SWT Participant Map
Community Support Groups
Strengthening and Reforming the SWT Program
SWT Monitoring Report
Sponsors are required to:
Provide pre-arranged and fully-vetted employment to all participants who are not from a visa waiver country. Provide all participants, prior to entry:
A copy of the Department of State Summer Work Travel Program Brochure;
The Department of State’s toll-free emergency hotline telephone number;
The sponsor’s 24/7 immediate contact telephone number;
Information advising participants of their obligation to notify their sponsor when they arrive in the United States and to provide information of any change in jobs or residence; and
Information concerning any contractual obligations related to participants’ acceptance of paid employment in the United States, if pre-arranged.
Sponsors of participants who are nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries must:
Ensure that participants entering the United States without prearranged employment have sufficient financial resources to support themselves during their search for employment;
Provide such participants with information on how to seek employment and secure lodging in the United States before they depart their home countries; and
Provide participants with a job directory that includes at least as many job listings as the number of participants in their program who are entering the United States without prearranged employment.
Sponsors must undertake reasonable efforts to secure suitable employment for participants unable to find jobs on their own after one week;
Sponsors must inform program participants of Federal Minimum Wage requirements and ensure that, at a minimum, participants are compensated at the prevailing local wage, which must meet the higher of either the applicable state or the Federal minimum wage requirement, including payment for overtime in accordance with state-specific employment; and
Sponsors must maintain, at a minimum, a monthly schedule of personal contact with the program participants (in-person, by telephone or via-electronic mail), document such contact, and ensure that issues affecting the health, safety and welfare of participants are addressed immediately.
2016 Program Date Chart
2016 Program Date Chart (PDF)