(Mo-Th: 9 - 17, Fr: 9-15)

Requirements for the program

Why is the program designated just for full-time students at universities?

It’s a requirement from the US government, there are no dispensations.

I study in the Czech Republic, but don’t have the Czech citizenship – is it possible for me to travel with you to the USA?

Yes, it is, you will apply for the program in the country, of your studies. Here in Czech Republic it’s – Czech-us and in Slovakia – Injoy.sk.

Can I apply, if I am accepted into the university, but am in my last year of middle school?

No, you need to be at least in the first year of your university studies.

For who is the WAT program designated for?

For full-time students at universities. The American embassy doesn’t grant visas for part-time students.

Is there an age limit for the WAT program?

It depends on the visa sponsor and your employment. The standard age range is from 18 to 26 years old.

If I have my own travel insurance, do I have to pay the travel insurance included in the program fee?

Yes, the health and accident insurance from the visa sponsor is mandatory, because it meets the requirements for this program.

Program options and employment choosing

I’m contemplating between work options in the USA, how to make the best decision?

If you’d like to work on the beach with the sun shining over you, then lifeguarding is the ideal option. If you prefer working in restaurants and shops, check out our online catalogue and choose from the many offered job positions. Need a hand with the decision-making? Contact us!

Pre-course, course and lifeguarding

Is the work of a lifeguard difficult, what comes with it?

Working as a pool lifeguard is not as physically hard as the job of a beach lifeguard. At the pool, you have to keep an eye on the visitors and them following the rules, keep the pool and its surroundings clean. On the beach, your responsibilities would be supervising the people following the rules, lending sunshades and deckchairs.

What is the pre-course about?

Your tasks will be: 100 meters breaststroke, 100 meters crawl and 100 meters swimming without any time limit. Fishing out a 5-kilo brick, put it on your chest and swim back without using your arms. Have a talk in English with the instructor of the course, to know your English level. Next stop – the course!

Is the pre-course and course same for pool and beach lifeguards?

Yes, but beach lifeguards have to swim 500 meters crawl under 10 minutes. During the year, every beach lifeguard sends a video of the 500-meter swim to the coordinator of the program, to make sure you are ready for this kind of job. You won’t be employed, if you won’t fulfill the 500-metre swim.

Scared of the lifeguard course – there’s nothing to worry about!

It’s a three-day course, where you’ll have a lot of fun with our instructors. We will teach you everything, what is needed to work as a lifeguard.

Can I work as a lifeguard, if I wear contact lenses/glasses?

Yes of course, everything will be manageable with contact lenses.

How can I prepare myself for the pre-course and course, to pass successfully?

Train! Swim and dive (at least 4 meters deep) regularly.

CV, video, interview

Can I send you my own CV?

No, we have our own CV template. There are all needed information for the employer, you can download it in the Czech-us account or we’ll send it to you through an email.

Do I have to have the video, even though my employer doesn’t require it?

No, you don’t. We don’t require one, if the employer does not either. The video is an interesting way, how your employer can get to know you better.

When there is CV, Skype and video, do I have to undergo all of it or I can choose?

You have to take part in all of it, the employer chooses employees very carefully.

Accommodation

If the employer doesn’t provide accommodation in the USA, can I arrange it by myself?

Most of the employers do provide accommodation for the students. If the accomodation is included in the job offer or employment contract, then you can’t arrange your own.

Do I pay the rent beforehand from the Czech Republic or in the USA?

The total amount of the rent will be divided by the number of your pays – it will be automatically deducted. In some cases, a housing deposit will be needed to pay.

How much does it cost in the USA?

It depends on the location and quality of the accommodation. Usually it’s between 75 and 125 USD per week.

Flight tickets

Why do we have to have changeable flight tickets?

You never know what can happen – health, family, school problems can occur. That’s why it’s good to have them. Thanks to that, you then can change your flight time or the place of your arrival. It is also a requirement of the Work and Travel program.

Is changing of the flight ticket for free?

