Consulate to Discuss U.S. Work/Travel Options for Bermudians

For Immediate Release
February 25, 2016

Consulate to Discuss U.S. Work/Travel Options for Bermudians

Consul General Mary Ellen Koenig will host two information sessions about exchange opportunities available to young Bermudians to work and travel in the United States.  The sessions are open to young people from any school in Bermuda and their parents.

The first session will be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at the Bermuda Hospitality Institute, 22 Church Street, Hamilton.  Ms. Pandora Glassford, Training Manager for the Department of Workforce Development, will also be there.  Please call 295-5049 to confirm attendance.

The second session will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, in North Hall (G301) at Bermuda College.

The U.S. Department of State oversees these exchange programs, which provide opportunities to work in a wide range of fields while also providing exposure to American culture and travel opportunities.  Participants in these exchange programs work as camp counselors, au pairs, interns, or in fields such as the hospitality industry or at theme parks around the country.

Work/study programs are operated by numerous organizations in the United States that promote educational travel.  Each program seeks to introduce young people from abroad to American culture.  These organizations are responsible for job placements and provide advice on visas, housing, and other program issues; fees for these services are charged and vary from organization to organization.  Each organization is vetted by and overseen by the Department of State to ensure participants’ health, welfare and safety through government-mandated regulations.