Summer Work Travel Program for Ukraine Students Launched
February 26, 2007 – The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation is today launching its 2007 Summer Work Travel Program, an exchange initiative which can bring up to 800 university students from Ukraine to work and travel in the U.S. during the summer months.
Authority to sponsor students from abroad emanates from the U.S. State Department’s Exchange Visitor Program, derived from the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Public Law 87-256) as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2451, et. seq. (1988), also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act. The purpose of the Act is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges. Activities specified in the Act are facilitated, in part, through the designation of public and private entities as sponsors of the Exchange Visitor Program.
The U.S. State Department’s Summer Work/Travel category allows foreign post-secondary students to enter the United States to work and travel for a maximum of four months during their summer vacations.
The Foundation earned its Summer Work/Travel sponsor designation in November 2006.
Since then, the Foundation has been busily setting up the 2007 program. You can visit the Foundation’s comprehensive Summer Work Travel Program website at www.exchangeusa.org for more information.
The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s role is to ensure that students and employers meet the criteria established by the U.S. Department of State, to pair students with potential employers, and to provide administrative support throughout the program.
Full-time, Ukrainian college students between the ages of 18 to 28 whose English proficiency is at the intermediate level are encouraged to apply. Summer Work Travel jobs include unskilled or entry-level positions such as amusement park ride operators, retail staff, cashiers, hotel desk clerks, lifeguards, and parking attendants.
“It should be noted that the Summer Work Travel Program is not only beneficial to students, but also provides a unique seasonal staffing solution for U.S. employers. There is no charge for employers to participate in the program. Employers also benefit financially as students hired under this program are exempt from Social Security provisions and the students do not need employer-paid health coverage. We highly encourage interested employers to contact the Foundation as soon as possible,” states John A. Kun, Vice President of the Foundation.
“Youth involvement in U.S.-Ukraine cross-cultural activities is a strong interest of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation. Today, we have an opportunity to bring even more American and Ukrainian students together to gain greater knowledge and understanding of one another,” says Nadia K. McConnell, the Foundation’s President.
Other student-oriented activities of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation are the Youth Leadership Program, the Internship Program, the Books for Libraries Project, and its three scholarship programs, the Kovaluk, Maryniuk and Sutraruk funds.
Employers and students interested in the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s 2007 Summer Work Travel Program should visit www.exchangeusa.org. You can also contact the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation by phone at (202) 223-2228 or by email at . Staffers Bohdan Kovalchuk and Olesya Favorska are ready to assist you!