We, the Usit Colours Team, would like to greet you with the beginning of your first year in AUBG and the start of your thrilling university experience! You’ve already made the first step of becoming a citizen of the world – you entered the AUBG community. It is exciting, isn’t it?

You are about to discover the wonders of the student life and to find out that being a student is not only about studying. It’s also about exploring new opportunities, one of which is knocking at your door – the cultural exchange program Work and Travel USA.

You may have already heard about it, if not, soon you will learn every detail and we are sure you will love it the way we’ve been loving working at it for over two decades already.


Greetings Students,

My name is Tsveti and I am one of yours Work&Travel consultants in Usit Colours Blagoevgrad. I am here for all your program related questions and anything else I could be able to help you with. I have been to the US for two amazing summers, so it will be a pleasure to share with you my personal experience.

I spent four fabulous months in Old Orchard Beach, Maine and another sunny summer in Ocean City, Maryland. I guess my eternal love to the ocean lead me two times to East Coast. In these two summers I worked on five differend positions as housekeeper, front desk, sales assistant, hostess and barista. This experience gave me the oportunity to become more independent, communicative and responsible person. Also I met a lot of amazing people from all around the world and made a lifetime frinedships.


Hello, I’m Krisi.
I’ve lived, worked and left my heart 3 times in Denali, Alaska. I worked for HAP on three different positions as housekeeper, public areas attendant and housekeeping supervisor. It was one in a lifetime experience which gave me more confidence, independence and I met so many amazing people all over the world that became not only friends to me, but a family. Now I’m here to make your American dream come true.


Hi everyone ! My name is Ventsi, I’m a passionate traveler and work as a travel consultant in Usit Colours. Some years ago, I had the pleasure to become a part of Work &Travel USA, living and working in Corpus Christi, TX. Definitely ,this adventure helped me to see the world in a whole new way. You can do it too. Why don’t you try? I ‘ll be very happy to share my experience with you.
I can not wait to meet you soon.



Work and Travel USA is a cultural exchange program, designated by the US Department of State in late 50-ies of 20th century. The program allows full time students for all over the world to become more than tourists in the US and to get better exposure and understanding on American way of life, culture, traditions and business models.


Today the program has become a substantial part of the way of living of thousends of students from many countries, who are spending their summers in the US, upon completing each academic year.


The program became available for students, enrolled in educational institutions in Bulgaria in late 90’s and since then more than 130 000 students have participated in it. This is by far the largest exchange program not only in Bulgaria, but worldwide


To be eligible to participate in the program the prospective applicants should be full-time students enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution, over 18 years and with a good command of English.

What are the benefits of participating in the Work and Travel program?

If wondering is it worth to participate in the Work and Travel Program, let us briefly outline just some of the reasons you should go for this experience!

Spending a couple of days in some destination gives the opportunity to see some places, visit some museums, taste some food and drinks – the usual things that tourists do.

Spending several months in a place gives you the chance to go beyond first impressions and to truly understand the culture and its traditions.

You will make friendships and connections, that could help you in your future professional plans – making an Internship, start your own business, start a career in an international company.

Visiting US and living there is expensive. Participating in the programs allows you to work legally on more than one job, so you will not only cover your program fees and living costs, but will also save money to help you finance your next academic year.

You will have the opportunity to visit some of the most iconic touristic sites, or have a short exotic escape to places like Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Hawaii, Peru.

You will be working for a US company in a multicultural environment, which develops personal skills and different level of business understanding that are highly valuable for your potential future employers.

Reasons to choose Usit Colours to be your Work and Travel agent

Because Usit Colours is operating on the Bulgarian market since 1999, and has gained the trust of over 40 000 students, 4500 of whom were AUBG-ers.

We are usit 

Because we now have a second generation Work & Travel participants. Our first clients now send their grown up children on the program. Through the years we have gained valuable know-how and we’ve mastered how to arrange your program, so it runs easily and smoothly on every step.

We work with top organizations

Because Usit Colours works with the biggest and oldest US organization for students exchange programs – CIEE, est. 1957. In addition, we are partnering with some smaller and trustful sponsoring organizations.


We make things easier!

Because Usit Colours consultants’ are experienced, multilingual and had the privilege to provide service to clients from 31 nations.


We are experts!

Because 58 people in our team have been to the USA at least ONCE. What’s more – many of us have visited the country more than 5 times. We have solid firsthand experience and we strongly believe this is a life changing experience.


We are safe!

Because we never run out of DS forms and we have a guaranteed slot for you.

We are open!

We do not close in the summertime and are always available, whenever you need support and assistance.


We give you choices!

Because we build our product in a way that suits your needs and university schedule best.

What the Work and Travel application process looks like?


ask us questions

Ask us any questions you might have about the program. Our consultants will be happy to give you all the answers, even to questions you didn’t think of asking!


Register for the program

Our consultants will create a profile for you in our web-based system. It is an easy process, you just need to have your ID with you. Sign an agreement for the program and pay a deposit, which is an integral part of your program fee.


