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Working Holiday in USA

4.8(25 reviews)
Working Holiday
United States
3 to 4 months
18 to 35

Limited spots. Earliest available arrival is currently May 2023, and closing very soon.

From $2,695

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Trip overview

Travel to the Land of Opportunity and have the best summer of your life in the USA! See all the iconic landmarks but be more than an average tourist on a Working Holiday. 

  • Secure a sponsorship with a host company that matches your interests & travel lifestyle
  • Dedicated Trip Coordinator to save you time, money & stress from arriving unprepared
  • Assistance with flights, travel insurance, accommodation, visa application & more 
  • Join exclusive Global Traveller getaways & meet-up events

Utilise your university break or year after graduation in the best way possible and stay for up to 4 months. Most travellers start planning 6-12 months ahead and dates are flexible, so start planning with just a deposit today!


Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and are ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.

Host company match

Arrive knowing that you’re going to spend your university break doing a job that you enjoy to fund your adventures across the country!

J-1 visa sponsorship

Rest assured that we’ve arranged an organisation to be your sponsor, which means you can start the USA working visa application process straight away.

J-1 visa application

Receive the expertise from our well-versed team who’ll help you apply for and validate your J-1 visa prior to leaving. With it, you’ll be able to work in the USA for up to 4 months, leaving yourself plenty of time to see the country!

Personal Travel Concierge

You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.

Pre-departure guide and handbook

Read through our invaluable guide and handbook. These will be your new best friends as you prepare to live out the American dream.

Permanent accommodation support

If permanent accommodation isn’t provided with your job opportunity, our partner will point you in the right direction to find the perfect accommodation for you.

Overnight stay in Las Vegas

If Vegas isn’t on your USA bucket list, it should be! On this trip, it's on us! Enjoy a 4-star hotel and stroll the famous Vegas strip. Enjoy what Nevada has to offer. There’s an option to add a 2nd night too. (Flight not included).

Local life essentials

We'll deliver a prepaid US SIM card to you before you go with unlimited national calls & texts, international SMS and 2GB of data for the first 2 months of your trip. Our in-country partner will help you set up your Social Security Number and bank account once you arrive.

US medical insurance

Feel confident knowing you’re covered by a US Government-approved medical insurance, just in case. (T&Cs & exclusions apply)

5 nights hostel accommodation

During your trip, we’ll give you 5 nights to stay in a 4-person dorm hostel anywhere in the USA, perfect for your epic side trips!

Ongoing local team support

Think of us as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, our team will provide you with support throughout your trip.

24/7 Global Emergency Line

Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.

gWorld access

Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.

Global Academy

Gain access to an ever-growing range of skills & languages to learn before & whilst you travel.


Marketplace deals

Get exclusive access to deals and discounts through our online Marketplace. Save big on a huge range of products and services from our brand partners worldwide.

$250 off your next trip

The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?

Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency. Read more


To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 18-35 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Working Holiday in the USA trip is designed to get you set up abroad as quickly and safely as possible. Our expert team take care of all the stressful essentials you need to get set up overseas, from a USA visa sponsorship, to J-1 visa application advice, finding you the perfect job while you’re there, as well as unparalleled guidance and support on any questions you might have about working abroad. Simply, we’re here to ensure your transition to working abroad in the USA is seamless.

If you’re a university student looking to reward yourself for all your hard work and want to experience everything the States has to offer, then this trip is for you! Built as a cultural exchange, this program will not only be one of the most fun experiences you’ve ever had. It will also show you what life is like as a real-life American! Our dedicated team will guide you throughout the entire journey and ensure you feel equipped to work and travel in the US.

Spend more of your time in the country exploring, seeing the incredible landscapes and road-tripping with friends instead of sweating the logistical stuff. We’re here to save you time, money, stress and even the risk of returning home early. Make your time count on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and work in America and get out there to find your ‘pinch me, I’m really here’ moment.


To qualify for this trip you must have recently completed or currently studying a full-time university education on campus in Australia, UK or Canada, as well as meet the visa requirements. You may also be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter this destination at the time of your travel.

What extra costs will I have?

Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal background check, housing deposit, souvenirs & spending money. You will also require savings of at least $1,000USD.

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Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Trip itinerary

Week 1+

Touch down close to your new job placement in the USA to begin your working holiday adventure. Relax, make some new friends and squeeze in some travel plans before you start your first day of work!  It’s essential you validate your program with your sponsor within 10 days of your arrival. We recommend doing this in the first couple of days of your trip so it’s out of the way. 


Whether you’re seeking tax information, healthcare options or job opportunities, our USA partner offers ongoing support and advice throughout your entire stay. Make sure you buzz our 24/7 Emergency Support Line if anything urgent pops up or if you need important information immediately. We’re always here to help you. When you're ready to set off and travel across the States and make sure you get the most out of your included 5 nights hostel accommodation and overnight stay in Vegas!

