Jobs in the USA

Gap Year Jobs in the USA

Although you can secure a job in the USA independently, if you don’t have a US passport or green card you will need a visa. Some visas require the applicant to be highly skilled in their profession, but there are visas designed for young people and students to gain work experience in the USA. These types of visas require you to find a Legal Sponsor (and this means a designated company, not your aunt Maureen!).

The first step is to do your research and find an organisation that can sponsor your stay in the United States. Check your eligibility, which is usually based on your home country and your educational status. Some will offer roles such as camp counsellors, au pairs, bar work, etc. You might also find a company to sponsor you for ski and snowboard work in a resort. Companies who advertise ski and snowboard instructor positions often offer free accommodation to their employees as part of their employment package, which is a great way to further fund your gap year.

Another option open to university students and graduates is the J1 Visa, a work-and-study based exchange program. You can contact your embassy for a list of designated sponsors for this visa.

Although there are a few more hoops to jump through, jobs in the USA aren’t completely out of reach. With a little bit of research you could land the job of your dreams, in the land of the free.

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Swimming Coach at Camp in America

from £649

63 days

Work as a Swimming Instructor in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages....

Gymnastics Coach at Camp in America

from £649

63 days

Become a Gymnastics Instructor in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain...

Climbing & Ropes Camp Jobs

from £249

56 - 84 days

If you love heights, climbing up rock faces and swinging from trees then we have a USA camp job for...

Archery Jobs at Camp in America

from £649

63 days

Become an Archery Instructor in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain...

Camp Counselor Roles at Summer Camp

from £649

63 days

Work in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain over 800 hours...

Sports Coaching Jobs at Camp

from £249

56 - 84 days

We are looking for passionate, enthusiastic and motivated staff to teach various sports at some amazing summer camps in the...

Waterfront Jobs at Summer Camp

from £649

63 days

Work on the waterfront at one of over 500 summer camps in America with children of all ages. Gain over...

Watersports Jobs at Summer Camp

from £249

56 - 84 days

Work in the aquatics program at a summer camp in America in June. Have an amazing summer teaching swimming or...

Summer Camp Jobs in America

from £649

63 days

Work in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain over 800 hours...

Become an Instructor with Ski and Snowboard Training

from £4579

100 - 150 days

When you join an EA Internship you will get trained, certified and receive a guaranteed job offer as a ski...

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Camping America’s West

from £1499

United States

Think every trail in the Great American West has been blazed by now? Think again, partner. Spread across 21 glorious...

Great Ocean Road Adventure ex Adelaide (Basix)

from £195

Australia

Set off on a short but sweet road trip from Adelaide to Melbourne and experience southern Australia's wild natural beauty....

Adriatic Dreams

from £1133

Treat yourself to the coastal sun and fun vibes throughout Italy and the Balkans. Explore bella Italia, overnight ferry it...

Discover Patagonia

from £3439

Argentina, Chile

Fall in love with Patagonia amid its massive peaks, welcoming people, and incredible foods. Take in the colours of Buenos...

Southern Highlights

Argentina, Brazil

If time’s a little tight and you want to sample the region’s natural wonders without sacrificing some of South America’s...

Helsinki to Oslo

from £3555

It’s fortunate that geography placed Scandinavia and the Baltic States so close together. Nowhere else in Europe can you travel...

Explore Southern Africa

from £1660

Botswana

Discover the allure of southern Africa as you roam from the golden plains of the world-famous Kruger National Park and...

Desert Tracker 19 Day

from £390

Channel your inner Attenborough on this memorable and enlightening exploration of southern and western Africa, from Cape Town to Livingstone....

Hogmanay 4 Day

from £359

Envisage festively-lit streets lined with joyous punters, incredible live bands and one of the world’s most spectacular fireworks display. Now...

Cycle Northern Spain

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Encounter the beauty of Catalonia's countryside and its rustic towns on this active bike trip. Designed for the weekend cyclist,...

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