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 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 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?

Yes! Once u joined the mailing list and applied with out of the box, they will send to job offerings from time to time.

U can choose from the list and response to them if u keen to.


2.7 Will the money the i earn in US able to cover the RM10k cost?

Well, it depends. But all of us managed to cover the RM10k cost.

We earned around USD 5k for 3 months. However, we spent all of the money cz we traveled to a lot of places, from east to west from west to east.

It actually depends on how many working hours that u work, did u get a 2nd job n how long u plan to travel.

The average working hours were ranged between 30-40 hours per week, USD 7-USD 10 per hour.

Some employer offers different wage for OT.

Like Grand Canyon, our previous employer, we were given about USD 11+ for every hours that exceed the basic 40 working hours.

If ur day job is not that tough, u can always go for 2nd job (find it urself at the places nearby to ur working place)

U will earn more if u get a 2nd job there. Well, we didnt get 2nd job tat time cz we already worked for 6 days per week n it's quite tiring.

n also, if u didnt travel much, u will definately bring some money back.

It really depends on how u plan ur trip n wat is most important for u~!


2.8 Where r we goin to stay?

No worries. Everything is being take care by the agency.

Usually, the accomodation will be provided by the employer.

However, u will still need to pay to the rental.

We were in Grand Canyon and the rental rate is really really low, which is around USD 16 per week only, not included meals.

The rental rate is range between USD 20-USD 100 on average.

Some employer provide free meals as well. Even if they don't, we employees always get employee discounts from the employer.

Like us, we have an employee cafe just for the employees. Every main course ranged between USD 1-USD 2.7.

It's really really cheap and the portion is very big.

Tat's the great thing working at national parks instead of working in big cities. The living cost is far away lower.


#3 Register urself with Out of the Box (OOTB)

See, there r actually 2 agencies offering this kind of service. 

They r Out of the box and speedwing.

we registered to both agencies and we finally decided to go for out of the box.

The reason being is because we felt more secure with this agency cz they really take good care of us.

They will answer all questions patiently n make sure tat u understand the whole thing before u pay the agency fees.

U can email  to register so that u will get more information and updates.


#4 Basic interview session with OOTB

Once u decided to join, u can apply through their website, and here's the time u pay RM100 to the agency.

U will have a very basic interview session with OOTB. Most probably through phone interviews.


#5 Interview session with the US employer

Once u decided to join and pass through the phone interview, they will arrange the employer to meet up with u.

They will ask simple questions like wat's ur name, y u join this program, can u understand simple english etcetc.

It's a group interview session so need not to be to worry. Just be urself.

Once u r hired, u will need to submit the documents asap and pay the remaining agency fees, which is around RM2900.


#6 Visa interview

Once u submitted the documents and paid the remaining agency fees, they will arrange u for visa interview with US embassy at KL.

They will provide some guidelines for the interview session. Therefore, need not to be too worry. (I'm quite worry anyway haaha)

but it's not that hard..just be urself and be HONEST! this is very important! They dont wan u to have any chance to jump aeroplane!


#7 Book ur flight ticket

so yeay, once u pass ur visa interview...u can go ahead and book ur flight ticket.

OOTB will quote the price for the ticket from their travelling agecny.

BUT, if u happened to stumble across airlines sites that provided cheaper flight tickets, u can always go for it n buy it urself.


#8 U R DONE! HUAT AR!!!!!

so, now everythign is done n u can FLY now!

Enjoy ur life there kao kao cz it's like once in a life time!!!!


Important tips :

#1 Don't be too picky on the jobs la. All the jobs r almost the same. It will be tough if u always think that it is tough!

#2 Don't try to take this opportunities to jump aeroplane or search for any business opportunities in US! u will definately fail the visa interview!!!!

#3 Try to get along with friends when u r in the US! There's nobody except friends!!!

#4 Don't think too much about how much u can bring back! Try to enjoy ur life there!~


hmm i guess tat's all for now.

If u have anymore enquiries, u can always drop me a comment here or email OOTB

I'm really happy to share with u my WAT experience. So, pls don't be shy to contact me. I'll try my best to explain everything that u wan to know. n of course, pls email them for 100% answers if u have any doubts! I can only explain it according to my previous experience.


