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Summer Work and Travel Program

Practical Information

The United States’ Summer Work and Travel program permits post-secondary school students to work and travel throughout the U.S. Every year, the program draws many thousands of students from around the world, and Moldova is no exception.

Many worked at hotels, beach resorts and amusement parks across the U.S. Others were employed at casinos or national parks. And of course, they had the opportunity to see some of the cities and scenery of the fifty United States.

The Summer Work and Travel Program is a great opportunity to explore the U.S., get to know its culture and its people, improve English language skills, earn money, develop a network of international contacts, and gain marketable job skills.


To participate in this program, participants must meet the following requirements.

Participants must be post-secondary school students who are actively pursuing a degree or a full-time course of study at an accredited educational institution in their country of residence may participate in the Summer Work/Travel program only during their summer vacation.

Students may not participate in this program during time periods other than their summer vacations.

Prospective exchange visitors must also possess sufficient proficiency in the English language to participate in their programs.

How to Apply for the Summer Work and Travel Program

There are a number of local agencies that work with American sponsors and recruit Summer Work and Travel Program participants.

These agencies and American sponsors hold job fairs throughout Moldova during the winter and spring during which qualified participants can be interviewed by prospective employers.

Local agencies can also help participants locate employment on their own.

The final step involves an interview with a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, which the local agency will help to arrange.

The purpose of the interview is ensure that participants meet the requirements of the program and are eligible to receive visas.

In the United States

Once they enter the United States, students can stay for up to four months, during which time they may spend up to one month traveling. When the program ends, students are expected to return home and continue their studies.

Income earned by Summer Work and Travel Program participants in the U.S. will be taxed, but applicants can apply for a refund upon return to Moldova.

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