Work and Travel is a very popular program because many people want to go abroad and improve their English. If you are one of them, you may have a lot of questions in your mind such as “Can it be my American dream?” or “Can I save money to spend in Turkey when I come back?”. In this article, we hope that these questions will be answered.
First of all, if you want to go on a work and travel program, there are lots of companies that are making work and travel plans for you. These companies will connect with employers in America for you and find suitable jobs considering your interests and English level. You can work as a waiter/waitress, as a lifeguard in some site pools, as a sales person at some shops, in the kitchen or as a cashier at fast food restaurants like McDonalds or Burger King and as a room cleaner at hotels.
Another thing is, you will need a place to stay. Luckily, you have options. Also, these options will be arranged by the company. You can stay in hotels, in flats, in dorms or with a host family. Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, host families can be a good choice but you are taking the risks of not getting along well with your host family or them being too strict. Your company can help you while choosing a convenient place to stay.
However, there is a small thing that can be a problem for people who want to go to other places outside America, because work and travel programs only offer jobs in America. Florida, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Montana, Wisconsin, Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia and Alaska are available states for this program.
And maybe the most asked question is “How much am I going to earn?” In America, people are paid for the hours they work. You have to work at least 32 hours in a week and you will be paid 7-12 USD per hour. Fortunately, this amount is enough to live in America, but unfortunately you will not be able to save any money to spend when you come back to Turkey.
Finally, work and travel programs nearly cost $2,000 in total. As a bonus you can travel in your free time and enjoy America for a while!