We have the answers to all your questions
If you participate in the program for the first time you probably have a lot of questions that arise. We have selected the most common ones for you here, but in case you do not find the answer to your questions here visit your Orange office and speak with your consultant.
- Shall I sign in the program?
Yes. Not only because we say so, but also because it is really cool to take part in such program. If you do not trust us, ask your friends who have participated before, for an opinion :)
- Which US region to choose?
If you participate in the program for the first time, it is absolute normal that every region looks equally same for you. In order to help you, we will offer you job offers in busy tourist places that are personally checked by Orange representatives. We will also offer you job offers at experienced work and travel employers, that we have only positive feedback from. It is still up to you whether to choose Florida or Alaska, but we will halp you to make that choice simple.
- Shall I pay the whole program fee into one installment?
No. We split the program fee into two installments: first and smaller one, that you pay when you sign in the program, and second, larger one, that you pay after you receive a job offer. The program fee may be splitted into more than two installments, if you prefer. If you participate in the program as Self-placed, you need to pay the second installment after you receive your work permit, DS-2019.
- Do I have enough time to decide whether to sign in the program now, or later?
Yes. No one expects that you will take that decision right away. Come to our office as many times as you wish. Ask all your questions, to be sure that you are well informed about everything. Do not forget, though, that there are lots of advantages in signing in the program earlier: the program price is lower, and you have the largest choice of job offers that early in the season.
- Is it true that the best job offers are advertised later in the season?
No. We start adverticing a job offer at the moment we receive it from our US sponsors. And they receive it after every employer finalizes the previous work and travel season, analyses it and decides how many international students they need to hire for the new summer season. Every employer have their own business rhytm. That's why we advertice job offers from October, to April.
- What should I choose-to apply for a job through Skype fair, or attend a Job fair?
Both ways have their advantages. Most important here is to choose a job offer, and to follow the instructions on how you may apply for it. Whatever you choose, do not miss the chance to ask the employer all you need to know. Spend some time to prepare for the interview.
- Do I need to be 21 or older, in order to sign in the program?
No. Although this is the official age that the Americans come of age, in order to sign in the program you must have turned 18. Only a few employers request the students to have turned 21 in order to apply for a job with them, and we will inform you of who exactly they are.
- May I pay for my Work and Travel program after I return from the US?
Yes, if you are an AUBG student. Find out how you can do it.
- How much does the aiplane ticket cost?
The price for your airplane ticket depends on your destination. If your employer is on the East coast, the price for the ticket is approximately 600-750 euro. If your employer is on the West coast or Alaska, it will cost approximately 850-1050 euro. Eather ways we will offer you the lowest, student airfare roundtrip ticket, consistent with your personal preferences, and issued by us.
- May I sign in the program with my girlfriend?
Yes. There are no limitations on how large your group of friends may be. If you wish to work at the same place, we will assist you by offering you an employer, that is big enough to hire all of you.
- I do not want to sign in the program because I do not like travelling alone.
Huge part of our participants sign in the program alone, and shortly after that they meet other participants and decide to traver together. In order to assist you in finding new friends easy, we have developed a special section on your MyOrange web profile, where you can find the names and the contacts of other Orange students who will work at the place where you will work; will fly at the same flight with you, etc. Well, it looks like you are no longer alone :)
- May I sign in the program with a friend of mine, who studies in other city in Bulgaria, not in mine?
Yes. If in the city where he studies there is an Orange office, he can sign there and inform our colleagues of your name. We will automatically sign you as a group.
- Shall I choose to work in a big city, or in a small tourist town?
Both big cities and small towns have their good and bad sides. Second job options and fun places are way more in the larger cities, but the living costs (rent, food, transportation costs) are way higher than in a small town. In the small town is exaclty the opposite: the distances are smaller, the accomodations are cheaper, the local people are more friendly :) Whatever you choose, you may count on your Orange consultant for an advice.
- What're the summer temperatures in Alaska ?
Everybody thinks of Alaska as of a snowy and "freez to death" place :) This is quite true, but during the winter, NOT in the summer. Alaska is a place with an unique nature and is very popular student destination. Average summer temperatures are between 23 and 28 degrees Celsius, that feels like the spring in Bulgaria.
- What is the best time to start my program?
You need to consider your start date with your summer break and your classes at the university. Find out if it is permitted to move your exams for an earlier date or if you can sign the next school year with missing scores. Your program must start somewhere in the time from May to middle of June. We advise you not to leave after that period, because this will make your program quite short, the summer season will have started and your adaptation will be more stressful.
- I do not speak perfect English. May I still sign in the program?
The program does not require to have perfect English skills. It is important to have at least intermediate level of English, in order to apply succesfully for US visa, do your job well, and be independent. Please note that from the time you sign in the program until the actual moment you leave to the US, there may be at least two months time. Use that time to improve your English skills by speaking with friends. You can always speak in Englisgh with your Orange consultants in order to check if there is anything to worry about :)
- What shall I work in the US?
Choosing a job offer is a very important stage in your program. This why we will be there, to help you with an advice and feedback. In general, the work is in hotels, water and adventure parks, fast food restaurants, bakeries, etc. Think well what you would like to work, is your English good enough for that job, do you enjoy customer service type of work or you prefer to be in the back.
- I am afraid that I may get a visa denial.
Well, we admit that it is a little bit scary. This why we will tell you what to expect at the visa interview. The desicion whether to receive a J1 visa or not is up to the US consul, but we will do our best to prepare you for the interview and the procedures at the Embassy. When you are prepared of what to expect, you will be less nervous and the risk of a visa denial will be lower.
- Where shall I sleep in the US?
While considering a job offer, you will find a detailed description about everything: pay rate, the regon, the job requrements and duties, second job options, etc. It will also contain information about the housing. Most of the employers secure housing for their students. Those who do not secure hosung, provide a list of places where you can look for a room and book one. Do not forget that it is always students' responsibility to pay the rent!
- How much money shall I lose, in case I receive a visa denial?
None. Orange will refund the complete program fee, including the ticket fee. In case you choose to get our additional service Visa Guard, you will also get back the visa interview fee that you have paid.
- Do I need to have an international drivers license?
In case you have a Bulgarian drivers license, you may use it within 30 days of your arrival in the US. If you plan to drive more than 30 days, you need to issue an internationla drivers license in the closest UAB center in Bulgaria, before you leave to the US.