Spend your university break experiencing life in the United States.
Work and Travel USA provides international students with the unique opportunity to spend their summer vacations living, working, and experiencing life in the United States. And as your program sponsor, AHA will help you have the best experience possible, and be with you every step of the way!
Students can participate in the Work & Travel USA program for up to four months during their academic break, and travel for up to 30 days after their work experience. Students are eligible to work at resorts, hotels, restaurants, stores, theme parks, and national parks.
Students for Work and Travel USA must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Proficient in English to successfully interact in an English speaking environment
- Be registered as a full-time student at a university or other institution of post-secondary education. The degree/diploma course in which you are registered must be at least two years in duration.
With AHA its simple, complete an online application and a professional resume will be created through our automatic resume builder.
Upon receipt of your approved application, you will be scheduled an interview with an AHA manager.
Yes! Please submit a copy of your resume and the details of your host employer for prescreening to Info@AmericanHospitalityAcademy.com Once approved, you will be asked to complete the online program application and begin the enrollment process.
AHA fosters an environment where diversity is valued, essential skills are developed, and individual aspirations are fulfilled. We are committed to creating opportunities that bring people together and enriches lives. All participants are enrolled into World Campus, our comprehensive, online global community that connects students and young professionals from around the world with one another and the entire AHA team, it is your one stop location for:
- Orientation, Information, Policies, Procedures, Resources and Downloads
- Life in the USA Guide
- Professional Development Seminars, Discussion Forums
- Hospitality Professional Certificate
- Passport to Culture – A Cultural Exchange Activity
- And Much More
As an AHA participant, you are automatically enrolled into AHA’s online global community, World Campus and have the option to earn the Hospitality Professional Certificate, “HPC”. The Hospitality Professional Course, which consists of online seminar and coursework, emphasizes the development of both professional and personal leadership traits needed to be successful in the hospitality industry and to live and work in a globally interdependent and cultural diverse world. AHA's certificate programs draw upon the knowledge, skills, resources and passion of the entire AHA community and are recognized by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Completing the HPC is optional.
As a J-1 Participant, you are required to have insurance meeting or exceeding the following coverage:
- Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness
- Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000
- Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $25,000
- A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness
AHA has partnered with two insurance vendors allowing you to select a plan that best meets your needs
- One Time Deductable as low as $250 then 80/20 Coinsurance.
- Coinsurance waived if expenses are incurred within PPO network.
- As low as $1.27 per day
- $0 fee for cancellations.
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- As low as $100 copay per incident or illness.
- $1.19 per day
- $25 fee for cancellations
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The U.S. Health Care System
The U.S. health care system is probably quite different from what you are used to in your home country. Because understanding the U.S. health care system can be complicated, AHA has dedicated insurance professionals to assist participants. It is best to carefully read the details of your insurance coverage before you enter the U.S. If you have any questions or concerns, you should contact the insurance professional.
Your Travel Health Insurance Policy
Your travel insurance policy is designed to cover your medical expenses during a temporary stay in the U.S. As a general rule, your insurance will cover medical emergencies and most sicknesses, but routine examinations, vaccinations, regular dental treatment, or vision services will not be covered. As is usual with these types of limited policies, there is no coverage for pre-existing conditions. If you suffer from a chronic disease (such as asthma or diabetes), you need to ensure that your health insurance at home covers you for any costs related to these sicknesses while in the U.S.
Always carry your Insurance ID card
In the U.S., you must show proof of insurance when you need medical treatment. If you do not have proof of insurance, you may be asked to pay more than your co-pay at the time of the visit. This can be very expensive.
Getting Medical Attention
The quickest and most convenient way for you to get medical treatment for non-emergency situations is to go to a walk-in clinic or urgent care center. Benefits of these facilities include:
- They are open on weekends and often in the evenings
- The wait is usually much shorter than an emergency room
- The cost is less than visiting an emergency room
- You do not have to make an appointment nor have a relationship with the doctor to be seen and treated
Emergency rooms and hospitals are for life-threatening situations. If you feel your life is in danger, go directly to the closest hospital for treatment and contact AHA as soon as possible. If you go to the emergency room for a non-emergency, you will most likely have to wait several hours to be seen and could incur higher costs than your co-pay. If you need to go to the hospital or clinic but it is not life-threatening, take transportation such as a cab, bus, or subway, or ask a friend to drive you. Ambulances are for medical emergencies only. If your plan has a PPO network, you should use these health care provides. When a PPO provider is used costs are discounted. When do you call 911?
This is the emergency line in the U.S. that links directly to the local police station in your area. If you have an emergency and need assistance from the police or ambulance, dial 911. Do not call this number if it is not an emergency (you are being or have been a victim of a crime, accident, or fire); in some cities, you could be fined.
If you currently take medication and will continue this medication while on the program, you should bring enough to last the duration of the program, and you should have all these products properly packaged and labeled before leaving your home country. Please check with your local embassy about any specific documents you may need to enter the U.S. with this medication. If you lose or run out of your medication, you will have to visit a U.S. doctor. Your prescription from home is not valid in the US. AHA recommends you bring enough medication for the duration of your program. Note that the dispensing of birth control is not a free service in the United States, nor is it covered by your insurance.
Your policy has limited dental coverage. AHA recommends seeing a dentist prior to coming on your program.