Our Work and Travel program connects enthusiastic international university students and U.S. businesses through a commitment to cultural understanding and public diplomacy.
Work with enthusiastic international university students to help fill your seasonal hiring need. Designated by the U.S. Department of State, Greenheart Exchange’s Work and Travel program allows for participants from over 30 countries to work and travel throughout the United States for up to four months. We connect host organizations (U.S. seasonal businesses) with participants (international university students) to fulfil a commitment to cultural understanding, public diplomacy, and to diversify your workplace.
|HIRING METHOD||HIRING METHOD|
|Job Fair (JF)||Travel internationally
Experience the participants’ culture
Hiring done in 4 days (typically)
Cultural excursion and local volunteer opportunity
|Greenheart World's Fair (GWF)||Travel to Chicago
Greenheart Exchange arranges virtual Skype interviews from Chicago headquarters
Meet Greenheart Exchange Staff, receive additional training, and learn more about our organization
|Hiring Center Online||Hiring Center online
Hire from your office at your own pace
Utilize online hiring center to view applicant profiles
Interact directly with participants, including scheduling virtual interviews
Post your job details to a database of students from around the world
|Greenheart to Hire||Greenheart Exchange interviews and hires on behalf of your established qualifications
Best option if you have limited time
See your hired participant profiles after hiring is completed
Greenheart Exchange blends service learning and volunteerism into all of our programs, creating a community of compassionate and conscious global citizens that are more active in your host communities. We provide participants volunteer opportunities and even award active volunteers with up to $1,000 in grant money to be used for a service project in their home country. All of our participants can also log their volunteer hours and connect with each other in an online community during and after their program.
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Our participants come from across the world to participate in our Work and Travel program. Find countries that works best with your business by checking out our participants’ availability below:
|Country||Earliest Start Date||Latest End Date|
|Philipines||5/1||8/4 - 8/15|
|Colombia||5/1 - 5/25||8/3 - 8/30|
|Thailand||5/1 - 6/10||7/29 - 8/31|
|Bulgaria||5/2 - 6/21||9/1 - 9/30|
|Ukraine||5/7 - 6/21||8/10 - 9/2|
|Dominican Republic||5/10 - 5/24||8/10 - 9/10|
|Jamaica||5/10 - 6/14||8/28 - 9/7|
|Russia||5/15 - 7/1||8/17 - 9/15|
|Kosova||5/15 - 6/30||9/10 - 9/30|
|Mexico||5/19 - 5/31||8/20 - 9/5|
|Ecuador||5/19 - 8/5||8/18 - 10/1|
|Czech Republic||5/20 - 7/5||9/1 - 9/20|
|Serbia||5/21 - 6/15||9/10 - 10/1|
|Kazakhstan||5/25 - 6/1||8/10 - 9/1|
|Ghana||5/25 - 6/8||9/4 - 9/5|
|Poland||5/25 - 7/1||9/4 -9/25|
|Turkey||5/25 - 6/30||9/1 - 10/1|
|Montenegro||5/29 - 6/20||9/25|
|Slovakia||5/31 - 7/1||8/31 - 9/15|
|Jordan||6/1 - 6/28||9/1 - 10/1|
|China||6/1 - 6/15||8/25 - 9/15|
|Macedonia||6/1 - 6/15||9/9 - 9/30|
|Bosnia & Herzegovia||6/1||9/30|
|Romania||6/15 - 7/7||9/15 - 9/30|
|Egypt||6/15 - 6/20||9/1 - 9/15|
|Saudi Arabia||6/17 - 6/20||9/2|
|Taiwan||6/19 - 6/26||9/5 - 9/30|
|Peru (Winter)||12/1 - 12/15||2/25 - 3/31|
|Brazil (Winter)||12/1 - 12/13||2/26 - 3/15|
|Argentina (Winter)||12/1 - 12/22||2/28 - 4/1|
|Paraguay (Winter)||12/1 - 12/18||3/9 - 3/31|
|Chile (Winter)||12/10 - 12/15||3/15 - 4/1|
These dates are typical dates that participants have worked in the past. To view the official start and end dates established by the U.S. Department of State, please click here.
Participate in an International Job Fair and complete your seasonal hiring through in person interviews. This hiring option allows for you to travel to another country and interview pre-screened Summer Work Travel applicants. By hiring on a Job Fair, you can explore the sights and sounds of another country and complete your hiring in just four days!
|Country||Job fair date||Participant|
Typical Start Date
Typical End Date
|Philippines||November 15-19, 2018||5/1||8/4 - 8/15|
|China||December 8-14, 2018||6/1 - 7/15||8/25 - 9/15|
|Dominican Republic||December 15-18, 2018||5/10 - 5/24||8/10 - 9/10|
|Thailand||January 10-14, 2018||5/1 - 6/10||7/29 - 8/31|
|Kazakhstan||January 14-18, 2018||5/25 - 6/15||8/10 - 9/1|
|Thailand||January 16-20, 2018||5/1 - 6/10||7/29 - 8/31|
|Jordan||January 19-23, 2018||6/1 - 6/28||9/1 - 10/1|
|Turkey||January 22-26, 2018||5/25 - 6/30||9/1 - 10/1|
|Jamaica||February 15-18, 2018||5/10 - 5/24||8/28 - 9/7|
|Ghana||February 18-22, 2018||5/25 - 6/8||9/4 - 9/5|
|China||February 22-28, 2018||6/1 - 7/15||8/25 - 9/15|
There are two easy ways that you can hire virtually with Greenheart. You can arrange Skype interviews with participants right from your office. You can also travel to Greenheart’s headquarters in Chicago for our Greenheart World’s Fair (GWF). At our GWF, you will be able to complete your seasonal hiring through virtual interviews in just two days.
