Working Holiday in USA

4.9(21 reviews)
Experience
Working Holiday
Destination
United States
Duration
3 to 4 months
Ages
18 to 35
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Interest-free payment plans

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

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

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Lifetime deposit guarantee

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

Trip overview

Discover what it’s like to live like a local on our Working Holiday in the USA. This is your chance to have the greatest summer of your life. Utilise your university break in the best possible way and take this opportunity to travel to The Land of Opportunity! Head over for up to 4 months on your cultural exchange knowing you’ve got an amazing job in the US lined up from a range of fun and cool host companies. Think hospitality to hotels, theme parks to ski resorts (in winter) to name just a few! Feel inspired in the concrete jungle, cruise from coast to coast and tick jaw-dropping landmarks off your bucket list as you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience working and travelling abroad.

You may have wondered how to get a work visa for the USA, and you’d be right in thinking it’s generally more difficult to obtain a temporary work permit in the USA than in many other countries. The reason is that you require both a sponsor and J-1 visa. Our team, along with our in-country partner organisation, will take the stress out of the process for you and help you navigate through the tricky parts by securing your essential sponsorship. With this sponsorship achieved for you, you can sit back and relax knowing that your American adventure is going to go off without a hitch.

Completely immerse yourself in one of the most fascinating and varied countries in the world, make lifelong friends and, best of all, break away from your usual routine back home as you embark on an unforgettable journey working overseas. With everything arranged for you, this trip is perfect for those who want to be more than the average tourist and adventure for longer.

Inclusions

Host company match
Arrive knowing that you’re going to spend your university break doing a job that you enjoy to fund your adventures across the country!
J-1 visa sponsorship
Rest assured that we’ve arranged an organisation to be your sponsor, which means you can start the USA working visa application process straight away.
J-1 visa application
Receive the expertise from our well-versed team who’ll help you apply for and validate your J-1 visa prior to leaving. With it, you’ll be able to work in the USA for up to 4 months, leaving yourself plenty of time to see the country!
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.
Pre-departure guide and handbook
Read through our invaluable guide and handbook. These will be your new best friends as you prepare to live out the American dream.
Personal Travel Concierge
You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, 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.
Overnight stay in Las Vegas
If Vegas isn’t on your USA bucket list, it should be! On this trip, it's on us! Enjoy a 4-star hotel and stroll the famous Vegas strip. Enjoy what Nevada has to offer. There’s an option to add a 2nd night too. (Flight not included).
Permanent accommodation support
If permanent accommodation isn’t provided with your job opportunity, our partner will point you in the right direction to find the perfect accommodation for you.
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 2 months of your trip. Our in-country partner will help you set up your Social Security Number and bank account once you arrive.
US medical insurance
Feel confident knowing you’re covered by a US Government-approved medical insurance, just in case. (T&Cs & exclusions apply)
5 nights hostel accommodation
During your trip, we’ll give you 5 nights to stay in a 4-person dorm hostel anywhere in the USA, perfect for your epic side trips!
$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 local team
Think of us as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, our team will provide you with support throughout your trip.
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.

Qualification

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
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Working Holiday in the USA trip is designed to get you set up abroad as quickly and safely as possible. Our expert team take care of all the stressful essentials you need to get set up overseas, from a USA visa sponsorship, to J-1 visa application advice, finding you the perfect job while you’re there, as well as unparalleled guidance and support on any questions you might have about working abroad. Simply, we’re here to ensure your transition to working abroad 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

Arrive in the country, immerse yourself in the phenomenon that is America and start uncovering 50 states bursting with opportunity and diversity.

Trip itinerary

Week 1+

Touch down close to your new job placement in the USA to begin your working holiday adventure. Relax, make some new friends and squeeze in some travel plans before you start your first day of work! 

It’s essential you validate your program with your sponsor within 10 days of your arrival. We recommend doing this in the first couple of days of your trip so it’s out of the way. 

Ongoing

Whether you’re seeking tax information, healthcare options or job opportunities, our USA partner offers ongoing support and advice throughout your entire stay.

Make sure you buzz our 24/7 Emergency Support Line if anything urgent pops up or if you need important information immediately. We’re always here to help you.

When you're ready to set off and travel across the States and make sure you get the most out of your included 5 nights hostel accommodation and overnight stay in Vegas!

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Traveller jobs & locations 

From sea to shining sea, we’ve got job opportunities dotted all over the USA, so your options are pretty endless. Land an entry to mid-level job which will be fun and social, so you can make friends, learn new skills and have the freedom to explore new places. Here’s a list of jobs our travellers often choose on their working holiday in the USA.

  • Amusement parks
  • Ski Resorts
  • National Parks
  • Restaurants
  • Front desk personnel
  • Lifeguards
  • Retail
  • + Loads more!

From the sun-kissed paradise of California, the rustic “Real America” feel of Tennessee or even the perpetual winter wonderland that is Alaska! We’ve got connections with host companies dotted all over the USA, so you could find yourself working in any of these destinations.

  • Wisconsin
  • Tennesse
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Cape Cod
  • Michigan
  • Virginia
  • New Hampshire
  • Alaska
  • + More

Reviews

Phoebe R
Booked in Jul, 2019
Liam has been awesome!
Frances H
Booked in Jul, 2018
Amazing! Everything was perfect!
Stephanie B
Booked in Feb, 2018
Incredible ! They made this so easy !
Tess H
Adam was an absolute legend, and extremely helpful throughout the whole process so far. Customer service is on point guys, awesome job. Really friendly staff and I'm genuinely happy with the over and above service you've provided. Cheers Adam, LAD
Callum B
Very straight and simple, and makes you feel excited and want to go as soon as possible!
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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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Flexible trips
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Worldwide support
Know that someone is always ready to assist throughout the journey & they’re only a call, tweet, comment, text or double tap away, 24/7.
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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