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University students from over fifty countries come to the United States on the holiday between the end of their academic year, and the beginning of the next year, to take seasonal positions with American employers.

We have programs for university students, employers and university/school Administrators.

Who is Eligible

  • You must be a full-time student at an accredited post-secondary educational institution. 
  • You must be at least 18 years of age when you apply for your visa. 
  • You must be returning to your educational institution following your program. 
  • You must have good enough English skills to work effectively at your employment.

What type of job will I be doing? 

GeoVisions will find a job for you at a qualified employer in the United States. Most often these are seasonal jobs, in positions where there are not enough American workers to fill a need. Typical jobs include:

  • Fast food (like McDonalds) team positions
  • Waiters and waitresses
  • Housekeepers
  • General maintenance
  • Ride operators at theme parks
  • Cashiers and store clerks
  • Ski and beach resort positions
  • National Parks (like Grand Canyon and Isle Royale National Park)

Most GeoVisions employers have had foreign students work for them before, and most of our employers have selected GeoVisions for many years. All of our employers arrange housing for students, and, before you leave your home country, you will know your general type of job, your wages, and the cost of housing.

Visa Information

Holiday Work/Travel students come to the United States on a J-1 Cultural Exchange Visa. GeoVisions is designated by the US Department of State to issue the Form DS-2019. This form will list the primary employer where you are authorized to work (this is the only place you can work on a GeoVisions program, though you are allowed to get second jobs that do not interfere with your job at your primary employer). Once you have this form, you arrange an appointment at the US Embassy or Consulate in your country, and they interview you. Only the visa officer at the Embassy can issue you a visa. Receiving a GeoVisions-issued Form DS-2019 does not guarantee that you will receive a visa.

Program Rules

GeoVisions has established the following rules for program participants. Each student must agree to follow these rules while participating on this program.

As a participant on the program you must agree to:

  • Inform GeoVisions, through your agent, of your exact travel times, expected arrival time, and final method of travel to your employer.
  • Arrive prior to the date your employer expects you to begin your employment. You may arrive up to two weeks prior to the starting date on your DS-2019.
  • Report to the employer listed in your DS-2019 Form. This is the only employer with whom you are authorized to work (other than second jobs). Students who do not report to their employer, or who leave without prior permission from GeoVisions, will be reported to the U.S. Department of State and Department of Homeland Security.
  • Check in with GeoVisions within three days of arrival in the US. This can be done by phone, fax, E Mail, or on the GeoVisions Web-site.
  • Attend pre-arrival and post-arrival orientations.
  • Obey all U.S. laws.
  • Work the entire period as stated on the employment confirmation form.
  • Carry out the duties assigned to you to the best of your ability.
  • Comply with all of your company’s rules including dress code.
  • Understand that employment is temporary and can only be extended to a maximum of a four-month work period.  This is from the start date on your form DS-2019, and not from the date of your arrival into the U.S.
  • Complete and return all GeoVisions evaluation forms.
  • Do not work beyond the time period on your DS-2019. In no case can you work more than 4 months from the start date on your form DS-2019, or during the travel portion of your program.
  • Leave the U.S. at the end of your program and return to your home country.

I had originally thought I was going to be teaching the older kids of the family english just by talking and holding conversations with them, but I ended up doing my best teaching english to the younger kids in the family.
Hillary A.
Des Moines, IA
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