If you are chosen as a Department of State grantee, you will gain professional experience in the United States, improve your English language skills, and share their own culture with Americans on the Summer Work Travel BridgeUSA visa! The Ambassadors Fund for SWT is a unique public diplomacy program and distinct from the general BridgeUSA Summer Work Travel Program (SWT).
Ambassadors Fund Scholarship recipients will travel to the United States for up to four months during their university summer break. You will be matched with host employers in seasonal communities throughout the United States, and will work in seasonal, entry-level jobs with a high-level of interaction with American colleagues and guests. Recipients will meet, work, live with and learn from both people of the United States and other international students while sharing daily experiences.
For information on SWT, currently offered in more than 150 countries, please visit j1visa.state.gov.
For questions about the scholarship, please email ambassadorscholarshipfund(at)greenheart.org
Note that the grant covers up to 123 participants over 3 years. Which translates to about 1-2 participants per country. Participants can apply directly to Greenheart or connect with their embassy for more information. To find applicable countries and their embassies, refer to this list:
|Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Democratic Republic of Congo
|Papua New Guinea
|São Tomé and Príncipe
|Trinidad and Tobago
Greenheart connects host organizations (U.S. seasonal businesses) with participants, like you, to diversify the American workplace and fulfill a commitment to cultural understanding and public diplomacy. Types of seasonal businesses that you may be placed at are:
IMPORTANT! All jobs are entry-level and are seasonal in nature. You will not be hired as a manager nor will you likely be working in an office. You will likely be standing on your feet during your shift and moving around. It is also worth noting that your position may not relate to your school studies. However, you will learn valuable skills in these positions that will help in your future professional and leadership development.
To hear more from former Summer Work Travel host employer, read this testimonial.
For more details on the requirements of a host, please refer to this page
n addition to all the requirements of a Summer Work Travel participant (found here), Ambassador Scholars will need to complete the following as part of their scholarship:
Obligations before the program
Obligations during the program
Obligations after the program
If you are chosen as a scholar, Greenheart will prepare you for all obligations so that there is no confusion on what you will need to accomplish.
Under this scholarship, there are specific fees included and those that are not. Please look at this carefully so you understand before applying. Note that it is recommended to have money available upon arrival to the United States before you begin work.
What is covered?
What is not covered?
If after reading the details of this scholarship, you are interested in applying, please do so by clicking on the below link. Note that depending on your country, you may be referred to the local American embassy for more application details.
Winter 2024 Application Deadline: Applications open March 15 and close April 30.
Summer 2024 Application Deadline: Closed. Application deadlines for 2025 are TBD.
The U.S. Mission to Greece is happy to provide a grant for the Ambassadors Fund for Summer Work Travel (SWT) Scholarship! Up to 20 participants will be chosen for this wonderful opportunity. All the same details apply for this grant, with a few additions:
Domestic travel in U.S.: An additional $200 per participant for airport transfers, etc. that would be required for your arrival to you host site.
Airfare for visa interviews: Airfare up to $400 per participant to fly to Athens (if applicable) for your visa appointment.