Spend your summer break working and traveling in the U.S.
Spend your summer in the U.S. with Greenheart Exchange’s Work and Travel program.
Designated by the U.S. Department of State as a J-1 visa sponsor, 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):
Participant requirements: Must be a full-time university student from a participating country.
Program length: Up to 4 months with a 30-day travel period after; this varies by country.
Language skills: Must speak English (all participants are screened for English proficiency).
Jobs: Entry level jobs within seasonal industries (examples: server, lifeguard, food service attendant, housekeeping).
Hours: minimum of 32 hours per week.
Cultural opportunities: Greenheart encourages participants to get involved in their host community through volunteering.
Greenheart Exchange requires housing to be arranged prior to your arrival in the U.S. Though this may seem daunting, we are here to help you every step of the way.
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What is Included in your program fees (all options)?
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Greenheart is committed to making sure that our participants are safe during their time in the U.S. A big part of that is making sure that everyone is following regulations set by the U.S. Department of State. Below you will find helpful tools to learn more about having a safe program.
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. Summer Work Travel 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. Summer Work Travel 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 Summer Work Travel participants from working:
The Department of State places an emphasis on the safety, security, and quality of housing for 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 questions, please contact your Greenheart contact toll-free at: 1-866-684-9675.
The U.S. is a wonderful place to explore during your summer! While work is an important component of 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 U.S. has to offer.
We blend service learning and volunteerism into all of our programs, creating a community of compassionate and conscious global citizens. We provide you with volunteer opportunities and even award active volunteers with up to $1,000 in grant money to be used for a service project in your home country.
You can also log your volunteer hours and connect with other participants in our online community during and after your program.
Becoming involved in your new host community is one of the best ways to get the most out of your exchange experience. Volunteering and attending cultural events are great ways to meet new people, explore your passions, have fun, and build a meaningful connection to your new home.
Within our Greenheart Club, you will find cultural flyers that promote attractions, activities, events, and volunteer opportunities in your area.
Ambassador Scholars are our participants with an enhanced opportunity for personal growth and professional development.
You can be selected to be an Ambassador Scholar based on your community leadership in your home country. As an Ambassador Scholar, participants must volunteer in their U.S. host communities and document their experiences living and working in the U.S. through a blog or video. Ambassador Scholar’s program costs are reimbursed upon successful completion of your program and scholarship requirements.
Network and collaborate with your international peers from across Greenheart’s cultural exchange programs at the Greenheart Global Leaders Conference. 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
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