Traveller jobs & locations 

From sea to shining sea, we’ve got job opportunities dotted all over the USA, so your options are pretty endless. Land an entry to mid-level job which will be fun and social, so you can make friends, learn new skills and have the freedom to explore new places. Here’s a list of jobs our travellers often choose on their working holiday in the USA.

  • Amusement parks
  • Ski Resorts
  • National Parks
  • Restaurants
  • Front desk personnel
  • Lifeguards
  • Retail
  • + Loads more!

From the sun-kissed paradise of California, the rustic “Real America” feel of Tennessee or even the perpetual winter wonderland that is Alaska! We’ve got connections with host companies dotted all over the USA, so you could find yourself working in any of these destinations.

  • Wisconsin
  • Tennesse
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Cape Cod
  • Michigan
  • Virginia
  • New Hampshire
  • Alaska
  • + More


Phoebe R
Liam has been awesome!
Frances H
Amazing! Everything was perfect!
Stephanie B
Incredible ! They made this so easy !
Tess H
Adam was an absolute legend, and extremely helpful throughout the whole process so far. Customer service is on point guys, awesome job. Really friendly staff and I'm genuinely happy with the over and above service you've provided. Cheers Adam, LAD
Callum B
Very straight and simple, and makes you feel excited and want to go as soon as possible!

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Frequently asked questions

Why go with Global Work & Travel?

As the world’s leading gap-year and “work & travel” company, we offer you the ability to not only choose from a number of awesome experiences all over the world but, we'll be your support system from the very first moment you become a Global Traveller! We provide a premium service that allows you to pick the destination of your dreams, get our visa & pre-departure assistance, book great flights and organise the perfect travel insurance or tours for when you arrive. Plus, we’ll back it all up with some cool and exclusive tech features that are with you the entire time.

As a Global Traveller, you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace deals for discounts with our brand partners, a unique social network to connect you with other Global Travellers when you’re overseas, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages to learn as you travel, invites to bucket-list side trips with other travellers, local meet-ups and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better?

And it doesn't even stop there. We continue to be there from the moment you land with a dedicated 24/7 emergency team, over 100 staff and ongoing support ensuring that you have the tools you need to feel like a local. That’s why 65,000+ Global Travellers from all over the world have chosen to turn their travel dream into reality with us and we can proudly brag that we’ve got the most & best reviews in the biz!

Why should I book now?

Covid-19 threw us a curve ball and pretty much halted all travel. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free.

As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better?

Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together!

But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join.

And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

What happens if COVID affects my trip?

If you have to make any changes to your departure date, you’re protected with our Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. With this, we will change your trip dates for free. If this doesn’t fit around you and you can’t go on your trip anymore, we will give you a 100% refund in the form of a Trip Credit with us (See terms). If you’re unable to use it, you can also transfer that credit to someone else for them to put towards any trip too.

If you’re affected by Covid-19 while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We recommend travellers purchase Global Travel Cover travel insurance that provides Covid-19 medical protection too.

Do I need to be vaccinated to book?

As border restrictions for countries begin to ease, being fully vaccinated will maximise the number of locations you can visit. So while you are not legally required to be vaccinated, and it’s also not a requirement to travel with us, it will limit some of the countries that you can visit and may make it harder to travel through over the next 12-18 months. We highly recommend our travellers look at the current travel restrictions of their destination, speak with a medical professional or get in touch with our team for travel advice.

What happens if I want to cancel my trip?

Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 84* days before departure without incurring any charges when you rebook it for any time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.

In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 2 years!

*Some select trips excluded, including Teach (Spain, Italy & Czech Republic) and USA (Summer Camp, Working Holiday and Hotel Professional), and others as listed in Booking Conditions.

How it works

Make your decision

Choose your trip style and destination, and confirm your spot with a deposit. Then, open your gWorld account and celebrate, the hardest part is over and the fun is about to begin.

We become friends

You’ll be matched with a personal Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs. They’ll guide you through everything we need to do together, so you can leave your worries behind.

Time to go

We’ll get your tickets in-hand and your transfers ready. Then, our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared for your arrival. It’s now time for the real adventure to start.

24/7 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.

Still have questions?

Why go Global

Flexible trips

The unexpected can happen sometimes. Can't travel right now? Swap your trip, gift it or save it for later with our Lifetime Deposit Guarantee.

Worldwide support

Know that someone is always ready to assist throughout the journey & they’re only a call, tweet, comment, text or double tap away, 24/7.

We're the experts

With over 10 years in the industry and a team of over 100 passionate pros, you can bet we know our stuff better than anyone else.

Partner network

We have over 1,200 partners around the globe, so we have access to plenty of exclusive opportunities to make your trip the best it can be.

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