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USA Hotel Professional

Working Holiday
United States
6 to 12 months
18 to 35
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Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

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Lifetime deposit guarantee

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Trip overview

Explore the Land of Opportunity whilst stepping up your career on our USA Hotel Professional. If you want to dive into the culture of everything that is the USA, have some education or experience in hospitality, tourism or hotel management and have been thinking about turning that into a career back home, then this is the paid travel experience for you! You’re going to be hosted by some industry-leading hotels around the USA, learning on the job and funding your travels through earning a local income. After you’ve finished your trip, chances are the organisation may even offer employment with a sister hotel back home, or somewhere else in the world!

We offer the complete package for those wanting to take huge strides in their career abroad, whilst at the same time discovering everything the Land of the Free has to offer. This trip secures you a paid internship with a prestigious 4 or 5-star hotel in the USA, with a J1 sponsorship visa of up to 12 months on a US Government-approved exchange program. 

Get expert experience in the country of your dreams, network with industry leaders and obtain impressive and valuable skills to add to your resume/CV. This trip is perfect for upcoming hospitality superstars to level up their career in an incredible environment, whilst ticking off travel goals at the same time. 



Paid internship/traineeship
You’ll be placed at a 4 or 5-star hotel (or a top restaurant for some culinary placements) in the US that is bound to look incredible on your resume/CV. You can earn up to $18USD per hour (plus tips if applicable) while gaining invaluable skills to further your career.
J-1 visa sponsorship
We will organise your coveted J1 visa sponsorship through our US partner office, authorised by the US Department of State.
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and are ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.
J-1 visa guidance
Receive the expertise from our well-versed team who’ll help you apply for and validate your J1 visa prior to leaving. This is your ticket to being allowed to legally work in the USA! Get your visa approved as cheap and easy as possible with our step-by-step instructions and personal guidance by your Trip Coordinator.
Personal Travel Concierge
You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, travel insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.
Private airport transfer
Arrive in style with a private transfer to take you straight from the nearest airport to your placement or initial accommodation.
5 nights hostel accommodation
During your trip, we’ll give you 5 nights to stay in a 4-bed hostel anywhere in America, so you can keep travelling on us.
Medical insurance
Rest assured that in the unusual event that something happens to you during your placement, you are covered for medical care in the US. (General travel insurance is still required)
Local life essentials
We'll deliver a prepaid US SIM card to you before you go with unlimited national calls & texts, international SMS and 2GB of data for the first 3 months of your trip. Our in-country partner will help you set up your Social Security Number and bank account once you arrive.
Online orientation
You’ll arrive in the US completely prepared for the unexpected and knowing absolutely everything you have to know. From the legalities of your new role, to the arrival process when you get there. Having completed your online orientation, you’ll be ready to go.
Permanent accommodation support
If permanent accommodation isn’t provided with your job opportunity, you’ll be provided with help to find the perfect home.
$200 Global Tour Voucher
We know this will be the trip of a lifetime, so you also get a $200 Global Tour Voucher to put towards any Contiki, Busabout, Topdeck or G Adventures tour so you can go and explore some more of the world whilst you’re over there. You’re welcome.
Ongoing support from our team
From our team and in-country project partners, think of them as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, you’ll be provided with unlimited support.
24/7 Global Emergency Line
Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.
gWorld access
Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.
Marketplace deals
Get exclusive access to deals and discounts through our online Marketplace. Save big on a huge range of products and services from our brand partners worldwide.
$250 off your next trip
The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?
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Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency. Read more.


To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be between 18-35 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country

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Trip details

Our USA Hotel Professional is designed to get you set up abroad as quickly and safely as possible. If you haven’t heard already, getting a visa to work in America isn’t easy. You can’t just fly over there and start working unless you have already secured yourself a placement through a registered US sponsor organisation. Our expert team takes care of all the stressful essentials you need to get set up overseas, from a US Government-approved visa sponsorship, to J-1 visa application advice, as well as unparalleled guidance and support on any questions you might have about working, living & travelling in the States. Simply, we’re here to ensure your transition to experiencing life in the USA is seamless.

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Book with confidence

Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Lifetime deposit guarantee

Change of mind for trip, destination or dates? No problem! Learn more here.

Trip location

You could be placed at 4 and 5-star hotels, or prestigious restaurants in sought after locations across the USA. 

Trip itinerary

Week 1

Touch down in the USA to begin your hospitality traineeship adventure. Your first week will vary greatly depending on who you have undertaken your traineeship with. If you’re with a hotel you will always start with an orientation class with the other new exchange participants & employees to the hotel. This is where you will learn about the hotel culture and what’s involved with your new role. 

If you have taken on a traineeship with a standalone restaurant you will be a lot more down to business. Meeting HR and who you’ll be working with, given a tour and a rundown of your role, then you’ll jump straight in! 



You’re going to learn by doing. Diving headfirst into hospitality and learning the ins and outs of the business, all while earning in the top 3% of your chosen industry. 

At some point you may want to utilise any time off and go exploring. When that happens be sure to get in touch with us to book your included 5 nights of 4-bed hostel accommodation, anywhere in the US. 

Our team will be there for your support throughout your stay. Make sure you buzz our 24/7 Global Emergency Line if anything urgent pops up or if you need important information immediately. We’re always here to help you.


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Frequently asked questions

Yes! There are several destinations that are open to travellers right now! And if you’re from Australia, you could be able to get an exemption to travel if you’re travelling for over 3 months*, which is the majority of our trips. We can advise how to apply for this exemption. We recommend our travellers book their trips at least 6-12 months in advance, so by the time you’re ready to depart we’re confident your destination (if it’s not already open) will be open and ready to go. *Full exemption info here.

If you have to make any changes to your departure date, you’re protected by our Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. With this, we will change your trip dates for free. If this doesn’t fit around you and you can’t go on your trip anymore, we will give you a 100% refund in the form of a Trip Credit with us (See terms). If you’re unable to use it, you can also transfer that credit to someone else for them to put towards any trip too.

If you’re affected by COVID while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We work with a travel insurance company that provides COVID protection, and people going on Volunteer trips will get this for free currently!

Yes we are! All of our trips are still being planned for and taking new bookings. We always recommend that our travellers take 6-12 months between booking their trip to departure. This gives you plenty of time to arrange all the finer details of your trip, and pay it off. If things don’t go as planned you are always able to rearrange your trip using your Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility! So there is really nothing to worry about.

In 2020, the world stopped. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. If COVID affects your trip, you are protected for any changes with our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. Why not give yourself something to look forward to, by booking that trip!

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together. Meaning that you can live together and work together. If availability doesn’t allow it, we’ll get you in the same area. So you’ll be able to have this experience together!

Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 56 days before departure without incurring ANY charges, and you’re able to rebook it for ANY time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.

In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 56 days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Travel Credit which you can put towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 3 years!

How it works

Make your decision
Choose your trip style and destination, and confirm your spot with a deposit. Then, open your gWorld account and celebrate, the hardest part is over and the fun is about to begin.
We become friends
You’ll be matched with a personal Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs. They’ll guide you through everything we need to do together, so you can leave your worries behind.
Time to go
We’ll get your tickets in-hand and your transfers ready. Then, our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared for your arrival. It’s now time for the real adventure to start.
24/7 support
Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.

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We're the experts
With over 10 years in the industry and a team of over 100 passionate pros, you can bet we know our stuff better than anyone else.
Partner network
We have over 1,200 partners around the globe, so we have access to plenty of exclusive opportunities to make your trip the best it can be.

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