Spend your summer break working and traveling in the United States.
Spend your summer in the United States with Greenheart Exchange’s Work and Travel program. Designated by the United States Department of State, our program allows you to work in a variety of seasonal positions throughout the country for up to 4 months. Through a heavy emphasis on cultural exchange, our Work and Travel program promotes language exchange, building international friendships, developing cross cultural understanding and so much more!
We offer participants two program options (pending country):
The United States is a wonderful place to explore during your summer! While there is an important work component while you are on the Summer Work Travel program, the primary focus is on cultural exchange. We encourage you to get involved in your local community and experience all that the United States has to offer. Some ways to accomplish this is by volunteering, engaging in cultural activities, becoming an ambassador scholar or by applying for Greenheart’s Global Leaders Conference.
Ambassador Scholars are our participants with an enhanced opportunity for personal growth and professional development.
You can be selected to be our Ambassador based on your community leadership in your home country. As an Ambassador Scholar, participants must volunteer in their host communities in the U.S. and document their life living and working in the U.S. through a blog or video. As a selected Ambassador Scholar, your program costs will be reimbursed upon successful completion of your program and scholarship requirements.
Learn more about or Ambassador Scholarship here: https://www.cci-exchange.com/about/scholarships/ambassador-scholars/
Network and collaborate with your international peers from across Greenheart’s cultural exchange programs. This is your opportunity to challenge your beliefs and think critically about global issues alongside other Greenheart attendees. During the conference you will:
Learn more about our annual conference here : https://greenheart.org/event/gglc/#/scroll/overview
Greenheart Exchange requires housing to be arranged prior to your arrival in the United States. Though this may seem daunting, we are here to help you every step of the way. Get started on your housing search by viewing this video
While in the U.S. you are likely to stay in one of the following living arrangements:
Greenheart Exchange enforces the following housing policies:
We are always here to provide you with resources every step of the way. Click below to check out some blog posts and Facebook live videos on housing.
What is Included in your program fees (all options)?
What is NOT included in your program fees?
Greenheart is committed to making sure that our participants are safe during their time in the United States. A big part of that is making sure that everyone is following regulations set by the United States Department of State. Below you will find helpful tools to learn more about having a safe program.
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:
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