the VOA Special English Education Report.
week, we answer a question from a student in Odessa, Ukraine. Marushka wants to
know about a program that lets foreign students work in the United States
during their summer vacations.
program is called Summer Work/Travel. The State Department administers it for
full-time college or university students who speak English well.
come on a J-one exchange visa. They can work for up to four months during their
school break. They generally work in service jobs in stores, resorts, hotels,
restaurants and amusement parks. But summer internships are also permitted.
in this case means summer in the student's country. Those from south of the
equator come to the United States during the northern winter.
cannot work as housekeepers in private homes or be involved in patient care.
And they are supposed to be paid the same as Americans.
created this popular program under a nineteen sixty-one law, the Mutual
Educational and Cultural Exchange Act. Last year, one hundred fifty thousand
students came to the United States this way.
can do the Summer Work/Travel program more than once.
Lawrence heads the State Department office responsible for the program. She
says students should begin to gather information a year before they want to
than fifty organizations are approved to act as sponsors. Sally Lawrence
advises students to avoid unapproved groups offering services, and to research
a few different sponsors.
must confirm the English language ability of students and make sure they are
currently in school. But sponsors do not all charge the same price for their
difference: some sponsors arrange employment and housing for students before
they leave home. Others permit students to find their own jobs after they
Lawrence says the first thing to do is to find the list of sponsors on the Web
page for J visa exchange programs.
address is a little long, but here it is:
exchanges.state.gov/education/jexchanges. Click on Designated Sponsor List,
then choose Summer Work/Travel under Category Description. For more information
about the program, go to the main page and click on Private Sector Programs.
make it easier, we'll post a link at voaspecialenglish.com. And that's the VOA Special English Education
Report, written by Nancy Steinbach. I'm Steve Ember.