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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Gymnastics Coach at Camp in America

from £649

63 days

United States of America

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

Tennis Coaching Roles at Summer Camp

from £649

63 days

United States of America

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

Archery Jobs at Camp in America

from £649

63 days

United States of America

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

Hiking and Trip Leading at Camp

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Hike and lead trips in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain...

Sports Role Summer Camp USA

from £649

63 days

United States of America

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

Lifeguard Jobs at Camp in America

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Being a lifeguard is arguably the best job you could ever have at camp! The ultimate tan, full access to...

Performing Arts Jobs at Camp

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Teach Performing Arts in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain over...

Become an Instructor with Ski and Snowboard Training

from £4579

100 - 150 days

Canada, United States of America

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

Lifeguard Roles Summer Camp USA

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Paid Lifeguard opportunities in America! Work in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all...

Camp Counselor Roles at Summer Camp

from £649

63 days

United States of America

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

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Troop to the Gorillas

from £655

What could be better than observing gorillas kicking back in their natural habitat? Nothing, that’s what. According to research, gorillas...

China Highlights

from £969

Get a taste of China on this short but culture-filled adventure. Travel from modern Shanghai to old Beijing and explore...

Balkan Coasts

from £1277

Boom! You’re about to have the best time on this bulked-out Balkan Coasts adventure. We’re taking you from Dubrovnik to...

Explore Spain and Portugal

from £2225

Follow an enticing trail of delicious tapas, avant-garde art, architectural triumphs and centuries-old culture on this incredible tour through Spain...

Avenue of the Volcanoes Independent Adventure

From the outdoor playground of Baños to the bustling lanes of the Otavalo market, get an introduction to the culture,...

London Break – Hostel

from £209

Forget blowing precious pounds on overpriced accommodation. This four-day adventure allows you to explore London from the comfort of the...

Winter Celtic Trail

from £1299

Channel your inner explorer as you discover highlights in Ireland, Wales and England. Get amongst the history and culture, check...

Marvellous Morocco

Watch the sun rise above the highest sand dunes in Morocco and journey through fresh cedar forests in the Atlas...

Northern Hilltribes & Villages

from £356

From the luxury of Bangkok's malls and gleaming high-rises, head north to Thailand's hills. Eating and sleeping with the hilltribes...

Las Vegas to New Orleans

from £930

Explore southern America on a road trip and discover what is surely one of the USA's kookiest corners. Beginning among...

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