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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
University can get really expensive quite quickly, especially for full-time students. Many have turned to work and travel Jamaica programmes through different agencies to secure jobs overseas during their summer breaks to help alleviate some of the financial burdens.
Post-secondary students get the chance to experience the traditions, cultures, and way of life of another country through the Summer Work and Travel Programme.
The programme's main goal is to improve cultural awareness through regular contact with people from different countries, both inside and outside of professional settings. During their summer break, this programme enables students to travel and work on the go for up to four (4) months.
Each agency has its own fees and financial obligations however, work and travel programmes cost participants between US$900 and US$1,800 in most cases.
Conducts a Summer Work and Travel Cultural Exchange Programme that enables Jamaican students to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the United States while working for an American company and residing in a welcoming environment.
All around the United States, they provide a variety of work and travel packages. They assist everyone in fitting into one of their programmes or specifically tailoring a programme to fit the potential candidates. They now have several J-1 and Visa programmes available. They are:
Since 2001, Explore Your World has been a registered business and they have been accepting Jamaican students on work and travel programmes since 2006. As a registered J1 provider with the Ministry of Labour, they have the necessary requirements to send students to the United States for work opportunities. Explore your world is committed to “breaking down barriers through love”.
The programme is a part of the exchange visitor programme, which permits international students to work legally for up to four months, from June to October every year. Accepted participants in the programme receive a DS2019 form, which they must submit to the US embassy to apply for a J1 visa.
Who Can Participate in the Programme?
Craig Edwards founded Summer Choice Work and Travel after enrolling in the work and travel programme in 2005. He has spent the last 16 years travelling to and from the US. He began recruiting ten years ago with the goal of sharing the same experience with others, and he has since established his own work and travel business.
This programme includes a Cultural Exchange in addition to employment and travel. You will have the opportunity to live and interact with students from a variety of other cultures in addition to learning more about US culture. You can be expected to take part in various cross-cultural activities.
A committed team at Overseas Work and Travel works to make great Work and Travel, Internship/Training, or Teach-USA experiences possible by keeping costs low and promoting cross-cultural interaction in the pursuit of improving the world.
They have been in operation for 9 years and provide a wide range of cross-cultural activities. Programmes are:
These are just a few of the many work and travel jamaica agencies available, always remember to ask questions and do your due diligence before selecting an agency to work with.
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