Interested in becoming a Greenheart Exchange international sending partner?
As a J-1 visa sponsor designated by the U.S. Department of State, we work with a network of sending partners from around the world. Together, we invite international university students to the U.S. to spend their academic summer break on the Summer Work and Travel program.
While engaging in cultural exchange, participants work in seasonal positions in various industries located throughout the U.S. In addition to building invaluable life skills, participants receive the opportunity to immerse themselves in U.S. culture, improve their English, make new friends, and so much more!
Greenheart Exchange offers two program options (pending country):
Participants on the Full Placement program may have the following options available:
The online Job Board is a tool for participants to view and apply for available jobs with our pre-screened host organizations. This portal allows participants to view openings, and for host organizations to receive, review and manage applications.
Virtual interviews via Skype are a way for participants to talk with host organizations or Greenheart Exchange staff members about the position they are applying for. This is an opportunity for participants to ask questions about the host organization and get a better idea of the cultural activities in the area.
Virtual interviews can be conducted throughout the hiring season, but many are done when host organizations gather in Chicago for our Greenheart World’s Fair (GWF). During the GWF hiring event, Greenheart Exchange will coordinate with you to finalize interview styles and schedules for participants.
Hosting a Job Fair creates a comfortable environment for participants to interview with desired host organizations face-to-face. The Job Fair is a four-day event in the participant’s home country, with the hiring event typically taking place on the third day.
As the sending partner, you are responsible for the following:
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Where do our participants work?
Greenheart Exchange will consider your request, however, we rarely partner with businesses that have less than 2 years of experience and/or have not previously sent students to the U.S. on the Summer Work and Travel program.
The best time to contact Greenheart Exchange regarding the Work and Travel program is between August and November. We are, however, always available to connect and answer any questions.
Participants receive health insurance coverage during the dates listed on their DS-2019 form. They will have access to an online claims and service center, along with native language phone assistance 24 hours a day. If participants are in the U.S. outside of their DS-2019 form dates, law requires them to purchase additional insurance through Greenheart Exchange or another health insurance provider.
Job related injuries are covered by the host organization’s Worker’s Compensation policy. Participants must report injuries to the host organization and Greenheart Exchange to ensure that their injury is properly addressed.
The Summer Work and Travel J-1 visa includes a 30-day grace period for most countries. Participants that utilize this for travel within the U.S. must also be aware of U.S. Embassy restrictions in their home countries. Participants must return home by the date required by the U.S. Embassy in their home country. This is not negotiable.
Greenheart Exchange takes due diligence in reviewing potential international sending partners (i.e., foreign entities) who assist in fulfilling our core programmatic functions that may be conducted outside of the U.S., such as screening and orientation.
Greenheart Exchange reviews and maintains the following documentation for potential or existing foreign entities at a minimum of once per year:
It is your responsibility as the sending partner to adequately assess each potential participant’s English level prior to enrollment. During contracting, you must submit documents explaining how you evaluate English levels, and must include minimally:
No. Participants are required to pay federal taxes, and state and local taxes if applicable. While participants are all university students in their home countries, the IRS does not consider them students while in the U.S. For tax purposes, Summer 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.
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