The Participant Application package will contain information on the cost of the J-1 program.
Once you receive your Participant Application package, complete the online application and upload the required documents in order for GEC to determine your eligibility. If a document is incomplete and cannot be accepted we will contact you or your home country Partner Agent. You can view the status of your application at anytime by logging into your GEC record at www.gecworkandtravel.com/login
In addition to the required documents, an in-person or video conference interview is required. The interview assists staff with determining your English language skills as well as program suitability. The purpose of the J-1 Summer Work Travel program is cultural exchange and will be discussed during the interview.
Once your application is complete and approved, GEC will process the documents necessary for you to take with you to your embassy appointment. Detailed instructions for preparing for your interview will be available. Along with your documents for the embassy, you will have access to your GEC Program Materials (Participant handbook, Arrival information, Medical insurance, Social Security instructions, Contact information, etc.) that should be thoroughly read before your depart for the U.S.
You will be required to participate in an orientation before you arrive in the U.S.
Your Program Materials and Orientation will help prepare you for your upcoming trip to the U.S.
Be sure to contact GEC at anytime with any questions or concerns you may have. It is important to GEC that you have a positive experience in the U.S. so asking questions will improve the opportunity for you to best prepare yourself for your upcoming adventure!