Finally, i'm writting about this...
The reason that i did not write this earlier is because i need 100% information from the agency so that i won't confuse u.
Since i had been in USM for 3 days, i can memorize the whole thing already! lolzz
so if u have any question, just email me..i'll do my best to help u..
#1 U must be a student(undergraduate/pursuing master degree)
If u want to join this program, u must have a student status letter..
which means, u must be a student (undergraduate).
The last chance that u can join this program is before ur graduation.
U can apply before u gradute n go after u graduate.
However, there will be a risk that u might not be able to get the USA visa cz they usually scared that people will *jump aeroplane*
*not coming bac on due date*
but anyway, u need not to be too worry cz a lot of students apply before their graduation n go after their graduation..like me n bear~
Well, if u r now a master student or if u r goin to pursue master degree, u r eligible for this program too.
However, u must be <30 years old and already there for atleast 1 semester.
#2 Understand the program and talk to your parents
2.1 How long u can stay in the US
Students can stay in the US for 6 months the most.
U r allowed to work for 2-4 months and travel for 1 month (maximum)
U can deicde which date that u wan to go and come bac to Malaysia.
Everything is up to ur own decision. Like me, i went there in Sept 2010 and came bac to Malaysia on 3rd of Jan.
Which means, i work for 3 months and travel for 1 month.
U can decide how many months u want to work n how many days u wan to travel.
2.2 Which batch should I join for the WAT
ok...so this is the question tat i get in most of the time.
This program is actually open for all year long.
If u r interested to go in this year, u may join the summer/fall batch.
Summer batch starts from May to Sept while fall batch starts from Oct till Dec.
I'm not really sure for the fall batch. U guys can always email Out of the box for any enquiries.
but for now, if u have sem break during May till Sept, or 4 months within May till Sept, u r encouraged to join the summer batch.
2.3 When should i start applying?
The earliest u apply, the better.
Usually, for students who interested to join the summer batch, they r encouraged to apply since Nov 2010 till thereafter.
The earlier u apply, the more chance for u to get ur desired job.
but if u r late, u dont need to worry as well cz there r always job offers coming in.
2.4 Do i need to pay?
Yes. Of course.
The average total cost that u might needed is around RM10k.
RM3k = Programme fees (Processing fees, medical insurance, employment arrangement etc)
RM450 = US J1 Visa
RM4k-6k = Flight ticket, go n forth (U can either get it from OOTB or buy it urself)
USD 500 aka RM1600 = Pocket money
We r required to bring at least USD 500 into US cz we might get question wen we pass through the kastam.
This is wat i experienced wen i went through the kastam last time.
n also, u will only get ur pay check 2 weeks after u start working. Therefore, u might need some pocket money for daily expenses n transportation.
2.5 What kind of jobs available for WAT program?
My answer is : Holiday jobs!
Resort, themepark, restaurants, national park etcetc
2.6 Can I choose the job?