Work and Travel USA
Work and travel program are for young people who wants to visit USA, earn some money, have a new friends and travel. I don’t know how it will be now because of the covid situation but when I was there it was awesome. You can spend the whole summer in USA, meet new people, learn English and travel around. There are certain rules what you need to accomplish if you want to apply for this program and get J1 visa to work legally in USA. You can work there from 15 of Maj until 15 of September and then you have 30 days to leave USA which you can use for traveling. The rules are:
- You need to be at the university, and you need to be a daily student
- You need to prove that you are studying at university
- Don’t forget that you can be in the USA only certain amount of time but when you are studying you can go there every summer.
I went to USA after my first year at Uni and it was my best summer ever. I did a mistake because I went there with my friends who speaks the same language as me, but I was scare to go by myself. If you want to learn English, I recommend going by yourself because you will meet a lot of other people from different countries and American people who are nice. There are a lot of agencies who can help you with work (job fair) where you can find a job before you will go to USA and with visa.
You can work in amusement parks, work as a lifeguard, you can work with the fish in Alaska or you can find the work by yourself like we did. We found a job in the hotel where we were doing construction. It wasn’t a difficult job. We needed to remove everything from every room, painted it and bring a new furniture to the room. We were hardworking and they like us at work. I forgot to tell you that we were working in the Pittsburgh. Our boss was American, and he was the best boss I could get in USA. We even stayed in contact after we left the job.
This was our first hotel where we were working
After, we left our first job, the most of us were doing landscaping for one Slovak guy. I found a job in Marriot hotel as a maintenance guy and two girls were working in the same hotel as housekeepers. It was funny to see the difference in that hotel because the management were white people and normal workers were black people. My boss was also black guy, but he was friendly and good boss.
Our landscaping job. We even got a car.
Maintenance and housekeeping job in Marriot Hotel.
There is also possibility to find second job if you have time. My friend and I try to work as waiters but that time we didn’t speak English well, so it was difficult for us. My friend stay there one day and I stay there 2 days. I forgot to mention that it was chines restaurant. So, we finished working in the middle of September because we wanted to travel a bit and see something. We travel a bit also in Pittsburgh when we’ve seen a Mellone arena, dawn town and we went kayaking. I was said that I didn’t see any match of NHL but I hope I will see it some other time.
Slovak group in Pittsburgh:)
Our American friends:)
We have visited Niagara Falls where you can go with boat to the falls. There is also journey behind the fall, but it is from Canadian site and you need visa to Canada.
Then we booked the flight tickets to San Francisco because one of my friends had family there, so we had a free accommodation. We spend there, I think one week, and we saw a lot from San Francisco like golden bridge, Alcatraz, Famous tramp, pier 39….. I love that city and I would like to live there.
From San Francisco we traveled to New York. We spend there a few days, we’ve visited 5th avenue, Empire state building, central park, statue of liberty….
If you are young and want to see USA, earn some money, travel, meet new people you should apply for Work and Travel USA. I am 100% sure that you will have the best summer ever. If you need more information there are a lot of agencies in Slovakia who can help you with visa and work or you can shoot me a message for more info.
Don’t stay at home travel and enjoy your life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!