Depending on which employer we place you with and in which state, you will earn a minimum starting wage of at least $330 per week before deductions. This is ± R20 000 p/m, depending on the exchange rate. Tax and standard deductions are automatically deducted from your wages. The taxation rate varies from State to State.
After having placed thousands of recruits in America, we have learned that $70 to $80 per week will buy you healthy food, drinks and cover your laundry expenses.
If you are not a party animal, but a motivated person who wants to save money, you can save between $150 & $200 per week. (That is roughly R5 400 per month).
We have heard from many recruits who saved R40 000 in a year, with some as much as R60 000. Of course if you party too much and spend a lot, you will not be able to save much.
In order to compare you need to take the entire package you receive into account. Your US employer pays all your travel and other expenses worth over $3 000 to get you there. Your sponsored accommodation is either very cheap or free.
When you add everything up, including your fringe benefits (e.g. water and electricity, transport to work), your effective earnings per month can exceed R20 000 or $1 419p/m. Compared to most Americans earning minimum wage, you will be able to save much more, than many Americans can, because usually they don’t get travel and accommodation cheap or free with their job.
No, a grade 10, 11 or matric will do as a minimum qualification. Some work experience will add to your chances of being approved.
Yes, you can apply, but we do require that you speak and understand English clearly.
After we have accepted you and you have attended the orientation session, we will arrange an appointment at the American consulate for you. We will assist you with the paperwork and prepare you for the consulate interview so you can obtain your work visa ASAP.
Yes, if you have proved to be a good worker and your employer would like you to return, you can go back for another year. You will still need to submit an application again with us and be interviewed and accepted by the US Consulate for a visa.
Your contract is usually between 6 - 10 months, depending on which month you leave and for which employer you work. You will work in the US until the summer season ends, which is usually around November.
You can apply NOW with an Away2Xplore representative in your region for an obligation free interview. (That means you don't need to pay for the interview).
Our groups leave Johannesburg from early in the new year, but fill up quickly. So don't wait too long before applying.
There are travelling amusement parks all over the US, all with different routes. You will be placed with a park whose needs closest match your personality & experience, and with the group you will best fit in with. We will only be able to give you an indication of your route at the orientation session. Placement with a specific or preferred amusement park cannot always be guaranteed.
Although accommodation is provided, you are responsible for providing your own meals. There is enough space in your bunkhouse for a small fridge and a microwave. These items can each be bought in the US, often for under $80 these costs can be shared between 2 or 4 people. You will be provided with a lift into town on average once a week, to stock up on 2 minute noodles, TV dinners and other food. And yes, you are responsible for doing your own laundry .
Travel insurance is optional, but highly recommended and is available at little expense to you. You also have to take pocket money for the first 10 days or so, ± $200 will do as a minimum.
We are mostly able to place you with your partner or friend. Placement with your friends cannot always be guaranteed, although we will do our best to accommodate you.