This program is intended to give participants an opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of the United States firsthand through a combined cultural and work experience.
We must ensure that all placements provide participants with a balanced program, including a meaningful cultural experience, a variety of opportunities to meet Americans, and a chance to learn firsthand about American society, culture, and values.
As a participant on the InterExchange Camp USA program, you are subject to the following rights and responsibilities:
You have the right to:
- 24-hour emergency assistance during the summer.
- At Will Employment. You may end your employment at any time.
- Safe working conditions and housing that meets or exceeds housing codes.
- Receive pay and benefits commensurate with those offered to your American counterparts.
- One day off per week.
- Be free of threats of deportation. Visa status is determined solely by your sponsor and the U.S. government. Your employer cannot revoke your visa.
- 30 days of travel in the United States upon successful completion of the program.
- Access to transportation.
- Accident and sickness insurance as well as workers’ compensation for work-related injuries.
- Access to a phone or the internet.
- Work no more than 10 hours per day; 60 hours per week, if support staff.
- If fired or if you quit, be provided with existing or alternative temporary housing until other housing can be arranged.
- Obtain a Social Security number.
It is your responsibility to:
- Follow all InterExchange rules and regulations.
- Follow all camp rules and regulations (unless conflicting with InterExchange rules).
- Check in with InterExchange within 10 days of arriving in the United States.
- Check in with InterExchange every 30 days while in the United States.
- Make a good faith effort to fulfill your contract with the camp you are placed at.
- Attend activities and events that promote cultural exchange and inform InterExchange of them.
- Communicate any issues with your camp immediately by speaking with your camp director first, then InterExchange, so that we can come up with a solution.
- Make arrangements to leave the United States within 30 days of the date printed on your DS-2019 Form, or by October 15 of the year you are on the program, whichever comes first.
- Abide by all laws while in the U.S.; ignorance of the law is not an excuse.
- Respond to any contact from InterExchange within five days.
- Pay a non-completion fee if you fail to complete the program (Camp Placement only).
- Perform your job to the best of your abilities.
- Act in a way that will reflect your home country in a positive light.