities, ski resorts & more
  • Meet people from around the world, & make long lasting friendships
  • Travel across the United States, even stopover at other countries on your way home
  • Discover and experience the American culture & living
  • Boost your CV with international work experience
  • Receive attractive salary and benefits same as an American counterpart
  • Support your living & travelling expenses, and cover your initial costs
  • Seek additional part-time employment for extra income
  • A fast & fun way to perfect your workplace English skills
  • Coverage by a Comprehensive Medical & Accident Insurance Policy

 

Eligibility Criteria

Your successful program participation is our goal, that’s why it’s so important for us to determine your eligibility prior to accepting you into our programs. In order to join Work & Travel USA, you must be:

  • A full-time university/college student, OR a graduate no more than 6 months before the start of your program
  • Between 18 to 28 years old
  • Possess average English skills
  • Able to honour at least 2.5 months’ work commitment in the United States

Program Duration

The J-1 Work & Travel USA program lasts for a maximum work period of 4 months, with an extra 30 days to travel within the United States after your work commitment.

 

Your program dates are based on the dates of your university/college semester break, discussed between yourself and the employer prior to starting your program. Most participants work for 3 to 3.5 months as they need to return home when classes begin.

 

Program Intake & Seasons

J-1 Work & Travel USA applications are accepted twice a year. You can choose your intake, depending on your date of availability.

 

Season Participation Period
Summer May 25 to September 15
Winter November 25 to March 15

Winter is the season for snow & skiing, and also for many special occasions like Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. During Winter, the days are short, and nights are long.

Summer is known to be the busiest holiday season in the US. The summer weather can be warm and pleasant, or hot and humid. During Summer, the days are long, and nights are short.

 

Program Placements

You have the chance to take up all sorts of crazy jobs you never dreamed of. From being a ski instructor to feeding the dolphins, anything is possible. Work & Travel USA placements are generally entry level, with minimal or no experience required, other than a whole load of enthusiasm! Common Work & Travel USA placements include:

  • Lifeguards
  • Bellboys
  • Rides operators at theme parks
  • Ski instructors
  • Waiters and waitresses
  • Housekeepers
  • Store clerks and cashiers
  • Kitchen Assistant
  • Groundskeeper
  • Fast food (E.g. McDonalds) team positions

 

Click Most Popular Job placements Part 1 and Most Popular Job placements Part 2 to view the job details.

For the latest Employer Updates, click here, or contact us to register for our email list!

 

Program Location & Considerations

The choice is yours! You could be working in the Big Apple, or in the Southern States, in the mid-West, or in Sunny Hawaii. Every US state hides gems that are waiting to be discovered. The most important thing is to keep an open mind, and go boldly wherever you feel like it! The two most important considerations when choosing a location are:

Area

All job locations are in tourist areas. If you prefer a fast-paced and classy lifestyle, you can consider opportunities offered in the big cities like Atlanta or New York City; if you prefer a relaxing and laid-back lifestyle, you should choose a remote, nature-based location like National Parks. However, do keep in mind that living in a city can be quite costly, while living in remote areas can be far away from city life.

Climate

If you dislike the cold, you should look at opportunities offered in the southern part of the country; if you dislike the heat, you should look at opportunities offered in the northern part of the country. Be sure to Google the climate in your area which coincides with your program dates to be fully prepared for the weather!

 

Salary & Employment Benefits

You will be earning exactly what Americans would receive. Most employers pay around $8 to $13 per hour depending on job nature and location. Full time work is 40hrs/week, and overtime pay is usually 1.5 time the normal rate. You are allowed to seek a second job in your free time to earn extra bucks! Overall, you can very much expect to earn enough to cover your initial costs and a major part of your expenses in the United States

 

Past Participant Earning Facts

We cannot guarantee the precise amount of money you will earn during your program, but most participants are earn enough to cover their entire expenses. Additional jobs are allowed on the Work & Travel program, depending on your willingness to work! Here are a few earning facts obtained from our past participants:

James’s Weekly Earning Facts (2013)

Primary Job Restaurant Host
Employer Grand Hotel www.grandhotel.com
Wage per Hour 8.00 USD
Average Working Hours 40 Hours
Earnings Before Expenses 320 USD
Average Expenses: Accommodation

(80) USD

Average Expenses: Food

(65) USD

Taxes Paid (about 15%)

(48) USD

Total Earnings per Week 127 USD
Additional Job Waiter
Employer Yankee Rebel Tavern www.yankeerebeltavern.com
Wage per Hour 2.50 USD Plus Tips
Average Working Hours 20 hours
Average Tips per Week 250 USD
Average Expenses: Accommodation N/A
Average Expenses: Food

(80) USD

Taxes Paid (about 15%)

(48) USD

Total Earnings per Week 263 USD

Alex’s Weekly Earning Facts (2013)

Primary Job Ride Operator
Employer Schlitterbahn Waterparks www.schlitterbahn.com
Wage per Hour 8.50 USD
Average Working Hours 40 Hours
Average Overtime Worked 10 Hours
Weekly Earnings (+Overtime) Before Expenses 467 USD
Average Expenses: Accommodation

(85) USD

Average Expenses: Food

(70) USD

Taxes Paid (about 15%)

(46) USD

Total Earnings per Week 266 USD

Li Lean’s WAT 2014 Earning Facts

Primary Job Housekeeper
Employer Mission Point Resort www.missionpoint.com
Wage per Hour 8.00 USD plus tips
Average Weekly Hours 40 Hours
Average Overtime Worked 10 Hours
Weekly Earnings (+Overtime) Before Expenses 440 USD
Average Expenses: Accommodation

(80) USD

Average Expenses: Food

(65) USD

Taxes Paid (about 15%)

(66) USD

Total Earnings per Week 229 USD
Additional Job Banquet Server
Employer Mission Point Resort www.missionpoint.com
Wage per Hour 2 USD Plus Tips
Average Weekly Hours 10 hours
Average Tips per Week 100 USD
Average Expenses:Accommodation

N/A

Average Expenses: Food

N/A

Taxes Paid (about 15%)

(18) USD

Total Earnings per Week 102 USD

Joanne’s WAT 2014 Earning Facts

Primary Job Kitchen Assistant
Employer Paoletti’s Restaurant www.paolettis.com
Wage per Hour 10.25 USD
Average Working Hours 40 Hours
Average Overtime Worked 20 Hours
Weekly Earnings (+Overtime) Before Expenses 718 USD
Average Expenses: Accommodation

(85) USD

Average Expenses: Food

(80) USD

Taxes Paid (about 15%)

(108) USD

Total Earnings per Week 485 USD
 

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