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Student Work USA


Ever wished to work, travel and spend your Varsity Holiday in America? Love the hospitality industry, working with people and experiencing true American culture! Then what are you waiting for, spend your university holidays working in the USA with OVC and our international program partners!

OVC work with a variety of resorts, placing students in the US from Nov to Feb, to work in different positions. All students will work 32 plus hours per week, with the option of a second job placement in some cities. Don’t forget that we can place friends together! Our resorts are in great locations for students to explore local cities or even take up some skiing at a local mountain resort. OVC assist all students to arrange their application, placement, visa and housing.

Gain international work experience and improve your resume, travel the US for up to 30 days after program and make a lifetime of memories over the winter season! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to work, live and travel in the US this coming season


To be eligible to partake in the Student work program , OVC will be looking for full-time tertiary students aged 18 and older, who have enthusiasm, drive, people skills, are reliable, punctual, have a good command of the English language, and those who are keen to share their South African culture with the American guests at the resorts.

All students must be available to depart on the departure dates set out for the months of November and must have a valid passport and funds available to travel. So start saving now and make sure you have a valid passport too.

(A student is defined as a person attending a tertiary education centre that is recognized by the Education Department). Technikon students are also accepted. As long as you have completed at least 6 months of study at a tertiary level during 2019, you are eligible to apply. We regret that no UNISA students are eligible to apply, unless attending full-time lectures.

Start/Finish Dates

Program start dates range from 11th Nov through 6 Dec 2019. Program end dates range from 25th Jan to 15th Feb 2020.

Positions available:

- Kalahari Resort - Sandusky, Ohio – Water Park Attendant positions

- Kalahari Resort - Wisconsin Dells – Water Park Attendant positions

- Kalahari Resort - Pocono, Pennsylvania – Water Park Attendant positions

- Gaylord Opryland, Nashville , Tennessee – ICE Holiday Attendant and Food and Beverage Attendant

Visa Info

All students travel to the USA on a J1 Student Working Visa. This is a cultural exchange program and aims to allow students not only to work, but to travel in the USA.

After completing your placement all students will have up to 30 days to travel within the USA! A great opportunity to visit family, friends or even book a Topdeck USA tour to travel to all the famous sites the US has to offer! Past students have travelled to New York, Orlando, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and many more fantastic destinations in the US.


Admin fee R3700
Program fee Varies per Resort
Visa fees $160
Travel Insurance Included
Airfare (approx) R15 000
Recommended Spending Money $1000


All students must apply now and applications will close around August. Placing couples or friends together is possible. We will host in person or skype interviews during August/September. There are limited positions so apply early!

OVC offices will send all students the starter email. Complete the online application, as well as gather the necessary documents to apply. Have your application fee ready and book your pre-screening interview at your local OVC office.

OVC will pre-screen all candidates and determine their eligibility for the program. We will also be hosting presentations from now until the end of August for all applicants and parents that would like to come in and find out more. So contact your local OVC office to book an appointment.

All students must apply asap to avoid missing out on the program and interviews which will take place.

More Info

Why choose OVC to partake in this Program:
- OVC is the largest and most trusted youth travel agency in SA who partner with US department of State sponsors in the USA, to bring the best student work opportunities to you
- Carefully screened and reputable employers/ sponsors in the USA
- 24/7 Support from US designated sponsor whilst in the USA
- 100% placement rate
- Full Medical insurance cover, as well as visa sponsorship for the USA from US sponsor.

Reasons to spend your University holidays in the USA!

- Travel the USA
Do you know that you will receive up to 30 days to travel anywhere within the USA. OVC Partner with Topdeck Tours and all OVC members save up to 7% on Topdeck North American tours!! California Chilling, Vegas to Coast, Southwest States...What an exciting way to travel America with other SA’s you meet, or even venture out on your own – please contact your OVC office to book a tour as part of your December holiday!!

- Rewarding personal experience and making a difference
The student work program has changed many young SA students’ lives! The opportunity to live away from home, yet in a safe environment, you get to travel and explore the USA which helps you to grow and make incredible memories whilst on the program. Be a part of a unique American holiday tradition, share your SA culture, and really become part of a family in the USA, learn their daily lifestyle and meet new people from all over the world.

- Gain International work experience
Employers recognize any sort of international work experience in this day and age,  so why not enrich your CV today by working in America and learning new people skills, personal growth and independence