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Програмата Work and Travel USA e разработена от Държавния Департамент на САЩ. Всяка година повече от 10 000 студента от България участват във Work and Travel. Всеки участник получава виза J-1, която му дава право на легална работа в САЩ за ограничен период от време, а заедно с това и шанс :
  • Да направи пътешествие през океана
  • Да се запознае отблизо с това как работи и живее обикновеният американец
  • Да намери много нови приятели от различни държави и националности
  • Да си докаже, че сам може много, а с приятелите си – още повече
  • Да си създаде контакти, които да му помогнат за бъдещето
  • Да подобри знанията си по английски език
  • Да обиколи по свой вкус частица от една необятна страна, която предлага от всичко за всеки

Основните възможности, които Work and Travel USA предлага са:

  • Работно разрешително за 4 месеца (в периода май-октомври)
  • Осигуряване на работна оферта при сигурен и проверен работодател, предимно в сферата на туризма и обслужването: хотели, ресторанти, увеселителни паркове, магазини и др.
  • Възможност за намиране на допълнителна работа
  • Предварителна ориентация на участниците с информация за начина на живот и работа в САЩ
  • Възможност за едномесечен туристически престой след четвъртия месец

Какво е спонсор и защо това е важно за участниците по Work and Travel?

Спонсорите на Work and Travel са американски фирми и организации, които имат право да издават работни разрешителни на участниците по програмата и са задължени да им оказват съдействие през време на престоя им в САЩ. Повечето спонсори предлагат работни оферти и поддържат връзката между работодателите и студентите, като следят за стриктното спазване на условията по програмата, определени от Държавния департамент на САЩ.
С тяхна помощ можеш да:
  • намериш по-лесно работа на директна среща с работодатели
  • получиш 24 часова телефонна връзка за помощ докато си в САЩ
  • сключваш договори само със сигурни и проверени работодатели
  • получиш по-бързо и по-лесно всички документи, необходими за взимане на виза
  • ако вече си бил на Work and Travel, може да пробваш Internship USA и Career training USA

Какво е заплащането, ако съм по Work and Travel?

Mинималното заплащане в САЩ е 7.25$ на час за неквалифицирана работна ръка. Средното заплащане на студентите е около 8-10 $ на час. Обикновено работата, предлагана за студентски бригади е от 5-6 дни на седмица, по 6-8 часа на ден. Най-вероятно ще работиш 35-40 часа седмично. След пристигането си в САЩ можеш да си потърсиш и втора или трета допълнителна работа.

OFFICE OF PRIVATE SECTOR EXCHANGE
BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
BUILDING CROSS-CULTURAL COMPONENTS INTO THE
EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM
Why Does an Exchange Visitor Program Need a Cross-cultural Component?
The Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) brings true global value to American public diplomacy. People-to-people programs provide unlimited opportunity for exchange visitors and Americans to engage with each other, to inform exchange visitors’ thinking about the United States and its place in the global community, to break down prejudices and misunderstandings, and in the long-term expand and strengthen the relationships between Americans and the rest of the world. Each EVP category offers participants a unique opportunity to experience the U.S. and its diversity and to connect directly with Americans. The cross-cultural component of the EVP experience is critical to the short-term success of each individual exchange, and to the long-term effectiveness of the Program and of U.S. public diplomacy overall.

What is the Goal of a Cross-Cultural Component?
The cross-cultural component of the exchange visitor program gives participants the opportunity to learn about U.S. society and culture outside of their placement; to share their own culture, traditions and views with Americans; to help see the world from another perspective; to be more tolerant and respectful of differences; and to appreciate similarities that bring people together. These are the goals of people-to-people exchange and are the central reasons the Exchange Visitor Program exists.

Where Can We Begin?
When you’re planning cross-cultural activities, you might ask yourself some of these questions:
  • What is the goal of your program?
  • How much do you know about the U.S.?
  • What are your personal and career goals?
  • What do you like to do during \"off-hours\"?
  • How can you have fun, learn more about the community in which you’re living, and connect with Americans in enjoyable and meaningful ways?
  • What is special about your host community?
  • What resources and special activities does the community offer?


What Can We Talk About?
Cross-cultural programs can be built around any number of general themes that participants might like to learn more about: civic responsibility; civil rights; community service and volunteerism; American history and exploration; youth leadership; science, technology, engineering and math in the local/global economy; personal or individual freedoms; American entrepreneurial spirit; democracy and governance; individual responsibility; holidays and food; the media; government; American film, culture and the arts; and ethnic, racial and religious diversity in the U.S. These conversation threads can help set the stage for the activities you plan.

What Activities Work?
Almost anything that is part of a well-crafted program! The objective is to think about your goals, determine themes, and match the interests of your participants with the unique resources of the communities in which they are living. Local communities in which participants are placed offer a wide variety of opportunities to engage at a very personal level such as through clubs, civic associations, shopping excursions, school visits, musical outings, community service, museums, company-sponsored events. Here are just a few examples:
  • Talk/teach about the American culture/history of philanthropy and volunteerism and then arrange a day of volunteer work with a local charity.
  • Talk/teach about the American economy, crafts and trade, and then plan a day at a county fair and/or a local trade show. Meet the local farmers, small business owners, crafts people.
  • Talk/teach about American sports and recreation, then pick a sport to teach visitors to play, creating a league with competitive games. Go to a game/match (high school, college, professional) all together. Set up a fun match between the participants and a local team.
  • Talk/teach about American cultural and religious celebrations. Celebrate U.S. holidays with families and community groups. Talk about the meaning of the day.
  • Talk/teach about American cultural expression. What music/dance is unique to the host region (country, western, jazz, local high school bands, square dance lessons, etc.)? Arrange dance classes and dance-offs and go to a show. Give the participant a chance to share and compare his/her culture.
  • Talk/teach about American theater and arts throughout our history and today; create a theater club. Theater is a great expression of societal values – and conflict. Check out the local and school theater schedules and schedule theater outings regularly throughout the program. Combine the outings with dessert discussions about the playwright, play and themes.
  • Everybody loves to eat! Organize a series of American culinary evenings where participants can learn to cook and eat the results! Use food as a conversation thread to talk about American traditions, customs and history. Share the recipes and include some cross-cultural evenings for visitors to share and teach their own culinary traditions.



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