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CENET Work & Travel Orientation
Transcript of CENET Work & Travel Orientation
Work & Travel
Welcome to CENET: Cultural Exchange Network's Work and Travel Program. As your sponsorship organization, we are here to provide assistance throughout your time as a Work and Travel participant. We hope you find this orientation helpful, and remember you can always contact CENET with any questions or concerns!
Welcome! I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your decision to work abroad. As many of you who have lived abroad know, not only will this experience help to expand your understanding of the world, but you will also gain considerable knowledge about your own individual strengths and weaknesses. In fact, simply accepting the challenge to work abroad inherently demonstrates qualities such as independence, self-confidence, adaptability, tolerance, and an enterprising spirit. While you are in the USA, I would like to encourage you to contact CENET. Having spent more than 15 years living outside the United States, I am always eager to provide my own individual insight if you ever have any specific questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
A Special Welcome...
Rules, Regulations, and Expectations
Rules, Regulations, and Expectations
Robyn Walker, Executive Director
Meet all eligibility criteria of the program.
Have and show adequate financial support.
Maintain adequate health insurance that includes repatriation and medical evacuation in compliance with the Exchange Visitor Program Requirements.
Contact CENET upon your arrival in the United States.
Keep CENET informed of your current address and phone number at all times. You must update CENET with your new address within 72 hours if you move to different housing.
Represent your country and CENET with dignity and professionalism.
Obtain the necessary endorsements from CENET before you travel outside the U.S. during your program.
Report to the host company listed on your DS-2019 and remain with this host company throughout your entire program.
Attend all orientation and evaluation sessions organized by CENET, your agent, or your host company.
Know and abide by all host company, landlord, CENET, and government rules, policies, and regulations.
Abide by all signed agreements with CENET and your host company.
Contact your supervisor with any problems. If the problem continues, contact CENET.
Use the grace period for the intended purposes only.
Return home at the conclusion of your program in order to continue your studies.
Rules, Regulations, and Expectations
Maintain monthly contact with CENET. Reply to all CENET emails.
Provide documentation of participation in cultural events.
Possess sufficient English language skills to successfully complete the work.
Show a maturity level and personality adequate to participate and benefit from this cultural exchange experience.
Work only at approved work sites.
Understand that the program is not a way to obtain a permanent job in the United States, or a means to immigrate.
Failure to abide by any of the rules listed in this orientation and in the information provided to you with your DS-2019 may result in dismissal from the program and early return to your home country.
A map to your program success!
We're happy you're here...
You must notify CENET within 72 hours of your arrival in the United States. This arrival notification allows CENET to activate your health insurance, and inform the Social Security Administration and the U.S. State Department of your entrance.
3 Ways to Notify CENET:
Call free: 1.866.512.3638
You must report to the host company listed on your DS-2019 form.
You must remain with this host company throughout your entire program.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact CENET for assistance.
Host Company & Student Responsibility
An important message from Caroline Eom, Work & Travel Director:
Once you accept a position with a U.S. company, you must honor that agreement and remain with the company throughout the program.
Conflicts may arise between you and your host company. CENET encourages you to speak with your supervisors first and try to reach a solution.
If a resolution cannot be reached:
Contact CENET for advice and assistance.
CENET may be able to find alternate employment, depending on the circumstances. However, if a new position cannot be found, you will have to return to your home country.
You should not leave your host company without authorization from CENET.
Social Security Number
You need to wait at least 10 days after you have notified CENET of your arrival in the U.S. before applying for the Social Security number.
CENET has to activate your record in the SEVIS system, and then it will take 10 days for your information to be available to the Social Security office in SEVIS.
After the 10 day waiting period, you need to take the following documentation with you to the Social Security office when applying:
Program sponsor letter from CENET
Staying in Contact with CENET
You must maintain contact with CENET throughout your stay in the United States. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Notifying CENET of your arrival and housing address
Checking your email and responding to all messages from CENET
Notifying CENET immediately of any changes in living arrangement or employment status
Notifying CENET of departure arrangements
Program assistant, Mariana Deano, explains the monthly monitoring:
You must check your email!
Email should be checked at least once a week.
CENET will send important messages and reminders via email.
CENET will send a check-in email once every 30 days to make sure you are doing well. You must respond to these emails within 10 days.
The U.S. State Department requires CENET to monitor the location and activity of all participants throughout their programs. CENET must know your living address, telephone number, and place of employment at all times.
Program Assistant, Kayla Moore, explains the Cultural Component:
Share your experiences with CENET!
We will ask you to submit documentation that shows that you have participated in cultural events in the U.S.
You can submit the following documentation:
Pictures of you having fun somewhere, such as at a museum, a park, or even at work.
A short essay describing your experiences in the United States.
A short video about your experiences in the United States.
For questions or concerns, please email CENET at:
We also have a 24 hour emergency help line:
In case of an emergency...
Wherever you journeyed from...
We are happy you chose to work and travel in the United States!
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