Define how you will be securing a job 

You can choose between independently or using our services. Our consultants will be happy to help you to choose what would work best for you.


Get a job and apply for a DS-2019 

This process is simplified as much as possible. You will have to answer a few questions about your reasons to participate in the Work and Travel Program and what are your plans for the months spend in the US.


Pay the remaining part of your program fee and book your flight

It is logical to book your flight only when you have your visa approved, but we strongly recommend to do it before that. As early you book as lower the price will be, and you will have the privilege to choose the travel date that suits your plans best.

Remember, in this time of the year traffic from Europe to the US is quite intense, so the flights are filling fast. Should something with your visa goes wrong – we will refund you the ticket costs.


Apply for a visa

Тhis could be an overwhelming process, but we are the experts and will guide you through it with high level of care and professionalism, so you can successfully get your visa. We will fill the visa application form, check your supporting documents and schedule your visa appointment.

What you will do by yourself is to have a short talk with the Consular Officer.


Travel to the US

Travel to the US and enjoy your American experience!

Why is it important to sign up for the program as early as September?

Lowest price

The first thing that stands out as a reason is the best price you will get throughout the entire season. We assure you that you won’t be able to get a better than the one in the first month of the enrollments.

If we put the financial aspect aside there are multiple, all important, reasons to sign up for the program early on.

DS quota

First and foremost, the program has a quota on how many students can participate and travel per country. The quota is implemented by limiting the number of DS forms/Work permits being issued to said country. Having that in mind you need to secure a DS in order to travel and we can guarantee that for you once you become a participant.

There are also, to put it simply, sub-quotas which divides the number of total DS’s into two groups – one for self-placement and one for full placement, the former being the lower number.

Job offers

Next reason would be being farther ahead than all other participants that signs up after you. This is important if you choose Sponsor Assisted Job Interview  option (find out the different options in the next section), as it gives you the advantage to choose from our list of available offers before all students that signed up after you.

Traditionally speaking most of the AUBG students are drawn to locations in the North-Eastern shore. Employers also prefer to fill their best positions with the best people for the job early on during the process, that being said it is good to be among the first signed.


Early processing

The students that sign up first get the longest time-frame to complete the program payments, thus giving you and/or your family plenty of time to plan ahead and figure out the financial part.

Besides the comfortable pay periods you will be able to benefit from avoiding rush periods which leads to your documents being processed first, which leads to having your visa interview earlier –  February or March, whenever the US Embassy opens the J1 visa schedule and being done with the entire process well before the end of the school year.


Program options – Self vs Sponsor Assisted Job Interview

Тhe Work and Travel program has two different options to choose from – Self or Sponsor Assisted Job Interview. No matter which one you choose, keep in mind we have a special AUBG discounted price and special program condition! Learn more in our office!

Self-Arranged Job


As the name suggests it the self-arranged option requires the participant to provide his or her’s own job offer. Understandably the people that have already been in the US before can procure one easily, while it could be quite a strenuous task for someone with no previous connections with the US.

Sponsor Assisted Job Interview


On the other hand, the Sponsor Assisted Job Interview option includes a job offer form alongside the program. The job offers you will be able to choose from are provided by our partners in the US – CIEE. The employers in that list are longstanding partners of CIEE and have been vetted numerous times. For your safety and convenience all the job interviews will be conducted online on a virtual job fairs.

Keep in mind that the offers in the list come with a number of available positions and in order to increase your chances of interviewing exactly for the one you want need to be one of the first people to choose from said offers, which is determined to how early you signed up for the program.
As a tradition the AUBG students are getting the best job offers available. The employers highly appreciate their availability to start working in May, before the Memorial Day weekend, their great command of spoken and written English, their work motivation.
 It is important to point out that most of the AUBG students traditionally provide their own job offers, even though the first-time participants have no previous connection to the US they have the advantage of living in a multicultural and international environment of students, most of whom have traveled to the States at least once before.


AUBG and Work&Travel

Once you submit a job offer the actual program processes begin. Since the program is for active/full time students only you are required to present a certain set of documents from university:

Uverenie (Proof of student status in Bulgarian);

  Certificate of enrollment (Proof of student status in English);

  Academic transcript.

For the first semester you will need only one Uverenie so we can submit your application for DS2019 issuance (the work permit).

In the second semester you will need all three documents – all requested by the US embassy for your visa application package.

It is best to have them ready at the beginning of the Spring semester, thus saving yourself time and unexpected delays that could result in busy periods in Register’s office or negative balance on your university account, which automatically denies you access to said documents.

How to find a job offer?

At first take it looks hard to find a job offer if you have no previous connections to the US. Fear not as it is a process most of your AUBG predecessors have gone through the same experience and managed to succeed.

When looking for a job offer you need to follow a couple of simple steps.