For those who r going, congrtulations n enjoy ur life kao kao there.

For those who r still considering, take ur time and don't be rush. It's a 10k decision and it's a lil bit far from Malaysia.

But still, pls join if u have the chance!!!!

I would go again if i have a 2nd chance!










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  • yizhuen
  • sounds great
    wish 1 day i can work and travel usa too =)
  • gogogo!~ join!! lolxzz haha

    Sherlyn 於 2011/03/05 12:35 回覆

  • huihui
  • nice~
    i oso consider wan to join this program.
  • gogogo2! hahahaha joinjoinjoin! its good for u :p

    Sherlyn 於 2011/03/05 12:36 回覆

  • 訪客
  • hey, do you know if i can apply if i am a postgraduate but studying for a practising certificate like the CLP for lawyers?
  • this program eligible for full time undergrad students only...unless u r now studying master.. n already studied for a month..or else..u won't be allowed to join :(((

    Sherlyn 於 2011/03/05 12:37 回覆

  • huihui0924
  • in ur article, u write that "u need not to be too worry cz a lot of students apply before their graduation n go after their graduation.." is it means that i can apply before i graduate and i can go after i attend my graduation ceremony? because i will finish my studies in August and my graduation ceremony is on November, then i plan to go on Jan 2012. can i?
  • shouldn't be too far away from your convo :p
    However, u can always call/email Out of the box for more information :p

    Sherlyn 於 2011/03/18 15:58 回覆

  • huihui0924
  • in ur article, u write that "u need not to be too worry cz a lot of students apply before their graduation n go after their graduation.." is it means that i can apply before i graduate and i can go after i attend my graduation ceremony? because i will finish my studies in August and my graduation ceremony is on November, then i plan to go on Jan 2012. can i?
  • ellyn
  • awww i wish to go!
    but10k... :'( that's a lot!
  • tat's not a lot wen u r still a will be a lot wen u r a working adult like me :( pls go if you still have the chance..gather your money and experience your life there when u r still able to! i feel like going the 2nd,3rd,4th or even 10th times! :)

    Sherlyn 於 2011/06/05 12:54 回覆

  • Asdynn Ooi
  • hi, i am planning to join n i need more info,
    would you mind to let me to add in ur fb?
    thx~ ^^
  • replied you in facebook d :)

    Sherlyn 於 2011/10/13 17:17 回覆

  • sween
  • Can i go by own bt not through any agent? cn i apply the visa before i get the USA job offers? or can i apply the job by self, after i gt d job offer thn go apply visa? 10k is a big amount for me~
  • Hi Sween, you can only go by Agent ya. cz it;s under J1 Visa - student exchange visa. 10k is actually not that big for such a wonderful experience. should give it a try :)

    Sherlyn 於 2012/03/13 19:38 回覆

  • guest
  • hi, WAT must via agent? can i get a usa job offer then straight go WAT at there? or can i apply a WAT visa thn go find job at there?
  • yes dear. have to go through agent ya :)

    Sherlyn 於 2012/03/13 19:38 回覆

  • 訪客
  • Hi,I will be graduating on June 2013. So if there any jobs after summer? If yes,when I need to apply?
  • clement
  • same as above... graduate at june 2013... hope for some advice too >.<
  • ice
  • thanks for the useful information! appreciate so much =))
  • Chloe Toh
  • Hi! Do you mind to give me your facebook e-mail address? Because I'd like to ask you smthg about WAT USA programme:)) Thank you.
  • Hey pretty, you can email me here
    sherlynliciousgmail .com

    Sherlyn 於 2012/10/05 10:16 回覆

  • Beabetter Chiang Hui Eun
  • i m studying with government and have contract bond with them.. if i apply tis program now and i refuse the offer then as i m not sure i mz work with government after i graduate.. so the thing i concern is, i jz have to pay the fees after i confirm to join the program, right?
  • Yes. Pls remember to register before your graduation date k? You don't need to pay until you get a job from them. You just need to pay for the registration fee which cost around 100 plus only. You may then apply to the gov to postpone your service if you get a job there. :) flight tickets not needed until you get a job. :)

    Sherlyn 於 2012/11/26 14:07 回覆

  • 訪客
  • Will it be too late for me to register now since the summer is around the corner?? :(