No, it depends on the terms of the airline.

Where can I find the number of my flight?

In the electronical flight ticket. It is a combination of two letters and 1-4 numbers.

Do I need a printed flight ticket, when departing?

No, you need just your passport, otherwise everything is in the system.

Do I need an online check-in before the departure?

It depends on the terms of the airline, usually it’s done at the airport.

Visiting the embassy

How likely is it for me to get the visas?

The chance of getting them is basically 99,9%. The requirements are set and we accept students, who meet them. You will get all of the instructions about doing the paperwork and arranging an appointment from us, you just need to follow them. Before the visit of the embassy, you’ll come to us and we’ll check if everything is right and ready. Then it’s your turn to answer some questions, give your fingerprints and everything will be done.

How does the checking of the documents look like?

It is quite fast, if you have all the things needed prepared. You have to bring the required documents, a passport photo (If the one that you uploaded into the system isn’t enough or has low-quality). Even if the system accepts your photography, it doesn’t mean it meets the requirements. You will get the DS2019 document from us and that’s it.

How do I arrange an appointment at the embassy and when?

The visa sponsor will approve and issue you the DS-2019 form, after that we will send you all the instructions about arranging an appointment and applying for the visa.

I came for an extended weekend to Prague to visit the embassy, and I have baggage with me, will the let me in?

No, you should visit the embassy without any additional heavy and big bags. Because of the safety reasons, they won’t let you bring any electronic devices, that’s why you will have to leave them with the security. They surely don’t have any spare space for your baggage.

I am really nervous from my visit at the embassy, what do I do?

Calm yourself, there is no need to be stressed. The appointment with the ambassador will be a 5-minute talk, usually about your studies, work in the USA and relations to the Czech Republic. The wait before, can be very stressful, but there’s nothing to worry about, you will have all the things checked-out and ready with you.

The agency appealed on me to arrange an appointment at the embassy, way too soon before my departure, I don’t have the time now, because I am busy with school.

You shouldn’t delay the visit; a lot of things can happen during that time. It’s better to go sooner, than later. Busy season at the embassy starts in the beginning of April and the busiest time is in May, there might be a possibility you would wait for hours. (In 2015 during May and June visas weren’t provided worldwide for three weeks, but just 50 of our students had to deal with departure problems, thanks to the early appointments).

The agency appealed on me to arrange an appointment at the embassy, but I live too far from Prague and don’t have time.

This problem may occur, but the dates are usually open even a few months ahead. You can arrange an appointment two months beforehand, and then you won’t have any problems.

Life in the USA

How much cash should I bring with me?

We recommend you to take 1000 USD, a part of it can be in your bank account, but you should take at least 500 USD in cash.

What is the average pay?

It’s about 7.25 – 11 USD per hour. Employments where you get tips, usually have a lower pay.

Travelling

What is the grace period? Why is my visa valid just until my End Date?

Work visa are valid until the End Date. After it you have 30 days (Grace Period), for travelling around the USA, that isn’t written in the visas. You should insure yourself for the time before the begging of your job and after.

Is ESTA needed for travelling to the USA?

It is not, you will have the J-1 visa. But of course, if you plan to travel after you work season (during your “grace period”) ESTA is needed.

If I want to travel outside of the USA during my stay, what do I need?

You need an approval from your visa sponsor, to whom you’ll send your DS-2019. The visa sponsor will fill in the date of leaving and return it back.

Which documents and visas do I need to travel to Canada?

If you are travelling by a ship or flying, you should get the ETA registration, otherwise you don’t need anything.

Can I miss school and come back after the start of the semester?

We don’t recommend it, the application for the J-1 visa can be refused. One of the requirements is to return back to school at the right time.

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Contact program coordinator:

Kamila Zukalová

Kamila Zukalová

Work and Travel USA

+420 777 721 763

k.zukalova@czech-us.cz

Andrea Hrušková

Andrea Hrušková

Work and Travel USA

+420 773 960 963

a.hruskova@czech-us.cz

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