Winter Hiring Dates: August 15 – 16, 2018
Employer sign up deadline: 1 month prior to event
This trip is all-inclusive for hiring 15 positions. Please contact your Greenheart contact if you hire less than 15 or for an alternate travel arrangement.
Seasonal: Employment is of a seasonal nature when the required service is tied to a certain time of year by an event or pattern and requires labor levels above and beyond existing worker levels.J-1 SWT host organizations should generally not hire for all three (summer, winter and spring) seasons, as the intention is that placements are only with businesses that have a seasonal need, so as not to displace Americans. J-1 SWT host organizations are not to rely on program participants to fill year-round positions, as these positions should be filled by the American workforce.
Temporary: Employment is of a temporary nature when a host organization’s need for the duties to be performed is a one-time occurrence, a peak-load need, or an intermittent need.
Temporary positions requested by host organizations are considered on a case-by-case basis. The host organization must be able to demonstrate why a temporary position cannot be filled by the American workforce.
*All SWT placements are subject to Greenheart Exchange approval. Jobs not listed herein may still be found inappropriate for the SWT program. Greenheart Exchange reserves the right to prohibit any placement.In addition to jobs prohibited by the Department of State, Greenheart Exchange prohibits participants from working:
Prohibited Placements by Location:
Greenheart Exchange no longer allows self-placed placements in:
No positions for any program option are allowed in the areas of:
Though exceptions have been made in the past, self-placed and full program option placements in Detroit, Michigan are generally prohibited
Conditional Placements by Location:
Placements for full program options in the Gulf Cost Areas of Louisiana, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Mexico Beach, Florida, including Panama City and Destin, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To be considered by Greenheart Exchange, host organizations in these areas must provide excellent housing and extensive cultural activities for the SWT participants.
The Department of State prohibits J-1 Summer Work Travel participants from working:
Host organizations are required to notify Greenheart Exchange when their participants arrive, do not arrive, leave before their DS-2019 end date, there are any changes in the job conditions and about any emergency situations.
Log in to your Greenheart Exchange Online (GEO) account.
The Department of State places an emphasis on the safety, security, and quality of housing for J-1 Summer Work Travel participants. The following policies are provided to ensure participants are provided with appropriate housing.
The following guidelines are provided to help avoid some common issues.
*The above is subject to change based on regulatory updates from the Department of State and changes to internal Greenheart Exchange policies.
If you have any question concerning the information provided, please contact your host organization contact toll-free at 1-866-684-9675.
Nothing! Our Work and Travel Program is a free service to employers.
We have international participants that can meet all of your seasonal needs. Our summer participants arrive between May and July and can often work until October 1.
Winter participants begin to arrive in Mid-November, through January, and can work until March or April.
Our participants come from more than 30 countries. Summer participants come from Northern Hemisphere countries; winter participants come from Southern Hemisphere countries.
Yes. The level of English ability ranges from basic to fluent. You will receive an assessment of each participant’s English abilities before hiring them. This assessment will include a test score as well as interviewer’s comments on the participant.
The J-1 visa allows participants to work at more than one job. However, we explain to participants that their primary commitment is to their initial, approved employer. If they are interested in working another job, we ask that they discuss this with you.
All J-1 visa participants are employees-at-will and can leave their employment at any time. The Department of State regulations state that neither employers nor sponsors can create barriers if participants want to leave. If one of your participants is asking to leave early, please reach out to your contact immediately, so we can personally speak to the participant and highly encourage them to stay through the remainder of the program.
International participants must be paid the same as an American employee doing the same job, while adhering to State Minimum Wage laws.
Host organizations working with Greenheart are now required to arrange or provide affordable housing in close proximity to the work site. For questions about this, please reach out to your Greenheart Exchange contact.
No. All participants are required to pay federal taxes. They are required to pay state and local taxes (if applicable). While participants are all university students in their home countries, the IRS does not consider them students while they are in the U.S. For tax purposes, Work and Travel participants are considered non-resident aliens and must file a tax return. Participants are often eligible for a refund at the end of the fiscal year.
Yes. W-2 forms should be mailed to participants in their home countries as early as possible. Ask your participants to give you a self-addressed envelope when they are filling out their W-4. This will help ensure you have their correct international address when it is time to send their W-2.
Yes, all Greenheart Exchange participants have health insurance during their entire program (the dates listed on their DS 2019 form). Please note that if your participants are interested in traveling after they finish working they will need to purchase additional insurance either from us or from another insurance company.
Please call us at 1-866-684-9675. Our office hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday. There is also a 24-hour emergency assistance line for employers and program participants. This number is 1-855-767-5642. Host organizations can always talk to their Greenheart contact, or email [email protected] for a quick email response!
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