Locate an area you want to work in

You need to make sure that the area in question is approved by the State Department for Work&Travel, keeping in mind that most of the places students want to work anyway are approved.

Rely on the contacts you have!

Your best source of information is the students that have been in the US before. Students that you go to class with, have lunch with and live with.

This is probably the easiest way to secure a job offer and fast, travel with a friend that is going for a second or third time.

A simple online search gives plenty of contact information

A picture is worth a thousand words!


Create a CV for the occasion!

Simply put, you don’t need a complicated CV with multiple pages, references and so on. You are applying for a seasonal position in the tourist area.

In order to stand out you need a simple, even colorful resume, with a few key points and your strengths. Add a good motivational letter to present that you have a good command of English and you are all set!

how to Choosе a destination?

This could be one of the more important decisions you make in the process of the program, as where you end up could reflect on your general experience.

There are places for nature lovers, places for party goers, influencers and bloggers, you need to make an informed decision as to what type of experience you are seeking before pinpointing a specific location.

The important markers you need to be looking for are:

Job availability

If financial freedom is your taste of freedom than you need to make sure that you are choosing a well-located place with plenty of job opportunities, whereas nature lovers prefer quieter, more isolated locations.

Living expenses

The rate per hour is not the most important thing to look for. To give a couple of examples a job could be paying $15 per hour but the establishment is in isolated location and you cannot make more than 40 hours per week and there are no second job opportunities.

The other common option is to have a well-paid job but to have a costly living arrangement where your rent could be as high as $250 per week.


After you decide that you want to participate in Work and Travel USA one of the most significant parts of the program is choosing an employer. And before you make your final decision, there will be factors like job location, benefits, can you work there with your friends are there suitable job positions and of course – what the salary would be.

The average wage in the US is roughly six times greater than in Bulgaria, and this is valid for the minimum salary as well. The minimum federal wage in the United States is $7.25. You could be paid less only if your work at a position with tips. In many states the minimum wage per hour is different than the federal and it could be as high as $14 per hour.

See what are the minimum wages in the US states here.

Work and Travel Dictionary

DS-2019 form

The Form DS-2019 or “Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status”, permits a prospective exchange visitor to seek an interview at a U.S. embassy in order to obtain a J visa to enter the United States. The document identifies the participant, their sponsoring organization and employer, their program start and end date (work period). Or simply put – a work permit that allows you to work and live in the US for four full months + get an extra fifth month for tourist purposes.

Sponsor / Sponsoring organization

Sponsor is a profit or nonprofit US based organization, designated by the Department of State to run cultural exchange programs. The sponsoring organization is responsible for selecting and pre-screening applicants, verifying job offers in accordance with program regulations, and to support and monitor the students during their entire stay in the US. As a rule each sponsoring organization works with overseas representatives ( Work and Travel companies), whose role is to organize and administer the application process prior participants departure to the US.


The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), administered by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is an Internet-based system that maintains data on foreign students and exchange visitors before and during their stay in the United States. Every participant in the Work and Travel program must register in SEVIS, by contacting the sponsoring organization, upon arrival to the US, but not later than 20 days after the program start date, as written on the DS2019 form. The participants shall notify the sponsoring organization in case of change of home address, phone number or email address within 10 days of the change, so their contact information could be accordingly updated in SEVIS.

Grace period

Following the completion of their program, the period defined on the Form DS-2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allows participants a 30-day travel period commonly referred to as the “Grace Period.” During this 30-day grace period, participants are no longer in J-visa status, and are under the jurisdiction of the USCIS. The USCIS grants this period to allow participants to settle their affairs and to prepare to return to their home countries. Program participants may no longer work. Although participants may travel in the United States, it is recommended that they do not travel beyond the borders of the United States as they may not be permitted reentry. However, due to the relatively short vacation of the AUBG, most of the students could not benefit the whole duration of the grace period.


This is an arrival/ departure report, which is generated electronically upon your arrival to the US. First-time participant in the Work and Travel program will have to provide a printout of your electronic information to the Social Security Administration when applying for a Social Security number.

SSN (Social Security Number)

SSA stands for Social Security Administration, which is an independent agency of the US government, and is in charge of issuing Social Security numbers to those who are eligible to work legally in the US.


W-4 is a tax form, completed by all non-resident aliens in the US to indicate his tax status to the employer. The form tells the employer the correct amount and type of taxes to withhold from each paycheck. Work and Travel participants have to fill and present to each employer the W-4 form. Under their J-1 exchange visitor status the participants are exempt Medicare, Social Security and Federal Unemployment Tax (may vary by state).


Every person who works legally in the US must pay taxes and file a tax declaration at the end of each year. Work and Travel participants usually pay State and Federal Taxes, but the number and the amount of taxes withheld depends on the State Taxation law. The W-2 form is a document, issued by the employers, that lists the total amount of wages earned and the amount of taxes withheld. The form should be issued no later than the end of January with information from previous calendar year. The information on W-2 determines whether one is getting a refund or writing a check come April.

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